“Then the word of the LORD came to me, ‘O house of Israel, can I not do with you what the potter does?’ declares the LORD. ‘Like the clay in the hand of the potter, so you are in My hand, O house of Israel.”
Last time, we talked about verses 3 and 4 of this chapter. Today, we will continue in that vein of thought through verses 5 and 6, putting ourselves in the place of the clay knowing that God is the ultimate potter. Continue reading “Like Clay”
Who is in charge, do you stop and think about that? Living today in our world, it is very easy to lose sight of the fact that, as Christians, we do not call the shots. Our decisions are to be based solely on God’s will and that alone. So, is it my will or God’s will? How do we know what God’s will is?
Most of the time we can find out in His Word. Other times we can ask ourselves, “Is this going to bring me and others closer to God?” If you have been walking with God very long, and have grown in your relationship with Him, you know His character well enough to know when something is not in keeping with His character and therefore, His glory. Continue reading “My Will or God’s Will?”
How could there be joy set before Him, as Jesus faced His own crucifixion? Today, we are going to be talking about just that! We will be in Hebrews 12:1-3, but we will really concentrate on verse 2. We will be using the NIV and the Amplified Version to give a more thorough picture of this verse.
I was texting with a new but great friend of mine this past week. In the conversation, we happened upon yet another thing we have in common. I commented on it because it has really been uncanny. She said, “I love it!!! God is SO cool! Part of our tapestry is interweaving…” She has been reading the Tapestry blogs – or that reference would just be crazy weird! I will just say that it is very obvious that He has brought us together. God has blessed me with so many wonderful Christian friends here in Maine!
Do you ever feel like your life is spinning out of control? Does it scare you? Do you wonder, “Where is God?” when these things are happening around you and even to you?
Just because things seem out of control, does not mean they are out of God’s control. Often, He uses tough incidents and events to make us more like Jesus, doesn’t He? What does Psalm 139:1-6 say about where He is? Continue reading “Where is God?”
Is that something you have wondered about? It is easy to feel like one of the masses in this busy life, isn’t it? Remember the song from the ’80s – “I Feel Like a Number.” How well does God know us? Do we just blend in with the whole? Does He look on us and see a mass of people all at once? Or does He see each of us individually?
Let’s say that there is a little boy who loves to play in a sandy spot that is too close to the edge of the road. His mom has talked to him and disciplined him repeatedly, but he ignores her words and actions. He doesn’t see the real danger, and to him, it is just the best place to play.
One day when he is, once again, playing dangerously close to the edge, a car comes speeding down the road and before the little boy can react the car is off the edge of the road and headed right for him. He freezes in fear. Miraculously, the car speeds past him and actually hits a tree in the yard. His mom has seen all this and is running out the door toward him. The driver of the car is fine and so is the little boy. Whew!!
That night and for weeks to come the little guy has night terrors about being hit by a car in his yard. If he had been obedient to his mom he would have been able to avoid all these terrible dreams and would have had sweet sleep.
Today is December 3 and I have a huge project that I am working on for Christmas. As I look at it, I wonder if I will get it finished. I am not panicking yet. But I feel that panic is waiting for me around that next corner. I know that I cannot look at the whole thing at this point. If I do, I will definitely be overwhelmed and fall headlong into panic mode. I have a plan and I must just keep my head down, hold my focus and follow my plan – just like “eating an elephant”, right? One bite at a time.
Another Huge Project
Speaking of huge projects, I have been thinking about the work God has done on/in me at this point, the work I know of that He still has to do, and the work He needs to do that I do not even know about yet. I am sure you are familiar with the word for His working on us to make us like Jesus – sanctification. I am so thankful that He does this work step by step because this project is so much bigger and exponentially more important than my Christmas project. Continue reading “A Huge Project”