Thursday, February 12, 2015

A Thought for Thursday 12 February 2015

“I waited patiently for The Lord; He inclined to me and heard my cry.  He drew me up from the desolate pit, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure.  He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God.  Many will see and fear, and put their trust in The Lord.  Happy are those who make The Lord their trust, who do not turn to the proud, to those who go astray after false gods.  You have multiplied, O Lord my God, Your wondrous deeds and Your thoughts toward us; none can compare with you.  Were I to proclaim and tell of [these wondrous deeds], they would be more than can be counted.”  Psalm 40:1-5 NRSV

The Promise proclaimed throughout the Scriptures is clear: The Lord will reach out to and touch all who stop, come to their senses, and turn toward The Lord.  Though we often allow ourselves to become so busy with daily living to the point that we go days without even thinking of Him, He nevertheless is faithful and thinks only of us – His beloved Creation!

Notice how easily we can get caught up in the “miry bog” or feel trapped in the “desolate pit” when we only think of things we do not have.  Yet when we stop to consider the whole of the Scriptures and the countless stories of redemption when The Lord saved His people – especially those who had gone “astray after false gods” – there is nothing to find but peace and contentment.  We don’t worry so much about what we do not have, and spend much more time taking stock of all we really do have.

Don’t let the day drag you down, and don’t allow the news to convince you we live in a hopeless world.  Find the “patience” within and realize The Lord works in His own time, not ours, and always for the Greater Good; but know this: The Lord will come always to those who cry out to Him, to those who finally realize the profound spiritual need and longing we all have.

The Promise is sure, and the Promise is ours!



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