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Seeking His Face

Yet you have not called on me, Jacob, you have not wearied yourselves for me, Israel.” ~Isaiah 43:22

What does this mean?  I’ve been thinking about this verse the past couple of days and a couple of thoughts ran through my mind.   The word ‘wearied’ means to exhaust oneself in whatever job, study, or activity one is doing, and the verse, “Seek the Lord while He may be found” also came to mind.

I remember a few weeks ago the Spirit asked if I loved Him enough to seek His face.  My only honest answer was not as much as I should.  I haven’t exhausted myself in seeking Him out, so I can enter into the rest which Jesus speaks of in the gospels, “Come to me you who are WEARY and HEAVY BURDENED and I will give you REST”.

He’s still calling to me and all of us.  If we call upon Him, He will answer us and be with us in trouble and satisfy us beyond what any of us can think.

Lord forgive me for not seeking you out and not wearing myself to come to you for sweet rest.  I know you will do a good thing and will remember the past no more as you’ve promised.  Thank you Father, in your name Jesus I ask amen.

Till Jesus wills it,
Godspeed!

Naomi and Ruth: Unflinching Loyalty

picture_3How different were these two? Jew and gentile, old and young, believer and unbeliever till Ruth made her passionate and endearing pledge.

“Please don’t tell me to leave you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay, I will stay. Your people, will be my people. And your God, my God. Where you die, I’ll die too and may God to me and more also if anything but death parts you and me!”

If Naomi and her husband ever had a daughter, I wonder if she’d ever be so loyal as Ruth was. A Moabite, sworn enemy of Israel but what a picture of the family of Christ and I like to think of her also as a bridal picture too. Unflinching in her loyal love. Ruth’s a princess in rags, she’s poor but diligent in her work to make life comfortable for her aging mother in law, she honors Naomi as the proverbs and the letters from Paul agree to honor the aged and the parents.

Boaz, a prince in Israel notices her gentle grace and he admires her loyalty and integrity. Both from opposite sides of the tracks as it were, it would’ve been forbidden but true love and God’s plan wins in the end.

How does Ruth fit into what the church now should be like? she doesn’t care about scrutiny and probable gossip, she focuses on one thing only; Naomi and her welfare, she carries herself with grace and beauty but not in such a way as trying to draw attention.

Paul says there’s neither Jew or gentle, slave or free that we’re all one in Christ Jesus, loving one another onto love and good works so people can know we are His if we love each other with unflinching loyalty.

Till Jesus wills it,

Godspeed!

Remember Who’s You Are

jesuslambWhat if no one cared enough to search for something or someone precious? What if they had gotten so fed up no matter what happened they were going to give up and write off?

The older brother in the prodigal son didn’t go out and search for his missing younger brother, why? After the younger son came back the oldest wasn’t happy, in fact he was pretty bitter and angry about his brother showing up at all.

What does that say of the sibling relationship? What does it say about us as the family of God when we don’t go out and search for the lost coin, brother or sister who let us down, but instead write them off and think its their problem when really is it? I’m not so sure, we ARE our brother’s keeper.

My friend, I am the older brother in quite a few ways; I’ll be honest with you, I’ve had feelings bitterness and self righteousness towards the lost and fallen away when I should’ve remembered what I had been before I came into this life. God spoke to me through this, actually He spoke to me through my mother when she was telling me about the book called “The Prodigal God.”

Lord Jesus forgive me, keep pride and self righteousness far from me and let me learn again how love the way You do. In Your name amen.

Till Jesus wills it,
Godspeed!

A Tale of Two Brides

“Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in Meribah, as you did that day at Massah in the desert. Where your fathers tested and tried me, though they had seen what I did. For forty years I was angry with that generation; I said, ‘They are a people whose hearts go astray, and they have not known my ways.’ So I declared on oath in my anger, ‘They shall never enter my rest.'” ~Psalm 95:8-11

Thinking of this passage the last couple days, something clicked in me. You remember me talking of my love for fairy tales? Well, it came back, only with a greater punch because here it’s the real deal.

God has always had a heart for being intimate with us, so it struck me when I thought of this that Israel, when she was rescued by God from slavery in Egypt, may and should have been head over heels in love with her Savior. Oh she was happy to be free from slavery, but in love?  Nope! It was God’s mighty works that she wanted, not His ways, nor to be intimate with Him.

Instead she went her own way and tried and tested Him again and again. No wonder He got fed up with her ingratitude.  But being God and His desire for Love being stronger then Israel’s wickedness, He revealed another Bride – the one He had in His heart from the beginning of time.

After Jesus had been resurrected, she came forth from His Son’s bosom and she’s been learning and coming to Love her deliverer. She’s also been abused and mistreated but she has reacted different then Israel. Her heart is becoming pure, learning to forgive and cling closer to her Lover.

One bride was proud and unworthy, the other has gained a heart of flesh to become humble, and with her Lover’s blood has become worthy.

One will not enter His rest, the other has. Only one thing is required; don’t harden your heart to His voice.

Till Jesus wills it,

Godspeed!