February 29, 2016

What gives you happiness? What do you enjoy? Maybe your delight is found in your accomplishments, a relationship, a hobby, or a vacation. How would you finish this sentence: “I delight in _____.”? There would probably be as many answers to that question as “answer-ers”.

If God were to complete that sentence, He would say, “I delight in mercy.” The Old Testament prophet Micah confirms that: “He does not retain His anger forever, because He delights in mercy” (Micah 7:18)

Mercy, according to the online Merriam-Webster dictionary, is “kind or forgiving treatment of someone who could be treated harshly.”

That “someone” is you, and that “someone” is me. We could be treated harshly by our God, but we’re not, because He delights in mercy. God enjoys pouring out His loyal love on us. That’s a good reason for us to praise Him and to trust Him. Doing that, we delight in our God, who delights in mercy.

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October 14, 2010

“For the mountains shall depart and the hills be removed, but My kindness shall not depart from you, nor shall My covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord, who has mercy on you. Isaiah 54:10

No doubt, everyone who loves God’s Word has a favorite verse. This is one of mine, because in it, God assures me that HIS LOVE ENDURES FOREVER. Even in the most extreme situation; in the greatest chaos, confusion and loss, God will never, EVER stop loving me! He will ALWAYS give me His peace, and surround me with His mercy!

I was looking through an old “quiet time” journal, and want to share with you the prayer of praise that I jotted down on April 3, 2004 after having written Isaiah 54:10 at the top of the page. It was the expression of my heart then, and it still is! Read it slowly, and praise God with me!

“Lord, I praise You and thank You that Your kindness, peace and mercy will NEVER depart from me – no matter what!!
            Even if I can’t understand what’s going on,
                        Your kindness, peace and mercy will be with me!
            Even if I can’t hear You,
                        Your kindness, peace and mercy will be with me!
            Even when I can’t see the next step –
                        Your kindness, peace and mercy will be with me!
            Even until I see YOU face to face,
                        Your kindness, peace and mercy will be with me!
I praise You, Lord, for knowing that!
I praise You for being the God who NEVER breaks a promise!
I praise You because I can trust in You, the unchanging God.
I praise YOU because I can rest on Your promise that “YOUR LOVE ENDURES FOREVER”…forever…and ever! AMEN!

There is a beautiful song by Michael W. Smith titled “So Great” that reminds us over and over that God’s love endures forever. Click on the link and take a few minutes to listen to it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZZ5CWrufNg

Stuck in a Rut? Same Ol’ Same Ol’?

April 27, 2010

Just like we get bored with the same ol’-same ol’ in other areas, sometimes we just don’t read the Bible because we never did; we just don’t. That can be a rut. Or if we do read our Bible, reading it gets ho-hum. We may be in the habit of reading it just because that’s something we do. We get so used to the truths in it that we don’t allow God to really speak to us through it. We don’t get anything out of it, because we don’t expect to. That is also a rut. How about if we read God’s Word expectantly? How about if we pray, saying “Lord, open my eyes to the Truth You want me to know today.” Because God’s Word is living, powerful and applicable to every situation we face, we can open it, and let Him talk to us! Here are some suggestions I’ve found to be helpful to keep reading the Bible a fascinating daily experience:

  • Set aside a certain time and place each day to read your Bible. Early is good! Alone is wonderful!
  • Pray for God to speak to your specific needs. He will!
  • Open your Bible and have a pencil and notepad to write things you’re learning, or that God is reminding you of. If you don’t know what to write, here are some ideas you can build on:
  1. What is God showing me about Himself? Praise Him for each of His attributes you find!
  2. What is God telling me about myself? Sincerely confess sins that need to be confessed, and ask His help to make necessary changes.
  3. Is there an example that I should imitate in this passage? Imitate it!
  4. Is there a commandment I should obey? Ask Him for an obedient heart and right desires.
  5. Is there a promise I can claim? Write it on 3×5 cards, and put them everywhere. Read them often, and thank Him that He never goes back on His Word. NEVER!
  6. Does this reading point out something I should be thankful for? Thank Him!

God’s mercies and compassion are new on us every morning. He wants us to get out of our same ol’-same ol’ mode and expectantly look to HIM to renew our minds daily. Let’s step up to the challenge of discovering what He has to say to us; to renew our minds. He WILL speak to us. Let’s listen!


April 24, 2010

            A meeting with our supervisor at our place of employment can be arranged almost any workday. It might be more of a challenge to meet with the president of the company – although not impossible, we would have to work around his schedule. Meeting with the city Mayor would be an event that would require more preparation; and to meet with the Governor would be nearly out of the question. As average citizens, we can’t even imagine ourselves meeting with the President. Requesting a personal meeting with someone of such an important office is very unlikely. How about a meeting with God?

            The prophet Isaiah declared an eternal truth that should move us to awe and wonder. He wrote: “You meet him who rejoices and does righteousness, who remembers You in Your ways.” (Isaiah 64:5) He is referring to God meeting us! He is referring to the one and only true GOD: the eternal, all powerful, all wise Creator and sustainer of all the universes; the faithful, unchanging God who delights in mercy and truth; God who is perfect and holy, who loves us with everlasting, unchanging, unconditional love and wanted so much to forgive our sins and bring us back to a right relationship with Him that He offered His perfect, sinless Son Jesus to die in our place. This is the God who meets us!

            Because He is the initiator of all good things, He meets us! We don’t arrange the meeting; He does! Getting an appointment with Him is humanly impossible. No planning or effort on our behalf could ever arrange a meeting with Him! Not because He’s too busy tending to everyone else, or to all the catastrophes in the world; but because He is too holy and righteous to meet with us in our sinful state. Nothing we ever do could make us worthy to be in His presence; but with a deep longing to meet with us, “He made us accepted in the Beloved.” (Ephesians 1:6) We rejoice because we have the righteousness of Jesus Christ as our assurance that He will meet with us. God took the first step towards meeting us when Christ, who knew no sin, became sin for us “that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Cor. 5:21)

            When we remember God, His love, forgiveness and acceptance, we also recall His mercy and grace towards us. This causes us to worship Him and rejoice in the righteousness of Christ that is ours. He is faithful to meet us just as He met King David, who testified “You meet him with the blessings of goodness” (Psalm 21:3) God arranges the meeting…is there any meeting on earth that compares to that?

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