For the past few days, there have been difficulties with my computer. It seemed like everything was effected. I almost couldn’t remember a time when I was without it. If that hadn’t been so sad, it would have been humorous! 2 Thessalonians 3:16 set me straight. It reads, “Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.” Never once did it mention my computer!
This morning as I read the book of Nehemiah and study the building of the wall, the relentless pleading of his friends for him to come down is so apparent. While translating this to modern day challenges, I soon recognize the more my desire to do God’s will, the more seductive my friends become in the guise of doubt, dismay, judgment, criticism and discouragement. By putting God first, error or evil becomes a bald imposition.
James 4:7 and the first line of 8, reads, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you.”
My first call of the day was from someone asking for prayerful help. It seems she was worried about her husband, daughter, grandbabies and their business. As I listened, I finally added that I would think she would then worry about the state of affairs of the country and the universe, as far as that was concerned. I didn’t understand why she was just worried about her family. The bottom line to every worry is the fear there is more than one power. God, Good is the only power there is! Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Isn’t that making all those other things, “gods”?
Genesis 1: 28 reads, “And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.”
Rather than gripe or complain over a situation, accept it immediately! God alone can see the whole picture. Keep your focus on God and allow the impact of this world not affect you. He tells us to rejoice in all things. 1Peter 5:6 reads, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.”
The telephone just rang and the service man was on his way out to check our air conditioner unit but has to run to a near by city to get filters for it. We were first on his list so we got up earlier than usual. My first instinct was to complain when I reread the previous paragraph! I think it means for me to practice what I write. Thank you, Father!
At Church today, our soloist sang the following which I think is beautiful and wanted to share it.
In the bulb there is a flower; in the seed, an apple tree; in cocoons, a hidden promise; butterflies will soon be free! In the cold and snow of winter, there’s a spring that waits to be, unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see. There’s a song in every silence, seeking word and melody; there’s a dawn in every darkness, bringing hope to you and me. From the past will come the future; what it holds, a mystery, unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see. In our end is our beginning; in our time, infinity. In our doubt, there is believing; in our life, eternity. In our death, a resurrection; at the last, a victory, unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see; unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.
As I reread this, I thought, this is a beautiful prayer!
As I prayerfully get ready for today, I ask for grace for today and to keep my heart softened. When God chastens me, I realize it is to show me what I need to address. Often, it is ungodlike qualities which, in reality, have absolutely nothing to do with my true Identity as a child of God. Once, I thought these revelations were to punish me or sadden me, but I know as I become as a little child, I will be grateful for these lessons. 1 Peter 5:6 reads, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.”
Once again, humility and gratitude remain key in this transformation.
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Today is my first day back at my desk after a glorious two-week vacation of traveling different states and visiting with loved ones. As I notice how full my heart is, I recognize that I am not praying intellectually with my head, but spiritually with my heart. This awareness has humbled me in realizing I am listening to God, not telling Him what needs to be “fixed” but waiting on Him to direct my path today. Gratitude and humility will follow me as I read Philippians 4:19, “And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”
Today as I was studying Jacob, I found that Jacob once meant “finagler or one who finagles”. That could be evidenced by even in the womb, Jacob took hold of his brother’s heel. Later on when thinking he needed to “finagle” his older brother’s birthright, he disguised himself as Esau, his brother and tricked his father into blessing him. After finding out about this trickery, his brother wanted to kill him. Jacob fled from home and years later was returning but afraid of his brother. Having to wrestle with an angel, the negative characteristic fell away during the spiritual struggle. His brother also had forgiven him. I love this story because often we may feel we need something bad enough to be unethical in attempting to achieve a goal. This story shows us that it is totally unnecessary and never fulfilling.
Genesis 33:9,10 reads “And Esau said, I have enough, my brother; keep that thou hast unto thyself. And Jacob said, nay, I pray thee, if now I have found grace in thy sight, then receive my present at my hand “. Esau had already forgiven him.
Will be traveling until May 15th. Not sure if I will be able to blog! God bless.
Today I will be aware there is no randomness in my life! My time will be spent in recognition of God’s qualities and appreciation of them, such as peace, joy, love and understanding. Moments slip through my fingers when I am preoccupied with past or future events. Luke 12:25-26 reads, “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?”
Does it get any clearer? God will always direct our paths when we release the chatter and still our thoughts. That is my goal for today.