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Oh, What a Tangled Web We Weave

Thank You, Father, for a wonderful day! Your presence in worship was impacting – may Your word resonate without our hearts and may we be motivated to action. Amen!

Matthew 21:23-27 (<<click to read the passage)

Have you ever examined a spider web? We have a spider that has constructed its web in front of the window by our back door. We have an electric candle which sits on the window sill inside and it draws small flying insects to its light. What a great set-up for the spider! God created a wise creature that could put all that together in order to ensure a constant source of sustenance!

For the most part, once an insect gets caught in the web there is no escape from the sticky strands.

Remember this bit of verse? It is actually from a poem written by Scottish poet, Sir Walter Scott in 1513.

Oh, what a tangled web we weave
When first we practise to deceive!

To my knowledge, a spider can’t get stuck in his own web but that was not the case for the leading priests and elders who tried to trap Jesus in His words in today’s passage. They weren’t after the truth. Their sole intention was to back Jesus into a corner where they could them eliminate Him as a threat to their “power”.

But…they weren’t playing with some naïve novice. They were fighting against the very person who knew them before the world was even created! (Ephesians 1:4) They thought they had Him right where the wanted Him but He was far too wise for their games.

Jesus quickly turned the tables with His own question and they were entangled in their own web of deceit!

Oft times we think we are so smart. We play games and think we can fool God. But we are the fools. We think we can outwit Him – but that, of course, is impossible when we are up against an all-knowing God. We hide behind masks of our own construction but we cannot hide from an ever-present God. In defiance, we stubbornly stand in our supposed strength but all of us will eventually bow before this all-powerful God.

All of the things we do to fight against God are futile. We may think we are winning but until we give ourselves over to Him – to His loving care and compassion, to his grace and mercy – we will be the losers.

Sept 9th, 2018, Sun, 8:26 pm

Nothing Is Impossible

Father, I realize that I can complain and be ungrateful about where I work but if I sit back and really look at where I find myself, I am truly blessed. Yesterday, as I experienced my first time of processing an inbound truck I had the privilege of seeing many of my compatriots working together in a well-orchestrated feat. Each person doing what needed to be done in (at least from my perspective) perfect synchronization AND having fun together at the same time. Thank You, Father, for the privilege of it all.

Matthew 15:29-31 (<<click the green)

In this translation, it all comes down to one paragraph with 6 sentences and 78 words. Not much, right? But look at what happened! Once Jesus seated himself on a hill it tells us that a “vast crowd“ brought him…well, they brought him another vast crowd!  But the second crowd consisted not just of family, friends, and acquaintances. No, this second group was made of those with a multitude of needs. They were “lame, blind, crippled, those who couldn’t speak, and many others.”

No specifics, no names, no shared words – just action! If you don’t believe the statement that nothing is impossible with God then read that paragraph through again! Every single need that was brought before Jesus was met. There is absolutely nothing that we cannot bring to Him! Nothing is too big or too small.

Lord, help us to give all of our needs over to You. We must keep In mind that Your answer may be a “yes” but it could be a “no” or a “wait”. Grant us patience. Grant us peace. Amen.

May 24th, 2018, Thurs, 6:54 am

Why Me? Will It Ever Stop?!

Good morning, Father! Forgive me for the wandering of my thoughts last night, but thank You for helping me to cast them from my mind. And in that arena, for sure all the glory goes to You! Not that long ago I would have been like a runaway train heading for a horrendous crash and burn…but not this time. Thank You, Holy Spirit for giving me the fortitude to overcome.

Philippians 4:7 (<<click here)

To worry less – pray more! Lord, doing this will bring about a peace found only in You and as the old translation reads, it will be a “peace that passes all understanding”– from the world’s perspective, it makes no sense!

Something has been rattling around in my head for some time – as Your children, how do we respond to the absolutely horrific thing’s this life thrust upon us? Death, disease, heartache, financial woes, loss, and rejection – the list goes on and on. We cry out, “Why me!?” “Will it ever stop?!”

Now Your Word tells us in Romans 8:28 that “… in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” NIV So the question we deal with then is, how does all of this gel? If You love us why do we experience so much pain in life? And how does pain which is included in the “all things” of Romans 8:28 work for our good? Again going to Your Word tells us in order to stress less we must pray more and that will bring about a peace that is beyond comprehension.

First of all, You do not bring about the pain. We, the whole of humanity, have brought that upon ourselves. Eve’s yielding to sin started it and every one of us since has perpetuated that sin – our depravity knows no end. Our great propensity for wondrous creativity from being created in Your likeness has been pushed to all limits by our perversion and wickedness. We have so polluted the world with our rebellion that inevitably we encounter pain.

Secondly, because You love us so much – which is proven by the fact of how far You went to bring us back into right relationship with You – the giving of yourself to the point of a horrific death at our hands – because You love us so much You can take all that is ugly and revolting about ourselves and our lives and make it good! The impossible becomes possible!

Lord, most of us would have no problem acknowledging these two points through most of the ebb and flow of life. But when those times of pain and suffering are so intense that we feel like we are going doing for the count, is the answer to worry (which seems like an awfully small word in this context) less and pray more? ‘That’s it?’ we yell? ‘With all Your power and might and “love”, that’s all You have to offer?’ And Your answer is…a resounding ‘YES!!’

We absolutely cannot wrap our minds around it, but giving ourselves over to You and praying in place of worrying brings us peace – not peace of the world which is shallow and, oh so temporary, but Your peace. Your peace is deep, and rich and most importantly – never ending!!

Miraculously, You take the absolute worst of our lives and bring the absolute best out of it! From a worldly perspective – it makes no sense at all, but Your peace is not of this world. Being Your children, whom You love, You give it to us freely and in abundance!! Lord, all the praise goes to You for this awesomely overwhelming gift!! In the midst of the hurricanes of life – You are there – solid and strong- FOR US!!

Help us, Lord, to trust in You – to throw ourselves into Your mighty arms. Give us Your peace we plea! When we do so the glory will be given to You! Others will ask how we do it and we can proclaim that it’s only because of You!! You are our only answer to everything this old world has to throw at us!  Even if death is what is thrown our way, yes, even death, You are the answer – being escorted into Your presence, what could be better?

Praise You Lord!! Strengthen us!  Enable us!  Empower us!! Use us through all of life to hold our lights high, showing the world that there is HOPE and LIFE found only in You! AMEN!

June 2nd, Tues, 8:07am