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2 Samuel 6, Psalm 55, Ezekiel 14, 1 Corinthians 16

Our cities, our nation, our world is under attack. It seems winds of natural disasters are blowing from all sides not to mention the day to day turmoil of civil injustice and infighting that is leaving neighbor against neighbor. In just over two weeks our country has been slammed with not one but two devastating hurricanes that left thousands of people homeless overnight. I have been in awe of the powerful mighty hand of God. In seeing his power in the storm itself and remembering that even the winds and the waves obey his commands.

I am sure there are many people in awe of the power of God and many who are left wondering how a loving God could allow this to happen. If the waves and the wind obey his commands, why did God allow these storms to become so destructive.

I am sure David had a few of those thoughts go through his mind a time or two. During a trip to Jerusalem to Bring in the Ark of the Covenant back, there aw a little mishap. As the oxen stumbled, the Ark began to slide. One of David’s men instinctively reached out to catch it. God’s anger burned against Uzzah and he was killed instantly.

And David and all the house of Israel were celebrating before the Lord, with songs[c] and lyres and harps and tambourines and castanets and cymbals. And when they came to the threshing floor of Nacon, Uzzah put out his hand to the ark of God and took hold of it, for the oxen stumbled. And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Uzzah, and God struck him down there because of his error, and he died there beside the ark of God. And David was angry because the Lord had broken out against Uzzah. And that place is called Perez-uzzah[d] to this day. And David was afraid of the Lord that day, and he said, “How can the ark of the Lord come to me?” 10 So David was not willing to take the ark of the Lord into the city of David. 2 Samuel 6:5-10

What’s difficult to comprehend is that Uzzah was just trying to help protect the Ark. But sometimes there is no way to understand the Lord’s why.

Even though David was angry and fearful of God he knew that God was still good. He knew that God loved him and he knew that God was in control. Earlier in David’s life he had been through testing and knew what to do when things didn’t make sense. He turned to the Lord in prayer.

 

16 But I call to God,
and the Lord will save me.
17 Evening and morning and at noon
I utter my complaint and moan,
and he hears my voice.
18 He redeems my soul in safety
from the battle that I wage,
for many are arrayed against me.
19 God will give ear and humble them,
he who is enthroned from of old, Selah
because they do not change
and do not fear God.

22 Cast your burden on the Lord,
and he will sustain you;
he will never permit
the righteous to be moved. Psalm 55:16-19, 22

 

For those who still remain in the storm today, whether it’s Hurricane Irma or a trial or temptation you are struggling with, may you remember that God is good, God loves you and God is in control. Cast your burdens on Him and he will sustain you!

Dear Lord, thank you for your powerful and mighty right hand that upholds us in our times of deepest need. Be with all the storm victims as they pick up the pieces of their life and try to move on. Holy Spirit, move in the hearts of the hurting people like the winds of a hurricane that they would come to know you as their Lord and Savior. Amen.

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Genesis 46, Job 12, Mark 16, Romans 16

Scripture

“But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds of the air, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish of the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this?

In His hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind. Does not the ear test words as the tongue tastes food? Is not wisdom found among the aged? Does not long life bring understanding?

To God belong wisdom and power; counsel and understanding are His. What He tears down cannot be rebuilt; the man He imprisons cannot be released. If He holds back the waters, there is drought; if He lets them loose, they devastate the land. To Him belong strength and victory.”

Job 12:7 – 16a NIV

Backyard Birds in the Blizzard

Application

Spent quite a bit of time on Wednesday watching and feeding the birds out of our back window during the infamous blizzard of February 2010. They braved the howling winds, blowing snow and frigid temperatures the whole day pecking for and eating the food I would throw out the window for them.

Caused me to think quite a bit about why they would do this, especially in light of the verses I’d been focusing on for my post this week. What wisdom did God program into them to seek food, instead of shelter during the storm. They could have hunkered down in a bush somewhere isolated as best as they could from the storm, but instead they chose to eat.

As I shoveled and contemplated wisdom, I came up with a theory that I could also apply to myself. They garnered strength from the food in order to survive the storm, just as I must feed on God’s Word for strength and wisdom to battle the storms of life.

I may think that I have enough wisdom and strength to get by on my own, but when the blizzards of life blow, I in myself am not enough. Even when life is at its best, I in myself am not enough. Only in Him is found wisdom, power, counsel, understanding,strength and victory for each and every day, good or bad, calm or stormy!

Prayer

Father,

What a blessing to have Your Word so easily accessible in this country and what a blessing I receive when I partake of it. Only through Your strength and wisdom can I truly and fully live. I long to be fully reliant on You through every twist and turn of life. Please help me to put more and more of me behind me and more and more of You in front of me each and every day. “To the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ. Amen.” (Romans 16:27 NIV)

– Beckie (look2thehills)


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