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1 Samuel 4-5; Galatians 4; Psalm 77

I have never seen this before, but didn’t the army of Israel look at the ark as a good luck charm – is that why they shouted?

As soon as the ark of the covenant of the Lord came into the camp, all Israel gave a mighty shout, so that the earth resounded. – 1 Samuel 4:5 ESV

So now they are untouchable, not because God walked with them but because they turned the ark into their “god.” I can recall right away movie scenes where people used the cross as their good luck charm or even the Bible and they warded off evil – only in the movies of course.

What do people see I put my trust in – my hope in – where does my joy sustain itself? I was challenged to love those I am with so that they could see God’s love for them.

My little children, for whom I am again in the anguish of childbirth until Christ is formed in you! – Galatians 4:19 ESV

What makes my relationship with God harder than a good luck charm is that it costs me. First, that I care so much, and secondly that it means that my conversations with others are not shallow, but rather deep and meaningful. Finally, I forget the change is indeed painful. I go forward because I have learned that the benefits far outweigh the cost.

Are there doubts? Of course, why else the good luck charms? That is why Psalm 77 is so relevant as we experience change. This verse in particular grabs my attention.

Has God forgotten to be gracious?
Has he in anger shut up his compassion? – Psalm 77:9 ESV

Just like Israel, just like those I am walking with, I pray and I know God answers. Problem is solved. Then my feelings get involved and I wonder if He has received my notice because nothing seems to be changing. Then I wonder if I have sinned a sin that has blocked His favour. Too much wondering, too much worry and when I settle down and relax, rest, God speaks His love and everything goes back on track. No lucky charm required.

Father, I have learned to be patient and I have learned to trust You. From time to time, I find a way to forget, but I love the fact that when we spend time together, everything else comes together too, even my memory. Your love is powerful, fills my cup each day. I am thankful for the little resemblance I have of You and joy in others seeing You in me. Thank you. Amen.

Erwin (evanlaar1922)

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Leviticus 12-14; Acts 8

I think I take it for granted that the priests in the Old Testament were taught everything they needed to know by God. The fact that He spent two chapters on leprosy amazes me this morning as I think about the specifics of how God can instruct us on things we know nothing about.

The Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying,  “When a person has on the skin of his body a swelling or an eruption or a spot, and it turns into a case of leprous[b] disease on the skin of his body, then he shall be brought to Aaron the priest or to one of his sons the priests. – Leviticus 13:1-2  ESV

I cannot think of a current individual living today who asked God to reveal the secrets of the universe to them, but my favourite from a past generation was George Washington Carver who asked God to reveal the secrets of the peanut. He obtain 300 different uses for the peanut and credits God for giving each one to him.

He would begin each day with prayer that God would reveal secrets to him about plants and vegetables.  It is reported that once Carver prayed, “Mr. Creator, show me the secrets of your universe.” “Little man, you’re not big enough to know the secrets of My universe, but I’ll show you the secret of the peanut,” was the reply.

I think I need to live in this hope again.  I also think I need to see Jesus able to work, actually, get involved in transformational work when it comes to people. I know that it is hard to visualize enemies coming into our church and finding a relationship with Jesus. More difficult to have someone in the church becoming a deadly betrayer even though none could be worse than Judas was to Jesus. That cannot be the end of the story.

Saul was ravaging the church, and entering house after house, he dragged off men and women and committed them to prison. – Acts 8:3  ESV

I am reminded of this in the life of Saul who later is transformed and called Paul. Even a deadly persecutor, and maybe in my world today,  it could be people group in the Middle East, as an example, can become great allies and partners in the cause of Christ. That is the way God works. That is the kind of power He has.

Father, why do I settle for so little? Why is my prayer life so timid? You are amazing. May I change the way I see You today for who You really are – a revealer of the secrets of the universe and the transformation power behind lives changed! Amen.

Erwin (evanlaar1922)

 

 

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