A Glory Seed Devotional
Past testimonies become today’s blessings – Psalms 107…
“(4) Some wandered in desert wastes, finding no way to a city to dwell in; (5) hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted within them. (6) Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. (7) He led them by a straight way till they reached a city to dwell in. (8) Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man! (9) For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things.” (Psalms 107:4-9 ESV)
I’ve never been in a desert however I’ve seen pictures of them. I’ve seen movies about people in deserts. But I’ve never actually walked in a desert. I’ve never felt the heat of the day nor the cold of the night. HOWEVER just because I’ve never been in a desert doesn’t mean I’ve not experienced being in a desert. Perhaps unlike me you may have been in a desert and you know first hand what it’s like but I suspect many whose eyes these words fall upon are like me.
Somewhere on your list of needs is the need for encouragement and hope. I suspect for many of us they are pretty close to the top of our list. Among the greatest blessings coming from the bible is the encouragement and hope not from the millions of words but from the experiences of the characters of the bible. However, never forget the encouragement and hope of the bible is reserved for the PEOPLE of God.
There are times when I think the order the sentences appearing in the bible put limitations on the blessings of their message. For example the sentence, “For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things,” appears in verse 9 yet verse 9’s message “pre-spills” over into verse 6 as well. While God was leading the Israelites 40 years through the wilderness (desert) he provided for the daily needs. The Psalmist prayed you and I pray “Give us this day our daily bread.” And God answers, “Gather the blessings you need for today and do not worry about tomorrow but leave it to me as well.”
Peace is not the absence of conflict PEACE is the presence of Jesus Christ.
Hope is not the absence of uncertainty HOPE is the presence of the Holy Spirit.
Grace and SHALOM (PEACE),
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