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Our Lord is so good, He grants us many blessings. We can see Him in the daily course of events, in our homes, our jobs, our lives. I pray that these words help you to grow in your faith and recognize His hand in even the most mundane circumstances.
The picture to the right is of a Celtic Chapel located in Cornwall England. This building is approximately 1700 years old, and contains a holy well known for its healing powers.
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ďDonít let your heart be troubled. Believe in God. Believe also in me. In my Fatherís house are many homes. If it werenít so, I would have told you. I am going to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and will receive you to myself; that where I am, you may be there also. Where I go, you know, and you know the way.Ē John 14:1-4, WEB
I am struggling this week with anger and frustration. I am still waiting for a contractor to do work on a contract I signed several weeks ago. The contractor has kept me waiting for nearly three times as long as expected. Each week the answer to my questions is ďnext week.Ē There has been good reason for pushing off the work at least a few days or even a week, but there comes a time when oneís word is not trustworthy. Even now Iím waiting for the promised phone call that will give me the final date. ďI will call you in the morning,Ē the contractor told me via email last night and while it is still morning, Iím not counting on actually getting that call in the promised time.
It is frustrating, but the reality is that human beings are fallible and promises often go unfulfilled. Weíve all broken a promise of some sort or another. Weíve told our kids that we would take them to the zoo, but the car broke down and we couldnít go. Or we have promised to be part of a committee, but work makes it impossible to get to the meetings on time. Or we promise to make a favorite dish for dinner and the grocery store is out of a key ingredient. Promises are broken every day.
Our experience with broken promises has an impact on the way we believe and trust in God. Oh, we know that God is not fallible like human beings, but we still struggle with anger and frustration when things donít go the way we think they should. We pray and we donít get the answer we want. We believe that God can heal but illness and dis-ease lingers much too long. We trust that God is leading us down the right path but we donít seem to get anywhere. It is easy to say we believe, but the hard part is trusting that God can accomplish the impossible.
Thereís a story about an area suffering from a drought. The villages decided to gather in prayer, to ask Godís help. On the day of the prayer, the people from the villages gathered together, but only one small boy brought an umbrella. Thatís faith. Sadly, the adults had probably experienced unanswered prayers, so while they had faith enough to gather in prayer, they werenít so sure as to be bothered to be prepared for the answer.
We donít know if it rained in the story. It might have, and the boy would have been proven right in his trust. However, even if it didnít rain, we know that not every prayer is answered according to our expectations. God is faithful and trustworthy; He answers our prayers although we donít always understand His answers. But we can trust Him. He will not make promises that He canít keep. Even when the contractor makes yet another excuse, we know that God will not disappoint us. Jesus has prepared a place for us where we will dwell with our Father forever. This is a promise on which we can count.
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ďGive thanks to Yahweh, for he is good... give thanks to the God of gods... give thanks to the Lord of lords... to him who alone does great wonders... to him who by understanding made the heavens... to him who spread out the earth above the waters... to him who made the great lights... the sun to rule by day... the moon and stars to rule by night... to him who struck down the Egyptian firstborn... and brought out Israel from among them... with a strong hand, and with an outstretched arm... to him who divided the Red Sea apart... and made Israel to pass through the middle of it... but overthrew Pharaoh and his army in the Red Sea... to him who led his people through the wilderness... to him who struck great kings... and killed mighty kings... Sihon king of the Amorites... Og king of Bashan... and gave their land as an inheritance... even a heritage to Israel his servant... who remembered us in our low estate... and has delivered us from our adversaries... who gives food to every creature... Oh give thanks to the God of heaven...Ē Psalm 136, WEB
I have taken artistic license in the text of todayís scripture passage. I removed the refrain from each verse and replaced it with ellipses. Despite being the most important statement in the whole psalm, vital even in its repetition, I decided that we should look at the reason why it is so true. See, the ellipses replace the line ď...for his loving kindness endures forever,Ē which is the very reason that we should give thanks to God who is good, who is the God of gods and the Lord of lords.
We are called to give thanks because He alone does great wonders. He made the heavens. He created the earth. He made the sun and moon which do what He has created them to do. He saved His people from Egypt then guided, protected and provided for them through the wilderness to the Promised Land. He has the power to control nature and to overcome the kings of the earth. He does all this for the people He loves. But His love did not end at the Promised Land; it continued for Godís people even as they failed to be faithful. It continued for His people when He saved them from the greatest adversaries: sin, death and the devil. His love endures for us today.
Give thanks to God because His loving kindness endures forever. (WEB) Give thanks to God because Godís faithful love lasts forever! (Common English Bible) Give thanks to God because His love endures forever. (NIV) Give thanks to God because His faithful love endures forever. (New Living Translation) Give thanks to God because his mercy endureth for ever. (KJV) Give thanks to God because His steadfast love endures forever. (English Standard Version) Give thanks to God because His love never quits. (The Message) Give thanks to God because His lovingkindness (graciousness, mercy, compassion) endures forever. (Amplified Bible) So many different ways to say that Godís love is eternal.
God has done great things and shown His faithfulness to His people throughout the generations. I left out the key phrase in todayís passage above, but they are words that we should utter every moment of every day to remind us of the great and good things that He has done. His love endures, His mercy endures, His compassion endures forever. By His grace His people were saved from Egypt, but that was just a foretaste of the salvation that He would offer to the world through Jesus Christ. By His willing sacrifice which overcame sin, death and the devil, we will experience His love forever, dwelling eternally in His presence. We will sing these words with the great chorus of saints one day, but let us join them in singing the words today. ďGive thanks to Yahweh, for he is good; for his loving kindness endures forever!Ē
The following links provide some specially chosen scripture that tell the stories of the Birth and Passion of our Lord as Saviour Jesus Christ, as well as a fictional perspective of the Crucifixion. Spend time in God's Word, read about His life and learn of the wonderful gifts He has for you. Know Jesus Christ and honour Him today. Thanks be to God.
Scripture on this page taken from the American Standard Version of the Holy Bible which belongs to the public domain. Some scripture on this site taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. All rights reserved.
As you may be aware, I also write a weekly devotional on Wednesday called "MIDWEEK OASIS." For those of you who are familiar with lectionary scripture sources, MIDWEEK OASIS is based on the texts used by millions of Christians each Sunday. The lectionary consists of four texts: an Old Testament passage, a Psalm, a passage from one of the Epistles and a Gospel text. We are now using the lectionary for our A WORD FOR TODAY texts. This devotional is posted on Wednesday, at both A WORD FOR TODAY and at MIDWEEK OASIS.
You are welcome to use these words to share the Gospel of our Lord Jesus. Please remember to give credit to the Author who has given you these gifts, and keep in remembrance the vessel which He used to bring them to you. We pray that this site may be a blessing to you and anyone with whom you've shared it. Peggy Hoppes