Pieces of the Word

Ezekiel taught six principles that helped the people of this time period discover God on a personal level and understand what good can be gained from living in harmony and having a peaceful heart.

  1. God works through human messengers.
  2. People need to trust in God’s sovereignty.
  3. God’s word never fails.
  4. God can be worshiped anywhere.
  5. In order to receive blessings, you must obey God.
  6. God’s kingdom will come.

Ezekiel was devoted to the word of God, and he taught that we must overcome our obstacles.

How?

I have told you all this so that you will have peace of heart and mind. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows; but cheer up, for I have overcome the world.”
“If I can?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if you have faith.”

 

 

 

Waiting Pieces

When we wait upon God, we can wait our entire lives, or weeks turn into months, as with Joseph, he waited 13 years without hearing from God!!  But Joseph never ceased to wait upon the Lord, to keep the faith, to keep praying and believing.  Would we be so patient?

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We will never know why life happens a certain way, but you can be sure – your heavenly Father has His hands all over it.  He is with you during your darkest days, pain, anguish, heartache.

The Lord’s Prayer is continually my go-to when I’m suffering; primarily because it’s the only one I can completely remember (thank you Sunday school!), because it hits all the points when we feel lonely, disappointed, hurt, frustrated.

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The lessons have been hard for me; many include countless questions about “why” and the infamous:  “when.”  When Lord, when will my pain let up?  Why do I continue to have pain?  I believe that God dislikes this kind of questioning; he is omnipresent after all, He is the ONE.  He is the way, the truth and the life.  We live for him,  not the other way around.  God isn’t a wishing machine.  We put a quarter in, make a wish and *bam*, it’s been taken care of.  Sometimes positively; it seems to work that way, but our faith is greatly tested when we are in a valley for many weeks, months or years.  Perhaps the years of waiting are a test — does our faith crumble and we shake our fists at God because we STILL HAVE THE PAIN?  Or do we endure and bear the pain, standing firm on our foundation of faith?

I pray the latter for me, and for you.

Keeping the faith is not a darling little quote, it’s real.  It’s how we get through the trials in our life.

To this end; God is faithful to us; it’s literally a two-way street.  As we heal from the difficult situation, hurt and pain, this becomes part of our testimony and our stronghold in  faith.  “As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”  Joshua 24:15

“‘Good work,’ his master said. ‘You are a good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over this small amount, so now I will give you much more.’
“If I can?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if you have faith.”
So now, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith in his promises, we can have real peace with him because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.
Even when we are too weak to have any faith left, he remains faithful to us and will help us, for he cannot disown us who are part of himself, and he will always carry out his promises to us.

 

Pieces of Poetry

Often quoted, but rarely interviewed, Mary Oliver is one of our greatest and most beloved poets. She’s just released a new volume, Felicity, at the age of 80. And so we’re revisiting the interview she granted us earlier this year on the wisdom of the world, the salvation of poetry, and the life behind her writing.  (the interview link)

I was more moved by phrase: “the salvation of poetry” than by the entire article!  It spoke to me on a very spiritual level.

The Psalms, Song of Solomon, even Proverbs are similarly — pieces of poetry scattered throughout the bible.

There are very few actual verses relating to the word “poetry” but I did find one that was appropriate (the other was on the act of war).  Acts 17:28 For in him we live and move and are! As one of your own poets says it, ‘We are the sons of God.’

Psalm 95:2 Come before him with thankful hearts. Let us sing him psalms of praise.
Ephesians 5:19 Talk with each other much about the Lord, quoting psalms and hymns and singing sacred songs, making music in your hearts to the Lord.

 

 

Pieces of Patience

What does it mean to “wait on God”?  Is it an opportunity or challenge?  Perhaps both?

Psalm 62:  I stand silently before the Lord, waiting for him to rescue me. For salvation comes from him alone. Yes, he alone is my Rock, my rescuer, defense and fortress. Why then should I be tense with fear when troubles come?

Psalm 27:14 Don’t be impatient. Wait for the Lord, and he will come and save you! Be brave, stouthearted, and courageous. Yes, wait and he will help you.

I do believe that we experience many of the same types of trials over & over again, until we understand the concept of “waiting on God,” waiting for a decision to come, rather than our feeble attempts to fix or control the situation.

Past failures never prevent God’s willingness or ability to use us.