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Job 38-39; Psalm 149

In his challenge to Job, the Lord’s abilities stir a cheer from my heart. As he lists what only he can do, I feel peace. I feel joy. I trust him.

31 “Can you direct the movement of the stars—
    binding the cluster of the Pleiades
    or loosening the cords of Orion?
32 Can you direct the constellations through the seasons
    or guide the Bear with her cubs across the heavens?
33 Do you know the laws of the universe?
    Can you use them to regulate the earth? (Job 38:31-33, NLT)

I sit for this time and remember how he has orchestrated uncanny details in my life–a phone battery strong and unaffected after more than three hours of GPS (when its energy is generally sapped by a few podcasts and a Map My Run excursion); a captain’s bell buried deep underneath clematis vines; an encounter with a woman recovering from stroke, whose ability to speak was unhampered long enough for her to encourage me in a battle she was witnessing unfold that I was unaware of; a dear dog named Ruth who really and truly was an answer to my heart’s desire. I can go on and on.

I seek him and I find him. I trust him. I praise him.

Praise the Lord!

Sing to the Lord a new song.
    Sing his praises in the assembly of the faithful.

O Israel, rejoice in your Maker.
    O people of Jerusalem, exult in your King.
Praise his name with dancing,
    accompanied by tambourine and harp.
For the Lord delights in his people;
    he crowns the humble with victory.
Let the faithful rejoice that he honors them.
    Let them sing for joy as they lie on their beds. (Psalm 149:2-5, NLT)

I am humbled by his accomplishments–the universal, the mundane.

Lord, every year as I pass through your Word, I learn more about you, and more about myself. “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. (2 Timothy 3:16, NLT)” Thank you, God, that you love me so much to provide guidance and instruction for my good and your glory. Your Word is light and truth and hope. “For everything that was written in the past was written for our instruction, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures, we might have hope. (Romans 15:4, NIV)” Thank you, God, for words that give hope and encouragement in times that require endurance. You are life-giving, strength and stamina. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1, NIV)” You spell it all out and present it for the taking, generously, freely, and it is a feast for my heart and soul.

Courtney (66books365)

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Genesis 23; Nehemiah 12; Matthew 22; Acts 22

In Matthew 22 Jesus tells the parable of the wedding feast. The king prepared a banquet for his son, but the invited guests refused to come. The king then opened up the feast to everyone. The people in the streets were very receptive! I wonder if once word got around about how fabulous this banquet was there were some pretty upset folks wondering why they gave up the opportunity? I wonder if the people were resentful that the street people got to go?

In Acts 22 the saga of Paul continues. Paul has been arrested on charges that he was teaching “everyone everywhere” against the Jews and the temple and the law. Paul was able to quiet down the crowd and give his testimony. He gave the whole story that starts with his family and training credentials and describes how zealous he was for God just like the people in the crowd, maybe even more. I love how Paul often begins his testimony by relating to the audience. It seems to work, as they listen for quite a long time, even when the story becomes offensive to them. But as soon as he talks about going out to preach to the Gentiles the crowd explodes again. They cry “Rid the earth of him. He’s not fit to live!”. They really didn’t want any Gentiles in their exclusive little club. They were God’s people, and the Gentiles were not, and it was important to keep it that way. Even after the spectacular Damascus road story they were not willing to accept the notion of God’s grace much less God’s grace extended to Gentiles.

When I think about how that applies to me, or to our culture, I wonder if I have ever wanted to keep my church or my church circle of friends as my own little exclusive club. Do I ever look at those outside the church as unworthy? Do I really get it that I don’t deserve God’s grace any more than they do?

Lord, I want to accept my invitation to the banquet. It’s your banquet and you can invite anyone you choose. Help me to not only enjoy the banquet you provide but make room for all those that come through the door. And give me the strength to go out to the streets, to the “Gentiles” of this age, and extend your invitation.

Sue

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