The moment I read these ancient words as a young woman, they spoke deep into my life, probably because they were so different from the soundtrack playing in my head. Work Hard! Be smart! Be thorough! Do your best! Figure it out! You can do it! These formed the soundtrack on replay in my life, but these ancient words told me a different story.
As I consider the freedom I celebrate as a citizen of the United States of America on the 4th of July, and enjoy every day, I am reminded of a greater freedom I enjoy as one who has been redeemed from death to life. As a citizen of heaven, my death has been swallowed up in victory and I am freed from the bondage of sin and shame. Thanks be to God!
“Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth.” Psalm 127:3-4 Though I am an empty nester, I get hang out with mamas of littles in my Bible study leadership role. I often stop myself from saying to these precious, hard working women: “cherish the moments, they go so fast.” It seems like such a true statement for a woman in her 50s who looks back and cannot believe how fast little ones grow up. But I know those words ring a...
The crowds following Jesus were large, we are told in Matthew 19:2. Attempting to trap Jesus and cast a shadow on his popularity, the Pharisees asked Jesus a hard question about divorce. Far from trapping him, they handed Jesus a microphone through which he quoted and elaborated on Genesis 2:24 and cast God’s vision for marriage through the ages. The disciples even bristled at his words.
I wonder how the truth that God is omniscient and omnipresent sinks into your life today? When you were still unformed, God had purposeful days on history’s calendar for you! God’s knowing of you from conception into eternity was complete before your heart began to beat. He has not only numbered your days, but ordained them: prepared them, appointed them, ordered them…all in love! This knowledge of God gives your life and the life of every human being tremendous weight and value.