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Ezra 7-10; Psalm 97; Revelation 4

When God loves me, He expresses it through so many different ways.  He cares for me, protects me and keeps me safe. Here is the simple story told through the eyes of Ezra and King David.

Beside the Ahava River,[n] I[o] asked the people to go without eating[p]and to pray. We humbled ourselves and asked God to bring us and our children safely to Jerusalem with all of our possessions. I was ashamed to ask the king to send soldiers and cavalry to protect us against enemies along the way. After all, we had told the king that our God takes care of everyone who truly worships him, but that he gets very angry and punishes anyone who refuses to obey. So we went without food and asked God himself to protect us, and he answered our prayers. We are slaves, but you have never turned your back on us. You love us, and because of you, the kings of Persia have helped us. It’s as though you have given us new life! You let us rebuild your temple and live safely in Judah and Jerusalem. – Ezra 8:21-23;9:9

 

Love the Lord
    and hate evil!
God protects his loyal people
    and rescues them
    from violence. – Psalm 97:10  CEV

I know it sounds too simple but it is.  I mean every day of my life I enter into it knowing that I am loved this way.  It does something to me each morning as a learn a new character trait of who God is and how He thinks.  But this simple story, the one of care, protection and safety do not grow old on me.  I find that when Revelations describes worship, I fit right in.

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord,
the all-powerful God,
who was and is
and is coming!”

“Our Lord and God,
you are worthy
to receive glory,
honor, and power.
You created all things,
and by your decision they are
and were created.”

Revelation 4:8,11  CEV

Father, You know more than anything on how much I want to honour You and Your purposes in my life.  Even though I cannot wait to join so many others in worshipping You in Your Kingdom, I can wait for such a time once my work is done here on earth.  In the meantime, I know I walk with You and in Your care, protection and guiding eye. I am so thankful and am enjoying all the attention You are giving me.  I love You.

Erwin (evanlaar1922)

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Judges 9,10; Luke 14:1-24

Luke 14

7 When he noticed how the guests picked the places of honor at the table, he told them this parable: 8 “When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited. 9 If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give this person your seat.’ Then, humiliated, you will have to take the least important place. 10 But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up to a better place.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all the other guests. 11 For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

It’s not about me.  When I make it about me and take the most prominent seat at the table, someone more important will come along and need my place and I will end up at the bottom.  When I make it about me, I end up humiliated and defeated.  When I make it about me, I will be repaid for my good deeds by receiving recognition and reciprocation.  When I make it about me, I can’t find God’s Kingdom.

It’s all about my relationship with Jesus.  When I am involved with a relationship with Jesus, I am free of ME!  Humility is built into relationship with Jesus.  Good deeds are done with no expectation of payback or recognition.  When I have relationship with Jesus, I have life.

We are called to have a relationship with Jesus.  Relationships are hard.  Going to church – easy.  Giving money – easy.  Doing good works and being helpful to those less fortunate – easy.  Establishing a meaningful relationship with the one who died, so that I may have eternal life – Difficult.   Why is this one task that Jesus called me to do personally, so hard to achieve.  Where is the 10 step list of how to have a meaningful relationship with Jesus?  I would even take the watered down 5 step list.  What works yesterday never seems to get me to the same place today. There is no coasting for me.  I have to deliberately set out each day to include efforts to grow my relationship with Jesus.  I guess it is no different than my relationships with my wife or kids.  It only grows stronger when I focus on them and what they want instead of on myself and what I want.  It’s not about me!

Father, please help me place my relationship with your Son over all other things in my life.  Shift my focus from me to Him and make His relationship with me the foundation for all other relationships in my life.  In your Son’s precious name, Amen

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