Nehemiah 9:17 – “But You are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love.” (NIV 1978)
My Musings – God did not discover grace, compassion, love and forgiveness in the New Testament. It has always been there. God did not compromise His justice, righteousness and wrath against sin in favor of these other qualities. He reconciled them at the intersection of the cross. This was not a fall back plan after centuries of “failures” of the Law. It was always the plan, even before He created man and woman.
My Advice – Available to all who believe and receive. Do not pass it up.
Psalms 103:2-5 – Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits. He forgives…heals…redeems…crowns…satisfies…renews…. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – But we do forget. In the midst of pain or sorrow or stress or misfortune, we lose focus of the benefits and refocus on the problem. We forget how many times in the past He has delivered us. If we remembered it would be so much easier for us to endure.
My Advice – Recall to mind, on a regular basis, how much God has done for you. Be specific. This will make it so much easier to recall them when you go through similar difficulties. Then it be less likely that you will say “how am I going to get through this” and more likely to say “I remember when God helped me through something just like this.”
Psalms 27:14 – Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD. (NIV 1984)
My Musings – Nowadays we’ve become much too accustomed to instant gratification, and waiting can be frustrating. It used to be that we had to wait for the picture tube to warm up before we could watch our favorite show. If we missed it, we had to wait for the summer re-runs. But it seems the faster things get, the more annoyed we become with even the slightest delay. It’s been said of God that He is seldom early, but He is never late. He does not wear a Rolex or a Timex. God measures time by its “fullness” – the right or appointed time.
My Advice – Wait for the appointed time. There is a reason it has been appointed. Be patient and wait on God.
Matthew 7:9-11 – “Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” (NIV1984)
My Musing – Who among us, when we were children did not play dad off against mom or mom against dad, until we got the answer we wanted? I wonder Continue reading “We’ll See”
Psalms 13:1, 2 – How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and every day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me? But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, for He has been good to me. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – David was a “man after God’s own heart,” yet he had moments of great despair and questioning of God. At the same time, He could see God’s goodness of the past and anticipate with trust in his coming salvation and deliverance.
My Advice – You can question and be sorrowful, but you need not despair. God has been good and faithful to you in the past, and He is willing and able to do the same in the future. Take comfort in that thought no matter what the circumstance.