T and I (again)

IDOK Devotion for Thursday, March 4, 2010
T and I
            What do you mean when you tell someone that you are thinking of them?  Do you say that to someone you don’t like? Do you say it to one that you do not wish well for?   Psalm 40:17 says (in part) . . . Yet the LORD thinks upon me.
My point?  When we express to someone that we are thinking of them, is it not to someone we love or at least care about?  Is it not to someone that we want good things for?  And if we are capable of such feelings, how much more our God? Why do we find it hard to believe that God likes us?  And I am using the word LIKE because who of us in the Christian Faith would not say Jesus loves me this I know for the Bible tells me so.  Yet how often do our insecurities cause us to act out behavior and carry on thought processes that say loud and clear that we think He does not like us very much?  Yet here it says He thinks upon us.  I am suggesting to us that He thinks upon us because He LIKES us.  And not just when we have been good little girls and boys, but always.  If you are like me you have a tendency to think God likes you better when you have dotted your i(s) and crossed your t(s) just right and if you don’t, well He likes you a bit less.  Not so!  Lets look at the text again.  But I am poor and needy; Yet the LORD thinks upon me.  What makes you and me poor and needy? SIN – not crossing our t(s) and not dotting our i(s).  But here it is.  Right here in our Bibles He says He knows you (and, me) are poor and needy, He knows you (and, me) have sinned and yet He thinks upon you (and, me too).  We might as well face it!  He’s ‘crazy’ about us! The concept will take some practice for us to consistently believe it; but don’t you think we can do it?  Philippians 4:(Holman Christian Standard Bible)13 I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me.

            I suppose it could seem that I am being flippant here but You know I am not.  You know my heart and You know I want to know Your heart.  And I am thinking others do too.  We want to know Your heart for us, Your feelings and emotions for us and yet when I say that I am reminded of the cross.  How could I let my insecurities cause me to doubt that You are not only in love me, You like me; You enjoy my company; You delight in me? And not just me but every one that has said yes to You in salvation.   I’m sorry I say one thing and act another at times.  And thank You so much for teaching and training me to forsake those insecurities and believe the Truth.  Thank You for every progress we are making; we know it’s You in us – You in us is our hope of glory.   And now we are compelled, happily so, to bring our prayer charges to You; people we have accepted the call and responsibility to pray for.  Thank You for every one of them; thank You for the privilege of co-laboring with You for their good, for their needs to be met; for them to be healed; for their insecurities, strongholds and just plain old bad habits to be repented of and forsaken; for the Body of Christ to be free, free to love, trust and labor with You for the good of each other and this world in which we live.  I was thinking today that the political machine is throttled to strip us of the freedoms You birthed this Country to display, and to bind us with financial hardship.  And yet I know it is not Your will for us to be gloomy but wise; wise as serpents and harmless as doves.  I can see it would be wise of us to become as independent of this world’s system as reasonably possible while we become more and more dependent upon You.  Working for causes is a good thing, isn’t it? But working for a cause is not as effect as the conversion of sinners, is it?  Isn’t it true that every soul who repents and believes Your Gospel makes this world a better place?  Shouldn’t that be priority with us, being available and open to You to share Your Gospel with lost people?  Make it so in us, LORD, make it so. And before we close this, we pray for our IDOK Troops; for their safety, full protection – spirit, soul and body and please bring each one listed here home safe and sound at the appointed time. I pray for peace and rest for our IDOKs and Readers. Amen and Amen.

Kathie

 

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