Thursday, January 26, 2012

Devotions this Week 1/25/2012

Joy in Suffering

Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!

 - Romans 11:33

With space negotiating skills it’s possible to glide through the forest connecting the little puffs of clouds between each set of trees. The potential to hit a tree still exists but no longer hinders downhill progress. In truth, pure joy happens even in spite of the looming danger. The trees do not have to be a place of reaction but thrilling joy.


The Chicken or the Egg?

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways aknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

- Proverbs 3:5-6

As we begin to believe in God as He is spoken of in the Bible, the proverbial chicken appears in our lives. It is further evidence of God but no egg to feed us. We might be entertained by the chicken but will continue to hunger with emptiness deep in the bowels of our souls.


New Wine in to New Wineskins

Jesus said, “No one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, he pours new wine into new wineskins.”

- Mark 2:22

Despair always comes from not trusting God. In my hysteria, we chose to visit wise counsel. There we were reminded that in marriage two become one flesh. It isn’t the weaving of two separate lives. It is the creation of a new life designed by God. New wine is poured in to new wineskins because, if we pour new wine in to old wineskins they will burst (Mark 2:22).


The DUDE Paradox

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!

- Ecclesiastes 4:9-11

Real friends go about sharing and growing intimacy. I cherish the friends who know my insides and my outsides and still love me. I might find myself calling in a hysterical panic to announce I once again failed at “blah, blah” or got angry once again for the injustices I see around me. These special friends know what I love, what I hate, the hurts of my past and how they impact the present; they know my dreams and aspirations; and certainly, they know what motivates me.