Tag Archives: Romans 8:38-39

Seasoned with Salt

Good morning, Father! It is early and I’m still a bit bleary-eyed but I am glad that once again I have the opportunity to come and sit at Your feet. I know You love me and absolutely nothing can separate me from Your love! (Romans 8:38-39) Please, bless our time together, may it be profitable for my soul. I give myself over to You – teach me, motivate me and make me act according to Your will.

Colossians 4:5-6 (<<click here)

Dictionary.com defines “wise” as “having the power of discerning and judging properly as to what is true or right, processing, discernment, judgment or discretion.” Lord, You direct us to live in this mindset. I cannot say that I have always succeeded in doing so. I truly believe that You are constantly working with me to be wiser in my day to day interactions with others. Discernment is a trait with which the Holy Spirit surely helps me. At work, at church or at home discernment helps things go along much more smoothly. Thank You for helping me to see things that make for wise interaction. Help me to make the most of every opportunity you bring my way.

After You help me to apply wisdom, discerning the situation in which I find myself, help me to be gracious. So many times extending grace to others has diffused a potentially volatile situation. Being kind and courteous goes a long way. In doing so what I then say is much more attractive to those with whom I am interacting. This whole directive is beneficial in working with others overall but Lord help me to think this way in sharing You with others.

I really don’t think I would enjoy French fries nearly as much without salt. Salty things appeal to my palate. In fact, I often crave salty things – chips, crackers, nuts, etc. Where the New Living Translation translates a portion of this passage as “attractive” others translate it as “seasoned with salt.” Lord, help me to be SALTY! May others crave my presence because I am seasoned with You. Enhance my interactions so much so that people are directed to You. Bless me today and in the days ahead with “saltiness” so I might have a “right response for everyone”.

July 4th, 2015, Sat, 5:45 am

Stand Firm

It is dark…but for the lamp by my chair. It is quiet…but for the occasional vehicle zooming by. In this moment, it is just You and me, Father. May I hear Your voice. May I follow Your leading. Amen

1 Peter 5:12-14 (<<click here)

Peter’s purpose in writing this epistle – this letter – is to encourage…and assure [us all] that what [we] are experiencing is truly part of God’s grace for [us].” Then he states, Stand firm in this grace.”

Lord, as I sat here pondering these words, my mind was working in the attempt to form a picture, an example, of what it means. As I did so something that took place in the Old Testament came to mind and along with it a correlating hymn.

The Old Testament story is from Exodus 33:12-23. Moses and God had a very close relationship – they spent a lot of time together. Moses was the voice piece of God to the people of Israel. In the course of establishing his place in the will of God, he asked of God, Now show me your glory.” God agreed to do so. All His “goodness” would pass in from of [Moses].” He would “proclaim [His] name, the Lord, in [Moses’] presence.” God spoke of having mercy and compassion on whom He chose. In connection to today’s passage, I believe His grace fits in here as well.

But because no one sees God’s face and lives (v.20) due to the purity of His holiness he placed Moses in a “cleft of the rock” and covered Moses with His hand until He passed by. He saw God’s back but not His face.

No matter what life throws at us, we are truly in God’s hands and we can “stand firm in this grace.” Absolutely nothing can separate us from God’s love. Romans 8:38-39

Oh, and that hymn? It is He Hideth My Soul written by Fanny Crosby.

A wonderful Savior is Jesus my Lord,
A wonderful Savior to me;
He hideth my soul in the cleft of the rock,
Where rivers of pleasure I see.

He hideth my soul in the cleft of the rock
That shadows a dry, thirsty land;
He hideth my life in the depths of His love,
And covers me there with His hand,
And covers me there with His hand.

Lord, I cling to Your mercy, compassion, and grace. Amen.

Feb 25th, Sat, 6:25 am