“It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.”

Lamentations 3:22-23

Imagine you were born in 1900.  When you're 14, World War I begins, then ends with 22 million dead.  Then, a global pandemic, the Spanish Flu, appears, killing 50 million. And you're alive and 20 years old!  When you're 29 you survive the global economic crisis that started with the collapse of the New York Stock Exchange, causing inflation, unemployment and famine.

For thus saith the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not.”

Isaiah 30.15 

 The first part of the verse sounds so good:  God is making a promise.  God is going to do something for His people.  They would go back to living the best days of their lives.  They would have good rest and they would be saved from difficulties.  That’s great!  And that’s not all, they would also have a quiet life, and live in confidence to go about their lives and business with strength and… and so… and so what…?

Yes, that is basically what they said, “So what?” “…ye would not.”

“My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the LORD.”

Psalm 104.34

We hear a lot about “meditation” these days.  So often the way it is described today it is something born again Christians should avoid!  But it IS a BIBLE WORD and for us it simply means to think about something, to muse with ourselves, or “babble” with our selves.  It has also been defined as like a cow sitting there in the shade “chewing the cud”.

“My meditation of him shall be sweet:

I will be glad in the LORD.”

How often I need to be reminded that thinking about the Lord is exactly what I need to be doing.

“...the way of the righteous is made plain.”

Proverbs 15.19

“...made plain”.  What do we think of when we read this word, “plain”?

I think of something simple and straightforward.  A clear way ahead.  A way without a lot of obstacles.  In this verse the word ‘plain’ means ‘to mound up’, like a built up road or highway.  This verse starts out by saying, “The way of the slothful man is as an hedge of thorns: but the way of the righteous is made plain.”  There are two ways: the lazy way or the way that takes some effort to build up; the hedge of thorns or, the plain way.

“…seek peace, and pursue it.”

Psalm 34.14

Peace never “just happens”!

It doesn’t always have to be a BATTLE… but it does always take effort to get peace.  This is what the above verse is telling us… “Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.”

“Blessed are ye that sow beside all waters”

Isaiah 32.20

God has given us (born-again Christians and part of a local New Testament church) the job of planting the word of God everywhere we go at every opportunity!  In the Bible “waters” often gives a picture of the different places, countries and nationalities.

Here are some things I keep in mind as I go about my day interacting with people.

“...if the LORD...”

2 Kings 7.2

When we are seeking the Lord’s will in some matter, we may often say something like, “If the Lord leads us to...”, or, “If the Lord opens the door...”.  And our heart’s attitude is happy to follow however the Lord may be leading.

However, the man in the passage above is just the opposite.  “...if the LORD...” he says.  He is a lord in the court of the king of Israel, and in speaking these words he is mocking God.  His attitude is one of doubt and ridicule, “...if the LORD...”

“…we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel…”

1 Thessalonians 2.4

That really is an amazing statement!

“…we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel…”

God has intrusted us with the Gospel!

That is a huge responsibility, especially considering the rest of what the Apostle Paul says, “But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts.”

“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.”

James 1:2-3

One morning recently I woke up discouraged.  It was kind of like, I “got out on the wrong side of bed”!

“If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar,”

1 John 1.10

Some people think the Bible is hard to understand...

I don’t have any trouble understanding that verse, “If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar”.

Sure, I would like to think that I am a pretty good person, and if we claim to be born again Christians we certainly ought to be living right but,

“If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar”.