Today’s Readings: click here – Psalm 28; Genesis 37:29-36; 2 Peter 2:4-10 (to open the scripture links – hover over, right click, open hyperlink)
Psalm 28, another beautiful prayer and praise of David. Sound familiar? It should, because that is exactly how we should be praying. Trusting and praying out to our God in times of trouble ,fear and doubt. Even in our waiting, we praise His great name and mighty works in our life, because when we can’t see what is happening within and around us, God is at work. Someone wise once told me to pray, praise AND thank God often for answered prayers, even those yet unanswered because He IS working on my behalf all the time and it reminded me to be patient and grateful in the waiting, for God’s timing is always perfect. Here’s a wide list of scripture that confirms this: Scripture – God’s Timing.
Our Genesis passage today picks up after Joseph’s brothers throw him in a hole and deceive their Father to believe that Joseph has died. They didn’t expect him to really be dead, which is what they thought when Joseph was no longer captive in the hole. After Reuben’s reaction that the hole was empty, you might have thought there would be some positive action taken by the brothers. Perhaps they could have chased after Joseph and rescued him. No? Not these brothers. The first thing they do is set about to cover up their idiocy and deceive their father. There’s no remorse or sadness until they see what heartache and grief it brings to their father. And even then, they only try to comfort him. There’s no attempt whatsoever to try and make things right. Lesson to learn here? When we screw up badly, and we all do, it only makes it that much worse when we try and cover it up with lies and deceit. And it just snowballs until things are totally out of our control. So don’t cover it up. It won’t work anyway. Deceit and lies are against God’s law right from the beginning with Moses and the 10 Commandments. God will ALWAYS reveal the truth in His timing and His magnitude. That stuff just eats at our hearts and our conscience until we can’t handle it anymore and we break, with God right there to rescue us, and revealing His mighty love and mercy for us, always.
Reading 2 Peter 2:4-10, one of many, certainly seems deemed for the days we are currently living. Our world is out of control, overwhelmed with fear, anxiety and uncertainty, so much changing and not for the better. These days align with what Jesus and the Prophets, Joel & Daniel and others, forewarned us about to prepare us for the ‘Last Days’ and Jesus’ return to save His people from destruction and take us to our heavenly eternal home. Today, more than ever we need to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, read and study scripture and pray without ceasing to generate a sense of healthy and holy thinking and living when the world around us tells us otherwise. We will be tempted to the point of destruction, but Jesus is our saving grace from our sins. Hold fast to His word, love and mercy and find healing, strength and wisdom in these troubled days. Surround yourself with other believers to build each other up and stay on the straightaway with Jesus as your guide. When fear, guilt, shame, doubt and temptation fill your heart, do not give in to them, release them to Jesus to remove them from your troubled heart and overflow your cup with his amazing unending abundance love, peace and joy, even in this troubled world. It really is a beautiful thing if you just let Him in. Pray today that Jesus will hold your heart captive, to surrender your whole being, mind, body and soul to Him. In a world so dark and sinful, let Jesus bring light to your life which is so worth living, for His glory. Live everyday with Jesus at the helm.
Enjoy a few songs – let them speak to your heart today with prayerful thought and meditation.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, in one breath I pray and praise your marvelous, wonderful and mighty love for me. Thank you for your unending mercy and forgiveness. Lead me and guide me in a way of life that brings glory to your name and illuminates my heart is this dark and crazy world unfolding around me. I trust you in my days of doubt and fear, my ever and always protector. Thank you Lord for bestowing your love on me, abundantly than I will ever know. In your holy name, Jesus, I pray this and so much more. m AMEN!