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Archive for March 10th, 2009

The Need to Linger

 

John 20:16   Jesus said to her, ‘Mary’.

In all our seeking, can you think of anything that would be more comforting and assuring than to hear the voice of God as Mary did here? And in that situation, can you think of any other word that Jesus could have said that would have been more comforting to her?

Several hurried to the tomb. Two of the disciples looked around a little and left. But Mary lingered. By her lingering, she put herself in a position to hear.

Lord, You know the words we need to hear. For all who are seeking to hear them, speak them to us as we linger.

 

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Do I Hear the Banquet Call

 

I wonder is the banquet set;

is the time now full at hand?

Is He sending now His servants

to call throughout the land?

 

His call goes out for all to come,

though many will not hear;

with good excuse they’ll miss it all,

will later shed a tear.

 

The stops are pulled, no holds are barred,

the call rings louder still;

‘We still have room’ the servant says,

‘I want My banquet filled’.

 

Oh hear the call that rings today,

for it may not ring again.

Don’t walk away when He calls for you

and miss what could have been.

         

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The Longing of God

Jeremiah 2

 

Sad to read His words that came to Jeremiah; words that were now against those who once loved, followed and trusted Him. 

 

Jeremiah 2:2 ‘I remember the devotion of your youth, how as a bride you loved me and followed me through the desert, through a land not sown.’

 

Jeremiah 2:5, 6 ‘What fault did your fathers find in me that they strayed so far from me?  They followed worthless idols…  They did not ask, ‘Where is the Lord, who brought us up out of the land of Egypt and led us through the barren wilderness, through a land of deserts and rifts, a land of drought and darkness, a land where no one travels and no one lives?’

 

Jeremiah 2:13 My people have committed two sins: they have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.’

 

Jeremiah 2:19, 20 Consider then and realize how evil and bitter it is for you when you forsake the Lord your God and have no awe of me.  You broke off your yoke and tore off your bonds; you said, ‘I will not serve You’.

 

Jeremiah 2:35 Yet in spite of all this you say, ‘I am innocent; He is not angry with me’.  But I will pass judgment on you.

 

Eventually His patience runs out, as it has here.  To all it is an opportunity to see the longing in the heart of God for His people to love Him.  It is both warning to those who do not and inspiration to those who do.

 

   

 

 

 

 

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Set Apart

Jeremiah 1:5

‘Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you,
before you were born I set you apart,
I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.’

One could read the first line and just stop there. Think about that. Before we were even formed, He knew us.

All are known before they were formed.
Some are set apart even before they are born.
Fewer still are appointed to a specific and unique task.

Though all may not be set apart, all are known and have the distinct privilege of knowing the one who knows us.

Some though, in this knowing, have the sense they are set apart.  Some who have this sense discover right away what they are set apart for.  Others like myself are not as sure.  It leads to speculation as we try to ‘figure it out’.  Like Walter Mitty, sometimes as we see the examples of others we wonder if it is an example of what our story will be.

Hebrews 11 is full of references to what chapter 12 labels as ‘a great cloud of witnesses’. Easy as we read of these and others to wonder if our story will end up similar to their story. But the key in it all is what was said of Moses; ‘he persevered because he saw Him who is invisible’.  They have stories to read because they saw Him who was invisible and as a result, discovered the race marked out for them.


Hebrews 12:1 ‘Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses… let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.’

 

That is the inspiration from the great cloud of witnesses.  As we focus on ‘Him who is invisible’, we will learn in His timing the race He has set for us – what we have been set apart for.  Moses had 40 years to wonder what he was set apart for, and in God’s timing, he found out.

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