Feb 18

GOD SONG

 

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Zephaniah was one of the minor prophets of the Old Testament. Minor, not because he wasn’t important, but minor because the book that bears his name is one of the shorter ones.

The book is short, but it is filled with jewels like this one.

The Lord your God is with you,
    the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
    in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
    but will rejoice over you with singing.
(Zephaniah 3:17)

Imagine—

  • God, the Mighty Warrior who saves, is with me (and you).

  • The Lord your God takes great delight in me (and you).

  • Even though God knows everything about me (and you) He won’t rebuke us.

  • The God who created heaven and earth, keeps the planets spinning and the stars from falling out of the sky, will rejoice over me (and you) with singing.

God created everything by speaking things into existence. But He does more than speak; He sings. In fact, He sings over us and rejoices as He does.

That’s the God whom I serve!

WHAT ABOUT YOU? When was the last time you stopped to listen to God singing over you? When was the last time you considered that God rejoices over you?

 

Feb 12

BOOK REVIEW: Snake River Rendezvous

 

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Snake River Rendezvous is a light romance/action novel set along the Snake River between Oregon and Idaho, not far from where I live. In the story, a recent business graduate takes over a run-down motel and meets her first paid guest, who not only turns out to be an ex-beau but also an FBI agent chasing a terrorist believed to be hiding somewhere in the area.

I enjoyed the interplay of the two characters as they re-discovered each other while forgiving each other for past hurts. Subplots about family relationships, feelings of guilt and loss and career decisions were interesting and well-integrated into the story, as was a solid thread of faith that was presented sincerely, yet with a light touch.

I read the book on Kindle. It is also available in paperback and has just been released in audio format, which is great for a lot of people I know who enjoy listening to the story. I recommend this book as a great read.

You can meet the author, Mary Vine, and find out about her other books at her website.

Feb 04

GOD SHINE

 

bluegreen and yellow shineThis year, my focus word is shine. I assumed God would lead me toward many verses of Scripture about how I am to shine God’s light into the world. He no doubt will do so.

But the very first shine Scripture God led me to this year is one about God doing the shining.

In the Book of Numbers, God tells Moses and Aaron about the duties and responsibilities of the priests who are to mediate between God and His people. After citing regulations about keeping vows and making offerings, God then instructs them on how to bless the Israelites.

The Lord said to Moses, “Tell Aaron and his sons, ‘This is how you are to bless the Israelites. Say to them:

‘The Lord bless you  and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you  and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace”’ (Numbers 6:22-26 NIV, emphasis added).

Isn’t it interesting? In this Scripture—as in all things in life—we are reminded that’s it is all about God. Moses would return from being on the mountain with God, his face shining so much from God’s presence that he had to cover it with a veil (Exodus 34:35). That’s how powerful God’s face-shining blessing is.

Being in God’s presence is also contagious. God shone his face on Moses and Moses then shone his face onto the rest of the people, in a way that was so powerful it had to be covered to dull its radiance. Evidently we mere mortals can only handle so much God shine.

The point here though is that it was God who first did the shining. That shining is part of the blessing the Lord had for his children back then, and it is also part of His blessing for us today.

The Lord wants to shine his face on us and be gracious unto us. We are then to shine our God-shining faces toward others and be gracious to them.

It all starts with God’s shine.

WHAT ABOUT YOU? Do you feel God’s face shining on you? What does that mean? How can you reflect that God shine onto others?

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