Archive | August 2013

At the Appointed Time

At the appointed time, Isaac was born to Abraham & Sarah (Genesis 21:2)

At the appointed time, I was born to my parents.

At the appointed times, I lived in the houses and neighborhoods I lived in.

At the appointed times, I worked for the companies I worked for.

At the appointed time, I was born again and baptized.

At the appointed times, I went to the churches I participated in.

At the appointed times, I was married and divorced.

At the appointed times, I learned what I learned about You, about me, about the people I love.

At the appointed time, I’ll be published.

At the appointed time, I will speak.

At the appointed time, I will love again.

At the appointed time, I will be loved.

Actually, it’s past the appointed time when I should love You wholeheartedly and let You love me.

Now is the appointed time.

Moses and the Promised Land

(From Deuteronomy 32:49-52)

Moses was not allowed to enter Canaan because he broke faith with You and didn’t treat You as holy in the midst of Israel.  You did let him see the Promised Land from a distance though.

 We humans always tell our children when we discipline them that it hurts us more than it hurts them.  So I wonder, did it break Your heart to deny Your child and Your friend what he’d been working towards for 40 years?  Did it break Your heart to deny him his heart’s desire?  Does it break Your heart to see us not getting our heart’s desires? 

You let Moses see the Promised Land from a distance.  You let us see our heart’s desires from a distance.  You took Moses and buried him Yourself.  You come alongside us when our hearts are broken and offer Your healing love.

Be Strong and Courageous

This is what Moses tells Joshua in Deuteronomy 31:6. 

Be.  Not “try to”.  Not “work towards”.  Just be.  Let go and let God. 

Be strong.  Be strong in mind.  Know what you believe.  Stand firm in it.  Don’t sit on the fence.  “You’ve got to stand for something or you’ll fall for anything.”  Be strong in your spirit.  Have faith.  Don’t doubt.  Stand firm.  Be strong in body.  Take care of your body, the temple of God. 

Be courageous.  Don’t fear.  Don’t worry.  Step out in faith and keep moving.  Don’t give up and don’t give in. 

Moses told Joshua to be strong and courageous, for he “must go with this people into the land that the Lord swore to their forefathers to give them, and you must divide it among them as their inheritance.” 

Big job.  We too have a big job.  We are setting examples.  We are under pressure to conform to the world.  Don’t!  Be strong and courageous!