Friday, February 20, 2015

His Love Endures Forever.......

Sam and I have a little game we play which is geared to help him pay attention to Grandma when I want him to focus and do what I ask. He does not realize it is a game, but he grins, and gets it, eventually, and we both laugh when the objective has been reached.

When that moment in our day arrives for him to get his shoes and coat on, grab his backpack and head for the car. I find myself repeating what I want him to do over and over and over again.

Can I get a witness?

It goes something like this:
“Sam get your shoes on….Get your shoes on….get your shoes on…get your shoes on…...” In a little sing song voice, that he eventually recognizes, grins, and realizes that Grandma wants those shoes on, and nothing else is going to happen or be said UNTIL those shoes are on. By the time he is ready to walk out the door we are usually grinning and singing one of our little ditties.

In my devotions yesterday, I read Psalm 136. I have read this PS many, many times in my life. I have prayed it, I have recited it in church as a responsive reading. Let’s just say I’m familiar with it. But yesterday when I read it again, I saw something in it I had not seen before. 

 Psalm 136

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.
His love endures forever.
Give thanks to the God of gods.
His love endures forever.
Give thanks to the Lord of lords:
His love endures forever.
to him who alone does great wonders,
His love endures forever.
who by his understanding made the heavens,
His love endures forever.
who spread out the earth upon the waters,
His love endures forever.
who made the great lights—
His love endures forever.
the sun to govern the day,
His love endures forever.
the moon and stars to govern the night;
His love endures forever.
10 to him who struck down the firstborn of Egypt
His love endures forever.
11 and brought Israel out from among them
His love endures forever.
12 with a mighty hand and outstretched arm;
His love endures forever.
13 to him who divided the Red Sea[a] asunder
His love endures forever.
14 and brought Israel through the midst of it,
His love endures forever.
15 but swept Pharaoh and his army into the Red Sea;
His love endures forever.
16 to him who led his people through the wilderness;
His love endures forever.
17 to him who struck down great kings,
His love endures forever.
18 and killed mighty kings—
His love endures forever.
19 Sihon king of the Amorites
His love endures forever.
20 and Og king of Bashan—
His love endures forever.
21 and gave their land as an inheritance,
His love endures forever.
22 an inheritance to his servant Israel.
His love endures forever.
23 He remembered us in our low estate
His love endures forever.
24 and freed us from our enemies.
His love endures forever.
25 He gives food to every creature.
His love endures forever.
26 Give thanks to the God of heaven.
His love endures forever.

You see it too? Don’t you?

“His Love Endures Forever”

I smiled as I heard the repetition in my voice as I read it.  And the little sing song that came. And I realized that God wants me to know something.

His Love Endures Forever! His Love Endures Forever! His Love Endures Forever! His Love Endures for Ever!

Of all the attributes of God listed, of all the things He has done for His people, and all the things He plans to do for His people,  I get the picture that God wants me to remember that His Love endures forever.  

These days there does not seem to be a lot of love in the world. So the reminder that God’s love endures forever is a comforting thought.




Thursday, February 5, 2015

The Forgetfulness of God

A great many of us start out each year with the plan to read through the entire Bible. I have been reading my Prayer Devotional Bible again this year. It is not exactly set up with a “read the Bible in a year” reading plan, but I have done it as such several times. There is a devotion for every day of the week, with a general historically based one for the weekends. Obviously, all the devotions are geared toward inspiring your prayer life.

This is a Bible that does not have a mark in it, which is unusual for me, I mark up my Bibles, with notes, and references, etc., but not this one. Perhaps that is why when I read it, because there is nothing to distract me on any page, certain words and passages just pop off the page at me. I keep my notes and thoughts written in a little notebook on the side.

Every day has brought a revelation above and beyond the days devotions. For example: when I was reading in the book of 1st Samuel, I did not get past the first chapter when I came across the phrase in 1st Samuel 1:19  “and the Lord remembered her”, in reference to Hannah’s deep desire to have a child.

My quirky brain immediately thought, “What? Did He forget her?” 

Now I have to admit, that when I thought that I chuckled to myself, because I know from reading the rest of the book that God doesn't forget anyone, He may forget our sins, but not us.

Don’t you feel sometimes that God has forgotten you though? I have been in Hannah’s position, wanting a child, and not being able to conceive, and I remember those years when it seemed that every other couple we knew were having children……and we were not. Yes, in all honestly, I felt forgotten. The ceiling had become lead and I felt my prayers were not getting through, and I knew that somehow I had been misplaced and possibly forgotten in God’s grand design. So when I read this I did chuckle, because like Hannah, God remembered me too.

He has remembered me so many times since then, I am certain I can’t remember all of them, and the list of the times He has would be endless.

So as I continued on in the story of Hannah, I was reminded of God’s faithfulness, of His incredible memory, and the blessed fact that He is also able to forget the very worst of us and our lives. I am thankful for a Savior who stood in the gap for me so that when God sees me, He has forgotten my sins and sees only Jesus.


For I will be merciful to their iniquities,
And I will remember their sins no more.”
 Hebrews 8:12