Want to know God’s will for your life today? Open His Word and spend time with Him. That IS His will!
5 Better is open rebuke than hidden love. God’s love is hidden in His Word. Let’s find it!
6 Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses. We can trust the Spirit to “wound us” to make us better. “The word of God is a scalpel…” (Hebrews 4:12), and He uses it to remove sin and grossness from our lives.
7 One who is full loathes honey from the comb, but to the hungry even what is bitter tastes sweet. Even God’s reprimand tastes sweet when we are hungry for His presence and company in our lives. We KNOW it’s for our own good.
9 Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of a friend springs from His heartfelt advice and counsel. This verse particularly applies to our LORD. He brings joy to our hearts, and His counsel is pleasant to our souls.
If God does not cause our circumstances, He at least allows them. His intention is to draw us to Himself. He knows what kinds of things are needed in our lives to get us to look to Him, to come to Him and allow Him to care for us and fellowship with us. We must remember that as His sheep, His first responsibility is not our happiness, but our safety. In His presence is the safest place I know!
Let’s spend time with Him this morning–especially if you are home due to weather–in His Word. If you have internet, use a lexicon to look up meanings of words. Tie verses together (string pearls). I tied two verses together this morning: Matthew 3:10 and Mark 11:20. Look them up and give me your assessment.
Abba, as always, You call us to Your throne where we receive mercy and grace for this hour. May we acknowledge Your continuing presence in our minds and hearts today. Thank You for being our Good Shepherd. Amen.