February 23, 2021
Working Towards God and Not Away
Let the one who is smart heed this stuff and ponder the loving deeds of the Lord. (Psalm 107:43, NIV).
Pal to Pal
One sunny afternoon, my household loved an attractive day on the zoo. To catch a little bit of cool air, we opted to enter the reptile home. Although it’s not my favourite, the boys have been anxious to see the snakes, so snakes it was. Inside a couple of seconds of coming into the lobby, all eyes honed in on the varied reveals.
Immediately a low growl like a crocodile permeated the room. Inside a minute, I might not see my candy Three-year-old, Tristina’s, blonde curls bobbing anyplace close by. Panic seized my husband and I on the identical time. The round constructing pressured him a technique and I the opposite. She was nowhere to be discovered. I raced out the constructing door, solely to see a form girl guiding Tristina again in direction of us. All of it occurred so quick. The considered dropping her and the mass aid of discovering her overwhelmed my coronary heart inside seconds of one another. She had by no means been vulnerable to wander in any respect, and we have been at all times so cautious, however in a single second of a fake crocodile growl in an exhibit, she ran.
The Christian life can really feel an entire lot like that, can’t it? We could be close to our God, inside arm’s attain, having fun with His presence, however then on the trace of 1 downside, a single circumstance, or sudden change, we discover ourselves operating away from God. That “low crocodile growl” causes us to grow to be vulnerable to wander.
We are able to’t forestall interruptions in life, as we realized in 2020. So how will we stay near the Lord when worry comes knocking on the doorways of our hearts? Psalm 107 comprises four tales of individuals in various circumstances. The primary three tales clarify how the folks had rebelled in opposition to the Lord and dedicated sin, so that they cried out to the Lord when misery got here. God heard their cry and delivered them. However the final story is totally different from the others. Nobody was in a state of rebelliousness in opposition to God. They have been merely bizarre folks going about their workday once they instantly encountered an interruption that knocked them for a loop.
In some unspecified time in the future, you and I’ll face misery simply because the folks in Psalm 107 did. whether or not within the type of rejection, abandonment, isolation, worry, or despair, it is going to come. Maybe like my candy little lady who feared a noise she felt to be actual, we’ll carry an emotional or psychological misery that makes us vulnerable to get lost from the Lord.
1 Peter 4:12, it says: “”Expensive buddies, do not be stunned on the fiery trials you’re going by means of, as if one thing unusual have been taking place to you.”
Then at this time’s key passage, Psalm 107:43 reads: “Let the one who is smart heed this stuff and ponder the loving deeds of the Lord.
The psalmist tells us precisely what to do in once we expertise sudden life intrusions. Somewhat than permitting life modifications trigger us to run AWAY from God, we should permit the interruptions to run TO God. As a substitute of being vulnerable to wander, we should be vulnerable to ponder.
What the psalmist is sharing on this fourth story is that simply as shortly as issues can change for the unhealthy, the Lord orchestrate circumstances to alter for good. No interruption is ever wasted in God’s financial system. Did you catch that? He at all times takes what the enemy means for evil and makes use of it for good. You’ll be able to relaxation in His redemptive plan in your life at this time!
Lord, after I’m caught off guard, assist me do not forget that You at all times take what the enemy meant for evil and use it for good. When the interruption threatens to halt my relationship with You, let the Spirit push pause in my coronary heart. Father, draw my consideration to Your love by means of the interruptions.
In Jesus’ Title, Amen.
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