Very quickly, in the 30 minutes I have of lunch I wanted to bring a little encouragement and homework to you.
It seems as if I've been studying the book of Isaiah since the day I was born (OK, so I exaggerate). It's taken me quite some time. The Lord has spoken love, conviction and hope into my life through this long journey in the fields of Isaiah. This week I read a verse in chapter 63 that moved me.
In all their affliction He was afflicted,
and the Angel of His Presence saved them;
in His love and in His pity He redeemed them;
and He bore them and carried them
all the days of old. (verse 9)
Studying God's word verse by verse is great. You gain so much wisdom, truth and revelation. Any who, as I studied this one verse I broke down. God, creator of Heaven and Earth, is afflicted with our affliction. But such affliction is not what you and I would in other words call suffering. The affliction found is this verse is the affliction caused by continual (persistent, ceaseless, frequent and around-the-clock) rebellion.
Forgive me Lord for feeding my flesh and grieving you.
It makes me sick to my stomach to know that I, one of God's favored child, could cause Him such pain. Made me stop and reflect on my walk. Is their a continual sin in my life causing God to be afflicted? Holy Spirit reveal any wicked way within me and lead me in the way of everlasting.
But I praise Him as well. Oh to know the love of Christ, that in the midst of our disgusting sin, He saves us, loves us and redeems us. His love never fails.
Now for Homework.
I spoke with the sweetest elderly lady today. Her name is Cheryl.
She is sick with bronchitis and overwhelmed with some family issues.
She is need of our prayers. Please pray for her.
That's all from me today. God bless you my friends.
greetings from Sunny South Florida this week.