March 18, 2010

Chemicals and Weeds

I have hidden your word in my heart 
       that I might not sin against you.

Psalm 119:11


 

As I was driving through town yesterday, I noticed an elderly man carrying a container of weed killer and walking toward a lonely dandelion in the front of his yard. He walked slowly and hunched over and I wondered why he was going to all that trouble for just one lonely weed. As I drove on, I begin to think about that one weed. I thought about how quickly weeds spread and the thought occurred to me that if he did not treat the weed now, before long that the one weed would turn into many and would consume his yard.

Sin is much like those weeds. We allow one sinful thing into our lives and it can quickly begin to spread and overtake our heart and our life. It is a shame there is not a container of "sin killer" that we are able to pick up at the local garden supply store to eradicate all the sin in our lives but truth be told, we will always sin and will always have sin in our lives. Just like that elderly man though, we need to be aware of those sins and contain them before they can spread and reap total havoc within our lives. Though we do not have a chemical to rid of us such things, we do have the Holy Spirit actively living within as well as God's word to guide us if we only choose to listen and obey. When we seek after Him and His ways, we will find that we will have a much greater victory over those sins that try to creep into our lives and bring about destruction.

March 16, 2010

The Waters Roar

"I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, 
       and in His word I put my hope."

Psalm 130:5

I want to write. I want to be able to share but right now things seem hopeless again. For the time being I am just trying to be still and trying to find His voice in the chaos that surrounds me. Sometimes life can be so overwhelming and we can find ourselves feeling completely bogged down and unable to breathe but when we take the time to sit at His feet and be still before Him eventually we will hear His voice above the noise.


 

"God is our refuge and strength, 
       an ever-present help in trouble.

Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way 
       and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,

though its waters roar and foam 
       and the mountains quake with their surging. 
       Selah

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, 
       the holy place where the Most High dwells.

God is within her, she will not fall; 
       God will help her at break of day.

Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; 
       he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

The LORD Almighty is with us; 
       the God of Jacob is our fortress. 
       Selah

Come and see the works of the LORD, 
       the desolations he has brought on the earth.

He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth; 
       he breaks the bow and shatters the spear, 
       he burns the shields [b] with fire.

"Be still, and know that I am God; 
       I will be exalted among the nations, 
       I will be exalted in the earth."

The LORD Almighty is with us; 
       the God of Jacob is our fortress. 
       Selah"

Psalm 46

March 4, 2010

Kicked to the curb

"The truth is that you will be in Babylon for seventy years. But then I will come and do for you all the good things I have promised, and I will bring you home again. For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope."

Jeremiah 29:10-11


Jeremiah 29:11 is one of my favorite verses. In fact I have that verse hanging throughout my house as a reminder for myself that God has a plan for my life and when I choose to follow His plan instead of my own, there is hope. Verse 11 is full of promise and hope but when you read verse 10, you realize that something else was happening and things may not have been so good. It appears that the people of Israel were going to be spending a long period away from their homeland as a form of God's discipline but after that time, God would return them to their land. He had a plan for their future.

When we sin, we often times find ourselves filled with great feelings of desolation and our lives seem so bleak. These times can lead us to feel completely hopeless and alone but we have to remember that those feelings do not come from God. God is our Hope. He is the author of our Hope. Even when we feel like the world has kicked us to the curb, God has a plan and even those hard moments are part of His plan and ultimately lead to our good.

When we are facing times of hopelessness, it could be the result of someone else's sinful actions or choices or we could be reaping the horrible rewards from our own bad decisions. It all comes down to discovering that our hope is solely found in God's love for us and through the sacrifice of His Son. We must cling to His Truth and Hope and know that we will find peace when we choose to seek out the plan that God has for us and remember that every hard road will only grow our faith and trust in Him.