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Some great thoughts in this passage. God has a way of doing that!
“Blessed be the name of God forever and ever,
For wisdom and might are His.
And He changes the times and the seasons;
He removes kings and raises up kings;
He gives wisdom to the wise
And knowledge to those who have understanding.
He reveals deep and secret things;
He knows what is in the darkness,
And light dwells with Him.
Daniel 2:20-22 NKJV
” What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies.34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one.
Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?36 As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
37 No, in all…
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As the deer pants
his needs are met
give me drink Lord
Dear Creator of all
shed Your Light and Life
carry my hopeful soul
Isn’t it what we do every day?
As soon as we get out of the house and see someone we know, we greet them with at least a hello. Sometimes, we give them a handshake or even a hug.
Maybe we talk a moment with them, tell a joke, or do a little “armchair quarterbacking” on the game that was just played. In any event, we have a friendly exchange with those we like and see often.
Now the question for the Christian is this: Do we spend any time saying “hi” to God each day?
Isn’t He our friend too? He should be our best friend for all he’s done for us! After all, His death gave us eternal life. He brought us into reconciliation with God, (2 Corinthians 5:18), who then gives us the grace which forgives sins, (Ephesians 2:4-5).
Man could not have done this for himself. For years we tried and failed to keep God’s laws in an acceptable manner. God foresaw this problem, and planned for our future with the death, burial, and resurrection of our Savior at the cross. If it were not for God’s love and Jesus’ willingness to take our punishment, we would have no hope of salvation at all.
Based on that fact, shouldn’t we be extremely grateful? I’m sure all Christians are. So why don’t we spend some time talking to the Lord of love each day as we do our other friends?
‘Oh,’ we say ‘I just don’t have the time in the morning. I got kids to get ready for school, and I need to have time to get dressed for work…and then there’s breakfast, etc.’
Okay, that’s understandable. Mornings can get busy and jammed up with stuff. How about in the evening time, after dinner, homework, TV, or whatever takes our time. Get the house settled and then find a quiet place and speak to our Friend about anything and everything…your cares, concerns, good things, bad things…everything in your life.
In fact, our prayers come with the added bonus of a promise of peace and comfort from God. In (Philippians 4:6-7) the apostle Paul writes this:
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving ,present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.…”
Now we may have friends which just make us feel good after we visit with them. But none of them can provide the “peace which surpasses all understanding!” If this is how we can feel after a fervent and honest prayer to the Lord, why wouldn’t we take advantage of it?!
So then, take the time to greet your friends each day and enjoy it. But don’t let the opportunities to check in with God slip away while we are on this earth! Greet the Master of our lives daily and receive the benefits which prayer can provide…
citations: ~biblehub.com~ biblegateway.com~
14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,[a] 15 that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”[b]
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.