I have been more aware of God’s amazing provision more acutely lately. Ashamedly realizing how ungrateful I’ve been at the same time, makes me amazed at the blessing and attention He continues to bestow. Why this makes me think of Noah, I don’t know.
First it made me think of Elijah being fed by raven’s by God’s design, and him having to trust the needful sustenance would be there when his stomach was growling. It must have been extremely strange. Certainly cause for anxiety. And ravens are not “clean” animals (Lev. 11:13), so Elijah must have been wondering, “I don’t understand this, God.” – I can relate.
But then I came to Noah in my considerations. His circumstances were totally strange – weird even. Today Noah would seem like Jules Verne, building some contraption for ‘rain’ – a new phenomenon. He had to wonder what God was doing; why was He making him go through this labor and for what?
I think Noah must have experienced – and (more importantly) paid attention to God’s provision in his life already. He had a basis for trusting God and thereby, the open door to more trusting and bigger blessing – stepping foot off the ark and onto a completely new world – BIG.
vs 13 If you desire to flourish in the court of the LORD in time to come, and the word ‘shall‘ is indicating a promise which God is sure to keep, you must be planted in the house of the LORD now.
How is it with you? Are you a member of a local Bible believing Christian Church? Definitely siding with God’s team on the path to bliss, or trying to ride the fence, or travelling incognito? Can your church attendance be described as “planted” or is it lackadaisical and non-committed. Do you have a ‘spot’ where you sit?
God cares that we are “not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. ” – Hebrews 10:25
Vs 12 is in contrast to vs 11; those at emnity with the righteous.
Those who belong to the Lord – Born Again Believers (because none are righteous apart from Jesus’ sacrificial blood) who God , Himself, declares righteous, shall flourish and grow.
Our church family encourages each other in hope (not a doubtful-wishing kind of hope, but a ‘now we have hope’ hope) of the promise that one day the devil and his agents that worked so ruthlessly and tirelessly against our goals will be put down and we will see it! The word shall indicates a promise, and you can mark it down – God did!
vs. 11 Seeing my desire upon my enemies means -GOD wins! God is true, and a faithful Friend (even when I’m flawed). I’ll choose Him!
Anyone who has ever mocked a Christian for their position (or worse persecution)- this is where their eyes meet, at the fork in the road….
One way to a blissful eternity with the Lord, the other to everlasting torment alone. Alone, utter loneliness (not so popular now), with physical pain and one’s own memories of unalterable regrets.
I’ll take the road to peace and beauty as a citizen of the Kingdom of God!
Please bear with me, as this site was down recently, and when it came back up, all the content from mid 2017 to present is missing. I can retrieve most, as I post it as a copy-and-paste style post on facebook (so scroll back on my facebook feed to see old, and not so old, blog posts) I will get things sorted out ASAP.
I have found a wonderful way to express myself and incorporate my love of memories, moments really, captured in a photograph.
I have been ‘digital scrapbooking’, and loving every minute of it.
vs. 10 Blessed Assurance – Heaven
We will feel like kings, exalted – The Bible says we will “reign with Him” Rev. 20:6. That’s a promise!
Anointed with fresh oil – like a new day, fresh and clean from the shower; but far, far cleaner that we can understand, now with new and fresh relationship with the Oil , which is the Holy Spirit.
Seeing how He wants to bestow such blessings and honor on us, should we not consider what honor we are giving Him each day ?
vs. 8-9 Praise and exultation to our Great Everlasting Lord who will rid the earth of sin.
Praise because God is most high forever.
Forever- From before He created “time” and the “In the beginning” which He designed for us to exist in, He was and is and will always be. It’s hard to wrap my head around this, because I am a creature of time and space.
Most High– Greatest and most powerful. Controller of everything and the orchestrator of all wisdom. His power and promises, His plans and His Person shall never be broken. He has authority, ownership, and the ability to accomplish all He desires, and there’s nothing that can stand in His way.
I must praise this Almighty One that chose to love and care for me. He has showered me with His favor and special blessings no one else could understand, and time and time, again rescued me (sometimes even from situations I caused), only because He chose to…I don’t deserve Him.
vs 7 When the wicked and the workers of iniquity flourish, the world nurtures and encourages them, but we must come together to to be encouraged in righteousness. More needful, however, we must come together to pray for families of children killed at school by schoolmates, or daycare centers attacked, or even other so-called Christians desecrating funerals. We must come together to pray!
Here it says, “they shall be destroyed forever.” That is God’s decree. I do not say we should pray for people’s destruction, but we must pray for people’s salvation. God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9)
vs. 6 We need to get together with our brothers and sisters in Christ who understand these things.
We walk everyday with those God calls foolish, not stupid; a fool is one who doesn’t perceive God or accept His hand in the working of their life. A fool says, “there is no God” (Ps 14:1). The world outside the church door is filled with brutish people – uncivilized and irrational. When I see naked heinies, brawls, and women using filthy, foul language at their children, they are uncivilized; and if we cannot ‘reason together’ as Isaiah invites us to do, people are irrational.
We need to come away, apart, to our church family, where we find civility, reasonable people without foolish perceptions, that are on the same page – and it’s a page out of our Good Book!