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Whole World in His Hands

A foggy morning greets me as I sit for our time together, Father. It is beautiful to behold. All the nuances of Your creation are a constant reminder of Your power and might and Your attention to detail. Your hand in creation is a great reassurance that Your hand is upon my life as well. Thank You, Father.

Revelation 5:1-5 (<<click the green)

In the midst of this scene of power and might and holiness, with everyone lifting praise deservingly to God, stands a strong and mighty angel. And in reference to a sealed scroll which God holds in His hand, he shouts in loud voice,

“Who is worthy to break the seals on this scroll and open it?” vs2

The Amplified Bible puts it this way,

“Who is worthy to open the scroll? And [who is entitled and deserves and is morally fit] to break its seals?” vs2

And because no one in all of heaven or earth or under the earth stepped forward, the Apostle John wept bitterly.

But one of the twenty-four elders said to [John], “Stop weeping! Look, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the heir to David’s throne, has won the victory. He is worthy to open the scroll and its seven seals.” vs5

I realize that that is a lot of introduction but as I write, Lord, it must be stressed that only You, the Lion of Judah, are worthy. In all of eternity both forward and backward only You were able to live a life of perfect obedience to God. Only You were able to pay the penalty for the sins of all humanity by dying on the cross. Only You in Your resurrection proclaimed Your power over evil and death! And because only You “won the victory,” only You “can be trusted with the world’s future”!*

A song from my childhood comes to mind. The repeated line of the first verse says it all, “He’s got the whole world in his hands.”

No matter where we find ourselves in our life’s journey, Lord, we are safely in Your hands…and that is where I want to remain. Amen.

Aug 15th, Tues, 6:24 am

*Core concepts expressed in this paragraph are from the Life Application Study Bible New Living Translation

No Baby Out with the Bathwater

Father, I woke from a very deep sleep and am having a hard time getting my eyes to open. Help me to be alert to hear what You have for me this day. Amen.

Revelation 1:1-3 (<<click green)

I knew this was coming and I admit I have struggled. I seriously contemplated going to another passage of Scripture. But Jesus… this “revelation” is from You.

Revelation is most assuredly a book of prophecy. But right up front, prophecy deals with more than just future events. Prophecy deals also with proclamation…and proclamation of very important things in regard to who You are, Lord.

I guess from there is where my hesitancy arises. So many have spent countless hours trying to figure out the “who’s, where’s, and when’s” of Revelation. I have heard it said that it is possible to become “so heavenly minded that we are no earthly good.” But, as the old saying goes, Lord, I don’t want to throw the baby out with the bathwater.

The prophetic, futuristic elements are important but equally important is proclaiming how knowing these things should impact my life in the here and now and how I should embrace the entirety of Revelation to more fully know Youthat is what is important. This morning, Lord, I claim verse 3 as Your promise to me.

“God blesses the one who reads the words of this prophecy to the church, and he blesses all who listen to its message and obey what it says, for the time is near.”

June 6th, Tues, 6:35 am

We Can’t Know the Future

I am so grateful for Your presence in worship yesterday, Father. You multiplied what was given several times over! It was surely a privilege to be Your mouthpiece.

One of the concepts mentioned yesterday, Lord, as we studied the life of Joseph in Genesis was the fact that all-in-all we cannot see what lies ahead in our lives. We are to trust in Your guiding hand on our shoulders but no matter how much we would like to, we cannot see what our future holds.

Joseph had his heart set on You. His father loved him more than his many brothers and doted on him. Josephs own dreams seemed to point to a day when they all would bow before him. His brothers so greatly despised him that they refrained from killing but did end up selling him into slavery. God blessed him in these circumstances and he rose to prominence in his master’s home. Because of a false accusation he was thrown in to prison but once again God blessed him and he rose to prominence under the leadership of the prison warden. He thought he found a way out when he helped one of Pharaoh’s servants understand that he would find favor in Pharaoh’s eyes once more but was forgotten and left to continue to rot in jail.

Time and again he would work his way to the top only to be pushed back to the bottom. It would have been easy to become bitter or to have simply given up…but he didn’t. He clung to You, Lord. His destiny was in Your hands. He remained faithful to You and You brought him through and used him to literally save the lives of thousands of people from the surety of starvation.

Could Joseph see where his life was headed? No, he just continued to trust You, Lord. He was greatly rewarded for his faithfulness. He was given power and wealth. He was reunited with his family – holding no animosity toward his brothers – for he saw God’s saving hand through it all. But…he didn’t know any of it was coming to him.

As we watched his life unfold, his faith in God was unwavering. Through all the ups and downs, he held on to You. If he had ended his days serving the warden in the jail, with none of his hopes and dreams fulfilled, I believe he would have remained faithful to God.

Lord, we really have no idea what our future holds but, without a doubt, we can trust You to bring us through and with our faith placed in You we can be content in whatever circumstances we find ourselves. May I find peace in You. May I be used by You. Amen

Jan 23rd, Mon, 6:41 am

No Status Quo

Father, thank You for a beautiful day yesterday. It may have been over cast, cold and windy but it was beautiful! Thank You for the privilege of being a part of my niece’s wedding and the many people and things it entailed. May Your blessings be upon this union and may You use them in a mighty way as they continue to strive to live their lives for You!

Psalm 37:23-24 (<<click here)

The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand.

None of us knows what the future holds. We make plans as to where we want to be at points in our lives but truly only You know what directions our lives will take, Lord.

As I sit here rocking and I think of Megan and Gus and their lives together, I would pray that they would “dream big.” They are two unique individuals who have chosen to blend their gifts, talents, abilities and personalities to be used of You.

As they begin this journey together may they hold tightly to Your hand. Their lives will but full of many wonderful things but trials will come as well. May they be ever drawn to You through it all. May their relationship with You be so strong and vibrant and real and impacting that You shine through it all.

Lord, may none of us be satisfied with the easy or the expected. Help us to seek Your heart. Help us to push the envelope in how we live our lives. Help us to not settle for the status quo.

An old hymn comes to mind. “God of grace and God of glory, on Thy people pour Thy power…Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, for the facing of this hour.”

May 15th, Sun, 6:34 am

One and Only Son

Massey 03

Father, thank You so much for the blessing of the last several days. Massey has been home from school and I have cherished the time You have given us to be together. Karen and I are grateful to have this fine young man in our lives – to have had the privilege to guide and protect as he grew up. As he heads back to school today, please keep Your hand upon his shoulder. Draw him to You more and more each day. You know not a day goes by that I do not lift him up to You – that You would guide and direct him, that You would bring people after Your own heart into his life. I do so again today.

It is hard for my mind to conceive that You could love him more than I do, but You surely do! I cannot be by his side through all the comings and goings of his life – but You can. I cannot help him stay true to You when temptation comes – but You can. I cannot give him a place of refuge when life comes at him from every side – but You surely can.

Many years ago, I gave my one and only son over to You and he could be in no better hands. I don’t know what the future holds for any of us but we are all in Your care.

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.”  1 Corinthians 2:9

Mar 18th, Fri, 5:15 am