This morning I am working and praying with Leviticus 19:2 which reads, “Ye shall be holy: for I the Lord your God am Holy.” To my thinking, that says we are complete. There is nothing to do to become complete or Holy but rather a realization and gratitude for this. Also, there is nothing we have done to deserve this, but by our very being, it is so. Humility is also key to this since this was not done by manipulation but by the grace of God.
Several years ago my husband took a picture while we were in Colorado and I painted it. After working on it a couple of months I decided it was horrible and wanted to toss it. After praying about it and humbling myself, I prayed with Luke 6:37 which reads “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven ”
That led me to take my picture to class and show my teacher. Thinking she would agree with me and tell me to throw it out, she made two suggestions. One was lightening the color of the water and the other was to add a color to the mountain. This is now one of my favorites and I often think that God sees beauty in us where we see ugliness. Just a couple of minor adjustments may be all that is needed.
As I sit at my desk this morning, studying and praying, the thought comes to pray for the world. When I do this, my concerns seem so trite and small and I am led to pray with Isaiah 54:17 which reads, “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.”
Today I will totally let go and let God be God!
It is often very tempting to harden one’s heart when in trouble. That is the exact time, that hardening should be replaced with humility. We should never rejoice in the fall of an enemy. Luke 23:34 reads “Then said Jesus, ‘Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.'” This was at the Crucifixion! Shouldn’t we do likewise?
Human understanding will never bring permanent peace. There will always be another problem following so peace will be short-lived. By giving challenges to God and allowing God to be God, we are given an everlasting peace. Proverbs 3:5-6 reads, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”
Today, I will let go of “trying to figure it out” and quieten my thoughts so that I can hear Him.
My husband and I just returned from a 2300 mile road trip, which, while glorious, the temptation to feel exhausted is obvious upon our return. This morning, at my desk, I quietly asked God to lead me to a verse with which to pray and was led to Isaiah 40:28-29 and it reads, “Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of His understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might He increaseth strength.”
Every human need I ever have is fulfilled by Divine Love. Today, I will be grateful and remember that.
So often we are seduced by the thought that the world applauds quick wit and fast replies. There are two verses in the Bible that speak to the contrary. James 1:19 states, “My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” Ephesians 4:29 reads, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”
This is what is foremost in my thought today and I will diligently work about doing just this!