Monday, March 18, 2013

March 19-26

Monday: Exodus 13
tuesday: 2 Samuel 3
Wednesday: Psalm 88
Thursday: Jeremiah 26
Friday: Ezekiel 20
Saturday: Matthew 28
Sunday: Revelation 3


Prairie Chick said...

Psalm 88, such a sad and desperate psalm. Even thought David verbally pronounced God's unfailing love, faithfulness and wonderful deeds in vv 11-12, He was not "feeling" them in His own life.

I took comfort in the footnotes; "Have you ever felt as though you have hit bottom? The writer is so low that he even despairs of life itself. Although everthing is bad and getting worse, he is able to tell it all to God. This is one of the few psalms that gives no answer or expression of hope. Don't think you must always be cheerful and positive. Grief and depression take time to heal. No matter how low we feel we can always take our problems to God and express our anguish to him."

and "Our feelings may be as obvious and painful as those expressed by the psam writer, but they are never the complete picture. In fact, our feelings are usually very unstable. When we bring our unedited feelings to God, we allow him to point out where they are incomplete. We are in trouble whenever we give our feelings divine authority or assume that God can't handle what we feel. Praying the psalms teaches us to bring God everything about us and trains us to experience his presence even when our feelings tell us otherwise.

Anonymous said...

Jeremiah 26:4 "If you will not listen to me..."

listening is a theme for me at this point in my life. Learning to be still and not just talk to God, but truly hear from Him and go from there.

Prairie Chick said...

Ezekiel 20:1-2 and 49

"Some of the leaders of Israel came to request a message from the Lord. They sat down in front of me to wait for his reply. Then this message came to me from the Lord... "How dare you come to ask me for a message? As surely as I live I will tell you nothing!"

God is not a vending machine that we go to when we "want" answers. God is a living breathing person who wants to empower us daily through His living breathing spirit to be in tune with His will and on course under His direction. If we are going our own way without any regard for the will of the Lord, of course He is going to roll His eyes when we get to a fork in the trail and want Him to miraculously shine a light on which way we should go now.

Commit your ways, your steps, your every step to the Lord and He will direct your paths... He is not a genie to just come along and help you jump over the puddles or pull you out of the quicksand. And the other verse that came to mind was one about "listening" for that voice that will direct you to go to the left or the right. Again, the listening theme this morning.

the talking of riddles part is interesting to me too. God is like the puzzle master or weaver of magical tapestry. His words work together in a kazillion pieces or threads to slowly piece or weave together the "big picture". The more time you spend examining the pieces, valuing them, trying to see how they fit, the more things come together, just like with a puzzle. Some pieces just seem to allude you, some just don't seem to fit anywhere but then, oh yes, eventually you "see" how it fits, and that is a great feeling!

Prairie Chick said...

so I just laid my bible aside and picked up the book I am reading on "listening" and here is what it said;

In Psalm 25:14 we read that the Lord confides in those who fear Him. (In this context the word fear carries the sense "obey"). "Confides" is a beautiful term that implies the intimate sharing of personal secrets. The Lord Jesus is looking for friends with whom he can share his secrets, confidantes who can be trusted with the sensitivities of his heart."

and then he has some practical advice on how to cultivate a relationship with God that doesn't just confide IN Him, but learns to be God's confidante. This is the theme that God has set before me.

Prairie Chick said...

Matthew 28:20 "and be sure of this. I am with you always. even to the end of the age."

wow. I don't know why but these words take on a deeper depth to me today than they ever have. Jesus is here. with me. within me. I am not alone. this is not MY life. thiis is my journey into purshing Him, knowing Him, following him and obeying him. How can I do all of that if I am not listening to Him.

Prairie Chick said...

so today I got carried off on a little word study from rev 3:10. I find it interesting how there are more and more people questioning and doubting that there will be a rapture. They believe we will have to go through the great tribulation.

so I wanted to look closely at verse 10 in the original language.

"I will protect you from the great time of testing that will come upon the whole world."

protect: tereo: attend to carefully, take care of, guard, reserve.

from: ek: out of; from; away from.

in no way does this word refer to keeping "through".