November 12 “He spread His wings over us”

hands raised praise worshipHe found us in the bloody mess of our own sin or the sinful choices of others. Then He spread His wings over us, loved us, and made us His bride. What amazing love!

Today’s Readings:
Ezekiel 15 & 16
Psalm 123.1-4
Proverbs 28.20
Hebrews 8.1-13

Ezekiel 15 & 16:

Amazing love

Chapter 16.1-8 gives us a beautiful picture that is true of not only the nation of Israel, but of us. It pictures an unwanted baby left to die, yet God loved her and nursed her back to health. And the story doesn’t end there. Verse 8 says:

8 “When I passed by you again and looked upon you, indeed your time was the time of love; so I spread My wing over you and covered your nakedness. Yes, I swore an oath to you and entered into a covenant with you, and you became Mine,” says the Lord GOD.

God chose to love me and you, not because of anything desirable or good in us, but because of His character. He found us “in our own blood” of drunkenness, immorality, worldliness, fear, self-pity, rejection, abuse or the dozens of other ungodly choices and situations we find ourselves in, either because of our sin or the sinful choices of others. Then He spread His wings over us, loved us, and made us His bride. What amazing love! Continue reading

February 26 “Confident settled trust”

Hebrews 11.6 says without faith it is impossible to please God. But when we’re walking in faith, that confident settled trust in Him, we can have inner peace and joy in the midst of difficulty.

Confident settled trust

Today’s Readings:
Leviticus 21 & 22
Psalm 27.10-14
Proverbs 10.13-16
Mark 5.21-43

Leviticus 21 & 22:

Standards for leaders

In chapter 21 we see the high standard that was set for the priests. God has always required more from those who would lead and teach His people (1 Tim. 3.1-13, Tit. 1.5-9).

Titus 1.5-9:

5 For this reason I left you in Crete, that you should set in order the things that are lacking, and appoint elders in every city as I commanded you— 6 if a man is blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of dissipation or insubordination. 7 For a bishop must be blameless, as a steward of God, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, 8 but hospitable, a lover of what is good, sober-minded, just, holy, self-controlled, 9 holding fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort and convict those who contradict.

In 21.5 we see commands not to shave their heads or cut their beards or their flesh. These were pagan practices associated with grief. God does not forbid anyone to mourn. In fact, Solomon said, there is a “time to mourn” (Eccl. 3.4) and Paul said we should, “weep with those who weep” (Rom. 12.15). In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus said, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted” (Matt. 5.4). But we are not to mourn as those who are without hope (1 Thess. 4.13). We need to remember that those who die in Christ will be with the Lord and we will be reunited with them one day. Continue reading