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With Pastor Dave Roussel

Tag: Psalms 29

God’s Emotions

July 29 – Today’s Readings – Jeremiah 4-6 and Psalms 29

God’s emotions of anguish, horror, and anger are brought out so well in these Chapters:

“Circumcise yourselves to the LORD, circumcise your hearts, you men of Judah and people of Jerusalem, or my wrath will break out and burn like fire because of the evil you have done — burn with no one to quench it.” (Jeremiah 4:4)
“O Jerusalem, wash the evil from your heart and be saved. How long will you harbor wicked thoughts?” (Jeremiah 4:14)
Can you feel the pain and anger of the Lord as He ponders the state of the nation of Israel, the Church of the Old Testament?Does God pay attention to the spiritual state of His Church – or of our individual lives? Here’s what God says – “Oh, my anguish, my anguish! I writhe in pain. Oh, the agony of my heart! My heart pounds within me, I cannot keep silent. For I have heard the sound of the trumpet; I have heard the battle cry – my people are fools; they do not know me. They are senseless children; they have no understanding. They are skilled in doing evil; they know not how to do good.” (Jeremiah 4:19&22)

Not only is God painfully aware of how we live and of the motives of our heart but He has tremendous emotion regarding the issue – “Has this house, which bears my Name, become a den of robbers to you? But I have been watching! – declares the LORD.” (Jeremiah 7:11) The Lord exhibits great sadness when unfaithfulness reigns but equal gladness when He witnesses faithfulness and right living.

The other thing to remember in all this is that God watches – not just the Church but the nations as well. Righteousness exalts a nation but sin destroys it from within. God will honor an entire group of people or a nation if they take a stand for things that are right and good. He will bless a nation that watches out for the poor and the oppressed. He will increase a nation that is willing to make a stand against crime, wickedness and corruption. As is so clearly indicated cover to cover in the Bible, the opposite is true as well. God will allow destruction to come to a nation that is corrupt and wicked.

Should we be praying for our nation and our governing leaders? Prayer truly is our most powerful weapon in defense of our nation and in promotion of God’s work.

Questions:

1. Give another Bible example of God being extremely emotional.
2. Give an example from your own life where you took a stand for something good and God honored you.

If God Is With You

January 29, Today’s Readings are Exodus 4-6 and Psalms 29

I love the simplicity of the way God works. Moses is trying to figure it all out (as we all tend to do) – and asks the Lord – “What if they don’t believe me?” He is very busy looking at his inadequacies and at the impossible task ahead of him. The answer comes – “What is that in your hand?” Of course, the “thing” in Moses’ hand was a shepherd’s staff – the symbol of his last forty year’s labor. This was not a symbol of authority, nor was it an object of royalty with which a man could direct an army. The question “What is in your hand” is an all-important one because it points directly to the fact that Moses, at this point in his life, was nothing without God. What was in Moses’ hand was mundane and God was about to change the mundane into something that would help solve a big problem. I believe that Jesus often asks us to look at what’s in our hand. He takes the mundane things and solves big problems with them. Let me go a step further – He takes mundane PEOPLE and solves big problems with them. He takes you and I and expects great things from us – even if we believe (as Moses did) that we are not the person for the job. How is it that He entrusted the entire future of

God’s kingdom on earth to a bunch of unlearned, uncouth, unspiritual disciples? How come He still does the same today? Could it be that He has very little use for those who are full of themselves, but sees tremendous potential in people who will let God lead? As Scripture says – “But God chose thefoolish thingsof the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.[1Corinthians 1:27] He empowers humble people to do great things.

One note of caution, as you read – God does not take kindly to those who continually put themselves down and say, “I can’t”. As a matter of fact God got angry with Moses when he said, “I can’t”. Why? It’s because but He wants us to believe that HE CAN.

What is it that you have in your hand? What small skills do you possess? Are you willing to “throw them down” at the feet of Jesus and let Him use them, as insignificant as they may seem. Do you have natural or spiritual gifts that are not being used? Has God “spoken” to you about an “exodus project” of your own? – perhaps a friend who is in need of deliverance? Don’t you dare say, “I can’t” if God has told you to do it. God might just get upset with you!

God bless you today as you allow God to use you.

 

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