Put your trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and feed on its riches. Psalm 37:1-18 Look around. Has not the earth provided? Was it not freely given; from the smallest of molecules to the tallest of plant-life and the largest of formations? God has placed us here and we’ve not disappointed in our ability to use such a gift to create and delight in the tools we use for our own pleasures. Yet there is one delight we often forget; our delight in the giver’s gift of the spirit within. Let not the spirit within be persuaded by the tools of pleasures made from our own hands. We must delight our selves in the one who was first to give the gift of the spirit that dwells within us and yearns jealously to be reconciled with that gift (James 4:5). All other delights wither like the grass and fade away.
“Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion…” Hebrews 3:1-11 Here Paul is speaking about the rebellion of the Israelites who when Moses went up the mountain for forty days and forty nights, had created an image of God which they began to worship. A hardened heart is a heart that doubts, a heart that fears and a heart that ultimately trades the hope and glory in what is unseen for something that gives a temporary satisfaction to meet an immediate physical need whether it be things or people. I believe Paul really wants his hearers to understand that we should not forget that our praise and worship is a very valuable gift from God. What sense does it make if I receive a gift from my sister and I in turn praise my brother for the gift? This is kind of what we do when we go astray and turn our attention towards things and people other than God. Yet because God loves his creation he is faithful to it. So why not give your faith a heartfelt chance and praise God today. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!
Psalm 31:5, 7-8
Into your hand I commit my spirit;
you have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God…
I will exult and rejoice in your steadfast love,
because you have seen my affliction;
you have taken heed of my adversities,
and have not delivered me into the hand of the enemy;
you have set my feet in a broad place.
Lent: Day 31 – The smell of certain foods are so delectable to us that we are drawn towards it, to the point of desiring the taste simply for the pleasure it provides our tastes buds. Sweet baked goods are like that for me. The smell of a pound cake is usually enough for me to want to wait for, so that I can have a slice while it is still warm. We can have a similar kind of attraction to the “aroma” of possibilities and opportunities that life has to offer until we realize their initial attraction soon becomes an empty possibility with no foundation and no real hope. With the exception of God’s Word, Love, and Presence everything is temporary. The aroma we get from God is not only pleasurable it is sustainable by our presence and love that we show one another as children of God. It is important for us to know that God is eternally attracted to his own creation. God first loved us (1 John 4:19), and from our innocence as children through the imperfectness of our knowledge of him; his love for us gives him joy (Psalm 149:4). God’s love for us is our hope that we too will know the glory of Christ resurrection. We can’t get that with cake or empty possibilities, which is why when we eat cake that we don’t like or it affects our health, we stop eating it or cut back. When opportunities in various relationships become a burden we let them go. The good news is that God never lets us go. As we become who God wants us to be, we strive for that delectable “aroma” that emanates from Christ to be the same aroma that goes forth through us for which others will take delight and be eternally drawn. Taste and see that the Lord is good (Psalm 34:8)! Thank you Linda T.
2 Corinthians 2:14-3:6 But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads in every place the fragrance that comes from knowing him. For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing…