Archive for November, 2012

Thanksgiving

Posted: November 19, 2012 in Devotions

Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness,
And for His wonderful works to the children of men!
For He satisfies the longing soul,
And fills the hungry soul with goodness.

Psalms 107:8, 9 NKJV

I shared this psalm in its entirety on Sunday morning with the folks who gather at the Connection and following a brief devotional many shared their thanks in the meeting. What struck me about this worship number was that no matter what men had done that God loved them so much He provided salvation when they cried out to Him. Their sins and troubles were varied; so were His solutions.

In the first stanza those in need were lost without a place of their own. They wandered in the wilderness without direction. They also lacked resources to the point of physical need. What did they do? They cried out to Him. What did He do? He gave them direction to the city He had planned for them. Most of all, He gave them a place to belong. A base to face the world from so they were no longer lost. Next there were those trapped in darkness. They were bound in rebellion’s sin with chains like iron and Death was the their prison guard. When it seemed that nothing could save them, they cried out to Him and HE SAVED THEM. He broke down the door and shattered the chains. Others were trapped in foolishness. Some in arrogance. Some in self-loathing. In every case when they called on Him, He appropriately saved them by meeting their needs.

He was even willing to dry up rivers to get their attention. Our God will meet us wherever we are when we humbly cry out to Him. Even when our trouble is our own fault if we will call on Him, Jesus will save us. He will provide a place for us, give us wisdom through His word if we are foolish, make the seas rough so that we honor Him, and with endless love meet us to save so that we become “them” – the redeemed who give thanks for His wonderful ministry to average people (the children of men).

Grateful because He has saved/is saving/will save me when I call on Him!

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Right Doesn’t Mean Righteous

Posted: November 8, 2012 in Devotions

O Lord , correct me, but with justice; Not in Your anger, lest You bring me to nothing.
Jeremiah 10:24 NKJV

Jeremiah was in a serious situation. His nation was under judgment from God. He had been appointed to be the prophet to the nations. He wasn’t just appointed to his own people but to bring God’s message to the nations around his own. This caused him to be looked upon as a traitor by many of his own people. In the middle of it all Jeremiah finds that he is in need of God’s personal correction.

Jeremiah is giving his people a lesson on idol worship and what it will cost them. He is warning them to not learn worldly ways. His message details the disobedient path they have taken. He cries out for his own correction. He wants God to put him on the right track. He wants to get away from self righteous judgment and evaluate his own relationship with The Lord. Jeremiah humbles himself here even though he is the prophet to the nations and has been given God’s word of judgment against others.

Sometimes we need to speak correction to each other but let it always be with our own sin as perspective. The fact that we are aware of another’s sin doesn’t make us righteous; even when that awareness is from God. The humility from recognizing our own need for God’s correction will keep us from becoming arrogant.

Lord, as we grow up together in you, help us to be humble when instructing, correcting, and even rebuking each other. Thanks for your just corrections that do not destroy us but deliver us.

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