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GOD’S THOUGHTS

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Day 261

“How precious also are thy thoughts unto me,
O God! How great is the sum of them!”
Psalm 139:17

You are continually in the thoughts of our heavenly Father. There is not one moment He does not consider you; so much so that those thoughts are many. That God should think about us is our treasure. He knew us before the foundations of the earth, knows us now and unto eternity with Him.

Proverbs gives us another glimpse of our Father when it reveals He is “delighting in mankind.” He takes pleasure in His people. We are His vineyard and He is interested in everything we do. As a parent delights in His children, so our Father delights in us.

How great is the sum of Your thoughts towards us, O Lord.
“Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!” (Psalm 31:19). Yes, it seems impossible that God would continually hold us before Him, but He is our Father. This is our inheritance in Christ.

“How precious it is, Lord, to realize that you are thinking about me constantly! I cannot even count how many times
a day your thoughts turn toward me. And when I waken
in the morning, you are still thinking of me!”
Psalm 139:17-18

THE FATHER’S SHEEP

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Day 202

“Your servant was tending his father’s sheep”
1 Samuel 17:34

What were David’s qualifications? He visited the Israelite encampment and found that the Philistine’s had sent a giant named Goliath out to taunt them into battle. Being a massive man and mighty warrior, he presented an overpowering and frightening presence to the Israelites. They were no fools, so they stayed in camp. It was this scene that David came upon.

David was a very young man, most likely in the 12 to 17 age bracket (favoring the younger age). As the youngest he took care of his Father’s sheep. His brothers were serving in the army. And while taking care of the sheep, he had already proved himself in battle with a lion and a bear, killing both. They had taken from the flock. He saw Goliath no differently, as one who would kill the Father’s children. David won the right to do battle with Goliath. David declared, “I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts . . . this day the Lord will deliver you into my hands . . . for the battle is the Lord’s” (1 Samuel 17:45-47). The remaining story is well known.

What were David’s qualifications? There was only one; “Your servant was tending his father’s sheep.” Our Great Shepherd is Christ, and He is tending the Father’s sheep—you and I. He has laid down His life for us, making full provision so that not one us will be lost. Neither the lion nor the bear shall take one away, for our Great Shepherd has conquered death, setting us free. He said, “And this is the will of God, that I should not lose even one of all those He has given Me, but that I should raise them to eternal life on the last day” (John 6:39).

“Blessed be the Lord, Who has not given us to be torn by their teeth. Our soul has escaped as a bird out of
the snare of the trapper; the snare is broken and
we have escaped. Our help is in the name of the
Lord, who made heaven and earth”
Psalm 124:6-8

WHO WE ARE

Saturday, September 18th, 2010

Day 196

“We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes,
and we looked the same to them”
Numbers 13:33

What has changed?

God not only set His people free, He gave them provision for every step of the way. And the proof of His promise was in their hands; “…they cut off a branch bearing a single cluster of grapes. Two of them carried it on a pole between them, along with some pomegranates and figs.”

Yet, when problems mount, crises comes, and there seemingly is a mountain before us, we suddenly see ourselves as weak, powerless, and defeated. And all these are suddenly giants in our life! What has changed? It certainly isn’t God who has changed. He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.

Our heart fails us! What a contradiction! We suddenly are a defeated people that are led to accusing God of not keeping us. We’re holding the fruit of the land in our hand, His provision and treasures for us while declaring, it’s all over and we’re finished.

How foolish we are! Even if God permits circumstances in our life that are troubling, His promise is that He will take us through them and we will emerge untouched. Nothing happens in our lives except what He has permitted. And He declares for those who love Him that it is to our good. Stand up and be courageous, you are a son of God and all is well. He is your God and is with you to the end.

“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name; you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
When you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned;
The flames will not set you ablaze.”
Isaiah 43:1b-2

OUR FATHER’S HELP

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Day 180

“Thou art my help and my deliverer”
Psalm 40:17

Deep in our nature there is a great desire to be accepted. It is the nature of love. Sin has twisted this in a way that we deeply struggle with these issues. Consider how much the word ‘self-esteem’ pervades discussions today. The wrongful expression of these deep desires leads to sin.

God greatly desires our love. He created us to love and know Him. And He longs to have our whole being and heart to love Him. But, how can we love God with our sin, faults, imperfections, failures, etc.? We are blinded by our own flesh. Even the best of our intentions, all our self-strength, strongest will, best efforts will not cleanse us or make us right. We may express our desire and say we love God, but our lives often seem to prove otherwise.

God is our helper. He can do what we cannot do. He can do what is not possible. That’s why He first loved us. Then He shed His love abroad in our hearts so we can love. And He promises to circumcise our hearts – cleanse us and make us right. He is a Father who looks upon His children with tenderness and will do whatever it takes to make us clean. He will lead, direct, and take us through life to accomplish His purposes. He is a glorious God full of grace and mercy for us, His children.

“The Lord will cleanse your heart …
so that you will love Him with
all your heart and soul”
Deuteronomy 30:6

HIS PRESENCE

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

Day 162

“I will not forget you”
Isaiah 49:15

Ever go through troubled times or long periods of dryness? We do not sense God’s presence or nearness and depending on our understanding, may believe God is distant, mad at us or has withdrawn from us. None of these are true.

God said, “I will remember you.”

He remembers because He loves us.

His love is a love that endures forever [Psalm 136:23]. His love is seen in His faithfulness and longsuffering. And most important and difficult for us to understand, His love is not conditioned on our behavior. It is an unconditional love and it does not change because of circumstances.

He does not forget us. We are always before Him and His presence is with us through the Holy Spirit, a seal of our inheritance. Regardless of our feelings and senses and what we are experiencing, He is always with us.

“See, I have engraved you on the palms of My hands,
your walls are ever before Me”
Isaiah 49:16

HIS GUIDANCE

Sunday, August 8th, 2010

Day 158

“The Lord will always guide you”
Isaiah 58:11

One of the amazing characteristics about our heavenly Father is His faithfulness. Our experience tells us that if we do not perform well that we should not expect anything. If we are rebellious, choose our own ways and sin, we should expect judgement and lightening in our lives. But, the fact is that God is faithful and true to His nature in grace, mercy and compassion and He acts according to His divine purposes.

A clear example of this is the Israelites after being freed from Egypt. They grumbled, complained, rebelled and sinned. Yet, God in His kindness made provision to them. He did not fail them in any way. He continued to guide them to the Promised Land. Jonah ran away when the Lord directed him to prophesy. The Lord pursued him and he reluctantly went and did it; and then complained afterward. Yet the Lord gave him provision and spoke to him softly, guiding Him.

There are endless examples in the scriptures of those rebelling, sinning and going their own way. God continued to guide them, give provision and make a way for them. He is a gentle Father who knows just how to bring us out of rebellion and sin. Don’t ever believe for a second that God forsakes us because we go off the path. We may be alienated because of our actions, but He changes not. He is faithful.

“He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched
land and will make you strong. You will be
like a well-watered garden, like a spring
of water that never goes dry.”
Isaiah 58:11