Friday, November 21, 2014

~ "Joy and deliverance..."

"But thou, O Lord, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head." (Ps 3:3)

Regardless of what happens in our lives, we are told to walk proudly - with our heads held high.  Our Heavenly Father lifts us up out of the sin we were born into and becomes the shield that protects us from further harm.  Our souls soar with joy and contentment when we are walking the path laid before us by our Creator!

We aren't supposed to "get" it all.  We will try to decipher the trials and the message all throughout our lives.  Some things are easy, others, not so much.  We are to walk by faith; to live our faith!  Our confidence lies in his promises!  His promises are our reward!

Whether it is work, or home, we are not alone.  Our voices are heard whenever we call out in pain, and in joy!  Once we are secure in the knowledge that we do not walk alone, our inner conscience can discern right from wrong, good from evil.  We will instinctively know what is from God and what is a temptation.

Don't underestimate what you know to be true.  Don't hesitate to call on him!  It's okay to be cautious and follow your gut when it comes to things that "just don't seem  right".  Put your faith and your trust in the Lord - he protects, his love is our joy and he reminds us that we are worthy to call on his name!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

~ "Who is more foolish..."

"He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed."  (Prov 13:20)

I do know a little about being in the company of fools.  For many years, I found it comfortable and I could do what I wanted without any repercussions...or so I thought.  "Fools" live for the moment.  They have no regard for anyone or anything outside of themselves.  They talk a good talk.  Their focus is simple:  fun.  Life is not always all about fun.

The wise man is one who is well rounded, and well grounded.  Matthew Henry tells us that "The rule by which the wise regulate their conduct, is a fountain yielding life and happiness".  Ephesians 5:15 reminds us again to be careful how we live our lives, to be watchful and discreet.

All in all, we are told to live a life that is pleasing to God.  How can we possibly do that if we are out chasing after celebrities every chance we get, or spending countless hours gambling away our money, or bar hopping until the sun comes up?  Our Creator does not want for us to remove every enjoyable adventure from our lives, but he does want us to do it in moderation and with the understanding that he comes before all else.  My mother use to tell me "moderation" - that's the key.  The other thing we need to remember is balance.  If we allow foolishness and the behaviors associated with it to overtake our lives, there will be nothing left to offer to God.

Don't be the fool who follows the fool...be the wise one people strive to emulate! Be a reflection of your Creator and enjoy the blessings that come with it!