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"Abimelech ruled Israel for three years. Then God sent an evil spirit to cause problems between Abimelech and citizens of Shechem. So citizens of Shechem turned against Abimelech." Judges 9:22-23
What an incredible Rescuer the Lord is. We so often put our hope in other things yet He steps in showing it's not worthy. Like a boy in love showing he is the strongest. Like a shameless romantic clamoring for attention. Just like Gomer returning to prostitution after marrying Hosea. He pursues and woos her and doesn't give up because she is his, because of his love for her.
God's pursuing heart is so evident when He stirs up trouble between Abimelech and the people. He shows them that Abimelech is not worthy of their total hope and reliance. They finally realize he is not all they dreamed he would be and are in a prime spot to look to the Lord. But later in the chapter we see that they don't, they look to another.
But God's unending pursuing grace is not exhausted. He pursues still. I find so much hope in the reality that when my flesh looks to other things to find what only the Lord can give, when I rely on other things instead of the Lord, He will frustrate my plans and help me see they are not worthy. What love. He will never stop showing off and showing how much greater and stronger and more worthy He is than whatever else we are trusting in.
I long for the day when I will always look to Him, always rely on Him. That perfect day in heaven when all is well and as it should be. But till then Lord, please help us rely on You and put our full confidence and hope in You. And Lord when we are looking to something other than You, will You help us see because it is so easy to decieve ourselves. Thank You for not ever abandoning us, for loving us and pursuing us though we arnt the perfect image-bearers You deserve. But even in that Your grace is seen. Lord, You are just pretty amazing!
Here's a video I did not too long ago that is totally applicable to today. Basically I just share where I tend to find my source of hope.
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Last week I asked for your feedback and thoughts about Brag on God Friday. You guys were so helpful in helping me think it through. Thank you. As suggested by Hazel I am going to open the link for Brag on God Friday's on Thursday nights so people who want to link up on Thursdays can. And suggested by Rhoda, I am going to have this link up be for anything that gives God glory. I appreciate you guys sharing your wisdom. Thanks!
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'Tell the nations about his glory. Tell all people about the wonderful things he has done." 1 Chron. 16:24
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You are chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, people who belong to God. You were chosen to tell about the excellent qualities of God, who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light." 2 Peter 2:9