Ecc 8:12 Even though a person sins and gets by with it hundreds of times throughout a long life, I’m still convinced that the good life is reserved for the person who fears God, who lives reverently in his presence,
Ecc 8:13 and that the evil person will not experience a “good” life. No matter how many days he lives, they’ll all be as flat and colorless as a shadow–because he doesn’t fear God. (MSG)
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want my days to be as flat and colorless as a shadow. I want them to be in full living color and have substance to them, to have meaning. Whether I always know and understand that meaning or not. I do that by giving my life back to the Life Giver. To go, do, and say as He leads. To fear God, meaning respect Him, and His words written in His book the Bible. (All of them.)
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“Would’ve, could’ve, should’ve.” We’ve all heard the phrase before. I feel that phrase mostly applies to relationships. Today I was thinking about some of the closer ones I have had over the years. I know, and understand it takes two to get it right, but the one thing I have regretted over and over is when my response to the other person was less than perfect.
That lack of responding in the right, or best way has caused a lot of hurt, pain, and disappointment in some of these relationships. The moment I realize I have wounded the other person is when regret starts to set in.
In some cases there has been a huge price to pay for not responding correctly. Being very open and honest it would be easier if the other person passed on, but when they don’t you are forced to deal with the reality they don’t want to speak, or see you again, ever! This is what can happen when one chooses not to forgive you. We shouldn’t let regrets weigh us down, but rather learn from them and hope the next time we respond better.
I am so glad Jesus forgives us when our responses are less than perfect. To me, “hell” would be the reality that God turned His back on me, and never wanted to see, or hear from me again, ever!
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As I was reading from the book of Psalms chapter 139, this past week, from The Message I was reminded of, “The Spook Light”. What? There is a light near the Oklahoma / Missouri border, just south of Joplin, MO. that has baffled people for 100s of years. This light will appear on this one road in front of you, and if you drive to get closer it will disappear, but then appear behind you. I saw this light when I was a young child. I was supposed to be afraid, but instead, I was intrigued.
Psa 139:5 I look behind me and you’re there, then up ahead and you’re there, too– your reassuring presence, coming and going.
Psa 139:6 This is too much, too wonderful– I can’t take it all in!
Psa 139:7 Is there anyplace I can go to avoid your Spirit? to be out of your sight?
Psa 139:8 If I climb to the sky, you’re there! If I go underground, you’re there!
Psa 139:9 If I flew on morning’s wings to the far western horizon,
Psa 139:10 You’d find me in a minute– you’re already there waiting!
Do not fear God’s presence, but instead, be intrigued. Look for it. Seek it. Embrace it. Try your best to share that feeling of knowing God is there with you, around you, ahead of you, and behind you. Even in the times you do not feel God, He is there. He feels you. He feels your pain, the moisture of your tears, and the weight of the words you call out to Him. God is light, but He is no spook light. His presence is nothing to fear.