Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Fifty-six Cents



I like it when the Lord speaks in ways that cannot be compared to any other voice or medium.  Our God is great God.

I also like it when I find money. While cleaning the old parsonage we’re moving from, I found 56 cents.  Before supper, I was changing clothes and remembered the change in my pants pocket, and the day this summer the Lord said to me to give a specific amount at a Randy Clark conference in the offering.  It was $56.  I remember seeing the figure in my soul and knew it was God speaking to me.  When I recalled that, I was struck emotionally.

This summer, the Lord inspired me to read Isaiah 56.  In it the Lord speaks of securing covenant with foreigners & eunuchs who seek the Lord.  The eunuchs will have monuments in the temple and a name better than sons and daughters.  The foreigners will be brought into God’s house of prayer, and their sacrifices will be acceptable. This is what our anointing and calling has become for us.  We are very excited about what our days look like in the near future. 

56 is a powerful reference to that which will happen that will secure the religious and cultural and political and racially separated to the God of Israel and his Christ.  The 56 cents was a reminder to me of what will and is happening in our midst. 

Be attentive to how the Lord is and will speak to you in the days ahead.  God may simply remind you of what was promised or it may be a brand, new word.  Isn’t that exciting?  By the way, count your change.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Ambidextrous God?

Is God ambidextrous?  According to Wikipedia, ambidexterity is the state of being equally adept in the use of both left and right appendages.  God, according to scripture, may not be.  The right hand appears to be the thing.  God acts and dispenses justice, mercy and grace via the royal right hand.  This is o.k. with me.



I read recently from Psalms 138 & 139. "Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve me against the wrath of my enemies, you stretch out your hand, and your right hand delivers me." - Psalm 138: 7. "You hem in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. . . If I take the wings of the morning and settle at the farthest limits of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me fast. " - Psalm 139: 5, 9, 10. Great God, your hand delivers me, is upon me, leads me & holds me fast. Sounds like the care and actions of a good Daddy. Alleluia!  

The right hand of a sovereign in ancient days was the appendage of definitive action that was unparalleled.  Once the king or queen has motioned to bless or condemn, that settled it.  I believe, and encourage all to trust, that the right hand of our gracious, empowered God acts on our behalf, and on the behalf of all who draw near.

I found this in Isaiah recently. "Though you search for your enemies, you will not find them.  Those who wage war against you will be as nothing at all.  For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you" – Isaiah 41: 12, 13.  

Where God is seen to act on our behalf, and on all who draw near, by virtue of a divine imposition through His right hand, we now see the place of our right hand.  It's in God's left hand.  That's where we see God's ambidexterity.  God delivers, leads, holds and imparts with the right hand, but then, I believe, as God takes hold of our right hand, God does so with His left saying, "Don't be afraid.  I'll help you."

Tell somebody, share with somebody in word or deed that our God is an outrageously good parent that takes us by our hand and never lets go.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Princes



I dig this from Psalm 113.

Who is like the Lord our God, the One who sits enthroned on high, who stoops down to look on the heavens and the earth?  He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap; he seats them with princes,
with the princes of their people.  He settles the barren woman in her home
as a happy mother of children.  Praise the Lord. - 113: 5-9

I will serve a God like this. Who is like this Lord? He raises those who can't raise themselves and who are barren, no fault of their own. In love, faith and hope, I pledge myself to the divine will of God that will make all things new. Alleluia!

Though I read recently in Psalm 113, God raises & lifts the poor & needy & seats them with princes, I read soon after this in Psalm 146:3, “Do not put your trust in princes, in mortals, whom there is no help. 

I’ve found myself seated with authorities on some occasions.  Sometimes through chance, sometimes through invitations, I’ve sat with princes of this world.  They have been those with authority.  It would’ve been easy, and it was easy, to trust in the princes.  They sometimes offered me sustenance when I needed it.  They sometimes offered me opportunities to prove myself so that I could advance in a chosen field.  Princes are not princes without authority or access to resources to fulfill their duties.  I have longed to influence or impress princes so that I could get what I wanted or needed from them.  So often, I believed I couldn’t survive without princes.

In fearing I couldn’t survive without them, I was living in a state of poverty, a poverty of spirit and soul.  Ironically, Psalm 113 revealed God’s heart to lift up the poor to seat them with princes.  My place cards next to princes could be explained by the grace of God, but then Psalm 146, also speaks the heart of God.  Be aware of the places of honor when they come, but don’t trust the company or confuse them with your true source of security.

We will be seated with authority, but I will not put my trust in such authority. Such authority dies and their plans perish.  I put my trust in the Lord.  Alleluia.