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Set Apart

This day the Lord thy God hath commanded thee to do these statutes and judgments: thou shalt therefore keep and do them with all thine heart, and with all thy soul.

Thou hast avouched the Lord this day to be thy God, and to walk in his ways, and to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and to hearken unto his voice:

And the Lord hath avouched thee this day to be his peculiar people, as he hath promised thee, and that thou shouldest keep all his commandments;

And to make thee high above all nations which he hath made, in praise, and in name, and in honour; and that thou mayest be an holy people unto the Lord thy God, as he hath spoken.

~~ Deuteronomy 26:16-19 (KJV)

Today’s reading is a renewal of God’s covenant with the people. In it He sets out the results of fidelity to God – blessings.

But the most astonishing part of this passage is that the Lord calls us not only His people, but also a holy people consecrated to Him.

The word consecrated means set aside for exclusive use. We have been set aside as the exclusive possession of the Most High God. What in the world can He want with us?

God wants our voluntary and exclusive fellowship with Him. Because He is sovereign and all-powerful, He could coerce this fellowship. But He prefers that we come to Him of our own volition. He wants our willing hearts brought to Him openly.

This can only happen when we have been brought to our knees, to the end of ourselves. After we have acknowledged our sinful natures and accepted the death of Christ as our personal savior. After we have been born again as Jesus told Nicodemus.

Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.  ~~  John 3:3 (KJV)

He asks for our complete trust in Him, telling Him all that is in our hearts and listening for his response, His vision for our lives, His will.

Can we set aside everything else and focus only on Him?

Father, God,

Imbue us with Your Holy Spirit. Remind us constantly that You want us to be Yours. Help us to acknowledge our need for salvation and to accept Jesus as our only Savior. Grant that we may keep our eyes and hearts focused on You alone.

In Jesus’ most precious name.
Amen.

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Does God Need Our Help?

Now Sarai Abram’s wife bare him no children: and she had an handmaid, an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar.

And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, the Lord hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai.

And Sarai Abram’s wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife.

And he went in unto Hagar, and she conceived: and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes.

And Sarai said unto Abram, My wrong be upon thee: I have given my maid into thy bosom; and when she saw that she had conceived, I was despised in her eyes: the Lord judge between me and thee.  ~~  Genesis 16:1-5 (KJV)

Does God really need our help?

When God promises something, we are foolish and impatient to try to hasten its fulfillment.

Look what happens to Abram and Sarai. Sarai knew about God’s promise of a son. But she convinced herself and her husband that God was too slow and needed their help.

How many time do we do this? We hear a call of God upon our lives, and we start off well. But when things seem to be moving too slowly we decide we know how to help God make things work faster.

God knows hearts. We just know appearances. God has reasons for His time line we know nothing of. Sarai’s proposition seems to make sense from a human standpoint. But she doesn’t figure on the human emotions Hagar’s pregnancy can stir up in both women. And even in Abram.

You see, God has His own plans and doesn’t need our help to bring them to fruition.

What he does require is our patience and faith.

We need to draw closer to Him to bring our will into line with His, to reinforce our faith in His steadfast love, and to strengthen our patience to wait upon His timing

Father, God,

Help us to understand that Your will for us is perfect, that Your timing is perfect, and that all we need to is wait upon  You.

In Jesus’  most precious name.

Amen

First published January 6, 2009
Finite Reason or Infinite Wisdom

Finite Reason or Infinte Wisdom

Focus verses: Genesis 16: 1 – 5.

Does God really need our help?

When God promises something, we are foolish and impatient to try to hasten its fulfillment.

Look what happens to Abram and Sarai. Sarai knew about God’s promise of a son. But she convinced herself and her husband that God was too slow and needed their help.

How many time do we do this? We hear a call of God upon our lives, and we start off well. But when things seem to be moving too slowly we decide we know how to help God make things work faster.

God knows hearts. We just know appearances. God has reasons for His time line we know nothing of. Sarai’s proposition seems to make sense from a human standpoint. But she doesn’t figure on the human emotions Hagar’s pregnancy can stir up in both women. And even in Abram.

You see, God has His own plans and doesn’t need our help to bring them to fruition.

What he does require is our patience and faith.

We need to draw closer to Him to bring our will into line with His, to reinforce our faith in His steadfast love, and to strengthen our patience to wait upon His timing.

Father, God,

Help us to understand that Your will for us is perfect, that Your timing is perfect, and that all we need to do is wait upon You.

In Jesus’ most precious name,
Amen.

A Tale Of Intrigue And Three Little Words

Focus verses: Jeremiah 38:1-28

God’s prophets are not always accepted and respected by the people. Jeremiah is a prime example. But God is never far from those He has called and is working behind the scenes for their good.

I find it interesting that King Zedekiah inquires of Jeremiah and then asks Jeremiah to keep their conversation secret. In fact, he orders Jeremiah to lie for him. And Jeremiah does as he is told.

Life does get complicated. But the key to un-complicating life lies in verse twenty.

Obey the Lord by doing what I tell you. Then it will go well with you and your life will be spared.

Obey the Lord. Three little words that will guarantee success in any undertaking. Obey the Lord.

We don’t always have a Jeremiah around to interpret for us. Sometimes obedience seems complicated because we are not sure we know what the Lord would have us do.

The answer is simple. Check out the scriptures. If what you are contemplating lines up with the known will of God as revealed in the scriptures, you can be pretty sure that’s the will of the Lord.

Father, God,

Open our ears to hear Your voice so that we may be quick to obey. Grant us the assurance that You will lead us and not let us be led astray into disobedience.

In Jesus’ most precious name.
Amen.