Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Strange Truth

"Truth is stranger than fiction." Mark Twain said that.

My life sure has proved that out as of late.

The rest of his quote is: "Fiction has to make sense."

I'm not a reader or writer of fiction, so I must assume that is true.  I'm sure it must be written in such a way that the storyline makes sense, like any good story.

The storyline of my life, as of late, would make a great fiction story. I think it has a lot of the components that people want in a juicy, draw-you-in story.  Only problem is, it sure doesn't seem to make sense.  And that is because it is truth, and if I were to write it as a part of my memoir, I don't think many would believe it. Why? Because it sounds like a fiction novel. I'm sure people would think that the storyline had been "embellished" upon to make it a more interesting read. (As is the case with most memoirs published today.)

I've been centering in on Joseph lately.  His life sure sounds like fiction to me. Who could come up with such a storyline for his life? But, I love the ending of his story.  I can relate so much to him. One day, on Heaven's shores, I will look for Joseph.  I want to thank him.  I keep the ending of his life's journey close to my heart as my inspiration to keep on keeping on.

A very wise man (my son, Andrew) shared Gideon with me today.  I hadn't thought about Gideon in a really long time, but there are lessons to be learned from his life's struggles as well. And so I will read tonight.  And be strengthened all the more.

Maybe that's why some people don't believe the Words written in the Holy Scriptures - sounds too much like fiction - some of It even stranger than fiction!  But, it is Truth all the same. 

So I guess I'm in good company with the likes of Joseph and Gideon.  And since God is no respecter of persons, my ending will be just as "improbable" to the natural mind as was theirs. And just as glorifying!

Someday, when the ending of my story is just as awesome as Joseph's and Gideon's - the manifestation of God's deliverance and power and provision - maybe, just maybe, my storyline will be an inspiration to someone else. Maybe someone will glean from my life's struggles.  God sure knows I hope so.  Then this will all be worthwhile.

Because of Him and Unto Him,

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Moses Did Not Say, "Let My People Go"

Image result for Moses let my people goIf someone were to have asked me yesterday, what did Moses say to Pharaoh, I would have said, "Let My people go!"  But, after re-reading Scripture, I realize that is not what he said to Pharaoh. We only remember the first part of the command.
Afterward Moses and Aaron went in and told Pharaoh, “Thus says The LORD God of Israel: ‘Let My people go, that they may hold a feast to Me in the wilderness.’”  Ex. 5:1 - (a feast in worship of God.)
And The LORD spoke to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh and say to him, ‘Thus says The LORD, “Let My people go, that they may worship Me."  Ex. 8:1
What "Egypt" do you desire God to deliver you from?  Me from? 

He doesn't just want us "delivered".  He wants us delivered so that we might worship Him with our lives.

God knows who will honor Him, love Him, and worship Him with their lives. He knows who will be grateful to Him; who will appreciate the "deliverance" thereby laying down their lives to serve Him in whatever capacity we are called to.  

It's not enough to pray for deliverance from our "Egypt's".  If that is our only aim, what will we do when we reach the "promised land"?  What is the goal, once our prayers have been answered?

God Almighty expected the Israelites to worship Him in the wilderness out of gratitude.  But, not much had changed within the hearts of the delivered - even though God did mighty miracles to set His people free. While Moses was up on the mountain receiving The Ten Commandments, the Israelites were busy building an idol. They still grumbled and complained.

So, they wandered for 40 years and eventually the next generation made it to the Promised Land.

God doesn't want us in bondage, He doesn't want us to stay slaves to anything unGodly.  We pray and cry out for God to come through for us.  And when He does, then what?

He desires us to worship and serve Him. He does not "deliver" us from our stressors just to please us, which is what this "blessing generation" is being brainwashed to believe. 

He answers our prayers with a specific goal in mind.  

Think of Joseph, God delivered time after time from horrific circumstances.  He answered Joseph prayers.  Joseph chose to serve and worship The LORD God with his whole being and life. The fulfillment of the calling of God on his life was all that mattered to him.  

Is it yours?  Is it mine?  For what purpose shall our prayers be answered?

Because of Him and Unto Him,