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February 6th, 2011

Prophets in the days of Jehoiada

God sent a number of prophets during the days of Jehoiada. Some were sent with instruction, others with corrections, and some with announcements. Shemaiah, Azariah, Hanani, Michaiah, Jehu, Jahaziel, Eliezer, and ElijahCollapse )

Take heart!

Yesterday I found myself feeling disheartened and "growing weary in doing good" (Gal 6:9, 2 Thess 3:13). All that I could see were struggles which seemed bound for nothing profitable. I felt my daunting lack of wisdom in the face of real life. I felt my lack of focus in light of the future. I felt my lack of certainty in just about everything that I could think of.

Part of it was my tendency to tie my sense of self-worth to accomplishments. If I'm not accomplishing anything meaningful, then I reason that I don't have any meaning. That's a lie. "The love wherewith He loves the Son, such is His love for me" says the old hymn. (Jesus speaks of this in His prayer in John 17.) God's merciful love is just that - merciful. It's not based on what I do to earn it. It's based on His faithfulness and my heart that turns away from sin to seek His face. He loves me by grace - a gift that has been purchased not by my sighs or deeds, but that has been purchased by the precious blood of His Son. I can rest in that. If I look for meaning in anything outside of God Himself, I will be dreadfully disappointed.

The other part of my discouragement lies in the fact that this broken world is...broken. It's tiring! It's an uphill battle and an upstream pilgrimage. Jesus didn't deny that. "In this world you will have trouble," he told his disciples. "But take heart! I have overcome the world," he then told them. Indeed, in the midst of my discouragement, the hope that stood before me was no "dream," "philosophy," or "goal" - it was a Man who stood and beckoned me to follow. The only hope that I have rests on this One, who is both God and Man. "We rest on Thee and in Thy name we go." It was only the Lord who gave me the strength to bear up this past year at work. It was only the Lord who will continue to give me the strength to bear up in the future. He is my Strength (Psalm 22:19). He is my song (Psalm 118:14). He has become my Salvation (Exodus 15:2).

part of my prayer last nightCollapse )

"My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it." John 17:15-16

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