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Thy Word Have I Hid in My Heart – Ruth 2:2-3

 

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Ruth the Moabitess said unto Naomi, Let me now go to the field, and glean ears of corn after him in whose sight I shall find grace. And she said unto her, Go, my daughter. And she went, and came, and gleaned in the field after the reapers: and her hap was to light on a part of the field belonging unto Boaz, who was of the kindred of Elimelech.”‭‭ ~ Ruth‬ ‭2:2-3‬

Ruth had no idea.. She didn’t just “happen” upon the field of Boaz who was kin to her deceased father-in-law, Elimelech. No, nothing just happens and truly God’s divine working in our lives is both a joy and a mystery. His plans are perfect.

God is constantly working with us to accomplish His purpose and plans.

And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.” ~ Mark‬ ‭16:20‬

God is constantly working in us  to accomplish His purposes and plans.

Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” ~ Philippians‬ ‭2:12-13‬

God is constantly working for us to accomplish His purpose and plans.

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” ~ Romans‬ ‭8:28‬

With us, in us, and for us He is constantly working.

We fast and pray, we Read His Word, we seek His will, and then we make decisions (and sometimes we mess it up and make bad decisions); but it is God who orders our steps and the steps of those we encounter. In a vision, Ezekiel saw the works and plans of God depicted by a throne set on a “firmament” that was moved by “ a wheel in the middle of a wheel” (Ezekiel 1:16).

We can’t explain all of that, but thank You, God we can believe it and rely on it!

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The phrase “wheel in the middle of a wheel” made me think of this song. Truly Jesus is my Rock, my Sword, my Shield…my Wheel in the Middle of the Wheel. He’s the Lily of the Valley, He’s the Bright and Morning Star!

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Complaining and Criticism: Issues of the Heart

Today through His Word He spoke directly to me regarding issues of my heart and issues of the hearts of those I allow to speak into my life. Some of what is spoken are words of darkness (things like complaining and criticism) going into my ears and/or coming out of my mouth instead of words of light and truth and praise. Words that kindle His anger and grieve His Spirit instead of words that make Him smile and rejoice.

My prayers and meditations from today’s Word is:

Psalm 51:8 “Make me to hear joy and gladness, that the bone which thou has broken may rejoice.”

Psalm 51:15 “O Lord, open my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.”

Well, probably should just read all of Psalm 51. It says so much…like Psalm 51:6

Numbers 11:1 – and when the people complained it displeased the Lord: and the Lord hear it; and His anger was kindled. Number 11:10 – Then Moses heard the people weep throughout their families, every man in the door of his tent; and the anger of the Lord was kindled greatly: also Moses was displeased. (complaining, whining)

Mark 14:4 – and there were some that had indignation within themselves, and said why was this waste of the ointment used?  (Criticism)

Mark 14:4-9 my thoughts – Then Jesus rebukes the disciples for their criticism.

This also struck me although off topic. In Mark 14:16 it says, “and he sought how he might conveniently betray him.”  That word “conveniently” made me incredibly sad. To be betrayed is one thing but conveniently betrayed. I wonder how often we conveniently betray or disobey or sin in any way?!?

Conveniently: ease in use, easy, comfortable, at hand, easily acceptable, hand.

Proverbs 10-11 The mouth of the just bringeth forth wisdom: but the froward tongues shall be cut out. The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable: but the mouth of the wicked speaketh frowardness.

Froward: willfully contrary; not easily managed; obstinate, wayward, difficult, fractious.

Only God could have prepared such a feast for me for this morning.

Psalm 51:10 “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.”

Psalm 51:17 “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

Help me oh Lord to apply this Word to my life today. In Jesus precious and holy and magnificent Name, I pray….AMEN!!

(Originally written 3/8/2013)