Psalm 119:97-104 is about paying attention to the Word of God. It’s an acrostic poem with the alphabet in Hebrew. This one is MEM – meaning water.
I thought of how God’s Word waters our souls.
Numbers 11:1-9 talks about the grumbling of God’s people. God is very angry and sends fire that burns the surrounding area. Fire – the anger of God.
Let’s remember not to complain. We can set our requests before God but do not grumble.
Romans 16:17-20 is the theological application of the story of man’s fall.
From the Beginning to the End – Alpha and Omega.
The Deceiver smooth-talked Adam and Eve into disobeying God’s rule. But the last line says that:
“The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet”. (NIV)
Discontent can ruin our lives. God’s peace and grace saves our lives.
May I pray for you and me?
Father, we thank You for Your Word. We know it waters our souls. We know we shouldn’t grumble but trust in Your plan and wisdom. You can see everything from the beginning to the end. Creation to New Creation. Thank You, Lord. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
One thing I am sure of — we will not be floating on clouds with the angels. We will have an earth. But it will be different. Come with me as I travel through some scripture to figure out how this will look.
First, look at water
Water — we have lots of water on this planet. Actually, over 2/3 of the planet is covered in water. And only 25% of that is fresh water.
Let’s think about water:
Destructive power — floods
Water can bring devastation.
Here in our county of Haliburton, the town of Minden had severe flooding — again.
Our minister said that although he grew up in Minden they never had any flooding problems. There used to a 100-year flood in the town. Now it’s the second time in 6 years that flooding has occurred. And record flooding too.
I’m continuing to use those 33 dots. I find my imagination is expanding and I am painting without the use of photos as ideas. Today I wasn’t sure … was it an animal again? But no, wait I see a saguaro cactus. So that’s what I drew.
I use 33 randomly placed dots. Then I outline without going over or crossing a line. Then I figure out what it might be. Sometimes I will erase a line. Certainly I add more lines.
You can see the dots and then I connected them.
When I went to draw it I eliminated some of the lines. And this is what I got.
Thoughts on a cactus and scripture:
As I thought about the cacti here in Arizona I recall that they can last a long time without water. However, when it rains they soak it up. They get really fat. This will sustain them for long periods of drought.
When we get into a dry spot (sickness, worry, fear, etc.) we will have enough of God’s water to sustain us.
This reminded me of the filling up of the stores from God’s Word. From 1 Timothy 6:19 in The Message.
“Tell them to go after God, who piles on all the riches we could ever manage—to do good, to be rich in helping others, to be extravagantly generous. If they do that, they’ll build a treasury that will last, gaining life that is truly life.” (my bolding)
Sometimes these cacti grow to be 40 feet tall. Their lifespan can exceed 150 years. Harming a saguaro in any manner is against the law in Arizona.
I want to grow tall in the Lord. I want to be filled up with all the nourishment I need for the dry spells.
Here is my final picture of the cactus.
What do you learn from Scripture? Do you make it a daily discipline?
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There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God,
The holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High (Psalm 46:4, NKJV).
Though there was no actual river flowing through Jerusalem, it seems the city had a subterranean water supply that was the source of various fountains and pools throughout the city (K. R. Dick Iverson – study notes on Psalms, New Spirit-Filled Life Bible, p. 723).
All three members of the Godhead have a part in that flow.
God the Father: He begs the wayward to come back to Him as their life-giver – “For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, and hewn themselves cisterns—broken cisterns that can hold no water” – Jeremiah 2:13.
God the Son: After a chapter in which the prophet Zechariah foresees Jesus’ death (specifically Zechariah 12:10) he says: “In that day a fountain shall be opened for the house of David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for sin and for uncleanness” – Zechariah 13:1.
God the Holy Spirit: Jesus’ offer of life-giving water to the Samaritan woman:
“‘…but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life'” – John 14:4,
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I remember my time in the desert this winter. The orange and grapefruit trees are not native to Arizona. It takes time, and care to make sure there is fruit. Only by irrigation do these trees produce fruit. I also heard that if there is a chance of frost (which does happen quite often) it is better to over-water the fruit trees. Those trees filled with water can resist the frost’s danger.
So it is with us. If we are filled with God’s Word – the Living Water of Jesus – we can be better able to resist the devil and battle all the frustrations, worries and struggles in this world.
Let’s fill up today.
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Daffodils – picture taken early February in Mesa, Arizona.
Reading this passage from 1 Corinthians I am reminded – that just as God makes the plants, and flowers grow – so too He is the one who makes me grow. One may plant and another water BUT it is God who does the growing.
“It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow. The one who plants and the one who waters work together with the same purpose. And both will be rewarded for their own hard work. For we are both God’s workers. And you are God’s field. You are God’s building” (1 Corinthians 3:7-9, NLT).
Looking forward to spring, seeing the new growth and new life all around me and in me.
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Years ago I attended meetings on prayer. The speaker went on and on about how we had to pray “right” to expect an answer. He left the audience feeling like we should tread lightly and be wary of our words as we prayed. I wasn’t comfortable with his theories and began searching for a more biblical approach to prayer.
Recently, I listened to Charles Price preach about the first miracle Jesus performed at the wedding in Canaan. (John 2:1-11) Something he said put all the pieces into place—we need to be the water. Let Jesus decide what to do with that water. It’s all so simple. I have to be the water, filling the cistern to the brim. Nothing special; just water. Jesus will add the miraculous.
With every aspect of my faith now in a new focus, I listened to Charles Price the next week and he spoke about the feeding of the five thousand. He pointed out something I’d never noticed before. John 6: 11 says:
“And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would.”
Then in John 6:23, it says:
“Howbeit there came other boats from Tiberias nigh unto the place where they did eat bread, after that the Lord had given thanks:”
There’s no mention of the number of people fed but there is mention of Jesus giving thanks.
Now my life has changed. I’m comfortable as the water, sending my requests to the Father with thanks, trusting Him to take my ordinary words and do the extraordinary.
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