Archive | November 2016

Turn of Events

The king did not listen to the people, because the turn of events came from the Lord to carry out His word, which the Lord had spoken through Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam son of Nebat (CSB) I Kings 12:15

The people had a reasonable request that the king would have been smart to grant.  But the king did not listen to the people – not because of his pride, arrogance or stubbornness (although he was all of those).  The king didn’t listen to the people because his peers told him not to (although they did).  The king didn’t listen to the people because of Satan’s work.  The reason the king didn’t listen to the people was because the turn of events came from God to carry out His word.  God had told Solomon he would lose the kingdom for deserting his God.  God had told Jeroboam he would gain what Solomon had lost.  So the turn of events was already mapped out and Rehoboam’s not listening to the people was the hinge pin setting everything in motion and into place.

When those we love fail to take our advice, we should pause to consider that perhaps it’s because a turn of events has been planned by the Lord.  When we find ourselves in a jam because we ignored the advice of others, we should be very careful about berating ourselves.  We should acknowledge and repent of our pride, arrogance and stubbornness, and then we should watch for the turn of events the Lord will bring about to carry out His word. 

What word? 

“All things work together for the good of those who love Me and are called according to My purposes.” Romans 8:28

 

Psalm 85

God showed us favor and restored our fortunes. God forgave our iniquity and covered all our sins. God set aside His wrath and turned from His fierce anger.

Restore us. Put away Your displeasure. Don’t be angry any more. Revive us so that we may rejoice in You. Show us Your unfailing love and salvation.

I will listen to what You will say. You promise us peace. Let us not slip into temptation – let us not return to folly.

God’s salvation and glorious perfection is close. God gives what is good. He prepares the way between Him and us.

Psalm 84

How lovely is God’s dwelling place! It is lovely because God is there. My soul yearns to be where God is. I cry out for the living God.

Even the birds have a home in the house of God. Blessed are those who dwell in God’s house and are always praising Him, God’s house – the earth.

Blessed are those whose strength is in God, who have set their hearts and made up their minds to follow Him every moment of every day. We go from strength to strength – each strength given to us as we need it.

Hear us. Listen. Look and favor Your chosen one.

Better is one day in the presence of the God, than a thousand anywhere else. The lowliest position serving God is better than the highest earthly position.

God lights us and warms us and shields us. He gives favor, honor, abundant blessings, holding back nothing.

Blessed is He who trusts in You.

Sun and shield don’t seem to go together. Without the sun, the enemy wouldn’t be able to see us and we wouldn’t need a shield. Perhaps the sun is so we can see our enemy and the shield is our protection from him. You enable us to see our enemy and don’t leave us unprotected.

No good thing do You withhold from us. Therefore, if I believe there is a good thing that You are withholding, it really isn’t good for me at this time. So I need to ask if I’m walking with integrity. If I am, and there’s a “good thing” I don’t have, then there’s more I don’t see and don’t know and it would not be good for me to have it at this time.

Give us something that wouldn’t be good for us? He loves us better than that.

Perhaps the key is “the better of two alternatives”. If there is a good thing I don’t have. There must be something better God has for me. So then no matter what the good thing is, there is always something better – God. Therefore, everything I have now is good and God’s best for me.