Daily Light – Jan 19, 2018

Your daily goal:
Philippians 3:14  “press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”   
(Monday-Friday, from my morning quiet time, I will write a short thought for that day which I pray God will use to motivate you to ‘GO’ for that day.  Your objective is simple…to GO…to GO OUT and share the love of Christ with someone in that day….to GO and bear fruit …to be light to the world.)
Today’s Daily Light
Grazing in Green Pastures..today
Psalm 130: 3-7 NIV…   The writer of this Psalm…(ascribed to King David)… writes… “If you, O Lord, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand?  Butwith you there is forgiveness; therefore you are feared.   I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope.  My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning.   O Israel, put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love and with him is full redemption.”
We worked pretty hard the last 9 Daily Light days working through the theological/emotional/philosophical components related to God’s sovereignty in perspective to the existence and activity of evil.   Wore my brain cells out 😊…but good…like the last 5 minutes of a 45 minute uphill treadmill workout….we gutted through it and got it done…so now let’s graze a bit and feed our souls.
Soooo…here we have this God, creator and sustainer of the universe and all of life…and He answers to no one…He can manifest Himself as He wants…but in the revelation and manifestation that He chose to reveal …in creation, in nature around us and what we see in the sky above us.. he chose amazing wonder and beauty that takes our breath away…and in the actual design of how he created humans with an internal spirit compartment ‘so that’ we can actually have Him, His person, His presence, come and take residence inside our spirit ‘so that’ we can KNOW that He is real….so here we have this God that could be any way He chooses to be…do whatever He chooses to do…and He chooses beauty and good… pure light…pure holiness…to be forgiving…to have unfailing love…all because He wanted to be a Father who has many children who love Him not simply because He commands it…but in that He created them to KNOW Him …so that He could love them before they ever knew Him or could love Him in return.   Can you see that?   Wow.
Father…I am glad that even though you could have chosen to hold our sins against us…our selfish ways…our weaknesses….you could have looked at all our faults and where we come up short and chosen to simply hold all that against us..and eternally separate yourself from us..and there would be absolutely nothing that we could do about it…you are God and Creator and Lord of the universe and you can do what you want…BUTTTT….. you total plan…from get-go..is to draw a people to the heart of who You are…and to be tender and forgiving and unfailing in Your love to us.   And yes, as a good and just Father…you have to discipline us at times…because if there was no consequence to sin…we would not fear consequences or fear judgment and we would not rightly respect, honor, or love You to the degree that You deserve to be loved…..and thus you are rightly and justly feared because you are a fair and loving judge…..and I praise you for those times that you have disciplined me…because I look back and see that in all of such times ..of times where the consequences of my sin brought pain and agony to my soul..brought judgment….. in ALL of those occasions..Your unfailing love and mercy called me to repentance…and Your unfailing love always reached down and picked me up and Your strong hand guided me forward into better and new.   Oh…how I appreciate that You are forgiving…and ohhh…how I appreciate and am so thankful for Your unfailing love.  Amen
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