“Why am I so depressed? Why this turmoil within me? Put your hope in God, for I will still praise Him, my Savior and my God. I am deeply depressed; therefore I remember You from the land of Jordan and the peaks of Hermon, from Mount Mizar.”
Psalms 42:5-6 HCSB
Do you, when blue or depressed, reach for an artificial means to numb the grief and suffering, or do you reach up and out to our Heavenly Father? Rather than turning to God as a last-ditch effort, the psalmist was intentional in seeking God and recalling all the ways God has been faithful in the past. In the midst of a trial it can be tempting to react with a knee-jerk, “Why me?” May we, instead, recount the ways He has shown us He is a good Father and press into Him.🚦
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Happy are the people whose strength is in You,
whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.
As they pass through the Valley of Baca,
they make it a source of springwater;
even the autumn rain will cover it with blessings.
They go from strength to strength;
each appears before God in Zion.
Psalms 84:5-7 HCSB
Have you ever gone on a vacation that had all kinds of things that didn’t go as planned? Maybe life, in general, hasn’t worked out as you expected. Your career got off track, and raising kids has been anything but awalk in the park.
This life is such a journey. While keeping our eyes trained on the Cross of Christ for navigation, it is important to also look around and enjoy the ride in all it’s wildness. The rough times are when God tends to grow us the most, providing blessing after blessing in how He meets our needs through others, creating sweet memories amidst the bitterness of suffering and sorrow. This is when joy finds us. His strength fills our spirits, fueling us for the next leg of the journey.
Are you letting God turn your struggle into refreshment?🚦
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“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.”
Deuteronomy 6:5 ESV
In Hebrew the heart and soul overlap in meaning to convey the internal life, disposition and intellect of love. Rather than this verse being an instruction or admonition, God wants us to cultivate an inclination or frame of mind of love, both for Hod and for others. How does one cultivate a disposition of love? Time spent meditating on God’s word, worship, and prayer, a habit being grateful, and telling others your story of God’s faithfulness to you. This kind of singleminded focus comes only through intention. What are you doing to cultivate a disposition of love for God?￼🚦
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“I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 3:12-14 NIV
Sometimes it feels like there is no reason to keep putting one foot in front of the other. Failures abound, and, by worldly standards, all hope is gone. But for those who have been grabbed by Christ, captivated by His sacrifice that tore the veil separating us from the Father, our spirits let us do nothing BUT wake up to another day and move forward. We refuse to let the troubles of this life ensnare us, to tether us when we’ve already been unleashed by Jesus! In His name WE PRESS ON to finish the race well.🚦
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“This is the command — the statutes and ordinances — the Lord your God has instructed me to teach you, so that you may follow them in the land you are about to enter and possess. Do this so that you may fear the Lord your God all the days of your life by keeping all His statutes and commands I am giving you, your son, and your grandson, and so that you may have a long life.”
Deuteronomy 6:1-2 HCSB
Parents who train their children to obey rules lest the reap consequences give their children the gift of learning a healthy respect for those persons to whine they are accountable.
God gave to Moses (to share with the Israelites) the Ten Commandments and other specific instructions for use in everyday life while Moses was on Mount Horeb. The Lord tells him that through obedience to these instructions the people would learn to fear God, to have a reverential awe and deep respect for who He is. Once in the land of Canaan there were those who were devout in their faith who did follow the statutes and ordinances. These people did fear God. The “fear” came through the process of growing in obedience to God, learning to cultivate an attitude of loving obedience with an understanding that God cared about their long-term well-being. Others followed the letter of the law without any real understanding of who He is. Still others did not listen and rejected the Word of the Lord.
Have YOU cultivated a heart attitude of love and obedience?🚦
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“I have heard the words these people have spoken to you…If only they had such a heart to fear Me and keep all My commands, so that they and their children will prosper forever.”
Deuteronomy 5: 28-29 HCSB
Yahweh heard the Israelites telling Moses they would follow all the commands God gave Moses for the Israelites, but He knew better than they knew themselves the hearts of these people who had disobeyed so many times. Even still, God gave to Moses specific statutes and commands the Israelites were to follow when they entered the promised land. While God was completely aware the Hebrews would not keep all the commands, He also knew it would point them to their need for Messiah.
Do your own failings drag you into self-loathing, or do they draw you into greater longing to know the Savior all the more, to one day be with Him?🚦
“Be careful to dedicate the Sabbath day as the Lord your God has commanded you…Remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out of there with a strong hand and an outstretched arm. That is why the Lord your God has commanded you to keep the Sabbath day.”
Deuteronomy 5:12, 15 NIV
Texans will remember when most businesses were closed on Sundays because the Blue Law, enacted in 1961 and repealed in 1985, prohibited the sale of many commonly used items for seven consecutive days. Over time, we lost sight of the gift God had given us in this fourth commandment and returned to the slavery of busyness; we became just as busy on Sundays as we were all the other days.
The Lord knew that when the Israelites entered the land of Canaan, with it’s fertile soil and bounty of available food, they would be tempted to forget the tyranny God had so dramatically rescued them from out of Egypt. The commandment to keep the Sabbath holy and focused on God’s faithfulness and goodness demonstrated throughout history and in our own lives is not only an edict but also a remembrance so that we will never be ensnared in the trappings of this world. What will you do this weekend to observe the Sabbath?🚦
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