“She was deeply distressed and prayed to the Lord and wept bitterly. And she vowed a vow and said, “O Lord of hosts, if you will indeed look on the affliction of your servant and remember me and not forget your servant, but will give to your servant a son, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and no razor shall touch his head.”” (1 Samuel 1:10–11, ESV) Hannah serves as the example of a woman who gave her child completely into God’s hand. In the midst of her misery she prayed, pouring out her soul before the Lord (1 Samuel 1:15). Indeed in just a short time she had a son (1 Samuel 1:20) and named him Samuel, and when he had grown but only a little she took him to the tabernacle and gave him completely over to God. “For this child I prayed, and the Lord has granted me my petition that I made to him. Therefore I have lent him to the Lord. As long as he lives, he is lent to the Lord.” And he worshiped the Lord there.” (1 Samuel 1:27–28, ESV) Will you do that with your soul burden? Will you completely give it to God […]
““You let your mouth loose in evil And your tongue frames deceit. “You sit and speak against your brother; You slander your own mother’s son. “These things you have done and I kept silence; You thought that I was just like you; I will reprove you and state the case in order before your eyes.” (Psalm 50:19–21, NASB95) The words we say and the intent with which we say them matter, and our relationships matter before the Lord. In Psalm 50, God is prepared to offer salvation, but the indictment he brings against Israel first is one of their intensive self-centeredness. In time they had begun to think that God was just like them, rather than that they were to become like God. But God would now rise and clarify for them the nature of their hidden rebellion. No. God is not like us, It is our call then today to consider Him and not ourselves as the norm for glory. Let us seek him. Be silent before him. Listen. Father, Show us what is next for us, and keep us from presuming our own designs.
There is a profound moment early in the book of Revelation that demonstrates that we have not truly come to understand Jesus even if we understand the good news, and hang onto Jesus as our savior. John the Apostle’s gospel is filled with some of the clearest teaching about the deity of Jesus. John records his claims, his power, and repeatedly displays that Jesus is fully God. Then we open the book of Revelation and this same apostle who knew and loved Jesus as his Messiah encounters Jesus. First he hears him, then he sees him… and the sight makes him pass out. John’s theology was excellent, but Jesus is more than theology. He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He is very God of Very God. And he has called us to seek Himself. “When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man. And He placed His right hand on me, saying, “Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last, and the living One; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades” (Revelation 1:17-18) He is greater than we know, and we should anticipate our first vision […]