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Judges 7; Acts 11; Jeremiah 20; Mark 6

Sometimes the Lord allows circumstances so difficult and sparse, that life can feel desperate. These desperate times, when forced beyond myself and my own resources, allow me to see that it is the Lord’s Hand that has saved and still saves me. Through His Mighty Power and Outstretched Arm, the victory; the overcoming; the provision; are obtained. Life is more than dust and flesh. It is more than food and clothes for the body. And sometimes, it takes a desolate place to draw my heart to His.

Judges 7

The Lord said to Gideon, “The people with you are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hand, lest Israel boast over me, saying, ‘My own hand has saved me.’ ESV

Gideon worshiped and he obeyed. And the Lord prevailed and provided the victory.

In Mark 6, Jesus calls His disciples to a desolate place for rest and reprieve.

31 And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” ESV

And yet, while there, so much in demand, that ministry continues:

35 And when it grew late, his disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and the hour is now late. 36 Send them away to go into the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.” 37 But he answered them, “You give them something to eat.” And they said to him, “Shall we go and buy two hundred denarii[f] worth of bread and give it to them to eat?” 38 And he said to them, “How many loaves do you have? Go and see.” And when they had found out, they said, “Five, and two fish.”39 Then he commanded them all to sit down in groups on the green grass. 40 So they sat down in groups, by hundreds and by fifties. 41 And taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing and broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples to set before the people. And he divided the two fish among them all. 42 And they all ate and were satisfied. 43 And they took up twelve baskets full of broken pieces and of the fish. 44 And those who ate the loaves were five thousand men. ESV

Five loaves and two fish to feed five thousand men. The Lord blesses the loaves and fishes so that there is more than enough. There are many areas in my life that are like the loaves and fishes. Can I give them to the Lord and watch Him multiply the provision? There are times when the steps and actions I take feel so small before that path that lays ahead and beyond me.  It is here that the Lord is calling me to faith. And this is His gift to me.

Lord, I ask You to clear my eyes. Remove the film of the flesh and the world so that I can see with eyes of faith. So that I, like Gideon and his three hundred, can blow my trumpet victorious and hold my torch high! So that I can see the work of Your Spirit like Peter, greater than what came before, a living flow for what is ahead. So that I can proclaim again and again that you take my loaves and fishes and you make them MORE THAN ENOUGH.  Help me to recognize You when You come walking on the water in my life. Forgive me, Lord. Renew my heart in You.

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Deuteronomy 31; Psalm 119; Isaiah 58; Matthew 6

Psalm 119:105

Your word is a lamp to my feet
and a light to my path. ESV

Matthew 6

34Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. ESV

Anxiety has always plagued me. In and out of life and seasons, it waits for me. There have been periods of time when the torment has been worse, much worse than others. And these have coincided- with seasons of physical imbalance and illness. And O! the relief when the anxiety abates and the frantic thread running through my mind and body finally calms and is still.

The spiritual power and life available to me in Christ is a healing provision. The power of the Word brings healing and peace to a mind troubled and full of unrest; the power of a verse to be an anchor in the storm. I am grateful for all the means of grace in my life- from household filtration systems to the gentle healing of the Lord through time and nutrition. And always, the Word.

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?[g]  Matthew 6 ESV

The Lord is so gentle in His assurance of His complete care and full knowledge. I often ponder this verse. Anxiety cannot add a single hour to life but it can reduce a life. The Lord speaks of value. The Lord speaks of what is important. Life is more than food and drink and clothing. This I know.

28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin,

29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.  Matthew 6 ESV

The Lord knows my need. And He cares not only for the need…but He adorns in beauty, too. And He beautifies that which lasts a moment. What does this mean for me? The extravagant beauty of my Lord.

33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6 ESV

Lord, what have I learned through a lifetime battle with anxiety but to trust You more and lean on You like a little child. I have learned of Your compassion and Your mercy; Your goodness and Your grace. Your generous giving ministers to my heart. You are bigger than my anxiety. I try to trust when the storm rages and praise when all is calm. I have learned gratitude for the good, peaceful times and strength to cling when it is hard. I have tasted the power of Your Word.

Help me recognize all the ways anxiety ravages my soul, and in those moments- seek You. Help me to meditate on Your Word. Help me to treasure it, cling to it, live by it, and memorize it. Your Word is life.

Psalm 119:114

You are my hiding place and my shield;
I hope in your word. ESV

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Deuteronomy 17; Psalm 104; Isaiah 44; Revelation 17

Deuteronomy 17

18 “Now it shall come about when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, he shall write for himself a copy of this law on a scroll [o]in the presence of the Levitical priests. 19 It shall be with him and he shall read it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the Lord his God, [p]by carefully observing all the words of this law and these statutes, 20 that his heart may not be lifted up above his [q]countrymen and that he may not turn aside from the commandment, to the right or the left, so that he and his sons may continue long in his kingdom in the midst of Israel. NASB

There is a practice floating around the blogosphere/Instagram called Scripture Journaling. It has intrigued and inspired me. Different writers generate and post monthly journaling plans with verses laid out for each day. Readers are encouraged and (hopefully) inspired to spend time each day writing the verses out by hand and receiving truth from the Lord through the process. This dovetails nicely with the new journaling Bibles that can be found … where a person can fill the margins of their beautiful Bible with artwork, illuminated lettering, notes, and highlighted verses (and more!) I think- also- the deliberate slowness… the slow-down of hand copying can still the mind and heart to hear from the Lord. Letter by letter; word by word; verse by verse- illuminated.

The physical process of writing has a direct connection to certain pathways in the brain. It is a process that is often replaced by the keyboard. Nonetheless, there is something special; something personal, individual, unique… even precious about an individual person’s own handwriting. In this, I think there is treasure- and I took note in Deuteronomy 17…where the king is commanded to “write for himself a copy of this law on a scroll…”  and… “he shall read it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the Lord his God…”

There is power in the careful copying of Scripture.

Isaiah 44

“Remember these things, O Jacob,
And Israel, for you are My servant;
I have formed you, you are My servant,
O Israel, you will not be forgotten by Me.
22 “I have wiped out your transgressions like a thick cloud
And your sins like a [r]heavy mist.
Return to Me, for I have redeemed you.”
23 Shout for joy, O heavens, for the Lord has done it!
Shout joyfully, you lower parts of the earth;
Break forth into a shout of joy, you mountains,
O forest, and every tree in it;
For the Lord has redeemed Jacob
And in Israel He shows forth His glory. (NASB)

Our whole hearts, our whole selves… the very earth itself -utterly abandoned in praise to God. The redemption of God is so glorious! And it is altogether wholly of God. It is His work and He has done it. Allowing the magnificence of His truth and great forgiveness to permeate heart and mind compels me toward praise and deep joy in Creation. And when I read these verses and others in this day’s assigned reading… I slow down my mind and heart- to realize how full and free my worship should be.

And….

Finally, beauty. Beauty.

Psalm 104

Bless the Lord, O my soul!
O Lord my God, You are very great;
You are clothed with splendor and majesty,
Covering Yourself with light as with a cloak,
Stretching out heaven like a tent curtain.
[a]He lays the beams of His upper chambers in the waters;
[b]He makes the clouds His chariot;
[c]He walks upon the wings of the wind;
[d]He makes [e]the winds His messengers,
[f]Flaming fire His ministers. (NASB)

-and-

Revelation 17

 And I heard a voice from heaven, like the sound of many waters and like the sound of loud thunder, and the voice which I heard was like the sound of harpists playing on their harps. And they *[a]sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders; (NASB)

There is poetry in the Word and the poetry is Him.

O Lord, You are covered with light as with a cloak.  You are very great.

Lord, help me create spaces to practice Scripture journaling and so receive the blessing of Your Word alive in my life. Let my Worship of You be full, abandoned, and free. Help my life and my words to reflect Your poetry and beauty. You are altogether lovely, holy, mighty, and worthy of praise. All the readings reveal Your glory. You are without blemish and sin. You rule over all creation. The mountains smoke at Your touch. Grant me a song, O Lord, to sing.

Psalm 104

Let the glory of the Lord endure forever;
Let the Lord be glad in His works;
32 [ae]He looks at the earth, and it trembles;
He touches the mountains, and they smoke.
33 [af]I will sing to the Lord [ag]as long as I live;
[ah]I will sing praise to my God [ai]while I have my being.
34 Let my meditation be pleasing to Him;
As for me, I shall be glad in the Lord. NASB

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Deuteronomy 2; Psalm 83; Psalm 84; Isaiah 30; Jude 1

Deuteronomy 2

“Then we turned and journeyed into the wilderness in the direction of the Red Sea, as the Lord told me. And for many days we traveled around Mount Seir. Then the Lord said to me, ‘You have been traveling around this mountain country long enough. ESV

“You have been traveling around this mountain country long enough.” Has the Lord ever said such a thing to you? This stopped me short. There will come a time when the Lord will say the wandering in the wilderness is complete- move on into this next new place. And He will have specific commands, instruction, and guidance for that new land. I pray I heed and listen. The Lord sees our wanderings, our cries, our tears, our struggles. Will we be surprised when His intervention comes? Wandering is a tutor toward meekness.

Psalm 84

5Blessed are those whose strength is in you,
in whose heart are the highways to Zion.[b]
As they go through the Valley of Baca
they make it a place of springs;
the early rain also covers it with pools.
They go from strength to strength;
each one appears before God in Zion. ESV

What strength, beauty, and life is conveyed here in this passage… a place of springs, covered with pools… there is a secret in God that can transform the valley into a place of life. To me, this passage speaks of the overcomer. The one who is transformative through God through the challenges, valleys, and difficulties of life. To appear before God in Zion- to be in His Presence; His city. The one whose strength is in God will have the highway to Zion in his heart. The healing, life-giving Presence of God will flow into the deep places of his life and bring provision, and refreshment. In my heart, I know that Zion and the highway- the Valley of Baca – these are figurative and they speak of more than just what is face value here. To go from strength to strength is to be like the hind- hind’s feet on high places… leaping from mountain top to mountain top- in victory.

11For the Lord God is a sun and shield;

the Lord bestows favor and honor.
No good thing does he withhold
from those who walk uprightly.
12 O Lord of hosts,
blessed is the one who trusts in you! ESV

You, O Lord, are a sun and shield. You bestow favor and honor. The NASB says, “The Lord gives grace and glory;” Grace and Glory. Favor and Honor. Help me, O Lord to walk uprightly.

Isaiah 30:12

 For thus the Lord [p]God, the Holy One of Israel, has said,

“In [q]repentance and rest you will be saved,
In quietness and trust is your strength.” ESV

So many times, I am in tumult. Tumult in mind, tumult in emotions. Even tumult in circumstances. The Lord calls me to repentance, rest, quietness, and trust. “In quietness and trust in your strength”  This reminds my heart of: “Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10 ESV He is there and He saves.

29You will have [aj]songs as in the night when you keep the festival,

And gladness of heart as when one marches to the sound of the flute,
To go to the mountain of the Lord, to the Rock of Israel.
30 And the Lord will cause [ak]His voice of authority to be heard, ESV

“You will have songs in the night…. Gladness of heart… the mountain of the Lord…”

These words speak to my heart of welling, flowing praise and worship to God. Rejoicing, bubbling up… Songs in the night. Lord, grant me songs in the night and gladness of heart. Let me rejoice to hear Your voice of authority and let me be glad to go to the mountain of the Lord! -to go singing and in worship into the holiness of Your Presence.

Jude 1

Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, 25 to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time[h] and now and forever. Amen. ESV

Serendipitously, in concert with the Spirit- just this week, I shared this doxology with my children- and tried to sing to them a song- from our very first church… the one into which my first four children were born. What a glorious exultation and prayer! You are able, O God! To You be the glory!

Lord, in grace and gentleness, teach me more to trust in You. Mold my heart and open my eyes to see Your work in my life. Help me to know that you are not far off and a day will come when You will say: You have wandered in this wilderness long enough. May I go from strength to strength and make every valley a place of refreshment, bloom, and life. In my heart, may there be a highway to Your Presence. Grant me songs in the night and quietness and rest in You. Help me to teach my children of You and remember the songs of praise and worship that are part of our heritage in You. Lord, thank You.

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Numbers 24; Psalm 66; Psalm 67; Isaiah 14; 1 Peter 2

1 Peter 2

Laying a foundation of identity and value. Defining who I am and what should be precious to me. Precious. Calling me to an integral life that follows Christ’s example and in His steps.

The Word of God is renewing, restoring, life-altering truth to my mind- a mind that is prone to darkness, forgetfulness, and the influence of the world.

Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good. NIV

Crave pure spiritual milk. Crave the Word. I have spent a lot of time lately, thinking about how I can live more aligned with this reality. How can I live the preciousness and life-giving reality of the Scriptures day to day? And, O the promise: Taste that the Lord is good!

Jesus is the living stone and most precious. Likewise, we are living stones. We are precious.

As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house[a] to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For in Scripture it says:

“See, I lay a stone in Zion,
a chosen and precious cornerstone,
and the one who trusts in him
will never be put to shame.”[b]

Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. NIV Emphasis mine

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. NIV

Light and darkness. Not a people; now a people. No mercy; recipient of mercy. My heart and my mouth should be singing and declaring praise, full of joy and wonderment. Sometimes, I need to be reminded.

How to live to glorify God during present difficulties in a land of unbelief:

13 Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, 14 or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. 15 For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people. 16 Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves.17 Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor. NIV

Live as free people. Live free. Use freedom to honor God.

19 For it is commendable if someone bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because they are conscious of God . But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. 21 To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. NIV

Recently, I spent some personal time reflecting on this theme in 1 Peter. The theme of suffering from wrong (undue, unjust treatment.) We were reading passages aloud daily from 1 Peter 4 for a couple of weeks- trying to gain comfort and instruction and peace. A personal trial afflicting myself and two of my teen-aged children had lanced our hearts- and O! how needed it was and is to remember that vengeance belongs to the Lord and that He has specific directives for us when we are wronged and misunderstood. The beautiful secret and treasure is this: Christ is found and made manifest in real, personal ways during such times. When I am writhing in heart pain and I have grace to turn to the Lord, I find Him in very intimate ways. Indeed, we are called to entrust ourselves to Him who judges justly – just as our Perfect, blameless Lord did… and we are gathered into fellowship with Him in that place, in the midst of the pain and trial.

We are granted grace to live to righteousness through Christ:

23 When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. 24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” NIV Emphasis mine

Lord, help me to prize what you prize. Help me to live in the reality that You, Jesus, are so very, very precious. Help me to live and walk free in Christ for good, for honor, for Your glory. Let my life proclaim Your excellencies- You who have called me out of darkness and into Your marvelous light!

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Numbers 8; Psalm 44; Song 6; Hebrews 6

Psalm 44

 O God, we have heard with our ears,
our fathers have told us,
what deeds you performed in their days,
in the days of old:
you with your own hand drove out the nations,
    but them you planted;
you afflicted the peoples,
    but them you set free;
for not by their own sword did they win the land,
nor did their own arm save them,
but your right hand and your arm,
    and the light of your face,
    for you delighted in them.

You are my King, O God;
ordain salvation for Jacob!
Through you we push down our foes;
through your name we tread down those who rise up against us.
For not in my bow do I trust,
nor can my sword save me.
But you have saved us from our foes
and have put to shame those who hate us.
In God we have boasted continually,
    and we will give thanks to your name forever.  ESV; emphasis mine

 

Your right hand; Your arm; the Light of Your face. Planted.  Set Free. Delighted in. Saved. Lord, may You be my continual boast. May I ever give thanks to Your Name.

 Song of Solomon 6

4You are beautiful as Tirzah, my love,
lovely as Jerusalem,
awesome as an army with banners.
5Turn away your eyes from me,
for they overwhelm me—

Song of Solomon captivates me with its beauty. It is the loveliest of lovely. What is it to be overwhelmed and astonished in love- so immense? So immense- it is too much and he says, “Turn away your eyes from me, for they overwhelm me.” Overwhelm, in the deepest, soul revealing way.

 10“Who is this who looks down like the dawn,
beautiful as the moon, bright as the sun,
awesome as an army with banners?” ESV

The dawn, the moon, the brightness of the sun. An awesome army with banners waving. The sense that all this glory is just an imitation of He who is. The true Real.

 Hebrews 6

17 So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath, 18 so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. 19 We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, 20 where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek. ESV

Your mercy, O God. “So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose.” Lord, can I even comprehend what the unchangeable purpose of Your character means? You, so steady and trustworthy to the uttermost. You are refuge. We can flee to you in strong encouragement, exhorted to hold fast to the hope set before us.  A Sure and Steadfast Anchor of the Soul. Our hope. We can avail the inner place behind the curtain. Jesus, our high priest forever and ever. I am awestruck that You even care to provide such strong encouragement to me. When I am tossed asunder, again, again, forgive me Lord. And to know that You do! You do.

Lord, all the longing of my heart points to You. All the inexpressible sweetness of desire and beauty; of words and creation; of hope; and of promise.  It finds its fulfillment in You. To know that it is Your right hand, Your arm, the very light of Your Face and not me…it is in You I trust. When all around me seems to give and sway, Your mercy offers the image of an Anchor. I have a place behind the curtain. For you have saved me from my foes. You are my King, O God. Help me to walk planted, free, and thankful.

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Leviticus 21; Psalm 26; Psalm 27; Ecclesiastes 4; 1 Timothy 6

The pierce of trial quickens my sensitivity to God and His truth.  I find my heart lanced and hurting and I struggle to fight bitterness. It leaves its own, marked taste in my mouth. Yet, what can compare to the sweetness of Christ- drawing my heart and quickening life unto me in desperate times? How grateful I am for the staying, strengthening Hand of God!

Psalm 26:

But as for me, I shall walk in my integrity;
redeem me, and be gracious to me.
12 My foot stands on level ground;
in the great assembly I will bless the Lord. (ESV)

In a present difficulty, I have determined to do what I know is right, regardless what others do or say. (From 24 Family Ways- Way #21) And in God’s sovereign grace, our family just happened to be spending the week in this Way when it was so very appropriate for me.

I shall walk in my integrity; redeem me, and be gracious to me.”

Not only have I had opportunity to exhort children unto this Way, I also have opportunity to walk in this instruction. God brings me to the end of myself so that I can know it is His LIFE working in me granting me power to walk in His Way and in the Light. And in this, so I can share in the sufferings and strengthening of the children I exhort and correct. It is not mere words. It is our very life.

Psalm 27:

The Lord is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold[a] of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?

When evildoers assail me
to eat up my flesh,
my adversaries and foes,
it is they who stumble and fall.

You are our Light, O God. Fear and trepidation and the paralyzing, polarizing spectre of conflict looms among us. And anger, Lord. Anger. But, You. You are the stronghold of our life.

Though an army encamp against me,

my heart shall not fear;
though war arise against me,
yet[b] I will be confident.

One thing have I asked of the Lord,
that will I seek after:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord
and to inquire[c] in his temple.

For he will hide me in his shelter
in the day of trouble;
he will conceal me under the cover of his tent;
he will lift me high upon a rock. (ESV)

Hidden in You, is where I purpose to stay. These are the days when I find myself beyond my understanding and reckoning. It is here that I hide myself in You because nothing is hidden from Your sight and Your mercy knows no end.

And now my head shall be lifted up

above my enemies all around me,
and I will offer in his tent
sacrifices with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make melody to the Lord.

Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud;
be gracious to me and answer me!
You have said, “Seek[d] my face.”
My heart says to you,
“Your face, Lord, do I seek.”[e]
    Hide not your face from me. (ESV)

Let it always be:

My heart says to you, “Your face, Lord, do I seek!”

Turn not your servant away in anger,
O you who have been my help.
Cast me not off; forsake me not,
O God of my salvation!
10 For my father and my mother have forsaken me,
but the Lord will take me in.

11 Teach me your way, O Lord,
and lead me on a level path
because of my enemies.
12 Give me not up to the will of my adversaries;
for false witnesses have risen against me,
and they breathe out violence. (ESV)

 

False witnesses rising against me. Is my expectation of people too large? I think it is, O God. Help me instead to walk in mercy and in Light when wronged. Help me extend grace and deal in Wisdom. There is not time to waste pondering and considering the wrongs; yet, only You can untangle the knots in my heart.

13 I believe that I shall look[f] upon the goodness of the Lord

in the land of the living!
14 Wait for the Lord;
be strong, and let your heart take courage;
wait for the Lord! (ESV)

Conflict paralyzes me. False witnesses rising against me. Against some I love.  Hide me in your shelter in the day of trouble. I will be hidden and small in the face of accusations and arrows. Keeping always my eye upon you. My heart toward You. Orienting my self, my life toward that one thing…. You, O Lord.

You promise to teach me Your way- You will lead me on a level path because of my enemies.

I Timothy 6

11 But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13 I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before[d] Pontius Pilate made the good confession, 14 to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 which he will display at the proper time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16 who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen. (ESV)

O Lord, there is so much in life that is confusing and difficult to navigate. Our human brokenness, weakness, and error follows us in and out of every day. You are the true Source of all Wisdom and Direction and Your mercy knows no bounds… even to those who are enemies. Change my heart O Lord, that I might look with mercy and love on those who have wrongfully accused me. Let me take your directive as my strong mission. When others judge or harshly correct, I know that I (we) are hidden in You and enfolded in Your mercy. You are the only One who has the full and complete understanding about everything. Keep me humble and help me trust that my vindication is found in You and I am complete and free in Christ !

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