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Psalm 19:8 ” The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes.”

God’s principles are  solely there to instruct us in our actions and conduct.  For when we obey them, we are filled with wisdom and understanding…for the Word of the Lord is right and true. (Psalm 33:4)   And as we follow His commands, His Word burns brightly, illuminating our path ahead and giving us peace…and as we follow Him,  we rejoice, as one rejoices in having great riches. (Psalm 119:14)

Hebrews 11:7 ” By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. “

God’s heart was grieved and filled with pain as He looked upon the wickedness of mankind.  But there was one righteous and blameless man among them…and his name was Noah.  Now when Noah heard this divine warning he could of brushed it off as imagination, but he didn’t.  That’s because God touched the basic nature and characteristic found in all men.  He offered Noah a way to preserve his immediate family from the flood.  God also keyed in on what a husband and father’s strongest attribute and desire is for his family.  Men want to “fix” things… and building a ark was a way that Noah could “do something” about the impending situation, while taking  care of those he loved.

Ecclesiastes 3:11 ” He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”

God is always on time and always at the proper moment.  His creative activity is unfailingly right on time…never too early, never too late.  That’s because He knows all events that have transpired in the past as well as all things that will occur in the future.  Romans 11:33 says that the depth of wisdom and knowledge of God is incomprehensible, and Job echoed this sentiment when he asked, “Can you fathom the mysteries of God?  Can you probe the limits of The Almighty?” (Job 11:7)  So even though we are totally incapable of understanding all this, we can  grasp the idea that God has set eternity in our hearts…filling that “God-shaped” void by His Son, Jesus Christ, who came and died for our sins that we may have the gift of eternal life.

Revelation 5: 1-3 ” Then I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals. And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, ‘Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?’ But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it.”

The angel was asking, who is worthy?  Who is deserving enough, with the power and capability to loosen the seals of the scroll?  And it says… there was no one.  Certainly it couldn’t be sinful man, for like Isaiah when he saw the Lord, we’d all have to exclaim, “Woe to me! I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips.”  But there is One that is worthy of opening the scroll. Only one that lived a perfect and sinless life here on earth.  His name is Jesus Christ, the Worthy One.

Isaiah 38:1 ” In those days Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to him and said, ‘This is what the Lord says: Put your house in order, because you are going to die; you will not recover.’ “

These same words of Isaiah’s were spoken by my husband’s Cardiologist after two major heart attacks…”Put your affairs in order, you’re going to die.”  But just like Hezekiah, we chose to pray and beseech the Lord instead of accepting the bad report.  With Hezekiah, the Lord heard his prayer and relented, and instead, sent Isaiah back to tell Hezekiah he’d have  another 15 years to live.  And with my husband, the Lord  graciously has given him 25 years and counting since the day we heard those fateful words.   Joel 2: 13-14 tell us that our Lord is gracious, compassionate, slow to anger, abounding in love and He relents from sending calamity…and that He may even turn and have pity on us and leave a blessing behind.

II Peter 1:21 ” For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”

Divine appointments.  I firmly believe in, been part of, and have been truly blessed by them.  This past weekend a special friend of mine was headed out on a road trip when three times she encountered friends who wished her a safe trip and prayed for her.  The Lord used those divine appointments to show her just how much He loved and cared for her.  Also this week a good friend of mine texted me with, ” The Lord has brought you across my mind…I’m praying for you.”  This was another divine appointment that showed me God’s tremendous love and concern.   So I would urge you, when you are moved by the Holy Spirit…when He brings a specific person to mind,  be obedient and pray for that person.  But more than that, let them know you’re praying for them.  For divine appointments bless both parties involved and God’s love shines brightly in the midst.

Ezekiel 34:11-12 ” For this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I Myself will search for My sheep and look after them. As a shepherd looks after his scattered flock when he is with them, so will I look after My sheep. I will rescue them from all the places where they were scattered on a day of clouds and darkness.”

All of mankind can agree….”I have strayed like a lost sheep.” (Psalm 119:176)  But the wonderful thing about these verses in Ezekiel is how proactive the Lord is.  It’s Him that is searching us out, looking after us, and rescuing us from the thick darkness of sin.  Jesus is called the Good Shepherd who gathers and watches over His flock and tells us in Luke 19:10, “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.”  And like the parable of the lost sheep, Jesus will leave the 99 on the hillside to go looking for the one that has wandered off. (Matthew 18:10-14)  Have you strayed away from the Lord?  Know that Jesus is actively looking for you today.