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Esther 5-10

This is a story demonstrating what not to do in more ways than one. We should never let circumstances dictate our behavior. Our behavior should be the same no matter what happens, if we trust in God. Our foundation should be so inground in us that we don’t react to circumstances, like those without God. People without God act like Haman. Haman was an angry man filled with bitterness towards one man.

Have you ever been in a room with someone like Haman? You can cut the negative tension with knife. They are not the only ones who feel it, everyone in the room is can feel it! As well as not wanting to be in the same room with the other person, you talk about it to whoever will listen, and hope that they will side with you. This is what happened in our story of Esther today. It was Mordecai the Jew vs. Haman. Just the presence of Mordecai made Haman’s blood boil. The world is big enough for everyone, but Haman didn’t know that. He and his followers had one motive in mind—get rid of Mordecai. He didn’t want it to look like a personal vendetta against Mordecai, so he conspired with the king to have all Jews killed. What he didn’t know, because she kept it to herself, was that Queen Esther was Jewish, and King Xerxes liked Queen Esther very much, enough to give her up to half of his kingdom.

Sometimes it is frightening to ask someone for a favor, for fear that they will reject our request. But if we never ask them, they will never know what you want, and you will never get what you need. The worst they could do is say “no”, but what if they complied? In Esther’s case, she could get a no, and she could have been killed. Esther was a brave, brave woman. She was willing to risk her life for others. She could have been selfish, after all, she has never told anyone that she was a Jew. But she loved her uncle, her fellow people and most of all her God. So, off to the king she went to see if she could save her people. Queen Esther and King Xerxes and Haman had a little dinner. And guess what? Haman was invited back again tomorrow.

Haman left the palace that day happy, beaming. And then he saw Mordecai sitting at the King’s Gate ignoring him, oblivious to him. Haman was furious with Mordecai. But he held himself in and went on home. He got his friends together with his wife Zeresh and started bragging about how much money he had, his many sons, all the times the king had honored him, and his promotion to the highest position in government. “On top of that”, Haman continue, “Queen Esther invited me to a private dinner she gave for the king, just the three of us. And she’s invited me to another one tomorrow. But I can’t enjoy any of it when I see Mordecai the Jew sitting at the Kings Gate.”
His wife Zeresh and all his friends said “Build a gallows seventy-five feet high. First thing in the morning speak with the king; get him to order Mordecai hanged on it. Then happily go with the king to dinner.” Haman liked that. He had the gallows built. (Esther 5: 9-14 The Message)

Haman’s first mistake is listening to his friends and wife. His second mistake was having the gallows build. He must have had a lot of hatred in his heart to build the gallows in the middle of the night. Wisdom is very necessary in discerning wise counsel vs. foolish counsel. And, most things done in anger don’t turn out the way you plan. But he acted out with his emotions flaring wildly, another mistake he has made over and over. You will be judged the way you judge others. Haman was heading for judgement day.

That night the king couldn’t sleep. He ordered the record book, the day-by-day journal of events, to be brought and read to him. They came across the story there about the time that Mordecai had exposed the plot of Bigthana and Teresh—the two royal eunuchs who guarded the entrance and who had conspired to assassinate King Xerxes.
The king asked, “What great honor was given to Mordecai for this?”
“Nothing” replied the king’s servants who were in attendance. “Nothing has been done for him.”
The king said,” is there anybody out in the court?’
Now Haman had just come into the outer court of the king’s palace to talk to the king about hanging Mordecai on the gallows he had built for him.
The king’s servants said,” Haman is out there, waiting in the court.”
“Bring him in,” said the king.
When Haman entered, the king said, “What would be appropriate for the man the king especially wants to honor?” (Esther 6: 1-6
The Message)

God has a sense of humor, sometimes at our expense. But Haman wasn’t laughing as he was escorting Mordecai around the town square. But that was just the beginning.

Tides turn quickly! One moment you are on top of the world, and the next, the wind has been knocked out of your sails. The way events have been perfectly aligned, is so God! Perfect timing is in God’s hands.

All through time, God has been faithful to those who take a stand for Him! There was Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and now there is Mordecai. Individuals who made a choice to stand for God no matter what. To refuse to bow their knee to any other god. When someone honors God in this way, the blessings keep coming to give them the courage to keep standing. When, God is for someone, nothing can be done to harm that person. God’s angel armies come to fight for them! They may not know it, and, they may not know how it will look, but for those with a strong constitution for God, even if they are killed for their beliefs, will be blessed. I know that death doesn’t sound like a blessing, but death is only temporary, and your soul, if it belongs to God, will be in His presence, with a beautiful crown designed especially for those who die for their faith.

King Xerses killed Haman and gave his estate to Esther. Mordecai became Haman’s replacement. Non-Jews were converting, because it was dangerous not to be a Jew. A decree was issued to allow the Jews to defend themselves. Many were killed by the Jews, but no plunder was taken. Afterwards they took it easy and celebrated with much food and laughter. Laughter is so important and cleansing. It changes your outlook. It lifts your spirits. It is good for the soul. This became an annual celebration.

Queen Esther was a woman to be imitated. She loved God, her family, and did the right thing even when it was hard. She was brave even though she was scared to death. She was created for such a time as this, to free her people from oppression. She was an orphan who was used by God to change the world. Hallelujah, what a legacy.

Likewise, Mordecai left a legacy for men to imitate:

Mordecai the Jew ranked second in command to King Xerses. He was popular among the Jews and greatly respected by them. He worked hard for the good of his people; he cared for the peace and prosperity of his race. (Esther 10:3 The Message)

Am I leaving a legacy?

Father God, Your handprints are all over Esther and Mordecai. Even if Your name is never mentioned, You are there with them. They may have had meek and hard beginnings, but You raised them up to be faithful to You, when the time was right. You like to use the weak, so they are aware it is not them, but You! Father God, I need to build my faith so that no matter what happens I will stand for you and not falter, even if it means dying for you. Please give me the strength to stand in all circumstances. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen!

Carol (carolvorwe)

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2 Chronicles 11:13- 15:19

If I read between the battles and the successes and failures of the kings of Israel and Judah, there is a lot of wisdom, perhaps similar to the book of Proverbs.  They read as follows:

The army of Judah won hands down because they trusted God, the God of their ancestors. (2 Chron. 13:18 The Message)

Asa was a good king. He did things right in God’s eyes. (2 Chron. 14:2 The Message)

Asa said to his people,” While we have the chance and the land is quiet, let’s build a solid defense system, fortifying our cities with walls, towers, gates, and bars.  We have this peaceful land because we sought God: He has given us rest from all troubles.” So, they built and enjoyed prosperity.  (2 Chron. 14: 7 The Message)

Then Asa prayed to God,” O God, you aren’t impressed by numbers or intimidated by a show of force once you decide to help: Help us, O God; we have come out to meet this huge army because we trust in You and who You are. Don’t let mere mortals stand against You! (2 Chron. 14:11 The Message)

Listen carefully, Asa, and listen Judah and Benjamin: God will stick with you as long as you stick with Him.  If you look for Him, He will let Himself be found; but if you leave Him, He’ll leave you. (2 Chron. 15:2 The Message)

“But it’s different with you: Be strong. Take heart. Payday is coming!” (2 Chron. 15:7 The Message)

Then he called an assembly for all Judah and Benjamin, including those from Ephraim, Manasseh, and Simeon who were living there at the time (for many from Israel had left their homes and joined forces with Asa when they saw that God was on his side). (2 Chron. 15:9 The Message)

Then they bound themselves in a covenant to seek God, the God of their fathers, wholeheartedly, holding nothing back.  (2 Chron. 15: 12 The Message)

The whole country felt good about the covenant promise—they had given their promise joyfully from the heart.  Anticipating the best, they had sought God—and He showed up, ready to be found.  God gave them peace within and without—a most peaceable kingdom.  (2 Chron. 15: 15 The Message)

What I take from the above is that God is real.  You can’t explain it to someone who hasn’t seen it for themselves, but Israel experienced the realness of God.  Once they did, and took hold of it, it changed them.  Some had to leave their families, or country—their creature comforts to take a stand to live for God, because everyone around them did not believe the same way that they did. 

Hearts are as unique as fingerprints.  The amount of the fullness of God, love, peace, and dreams it can absorb is infinitely impossible to measure and everyone who seeks God, is at different stages in life, wisdom, maturity, faith and hope.  Our experiences also figure in to what is allowed into our heart. 

I believe the heart is where it all starts.  Not just for faith, but for other decisions I make.  As I read through the battles, it was God who won, it did not matter who had the most soldiers, for God is not impressed with what I bring to the table.  He is only impressed that I show up at the table with my knees knocking so fiercely together that I can hardly stand.

Below is my interpretations of today’s reading:

What am I giving up because I am too weak to take one step forward, or even a second step forward?

What will God need to take away from me because I treasure it more than Him?  What priests am I kicking out so I can create my own, that fit better with what I believe.

My life is constantly up for grabs.

Peace allows me to get a good defense system.  If I am experiencing rest on all sides, then I need to be seeking and studying to get to know God better, so that when my next trial pops up, I have the wisdom and courage to draw my sword of faith, and battle with God in the lead.

God is the one who holds my peace and rest. Peace may only be from within me, but if it is from God, it is enough.

There is a difference between when I am serving God or when I am serving myself or others.

Prosperity doesn’t always mean riches.  It can be things that I can’t put a price tag on.

God is the one who wins my battles.  I need to acknowledge that, and not take the credit for myself. Without God, I am nothing.  But with God—all things are possible!!

If I have an open heart, and experience God, I will build my confidence in God, and will trust Him more and more in my everyday battles of life.

God never said I won’t have battles or troubles in my life.  But if I seek Him with all my heart, He will walk each step with me.  Through some, He might just shield me from the fiery darts, until I get to the other side of the trouble. Others, He will dispel before they begin, and some He will just give me a supernatural rest and peace until I meet Him face to face. Either way I win if I am seeking God and His wisdom.

I should always give to God joyfully from the heart.

I should never go to battle against God!

Payday is coming–I should never lose hope for my life eternal!!

O Great and Mighty God, I am so blessed to know you are for me and not against me.  Help me to never work against you, and if I do, quickly, I mean swiftly, help me to see what I am doing and turn my eyes back to you.  May my heart be bent towards you forever, for this is my desire.  Fill me more and more to overflowing with the goodness that belongs to those who call you LORD! In Jesus’ name I pray, AMEN!

Carol (carolvorwe)

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2 Kings 19:25-23:9

A remnant of the family of Judah yet again will sink down roots and raise up fruit.  The remnant will come from Jerusalem, the survivors from Mount Zion.  The Zeal of God will make it happen. (2 Kings 19:30-31 The Message)

It seems to me two things are true, well, several things-—God just never gives up on His people.  He always leaves a door cracked for us to return and do what is right.  His hope in us never fails! And, God loved David so much that He kept his promises that there would always be a remnant. It comforts me that if I live a good life, that is pleasing to God, that my children, or my children’s children, will be blessed because of it.  I feel that I was blessed and shielded because of my mother’s steadfast faith. And I was doubly blessed because after all my years of waste, I too found my steadfast faith.

Regarding the King of Assyria: He won’t enter the city, nor shoot so much as a single arrow there; Won’t brandish a shield, won’t even begin to set siege; He’ll go home by the same road he came; he won’t enter this city.  God’s word! I’ll shield this city.  I’ll save this city for my sake and for David’s sake.

And so it happened that that very night an angel of God came and massacred a hundred and eighty-five thousand Assyrians.  Then the people of Jerusalem got up next morning, there it was—a whole camp of corpses! (2 Kings 19: 32-35 The Message)

This shows me that God is able! He shields, protects and provides for HIS sake, not mine! God can cause His plans to happen, without one single bit of help from me.  I am His vessel, but I am not necessary to carry out His plans.  He allows me to be part of them!  And if you have ever participated in something God ordained, you will find that there is no high like the Most High!

During his life, Hezekiah followed after God, but then he became ill and the prophet told Hezekiah he was going to die.

Hezekiah prayed:

Remember, O God, who I am, what I’ve done!

I’ve lived an honest life before you,

My Heart’s been true and steady,

I’ve lived to please you: lived for your approval.

And then the tears flowed. Hezekiah wept. ( 2 Kings 20:3 The Message)

And then 5 verses later Hezekiah said:  “How do I know whether this is of God and not just the fig plaster? What confirming sign is there that God is healing me and that in three days I’ll walk into The Temple of God on my own legs?” (2 Kings 20: 8 The Message)

God sees the heart, and knows when prayers are sincere, or if the words are just trying to sweet talk Him, to get what is wanted.  He also knows when someone is acting like they are following God, but in their heart, is just following the crowd.

There is nothing that gets past God, and yet He blesses us in ways we don’t deserve.  God knew Hezekiah would question his healing, but He chose to heal him anyway. I am sure God was hurt by Hezekiah’s words, especially after God just said He would heal him, and add 15 years to his life.  It boggles my mind as to why he would question God’s goodness! And yet God gave him a sign signifying it was true. Instead of Hezekiah waiting just 3 days to see if he would walk in the temple, Hezekiah needed to know now!  I also can get so impatient with God, just like Hezekiah! I have to admit that what I see most in others, are the same things I struggle with.  I makes me sad that I cause God pain, that I stab Him in the heart with my words, disbelief, or actions. I never looked at it from His viewpoint.  O how I have grieved Him over my lifespan! But the goodness of God is so mysterious.  In spite of my actions or words, I still know He is for me, He is good, and He is faithful!!!

One final note is that people follow their leaders. God holds leaders to a higher standard.  All of us are leaders to someone.  When the kings were corrupt, the people were corrupt.  If the kings followed God, the people follow God.  If the parents lie, cheat and steal—their kids will lie, cheat and steal.  I have to learn to let Jesus be my leader, because He demonstrated The Father to me.  I have to learn to let the bible be my guide.  If I let Jesus be my leader, then those who follow and look up to me will be led straight into the arms of Jesus, and this just warms my heart.  My only prayer is for my faithfulness to be consistent and not waver.  Only through the power of the Holy Spirt can I demonstrate boldness and courage and faithfulness to God beyond me and my abilities.

God, I am so sorry for breaking your heart! You have been so good to me, and I have done nothing but want more, more, more!  Tomorrow is a brand-new day, help me to honor you and uplift you with my words and deeds.  May it be about you, and not about me! May I take you at your word and not question it. May I respond when you ask me to do something for your kingdom.  I know I won’t be perfect, but I want each day to be better than the last.  In Jesus’ name I pray, AMEN!

Carol (carolvorwe)

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1 Kings 2: 19 – 4: 19

When reading these chapters what I see is a lot of bad decisions. People should not get so caught up in a situation that they don’t have time to think about the consequences or who they might hurt along the way, or who might hurt them. I feel that these people were not thinking clearly, and not thinking with their brains but with their emotions.

Adonijah wanted something that wasn’t his to have. I am sure he knew that Solomon was to have the throne. But he wanted it at all cost. When his plot to take the throne did not go as planned, he came up with a new plan. If he had Abishag the Shunammite for his bride, then he could get the throne from another angle. Adonijah used Bathsheba, Solomon’s mother, to ask the king for Abishag for Adonijah’s wife. King Solomon saw through this scheme;

King Solomon answered his mother,” What kind of favor is this, asking that Abishag the Shunammite be given to Adonijah? Why don’t you just ask me to hand over the whole kingdom to him on a platter since he is my older brother and has Abiathar the priest and Joab son of Zeruiah on his side!” (1 Kings 2:22 The Message)

Maybe, just maybe, if Adonijah conceded to Solomon and dropped the “being king” business, he could have lived a longer life. But, instead power over took him and he continued to make bad choices. Choices always impact your life in some way, good or bad.

Perhaps, back then, they did not have prisons to put people in, so the penalty for all crimes was death. This is what Adonijah and Joab received.

Next came Shimei. He did not support Adonijah, but he had done evil to David. Solomon told him to build a house in Jerusalem and live there and do not leave. If he left, he would be killed, but if he stayed, he would remain safe. He “shook hands” on the deal.

But it so happened that three years later, two of Shimei’s slaves ran away to Achish son of Maacah, king of Gath. Shimei was told,” Your slaves are in Gath.” Shimei sprang into action, saddled his donkey, and went to Achish in Gath looking for his slaves. And then he came back, bringing his slaves. (1 Kings 2: 39-40 The Message)

Three years was a long time. Perhaps Solomon was busy dealing with other things- more important. But Shimei didn’t take the time to consider the consequences. He just sprang into action! Sure, the slaves were his, but, was retrieving the slaves greater than his life. Surely, he remembered the deal he had made! Sometimes it is better to let go of things, even if you are right. Shimei should have let go, but he didn’t, and it cost him his life.

The third example of getting caught up in a situation was the two prostitutes with one dead and one live baby. The mother of the dead baby was devastated. She quickly switched her dead baby with the other one. Did she really think that this would work? What mother wouldn’t know what her baby looks like? But she was desperate and was sorry for what happened and wanted to make it right, and thought by taking the other mother’s baby, it would solve her problems. My mom always said “two wrongs don’t make a right”, and this is a good example. No doubt her choices were wrong, but in her pain, she needed to make things right again.

After a moment the kings said,” Bring me a sword.” They brought the king a sword. Then he said,” Cut the living baby in two—give half to one and half to the other.”
The real mother of the living baby was overcome with emotion for her son and said,” Oh no, master! Give her the whole baby alive; don’t kill him!”
But the other one said,” If I can’t have him, you can’t have him—cut away!”
The king gave his decision:” Give the living baby to the first woman. Nobody is going to kill this baby. She is the real mother.” (1 Kings 3: 24-27 The Message)

She was so wounded that she didn’t want the other baby alive either. She wanted the other woman to hurt as much as she did. She was so selfish! But her choices were not made with her brain, but her emotions. I have learned never to make decisions in the heat of the moment, to wait until I calm down and am able to think more clearly. If I don’t do this, I, too, make bad choices! I hope the other mother found a new place to live when all was over.

Now we are going to switch over to someone who thought through a situation and made a good choice.

That night, there in Gibeon, God appeared to Solomon in a dream: God said,” what can I give you? Ask”

“And now here I am: God, my God, you have made me, your servant, ruler of the kingdom in place of David my father. I’m too young for this, a mere child! I don’t know the ropes, hardly know the’ ins’ and ‘outs’ of this job. And here I am, set down in the middle of the people you’ve chosen, a great people—far too many to ever count. “Here’s what I want: Give me a God-listening heart so I can lead your people well, discerning the difference between good and evil. For who on their own is capable of leading your glorious people?” (1 Kings 3: 5, 7-9 The Message)

What would I have answered God? Maybe as God assumed Solomon would answer—safety, wealth, health, happiness—all selfish things. Solomon already had wisdom, even if he didn’t see it in himself! His response was full of wisdom—knowing that he couldn’t do this alone—knowing he needed God!
Because he responded in a very mature manner, God gave him all the selfish things as well!

We all need to stop, take a breath, and ask God for wisdom when we are making our choices!

Father God, O how I need you every single minute of every single day. Left to myself, I can get in so much trouble. But with You by my side, in my head, and heart continually, I can rely on you to help me to make good choices. There are so many choices that we make without even thinking, help me to think of you first, and to ask for help first, so I don’t get caught up in the moment, going with the crowd, acting on impulse or devastation and reaching the wrong conclusion. I need you God, but better than that I want you in my life every single second of every single day! In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen!

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1Samuel 14:43-17:25

Saul became a disappointment in God’s eyes.  I wonder how much is too much, before I become a disappointment in God’s eyes too?  Surely Saul did some good things along the way.  But God, even though He is patient and forgiving, reaches a place where what I do, as a whole, matters, and deserves some consequences. Saul had reached that point! Even though God may take something away from me, it is still not hopeless.  It is just an opportunity to reset and restart.  Saul is at a place in his life that he must decide what he is going to do next. Please God or self?

  In 1 Samuel 15:17, Samuel told Saul- that when you started out, you were small even in your own eyes. But as you grew in power, your head grew even bigger.

Wherever he turned, he came up with a victory.  He became invincible! He smashed Amalek freeing Israel from the savagery and looting. (1 Samuel 14:47b-48 The Message)

All through Saul’s life there was war, bitter and relentless, with the Philistines.  (1 Samuel 14:52A The Message)

We know from past scripture what this meant.  It seems to me that God’s issues with the other towns were worst that His issues with Saul.  Therefore, God gave Saul victory.  But, God said if you are under my blessing, you will have rest from all your enemies.  Saul had far from rest.  He bounced from one conflict to the next.

His next battle was with Amalek and their people.  Saul was told that Amalek was under a holy ban. No survivors– not men ,women, children, infants or animals, no exceptions.

One good thing Saul did was to warn the Kenites to evacuate, or they would get caught up in his battle.  I think that is admirable and shows that you reap what you sow.  The Kenites were kind to the Israelites when they came up out of Egypt, now God is extending the kindness back in their direction through Saul. 

When the battle was over Saul had King Agag and the choice cattle and sheep.  Then He went to Carmel to set up a victory monument in his own honor.   When Samuel caught up with Saul, Saul said to Samuel that he ‘accomplished God’s plan to the letter”! Did he believe this himself? Later he admitted to Samuel that he saved the choice sheep and cattle to make sacrifices to God and had King Agag alive. 

I believe David said, that if your gift to God costs you nothing, it is not a sacrifice. I think that sacrificing animals that should have been slaughtered falls into this category.  God’s desire for me is to listen to what He asks of me, and then do it! He doesn’t want me to be showy or religious in name only, doing activities that make me look good to others. These things to God are worthless.  God is not complicated.  He sees my heart, my motives, and my intentions and if it is not solely to please Him, it is not a sacrifice to Him! 

Because of his actions, Saul lost the kingdom.  Samuel had to carry out God’s instructions, not Saul, and killed King Agag himself.  He begged Samuel to ask God to change His mind. Was it because he didn’t want to lose God, or because he didn’t want to lose his fame and power?  God knows motives, God saw Saul’s heart!

Maybe God knew that Saul would not be an ideal leader.  Maybe he was the most capable in the land, at that time. But he did not do the job as God asked him to do it.  Sure, he won some battles, but he didn’t do it with God as his main focus.  God was not his priority. Saul was only somewhat surrendered to God, only when it benefited him.  So, God had Samuel go to anoint a new king.  It makes me wonder, ‘Has God ever had to use someone else to do “my” job?’ Is there some time or place where I let God down?  I am sure there is, and it makes me sad.  I know there are times where I did a poor job of following God down to the last detail.  Just because I am not the leader of a nation, doesn’t mean I am not the leader of some body! It all matters in God’s economy.  The small parts make up the whole and every part is vital to what God wants to accomplish.  I can not take anything lightly, and think that it doesn’t really make a difference if I veer off to the left or right. How I get there is just as important as the end results are.  I may think that it doesn’t matter, but it matters to God!  God needs me to rise above the world’s way to His Way!

And so, Samuel went to find another king. Samuel looked at several of Jesse’s son and thought that surely this must be the one.  But each time God said no!

But God told Samuel, “Looks aren’t everything.  Don’t be impressed with his looks and stature.  I’ve already eliminated him.  God judges persons differently than humans do.  Men and women look at the face; God looks into the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7 The Message)

God selected the runt.  Isn’t it just like God to do it this way!  I just think that runt means the youngest, but still!  I am a runt in my family. God knows my capabilities.  My strengths and weaknesses.  But because I know what I can do on my own, it becomes very obvious to me, when God shows off and I am able to go way beyond all I could possibly imagine for myself.  God is so mysterious as he chooses the most insignificant to do the most significant things.

God said, “Up on your feet!  Anoint him! This is the one.” Samuel took his flask of oil and anointed him, with his brothers standing around watching.  The Spirit of God entered David like a rush of wind.  God vitally empowering him for the rest of his life.

Samuel left and went home to Ramah.

At that very moment the Spirit of God left Saul, and in its place a black mood sent by God settled on him.  He was terrified. (1 Samuel 16:12b-14)

Why does it take me until I lose something to really appreciate what I had? Saul was troubled.  I wonder what it was like to feel God’s presence leave.  I have heard when something goes, you fill it with something else. To have the presence of God replaced with a black mood had to be unbearable.  I have not suffered with depression much, but when I did, it was debilitating.  No motive, no energy or desire to do anything but mope.  It had to be so hard for Saul to live his new life.  What if I knew that without God all would be dark and desolate?  But hasn’t He already told me?

“God has just now torn the kingdom from you, and handed it over to your neighbor, a better man than you are. Israel’s God-of Glory doesn’t deceive and He doesn’t dither.  He says what he means and means what He says.” (1 Samuel 15: 28b-29)

Father God, you are the same yesterday, today, and forever.  Your word stands! You require obedience from me always.  By the power of the Holy Spirit, I ask you to help me to know how precious you are so that I will never have to be without your presence.  Thank you and Amen!!

Carol (carolvorwe)

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