December 5, 2016
James Cameron, an explorer and filmmaker for National Geographic, was the first human to make the 2 hour, 36 minute descent into the deepest part of the ocean in March of 2012. At the depth of 8.6 miles, he saw what you and I will never be able to see in the Mariana Trench…but God can see it. He created it.
Thousands of years ago, when choosing the successor to Israel’s King Saul, the prophet Samuel was sure it would be Jesse’s handsome oldest son Eliab. But the Lord chose the unlikely youngest son, and informed the prophet that he saw something in David that no one else could see; God saw David’s heart. He created it. 1st Samuel 16:7
Our God alone can see our heart, too. Think about your heart and meditate on what God says about it.
- If you are brokenhearted, “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” (Psalm 147:3)
- If your heart is restless, “Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him; do not fret…” (Psalm 37:7)
- If your heart needs cleansed, pray “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10)
- If your heart is heavy, “Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you.” (Psalm 55:22)
- If your heart is anxious, give Him your anxiety and “…the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7)
Only God can see inside our heart. He created it. That’s why we can be open and honest with Him, and praise Him with David, who wrote: “I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” (Psalm 139:14)
October 3, 2016
Walking down a country road, a traveler was struggling under the heavy load he was carrying on his back. When a kind farmer saw the man, he stopped and offered him a ride on his wagon. Both the farmer and his horse waited patiently while the traveler got settled. A few minutes later, the farmer looked back and noticed that the colossal bundle was still on the traveler’s back, and asked him, “Why are you still carrying that heavy load?” the burdened man answered, “I thought it would be too much for the wagon. I’ll carry it.” Unfortunately, the man didn’t get relief from his back-breaking load because he didn’t trust the wagon.
Sometimes we’re like that foolish man. Our cumbersome load may be impossible to carry; we stagger through our days under its weight. Maybe we even pray about it, but keep trying to shoulder it on our own. We find no relief. The Psalmist encourages us in Psalm 55:22: “Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you.”
Let’s not be like the traveler on the wagon. Let’s lay our heavy burden down on the only One who is kind enough and strong enough to carry it. Our God CAN carry our burdens. Ahhh…what a relief!
(Join me every Monday of 2016 in my quest to know God better!)
December 15, 2011
If you ever wondered exactly what happens in heaven when you pray, here’s some of what goes on….
HE DELIGHTS IN IT! “The prayer of the upright is His delight.” (Proverbs 15:8)
HE HEARS! “The Lord is far from the wicked, but He hears the prayer of the righteous.” (Proverbs 15:29)
HE PAYS ATTENTION! “He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and shall not despise their prayer.” (Psalm 102:17)
HE SUSTAINS ME! “Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you….” (Psalm 55:22)
HE STAYS BY ME! “He shall call upon Me and I shall answer him; I will be with him in trouble.” (Psalm 91:15)
HE GIVES ME HIS PEACE! “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be know unto God’ and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6,7)
God takes our prayers very seriously; they move Him to compassion and to action. We are invited to enter His throne room boldly to find grace in time of need. Let’s delight God by praying more!!