Today’s Worship Walk: 2 Peter 3:9

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 “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”

2 Peter 3:9

I’ve been doing a Bible read-through plan online. Suffice it to say I will not be finished according to their timetable, but I’m glad to be taking the journey. There’s no better way to see how so many threads of God’s truth are woven into both the Old and New Testaments.

This verse highlights one of those truths, namely that God is patient. As I read Peter’s words, I can’t help but think about the testimonies Moses and Isaiah gave about God’s long-suffering  with the Israelite nation centuries earlier. It’s also easy to make the same observation about His grace for me.

Because I don’t know about you, but in my experience growing more like the Lord is not a straight shot upwards. It’s a long path that often zig-zags – I’ve even walked backwards at times. From what I see, others have gone through that over the years, and like me are amazed by and grateful for God’s persevering love!

“Nothing can separate, even if I ran away, Your love never fails

I know I still make mistakes, but You have new mercies for me every day

Your love never fails”

(from Your Love Never Fails, by Skinner/Mcclarney)

 

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Today’s Worship Walk: Proverbs 29:25

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“Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.”

Proverbs 29:25

This verse is encouraging to me, in that I’m not the only one who struggles with people pleasing! Seriously, though, it is a comment on human nature that something Solomon wrote in ancient times still resonates today, at least for me.

Calling the fear of man “a snare” is so evocative, and so true. In my experience, attempts to make sure others are happy with me always lead to a feeling of being trapped, either by their expectations or mine. And nursing the idea that anything I do might effect someone’s opinion of me binds my spirit – What should I do or say  in this moment that won’t bother/upset/offend them? 

You’d think realizing that I have no control over how anyone feels would free me, and it’s starting to. But it’s taken God’s work in me to expose my need to be loved, and to help me redirect where I’m seeking it from. And the love He has for me (and you, by the way), is so much greater than I could ever get from other people, no matter how many I’d manage to please.

 

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Christian Quotes: Kirk Manton

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“God is good, not because of the wonderful, but the other way around. The wonderful is, because God is good.”

Kirk Manton

 

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”

James 1:17

Christian Quotes: E. M. Bounds

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” I think Christians fail so often to get answers to their prayers because they do not wait long enough on God. They just drop down and say a few words, and then jump up and forget it and expect God to answer them. Such praying always reminds me of the small boy ringing his neighbor’s door-bell, and then running away as fast as he can go.”

 E. M. Bounds

 

The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him,
    to the one who seeks him…”

Lamentations 3:25

Christian Quotes: Oswald Chambers

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“Believe steadfastly on Him, and everything that challenges you will strengthen your faith. There is continual testing in the life of faith up to the point of our physical death, which is the greatest test. Faith is absolute trust in God – trust that could never imagine that he would forsake us.”

Oswald Chambers

 

“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.”

James 1:12

Today’s Worship Walk: Matthew 19:16-24

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Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked, ‘Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?’ ‘Why do you ask me about what is good?’ Jesus replied, there is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, keep the commandments.’ ‘Which ones?’ he inquired. Jesus replied, ‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony,  honor your father and mother, and love your neighbor as yourself.’ ‘All these I have kept,’ the young man said. ‘What do I still lack?’ Jesus answered, ‘If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.’ When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth.”

Matthew 19:16-24

I heard a teaching on this passage the other day. I always wonder what led the man to ask Jesus about gaining eternal life. Was he feeling restless or empty? Or maybe fearful about his salvation?

Scripture doesn’t tell us. But his reaction to the answer Jesus gave gives us a glimpse of his character. The recent message I heard focused on the fact that this man was trying to earn his way into heaven. Other times I’ve heard this account used as a caution against holding onto our stuff too tightly.

Both of those approaches ring true for me. Honestly, I can imagine myself having some trouble following Jesus’ instructions if I were him – they sounded very radical in their day. My thoughts might have run something like, “I’ve been wondering about my life and if I’ll end up in heaven. And this Jesus seems to know all about God. But giving up everything? Just giving my stuff away? Then I wouldn’t have anything left for me!” 

If I, or that man, looked at the situation that way, of course we’d be sad. We’d also be wrong. So many times in Scripture we are called to give to others from our own supply, but not because God wants us to live in misery. He uses us to show His love to the world. And here’s the amazing thing: as we give away, God refills our stores and blesses us. Those empty, restless feelings ease and fear is replaced with joy.

We don’t know if the rich man had a change of heart at some point and started sharing his wealth. I hope he did, because then he would’ve gotten to experience the wonderful exchange that God promises those that are generous. Thankfully, God is patient to teach me this lesson, too.

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