Daily Archives: November 7, 2010

2 Kings 20; Hebrews 2; Hosea 13; Psalm 137, 138

No mistake at all!  God has clearly been tenderly speaking to me in my quiet time and also in today’s Scripture readings about His mercy, His grace, and His goodness in the midst of life’s difficult times.

In 2 Kings 20, Hezekiah, who was one of the outstanding kings, was under a death sentence.  In his tears, He pleaded with the Lord through a beautiful prayer for God to deliver Him and heal Him.  Immediately, God heard Hezekiah’s prayer, answered his prayer and granted Hezekiah fifteen more years of life.

In Hosea 13, the Lord  pronounces a relentless judgment on the nation of Israel, who has turned her back on the Lord and has become self-sufficient while forgetting Him.  In the midst of God’s judgment, He shows an unwavering and undeserved measure of grace upon Israel, by giving the people a hope of the promised resurrection and the defeat of death (Hosea 13:14)

In Psalm 137, the psalmist laments and weeps over the bitterness of captivity from Babylon.  His heart is so broken that he says he can’t even sing anymore.  But God hears his prayer and promises mercy by promising to destroy Babylon and set the captives free.

In Psalm 138, David prays a prayer of thanksgiving to God who has revived him in the midst of trouble.  God has stretched out His hand and He has not only protected David from His enemies, but He has also brought him through all of His difficulties, continuously bringing glory to Himself.

In Hebrews 2, Jesus Himself, is made lower than the angels and He is made perfect through suffering.  Even though He was the Son of God, and even though He is God Himself, His death and suffering upon the cross saves all who believe and place their trust in Him.  Through His suffering, He has completed all that is necessary for my salvation.

God is teaching me about life and what it truly means to grow in Him.  I am learning that He is often using suffering and trials to teach me how to be more sensitive to others and more sensitive to the teachings of the Holy Spirit, who is at work in me for the purpose of bringing glory to God.  These passages today, have not only reminded me of His unfailing love, His hedge of protection, and His unwavering mercy and grace, but they have also reminded me that knowing pain and suffering in my own life is sometimes necessary in order for me to be able to share His love with others, by reaching out in love and compassion to others who hurt.

I am learning that this is one of the most valuable lessons on being His servant.  So therefore, I have resolved to continue to ascribe praise and adoration to Him for every difficulty, every trial, and every heartbreak.  May I respond to Him with love and joy for the works He continues to do in me and through me.

Oh, Lord, how awesome you are!  How great you are!  You are awesome beyond words, but my heart longs to praise you so much that even though words cannot describe how awesome you are, I still refuse to be silenced.

Lord, I love how your beautiful Word sings to my heart.  I love how you teach me and I love how you orchestrate absolutely everything for your glory, which ultimately is for my good.

Lord, please continue to teach me how to find you and love you more and more in the storms of life.  Show me how to put into practical application everything that you teach me.  Give me a heart that sets the world on fire for your love.  Lord, I confess that often as I am weeping to you and thirsting for you, that it is often difficult to hear your voice, but you always still remind me of your blessings, your presence, and your precious love.  I am weak, Lord, but I ask that you make your strength perfect in my weakness.  Take each and every moment, each and every breath, and use it for your glory!  May I not waste one moment of this time you have given me.

Search me, O God, and know my heart;  Try me, and know my anxieties;  And see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

I love you Jesus, with every bit of my heart!

John (johnd7264)

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