THE POWER OF BIBLICAL HOPE… [Conclusion]

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Colossians 1:25-29 – “Of this church I was made a minister according to the stewardship from God bestowed on me for your benefit, so that I might fully carry out the preaching of the word of God, 26 that is,  the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations, but has now been manifested to His saints, 27 to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 28 We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ. 29 For this purpose also I labor, striving according to His power, which mightily works within me.”  NASU

In my years of Christian ministry, I have observed people becoming what I would call bored in their experience.  They go through the same ritual every Sunday.  Someone said, “You could leave most churches and be gone for months or even years and come back knowing exactly what they would do and what would be preached.”  I hope that is inaccurate.  I hope we have not become always the same!  I hope it is not the same song, hymn, prayer, testimony, and sermon.  I hope we are not people who are ever trying to recapture or recreate that Blessed Experience, trying to remember what it was like, how it felt, etc.

The HOPE we have in Christ is the consummation of the whole Kingdom of God.  It is not simply the Great Escape it is Life in the Fullest.  I believe in the Coming of Jesus for His church and believe that will be a Glorious Day when we finally enter into that Eternal Rest in Heaven.  But, what about now?  I am not living to escape but to enforce the victory that Jesus won at Calvary and see the Harvest of God gathered into His barn.  When Jesus comes that will be the grand finale of what we are to be already enjoying in His Covenant.  We have a past, a present, and a future, so we dare not get caught up living in a vacuum in the middle of those two realities.  It is Christ in you, the Hope of Glory – NOW!  It is now not in the sweet by and by.  We have God’s Promises for NOW.  The Pardon we received, the fellowship and interaction with the Holy Spirit is NOW!

Remember the Prodigal Son?  When he finally came to his senses and began his trek home, he prepared his speech.  He was going to tell his father, “Father, I have sinned against you.  Make me as one of your hired servants.”  Do you realize that a ‘hired servant’ is not just a servant?  The servants live on the property all the time. The hired servant came in at harvest time and lined up in the market HOPING for a job.  He was the odd job laborer and hired by the day.  The Prodigal was saying to his father, “Dad, forgive me. I’ll go live in the village, and at harvest time, do me a favor and give me a job.”  That is ALL HE EXPECTED!  But, his father sees him a great way off and embraced him in FORGIVENESS.  The son got out his speech and began but everything suddenly changed.  WHY?  The father would not let him finish. He reinstates him as a son.  He said, “This is my Son!  He was lost but now is found.  He was dead but is now alive.”  That opened a whole new life for the prodigal.

That’s the picture I hope you see.  When we came to Christ PARDON would have been sufficient.  But, as we studied and learned the Word of God we discovered that there was MORE!  We discovered that EVERYTHING God has Promised is ours.  But, when we came to Him we did not know that.  It is as we learn, grow, and develop that we find that God gives, and gives, and gives, and gives…

Believer, we need to move past the past and live in the present in God.  We need to learn to live in HOPE and EXPECTATION that His Promises are ours and we can expect them and enjoy them.  Don’t pitch your spiritual tent around Forgiveness as vital and wonderful as that is.  Don’t settle for what God has done but focus your eyes on Him and look forward to what He is and will do.  Live in HOPE!  Remember the words of Jesus in Luke 12:32, “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom.”  GOD WANTS TO BLESS YOU!

 

That is where we are to live in HOPE!  It is Christ in us that is the Hope of Glory.  We, as believers, are people of HOPE!  We are those who have a positive, unshakable, confidence that what God said He will do, He will do!  We live in a state of Excited Expectancy and are filled with Eager Desire.  WE ARE PEOPLE OF HOPE!  Not as the world gives but Hope that God gives!

 

God, bless you as you embark on today’s journey in Jesus!

THE POWER OF BIBLICAL HOPE… [Part II]

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Colossians 1:25-29 – “Of this church I was made a minister according to the stewardship from God bestowed on me for your benefit, so that I might fully carry out the preaching of the word of God, 26 that is,  the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations, but has now been manifested to His saints, 27 to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 28 We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ. 29 For this purpose also I labor, striving according to His power, which mightily works within me.”  NASU

As we addressed yesterday, HOPE is rooted in ‘eager desire’ for what God has said and promised.  It is filled with ‘persistent expectation’ that His promises are present realities in our lives.  It is anchored in confidence that no matter what happens or how things look the expectation will become reality.  It is the heart saying, “I know it is going to happen!”  That is biblical Hope!  It means that we can get up every morning with a tingle of excitement in our hearts.  It is a calm confidence that we will experience the Promises in fullness.  We look ahead to all our tomorrows and all our unlived futures and proclaim, “This is the day the Lord has made…”  It is a quiet confidence that in His timing and in His way, He is going to bring it to pass in my life.  THAT IS HOPE!

As I said yesterday, HOPE is deeply connected to FAITH and in a sense, it is faith.  Someone said, “Hope is faith shielding its eyes against the sunlight of adversity and saying, “I can see it!  I can see it!”  In life, we must operate in Hope and Faith.  The farmer operates in biblical hope.  They take that seed, that may look nothing like the finished product and plant it in the ground in hope and expectation.  They hope that seed will germinate and produce the plant that will produce the fruit desired.

When you first came to Jesus, you discovered the promise of the Bible that your God-given destiny was to become conformed to the image of Christ.  You read that in the Bible but you did not see it in reality in your life.  You had flaws, kinks, warts, blemishes, and more.  You refused to let what you could see determine your confidence in God and His Word so you HOPED.  It is “Christ IN us…” that produces the Hope of Glory.  You live in a state of eager anticipation for what God has said you are and what you hope to become.  You believe that one day, that Promise will be a reality in your life so you HOPE.

Remember in Genesis 3, God declared that one day the seed of the woman would crush the head of the serpent.  Through the generations from the time of Adam to the New Testament and Christ’s appearing on earth that seemed far-fetched because of the condition of man’s heart.  But, Paul and the disciples HOPED.  Remember God’s Promise and covenant with Abraham?  God said that from Abraham would come one who would bless all the families of the earth.  David, the prophets all looked forward to the coming of the Christ and His Promised Work and Provision.  Generation after generation lived reading about the Promises and Hoping.  The Bible even says that they died in faith.  They did not see it become reality during their earthly sojourn but they kept looking forward in Hope and Faith.  Their declaration was, “I know He is coming.  I am absolutely certain that He is coming!”  They died telling their children, “Don’t forget, He is Coming!”

The beauty is that He is not a figure of history but a present reality living inside each of us!  He is our Hope of Glory.  We live in Hope!  We live in Hope that everything we have hoped for will be realized before we die or Jesus comes.  Let the eye of your heart see it and HOPE!  Jesus has come!  What they Hoped for is here!  Tragically, too many believers live without Hope and some live in despair.  Why?  Because too often we live in a vacuum.  What do I mean by that?

Many believers only see the reality that we have been Pardoned.  We readily believe that we have been Forgiven.  Some have even entered, into a vital relationship with the Holy Spirit.  They attempt to freeze that experience and proclaim “I’ve Got It!”  The thought is, “I’m saved, and spirit filled, so I’ve got it.  I have arrived at all God has for me on earth.  Now I must just endure the struggle.”  Then, each year we move farther and farther away from IT because that experience is relegated to our history rather than being our present.

I heard a very humorous but applicable story that I will share.  There was a man who decided to write down what had happened to him and he called it is “Blessed Experience.”  He kept it in a box hidden away in the attic.  Anytime he had a visitor he brought out that box and read his Blessed Experience to them.  He would say, “This is what happened to me.”  One day a visitor came and he sent his daughter to retrieve his Blessed Experience so he could read it to the visitor.  Sadly, she came back and reported that the rats had eaten his Blessed Experience.”  It was not reality but history and that is boring producing not growth development or fruit.  We need to have HOPE in Christ who is IN US.

I want to venture into this just a bit further so I will pause here and pick up next time with more on HOPE.  God, bless you richly is my prayer and desire!

THE POWER OF BIBLICAL HOPE…

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Colossians 1:25-29 – “Of this church I was made a minister according to the stewardship from God bestowed on me for your benefit, so that I might fully carry out the preaching of the word of God, 26 that is,  the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations, but has now been manifested to His saints, 27 to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 28 We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ. 29 For this purpose also I labor, striving according to His power, which mightily works within me.”  NASU

             I have far more to say than I can possibly deliver in the space available in a short devotional so bear with me as I try to hit the high points and hope you are inspired and encouraged to delve deeper into this gold mine of truth.  Hopefully, I will reach the destination of “The Hope of Glory” and how it affects believers today.  I will attempt to examine what Biblical Hope is, what Biblical Glory is, and pray it will enable us to come to a better understanding of “Christ in us, the Hope of Glory.”

The apostle Paul, in this passage, attempted to identify the essence of his ministry.  He said, “This is what I do!”  Paul traveled the known world teaching people and preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ.  The aim, goal, and vision of his ministry were to help people everywhere come to completeness, perfection, and wholeness spiritually.  His desire was that believers would become Spiritually Mature.  He called it “The Mystery” in the sense that the truth he was preaching and teaching were not apparent to the unbeliever but were available to all believers if they could and would receive it.  That Mystery was, “Christ in you, the Hope of Glory.”

You should have asked, “What does that mean?”  When Paul says, “Christ in you, the Hope of Glory” what does he mean?  We recognize that he is declaring something of great importance as he says, “This is what I teach.  This is what is going to make you complete, mature, and whole spiritually.”  That gets my attention!

The word HOPE has developed a bad reputation in today’s modern world.  It some circles, it is believed that if you HOPE, you are lacking in faith.  However, I challenge that based on the Bible’s teaching about the word.  It is a word that is found multiple times in the New Testament.  Sadly, I am convinced that too many misuse the word and adopt the world’s use of the word which is not remotely similar to the Bible’s usage.  So, what is HOPE?  I heard the definition expressed by a small boy when he said, “Hope is believing that you are going to get that, which anyone in their right mind knows you are not going to get.”  That is the idea in the world’s view and some of the church.  We can only Hope!

When the world talks about HOPE, they mean, “It is highly improbable that you will ever get what you are hoping for.”  Therefore, in that sense, it means that you are bordering on the impossible and to the average person it means you are clinging to a thread when all rational expectancy has vanished.  I’ve been in hospital rooms and heard, “Well, all we can do now is hope.”  That kind of Hope has disappointment deeply rooted in it.  Can you remember the dreams and visions of your teenage years?  How many of those are realities today?  Most people would acknowledge that those dreams have long ceased to exist.  Hope, as understood by the world and much of the Church is rooted in disappointment because people do not believe they are going to get what they are hoping for.  THAT IS NOT BIBLE HOPE.  The Hope of the Bible is founded and grounded upon Expectancy.  Biblical Hope means, “That positive unshakable confidence that a specific blessing from God will undoubtedly come to pass.”  In that sense, Biblical Hope is closely akin to Biblical Faith.

Bible Hope has eyes for the future!  It believes and expects!  Biblical Hope has a strong element of Certainty built into it.  The Hope of the world is founded upon disappointment and the Hope of the Bible is founded upon Certainty and Expectancy.  WHY?  Because of the God Factor.  God promised what He has promised and no matter how impossible it may look, God said it and His Word will NEVER return to Him without accomplishing His purposes.  Bible Hope is not FANTASY but it is an excited forward look with expectancy.  Remember the words of Paul in Philippians 1:20, “According to my earnest expectation and hope…”  The Amplified renders this, “My own eager desire, persistent expectation, and hope.”  THAT IS POWERFUL!  It is the eager desire.  It is the persistent expectation and a certainty that says, “I KNOW that it is going to happen.”  I HOPE in God!

I will pause here and offer a little more in the next devotional.  God, bless you richly is my prayer and desire as you enjoy this wonderful day in Him!

JUST A LUMP OF CLAY…

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Genesis 2:7 – “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.”   NKJV

             The only thing that differentiates man from animals, trees and rocks is the ‘breath of life’ that God breathed into him.  That and that alone gives man significance and purpose.  It is what makes man a living creature with an immortal spiritual soul.  God infused Himself into Adam at creation and in doing so identified that our physical bodies should not be the focus of man but our spirits and souls.

Some are so captivated by the human body and/or their human bodies they spend fortunes tweaking them, honing them, nurturing them and idolizing them while omitting the most important.  The Bible’s declaration that we are made in the Image and Likeness of God has caused many to declare that God looks like mankind.  However, the Jesus declared in John 4:24, “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”  Therefore, I would suggest that the image and likeness refer more to the spirit and soul in man than the physical frame that houses the soul.

The part of us that is eternal is the part that truly relates to God.  The Bible tells us that our bodies are the temple of God and therefore not unimportant just not the most important.  I would suggest that since these bodies are the house in which our spirits live it is important to properly maintain the body.  If we spent as much time developing our souls as we do to caring for our physical bodies we would be spiritual dynamos and this world would experience an incredible revival, renewal, and restoration.

The Breath of Life or that which causes to live was given from God to Adam bringing into existence a creation that could fellowship with the creator.  God gave Adam responsibility and accountability thus allowing Him the privilege to make life choices.  His instructions regarding the Tree of Knowledge was given before Eve was created and he must shoulder a significant portion of the blame for their failure to follow God’s instructions.

Man was created to Live Forever and would have in the flesh were it not for the Fall of Man in the Garden.  Our physical bodies are a medical and scientific marvel still being understood by humans.  This body has the ability and capacity to heal itself if it is given the proper nutrients, fuel, care, exercise, and attention.  The decay of the body through aging is the result of the Fall of Man in the Garden not because God intended us to wither away.  Physically we are nothing more than a “lump of clay” but when that dirt houses the Eternal Spirit that connects us to God it is a marvel.

I saw a report that declared the human body could be worth up to $45 million if you combined the value of bone marrow, DNA, organs, and components.  That same report then took the chemical value of the human body and calculated it as coming in at a whopping $160.04 in chemical compound amounts and values.  As a living entity it is almost priceless but when you take the individual chemical components it is relatively insignificant in value.  So it is not the “Lump of Clay” that makes it valuable it is the Life that is in it that makes us valued.  We are valuable to God because His breath is in us and He gave His Son to redeem us.  We have been deemed by God as worth the Blood of Jesus and that makes us priceless.Spiritual Blog - Lump of Clay

May the Lord bless you as you go through your day!

THIS A TRUTH FOR THE YOUNG AND OLD…

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Psalm 92:12-15 – “The righteous man will flourish like the palm tree, He will grow like a cedar in Lebanon. 13 Planted in the house of the LORD, They will flourish in the courts of our God. 14 They will still yield fruit in old age; They shall be full of sap and very green, 15 To declare that the LORD is upright; He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.”  NASU

             Have you ever longed for assurance and confidence that you matter?  Have you ever fallen prey to the devil’s deception and heard his assertions as to why others seem to be prospering and flourishing but you are not?  Have you ever experienced a tiny bit envy at others who seem to be flourishing in the things of God but you are going from difficulty to difficulty?  Have you experienced being up one day and down another?  Have you had success followed by failure or faced almost insurmountable obstacles that prevent you from steady progress and growth?  I’m sure that I’m the only one, but in case a few of you have experienced that I will continue.

In v.12 there is an incredible affirmation and promise.  It is a goal that every believer should desire.  The Psalmist said, “The righteous man will flourish like the palm tree, he will grow like a cedar in Lebanon.”  The palm tree referred to appears to be one that can grow to 80 or 90 feet and withstand the incredible weather. They are flexible and will bend but not break in the storm. They grow tall and straight, are flexible and strong.  That is a beautiful picture of the believer who is rooted and grounded in God.  The Righteous are compared to this tree!  Those in “right standing” with God.  Then he says, they will grow like the cedar of Lebanon.  That tree is a cone producing tree that grows up to 120 feet in height spreading its branches out 20 to 50 feet from the trunk.  In that era, it was known as the King of Trees.  It produces great and desirable building material.  Remember that David & Solomon utilizing that specific tree in the buildings they built.  It grows year around, no matter the circumstances surrounding it.  What a beautiful picture of the believer.

But, I must ask, how do we become Palm trees or Cedars of Lebanon?  The next verse gives us the definitive method to achieve that desired end.  “Planted in the house of the LORD, they will flourish in the courts of our God.”  Hallelujah!  I may be on dangerous ground in speaking of being PLANTED in the House of God because of our mobile mentality of this century.  Tragically, too often Christians do not recognize the Planting of the Lord in where we serve and uproot ourselves on whims and attempt to do what only the Holy Spirit can do, REPLANT OURSELVES.  Oh, we can move from church to church but we cannot plant ourselves, that is the work of the Spirit of God.  Therefore, if we are to flourish like the majestic palm or cedar of Lebanon we must be PLANTED and as we serve there we flourish in the Courts of God.  If you are not flourishing it might be wise to ask, “LORD, where do you desire to PLANT me?”  Once you determine that, allow the Holy Spirit to Plant you and watch the development of spiritual gifts and blessings in your life.

But there is something more in this passage found in verse 14, “They will still yield fruit in old age: they shall be full of sap and very green.”  THAT IS POWERFUL, EXCITING, and ENCOURAGING for me.  I’m no longer a spring chicken and some would consider me of the age to be put out to pasture and no longer qualified to serve as a congregational leader and some churches feel that due to age I am no longer relevant.  This passage tells us that IF we are PLANTED in the House of the Lord we will flourish like the Palm trees and grow like the cedar of Lebanon and in that planting, we will flourish.  But, it goes far beyond that and says that we will continue to Yield Fruit in Old Age.  That is enough but it gives even more and says that we will be FULL OF SAP and VERY GREEN.  We will still have vim, vigor, and vitality.  We will still be relevant. We will still be productive.  We will still walk in the anointing and see the hand of God move.   So, if you are a ‘seasoned citizen’ take heart.  As you are planted you will continue to produce for the Kingdom no matter your age.  Consider Moses who spent the first 40 years of his life being trained, the next 40 years being emptied of himself and the last 40 years in productive ministry for God.  God does not operate by chronology but commitment and planting.  He is GOD and can do whatever He chooses.  You are NEVER TOO OLD and NEVER TOO YOUNG.

God, bless you as you enjoy this wonderful day in Him!

THE WORD OF GOD…

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John 1:1-5 – “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him, nothing was made that was made. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.”  NKJV

             The Bible tells us that Faith comes by Hearing and Hearing comes by The Word of God.  There is the Logos or the written word and the Rhema the spoken word and both are indispensable and neither relegates the other to a previous dimension or era.  When we go to Genesis the first book of the Bible we find that God is a Speaking God.  It would be impossible to ignore that considering the number of times we read, “And God said.”  Not only that we find God coming to walk and talk with Adam in the Garden and throughout the Old and New Testaments we find the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit SPEAKING to people.  Some people get nervous when the term Rhema enters the conversation and argue, rightly, that any Rhema cannot and will not contradict the Logos Word of God.  The Bible is a clear evaluator of any Word we believe we have heard.

But if Faith comes by Hearing the Word and the Word is God (Jesus) then it becomes imperative that we learn to Hear His Voice both in the Logos and Rhema.  It is imperative that we become sensitive to the speaking voice of God.  I do not suggest that you will hear God audibly.  You may, but likely you will hear God like most of us, in our spirit, mind, and heart.  It may be an impression.  It may be a clear word where you hear detailed declaration.  It may be a conversation through the Holy Spirit.  I don’t know exactly how you HEAR GOD but I know that we can HEAR GOD and must HEAR GOD if we are to become the fullness of what He desires for our lives.

The development of Faith both for salvation or miracles requires a Relationship with The Word of God.  We would never contemplate developing a relationship with another human being without actual communication.  That may come through the written word via Social Media, Text, Email or Letters. It may also, and likely will involve oral interaction.  We believe that God is alive and that if we call upon Him he hears us and yet many do not believe we can HEAR GOD personally or have a dialogue with Him.  Some believe that God stopped speaking in the 1st Century with the establishment of the New Testament Church.  Yet, the Bible encourages prayer and obedience to God’s Word.  The Bible speaks of the Holy Spirit coming as a guide and helper to lead us into all truth and teach us the words of Jesus.  It also speaks of building ourselves up in our most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit.  If God quit speaking to humans that would be a needless directive and request.  If God is, as the Bible declares Him, the same Yesterday, Today, and Forever then how can we not expect Him to Speak to Us?  Oh, I know the argument that He does through the Bible and that is valid to a degree.

Let me ask it this way.  If you were sick or shut in and desired me to visit you I could visit you in two ways.  I could come and drop off my letter to you at the Nurses’ Desk and let you read it yourself? Maybe I brought you the books I had written and dropped them off for you to read my words.  Another way would be for me to come into your room and talk with you for a time. Which would be more beneficial and desirable?  Before you argue that this is comparing apples and oranges, I ask, Is It?  Who is better equipped to explain the Logos of God than the Word of God Himself?  How many times have you realized that you had misinterpreted a particular passage and when the revelation of the truth came you rejoiced and it empowered you?  If you could visit with the LORD Himself and HEAR HIM speak to your personally would that not likely strengthen your faith.  You would be HEARING the WORD.  The Word is Truth and Truth is liberating.

What I want to convey if I convey nothing else is that THE WORD is HE, not just words on a printed page preserved over the centuries.  THE WORD of GOD is a Person and that Person is our Creator and Giver of Life.  He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.  He is the Door of access to God.  He is our Hope and Coming King.  My daily prayer is, “LORD, create in me a clean heart, renew in me a right spirit, please do not take your Holy Spirit from me, and restore unto me the Joy of Your Salvation.  LORD, enable me to HEAR YOU with clarity so that as I HEAR YOU I can respond to you in Faith and Obedience.” 

May the LORD bless you richly as you enjoy this wonderful day in Jesus!

HOW MUCH DOES GOD CARE???

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Psalm 56:8 – “You have taken account of my wanderings; Put my tears in Your bottle. Are they not in Your book?”  NASU

             I don’t know about you but I’ve experienced times when I wondered if God cared about my situation or even heard my prayers.  I know that makes me less than Superman spiritually but that’s who I am.  I have long realized that I am a flawed vessel and battle human weakness.  I learned long ago that I cannot walk this walk or live this Christian life without God’s help.  It is a constant cry of my heart for the Holy Spirit to guide me into all truth, teach me to pray, pray through me, and for the LORD to give me the strength I need.  “Give us this day our daily bread…”

I remember once when there was an attack on my family that involved people who had the power in the natural to do us great harm.  There was a false accusation and although the Holy Spirit enabled us to get affidavits from about 14 people affirming our side of the story and refuting the false charges I grew weary.  I should have been on cloud nine and my faith should have gone through the roof but like Elijah, after the battle with Jezebel and the Prophets of Baal I found myself in a wilderness spiritually and moaning.  Even though we were going to defeat the false accusations things transpired to move us to take actions that robbed me of the closeness and fellowship I longed for in the natural.  Because of the power the people making the charges had in our city we deemed it advisable that our son should go out of town to college rather than being subjected to the possible fabrication of other accusations and it broke my heart.  Yes, I was feeling sorry for myself that my son would be away and I would not see him or enjoy his company every day. Yes, I wept and made my bed float with tears as we battled this. 

I even said to God, in prayer, “Lord, you are a Father and we are your children.  I would not treat my kids the way you are allowing us to be treated if I could do anything about it.”  Before you cast me aside and call me what I deserve to be called for that attitude, understand that I always try, to be honest with God.  He already knows what I was thinking and by expressing it I open the door, as Job, for Him to deal with the fallacy of my thinking and bring healing.  I never pretend with God and try not to pretend with anyone. 

I read this passage during that time and it brought comfort and confrontation.  David, in a very difficult time, under constant attack by those who wanted to bring about his destruction was continually praying.  In other Psalms, we find that he lamented from time to time that God was not hearing his prayers. Here he encouraged himself in the Lord and reminded himself that God knew what he was going through.  He emphasized that by saying, “You…put my tears in Your bottle.  Are they not in your book?”  Each time I read that I am brought face to face with the reality and truth that GOD KNOWS EVERYTHING.  If my tears are so valuable to Him that he would bottle them up and record them in His Eternal Record Book that means I AM IMPORTANT TO HIM.  If he knows the number of hairs on my head and how many tears I have cried, His love is beyond anything I can fathom as a human being.  If He takes the time to bottle up my tears and record them, then HE IS HEARING MY CRIES.  He has not forgotten me and since I know that He is Omnipotent He is not incapable of handling my request.  Since I know that He is LOVE, I know that His promise that if I will call upon Him He will receive me and give me that which I need.  That brings me to one of my favorite verses and a constant in my life.  1 John 5:14-15, “This is the confidence which we have before Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.  And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the request which we have asked from Him.”  HALLELUJAH! 

God hears our prayers, bottles our tears up in His bottle as a continual reminder of our plight and even records them in His book.  No wonder, the Bible says that in Heaven He will wipe away all our tears.  Your tears are precious to Him because you are precious to Him.  How Much Does He Care?  Enough to Die for Us on the Cross!

            God, bless you as you rest in the Peace of God’s Promises and Person!