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Consoling during deep pain | guest post
S~ You will be consoled when you see their conduct and their actions, for you will know that I have done nothing in it without cause, declares the Sovereign Lord. Ezekiel 14:23 (NIV)
O~ The Lord is talking with Ezekiel about the judgement of His people. The judgement of having an idol before the Lord is so severe! The Lord was so patient with His people, gave them ample warning, yet they didn’t listen. The judgement of the Lord looked like famine, captivity, war, plagues. And it was devastating.
A~ Here the Lord is reassuring Ezekiel about the survivors; the sons and daughters who are brought out of the judgement. He is giving Ezekiel hope about the devastation that is going to happen. The Lord tells Ezekiel that He does nothing without cause and reassures him that he will be consoled one day.
I don’t think the Lord needed to reassure Ezekiel about His plan of judgment, but He did, because that is who my Father is. Everything – good, bad, insignificant things – make up the Lord’s plans for our lives. Nothing is without cause He says.
Things that happened in my husband’s childhood have contributed greatly to who he is now. Those patterns of thought he brought into our marriage are the very things that drove me to seek the Lord with a passion that I never would have left to my own devices. Devastation in one generation, beautiful fruit in the next generation.
P~ Father, I life my hands and heart in praise to You! You are my Sustainer of life. Thank You for Your goodness – ALL the time – even when I can’t see it or feel it!
Interrupted Quiet Time | Joni Tyner
S~ So they left for a quiet place where they could be alone. Mark 6:32 (NLT)
Jesus saw the huge crowd as he stepped from the boat, and he had compassion on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things. Mark 6:34 (NLT)
O~ Jesus wanted to be alone after hearing that his cousin, John the Baptist was murdered. I’m guessing he wanted to grieve in private and process this with his Heavenly Father. As he attempts to go off by himself, he is spotted by the crowd and they begin to follow him. Jesus puts his own agenda aside and gets off the boat to spend time with them.
A~ This passage caught my eye this morning because I can relate to having other people “bump” into my quiet time. Sometimes I am attempting to read the Word and journal, other times, it is more personal downtime with a different agenda than the interrupter. I have a tendency to get annoyed and frustrated and this mood frequently is conveyed to the person who wanted my attention. I live on earth with other humans!!!!—I should expect interruptions. This passage is reminding me to have compassion and to embrace those around me, especially when they are in need of a shepherd. I want my heart to overflow and respond to others with an attitude that they are important to me and worth my time and attention.
P~ Dear Lord, help me to prioritize my time so that I can be filled by You and then overflow to my family and friends. Please forgive me for the frequent attitude of being annoyed or inconvenienced. I desire to act more like You!! …I need lots of help in the area, AMEN!
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