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HIgh and low tides

Ever feel like everything is going great, and then - usually - soon after it all goes to ground? Like you feel like very little is going right and that at any moment the ground is going to give way and swallow you up like those who oposed God and Moses. It is important that you know God is the God of valleys as well as the God of mountain tops. As His word proclaims He will never leave you, not forsake you. While you are in those valleys hold on to His robes as He guides you. His staff will light the way, the merest touch of His garments brings healing. Although the storm brings rain and wind, listen for the whisper of His voice to guide you through. When you are in doubt you can ask Him to prove that He is 'I am', and not the enemy of your soul. But when He tells you to 'get out of the boat' do not look to the wind and the waves. Keep your eyes locked upon your Savior and you will not sink beneath the waves. Rest assured that when the enemy of your soul seeks to 'sift you' he is limited by your God. "You may go this far and no farther" our Heavenly Father will say to him. And if the end of the valley leads to death upon this soil, the gate beyond leads to the One who will welcome you to your real home. And He will do it with open arms and the best clothes, upon the highest of mountain tops. And when we are on the mountain top take a moment to enjoy the view. Gaze upon the majesty of His creation. Wonder at what He is showing you. But do not turn away from the One who brought you to such a magnificent place. Drop to your knees in praise and give glory to Him. The mountain top is usually a place of rest from such a journey as I eluded to above. A respit from danger and trouble. Enjoy the rest and the peace. Enjoy the chance to be with your God in such a place, for it is but an appitizer to the joys you will partake of for millinium upon millinium. Shout, dance, give praise and glory. This journey upon the Earth is but a blink in light of eternity, and yet it feels like it is such a long road. Never take your eyes off of the Savior and before you know it, you will be in His arms enjoying His perfect fellowship forever and ever. Verse for today: Matthew 25:14-30, esv “For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants [3] and entrusted to them his property. To one he gave five talents, [4] to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master's money. Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here I have made five talents more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. [5] You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here I have made two talents more.’ 23 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.’ But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sowed and gather where I scattered no seed? Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

1 comment:

Bob said...

Wow, very inspirational. Thanks, I needed that this morning...............