Friday, March 25, 2011

God Revives the Lowly Another Thought

“For this is what the high and lofty One says

he who lives forever, whose name is holy:

‘I live in a high and holy place,

But also with him who is contrite and lowly in spirit,

to revive the spirit of the lowly

And to revive the heart of the contrite.’”

Isaiah 57:15 (NIV)

We are blessed. God, who lives above also reaches down to bring us out of our feelings of depression. When we have heart-breaking news take our emotions and make us feel low, He goes out of His way to comfort us and bring us out of despair.

God does this for us when we are the receivers of bad news and if we have sinned against Him. He works with us in order to help us see that He loves us, no matter our circumstance.

A friend has shared with me she has experienced something she can’t speak of to anyone. Her husband says he is right there with her. I pray for her anytime the Holy Spirit places her name on my heart.

Like my friend, we may have something we face that we can only deal with through God’s help. We learn a lot about Him when we petition and listen.

Let us all remember that God has promised to restore our hearts because He loves us.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

God Revives the Lowly

“For this is what the high and lofty One says- he who lives forever,

whose name is holy; ‘I live in a high and holy place, but also with him

who is contrite and lowly on spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and

to revive the heart of the contrite. Isaiah 57:15 (NIV)

As children, we had times when we got injured. When I was learning how to roller skate I took several falls where I cried. When I learned to ride a bicycle, I had a couple of accidents that seemed major to me.

There was this large tree, located about half a block from our house. At its base a projection grew out away from the main trunk. I remember thinking it was fun to get as close to that tree as I could when I rode past it. One day, I got too close. My front wheel went onto the root like projection. My bike fell onto the sidewalk and I landed on my left side. My elbow hurt. I don’t remember how I got home but I do remember my mother tenderly looking at my arm, trying to decide if it was broken, which it wasn’t.

God, as our heavenly parent, tends our hurts and helps us recover from them. When we fall away and realize we need to get back on track, He brings us back to where He can work with us and gives us strength to face what lay ahead for us.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Being In Awe of God

“Thomas said to him, ‘My Lord and my God!’” John 20:28

I marvel at God’s presence and His activity in my life. When I sense His presence, I find myself more relaxed in my response to the circumstances I face. It is during these times of feeling God in my life that I learn to trust Him.

As I go through life I need to take the time and look for God in my life. I see him in the everyday things. In the fall of the year I see Him in the beauty of the fall foliage on the trees. In the winter, after the right kind of snowfall, I can hear God in the laughter of children as they sled down the hills of the city park. In the spring and summer, I can feel God’s presence in the quiet of the lake.

As I read the writings of Christian writers, I can envision God beside each of them as they put the thoughts He gives them on paper. As I listen to hymns and songs of praise and worship, I learn of God’s presence, His goodness and His mercy.

The longer I walk with him, the more I am in awe of Him.

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