HIS LOVE IN THE STORM

 

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2 Chronicles 20:21 “Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the Lord and to praise Him….

“Give thanks to the Lord, for His Love endures forever.”

As the armies were out there against Judah and Jerusalem, here is Jehoshaphat believing His voice to all who would hear.

2 Chronicles 20:15 “He said, Listen King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem, this is what the Lord says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.”

The battle is not ours, it is God’s. Oh give thanks to the Lord, for His love endures forever.

Have we forgotten the battles of Gideon, of David, of Jericho? Whose were they? Certainly no one could have won those battles the way the Lord our God did.

I notice in all of these times, God wants our praise, our songs, our prayers, and our adoration of the one true God! This is what we can do, because He has made us with the availability to love Him.

I have been through many storms. I thought I could fix them on my own. I thought it was me who had the answer. Since when did I create the world, or make the man of God? Who makes the sunshine, the moon glow, or the stars sparkle? God forgive me when I forget who You are!

When Peter was falling and slipping into the waves, He took his eyes off of Jesus, and became afraid. Jesus held His hand out and raised Peter. We will not sink if we keep our eyes on the One who saves. He is our all in all.

Our pastor just gave us a service that involved the story of “Cinderella”. Aptly there were great comparisons that would meet our understandings of God. The one that stood out the most for me was when the Prince was searching for his love. The beautiful princess he had met at the ball.

The stepmother of Cinderella locked her up in the tower. She knew it was Cinderella that the Prince was searching for. Cinderella refused to assist the stepmother of all her plots if she let her go. The stepmother was angry and left Cinderella.
Then the men met the two stepdaughters and knew they were not the one they were searching for. The Prince asked the stepmother, “Are these all of your daughters?” The Stepmother lied saying, “yes”.

The Chief was moving his men to leave when he heard the most beautiful song he had ever heard. He asked, “Who is that singing?” The stepmother lied that it was some worker. The leader of the men, said, “No, I think we need to examine this more”.

In the end, the Prince found Cinderella, in her clothing of rags. He loved her still, and asked her to marry him. She of course said yes. As they were leaving her stepmother, Cinderella said, “I forgive you”.

This story reminds me of one specific scripture written.

I Samuel 16:1 “The Lord said to Samuel, ‘How long will you mourn for Saul since I have rejected his as king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and be on your way; I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem, I have chosen one of his sons to be king.’

Here it is as the time that the Prince rejects the stepdaughters, and says there is another.

I Samuel 16:10-13 “Jesse had seven of his sons pass before Samuel, but Samuel said to him, “The Lord has not chosen these.” So he asked Jesse, “Are these all the sons you have?” “There is still the youngest,” Jesse answered, “but he is tending the sheep.” Samuel said, “Send for him; we will not sit down until he arrives.” So he sent and had him brought in. He was ruddy, with a fine appearance and handsome features. Then the Lord said, “Rise and anoint him; he is the one.” So, Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the Lord came upon David in power.” Samuel then went back to Ramah.”

Are these all of your children? We cannot be hidden from God. We cannot hide from Him either. Even in the storms of the highest waves, the strongest winds, the quaking of the land, the Lord knows where His sheep are.

We will always see His Love in the storm. We belong to Him and He belongs to us. God is all we need.

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SHARING A BROKEN COMFORT

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2 Corinthians 1:3-7 

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,4 who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 5 For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ. 6 But if we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; or if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which is effective in the patient enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer; 7 and our hope for you is firmly grounded, knowing that as you are sharers of our sufferings, so also you are sharers of our comfort.

My three daughters and I were baking cookies. The dough becomes messy on the counter, and half of it goes into their mouths before we can bake it. It did not take much time before we removed those delicate savoring chocolate chip delights. After they had cooled, I handed each of the girls a scrumptious cookie.

One of them cried out, “Mom, their cookies are bigger than mine”. Inside I was moaning and thought this was going to be quite a row. What happened next, became a glory moment of God’s intervention. My oldest daughter broke a piece of her cookie off and handed it to her sister. Then the youngest one did the same. Now, in fact the daughter, who had less, now had more.

These acts of kindness worked in my heart. It was the brokenness that was required to give and share. The adorned cookies were broken.

What was the comfort coming now? They ate and enjoyed their self-made desires. Instead of a fight, they enjoyed moments of glee. They looked with yearning into my eyes asking me to give them more.

What a great way to look at our Lord Jesus. The one who broke Himself on the cross to give us all He had. He gave His all to give us life eternal with Him. Jesus suffered Himself on the cross to share His Love with us.

In His sharing we are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy. Joy in such a rapture we want to share Him. In order to do so, we need to break off a piece of ourselves. The break requires a broken suffering that results in scars and lessons in pain. Jesus has taught us that the outcome is of great light and loves in the giving.

In Psalm 19:7-14 the Lord gives us His designed recipe to prepare for this. When we read His Word, He says think about such things. The contents of the recipe are His law, His statutes, His precepts, His commands, His pure fear, and His ordinances. Verse 11 says, “By them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.”

The spiritual lesson I learned from my daughters is that brokenness can supply comfort.
Can I share this devotion without giving? No, it both breaks my heart and comforts my heart reliving my children in their suffering. This is the suffering that turned into gladness.

Our Father loves us so much, He watches over as we suffer and holds us tight. He knows His Promise will be right there for us to bring His comfort. He will make His Joy in the morning live in us.

How can we ever forget Jesus’ suffering to bring us comfort? We are to be like Jesus.

Our Father loves us so much, He watches over as we suffer and holds us tight. He knows His Promise will be right there for us to bring His comfort. He will make His Joy in the morning live in us.

 

How can we ever forget Jesus’ suffering to bring us comfort? We are to be like Jesus.

THE UNFORBIDDEN CATHEDRAL

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(If we google the word unforbidden it is listed as an adjective and the opposite of forbidden.)

Worship our Lord. I was thinking about how many times God spoke to men in the Tabernacle as they would worship. I should go and look at all of the Scriptures to do this, but I really do not have the time right now. My mind is reminding me, there were more times to worship God away from a building, and more in His Creation. Where do we read that Jesus and His disciples spent their times in worship?

This is His unforbidden Cathedral. We can worship Him anywhere. God’s majesty of art is displayed in the hills, the pastures, the bushes, the dove, the lambs, the figs, and so much more. The Garden of Eden was the forbidden, Adam and Eve caused the end of it due to sin. Yet, we are still surrounded by beauty that is His gift to us, His unforbidden territory.

This just goes to prove, God is not in a cathedral; He is not in a building. He is everywhere in His Creation. Next time you take a walk, remind yourself He is with you always in an unforbidden Love.

Here is something to share.

Colossians 1:5 “the faith and love that spring from the hope that is stored up for you in Heaven and that you have already heard about in the word of truth, the gospel
(6 )that has come to you. All over the world this gospel is bearing fruit and growing, just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and understood God’s grace in all its truth.”

The hope that is stored up for you in Heaven…can be spread all over the world…!!

This is what I am praying for…the hope….of the world.  Never forget…our King of the World!