How many times has Jesus said He would sustain you with His love. Why for forty years God sustained the Israelites, in the wilderness; they lacked nothing, their clothes did not wear out nor did their feet become swollen. Surely God is our help; the Lord is the one who sustains us. Many of us can lie down and sleep and wake again, because the Lord has sustained us. Remember Jesus said cast your cares upon Him for He cares for you.
God has a mighty hand over His people, all people must know that the hand of the Lord is powerful so that [they] might always fear Him (Joshua 4:24). Here are some powerful things that God has done with His hand or hands:
With a mighty hand the Lord brought the Israelites out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery (Exodus 13:14,16). We can not see Him, but He protects us, like He protected Moses from seeing His glory with His hand prior to pushing him between a cleft in the rock (Exodus 33:22). He redeemed His people and servants by His great strength and mighty hand (Nehemiah 1:10). By His great love, He saves by His right hand those who take refuge in Him from their foes (Psalm 17:7). In His hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind (Job 12:10). He longs for the creature that His hands have made, like Job will you answer His call ? (Job 14:15).
His right hand sustains us (Psalm 18:35). The Lord gives victory to His anointed. He answers him or her from his heavenly sanctuary with the victorious power of His right hand (Psalm 20:6). It was not by their sword that they won the land, nor did their arm bring them victory; it was God’s right hand, His arm, and the light of His face, for He loved them.
God loves you, you are inscribed in the palms of His hands (Isaiah 49:16). His right hand is always there for you. Jesus is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful word. After He had provided purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.
The story of Nehemiah’s call to do a task for God, began when his friend returned with others, from Judah. Nehemiah when speaking with his friend, first concern was for those who escaped and survived captivity in Jerusalem. His friends response saddened him for the people were suffering and their life was difficult mainly because the Jerusalem wall, that protected them and symbolized strength of their god’s was in poor condition, however the people were more concerned that the poor condition of the wall reflected badly on the name of God, How faithful it is to look at something of God’s that is in poor condition and think that it gives God a bad name. Nehemiah was to the point of distraught when he listened to his friend’s response, that he sat down and wept. Jesus wept over the city of Jerusalem because He knew of their future judgement for rejecting Him (Luke 19:41). Getting back to Nehemiah, Nehemiah went into mourning, fasting, and praying to God. Jesus also prayed (Mark 1:35; Luke 5:16; John 17:1) however, I am going to share Nehemiah’s prayer in case you did not read it, Nehemiah’s prayer.
“Lord, the God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments, let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear the prayer your servant is praying before you day and night for your servants, the people of Israel. I confess the sins we Israelites, including myself and my father’s family, have committed against you. We have acted very wickedly toward you. We have not obeyed the commands, decrees and laws you gave your servant Moses. Remember the instruction you gave your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the nations, but if you return to me and obey my commands, then even if your exiled people are at the farthest horizon, I will gather them from there and bring them to the place I have chosen as a dwelling for my Name. They are your servants and your people, whom you redeemed by your great strength and your mighty hand. Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name. Give your servant success today by granting him favor in the presence of this man.” Believers God loves His faithful people and has a plan for their future (Jeremiah 29:11).
Father may we take heed to your words and lessons in the Bible for rebuilding and restoring what we see that is broken and gives You a bad name and bring healing to the land as we await Your future plans. Amen
Here are some of my thoughts about the birds, bees, and love.
A Bee’s thought, sharing God’s sweet honey of love is a requirement for believers, especially towards other believers (1 John 3:11,16, 23, NKJV).
A Bird’s thought, tweeting sentimental words without action is without a song. Even male birds in their beautiful array will not attract a mate if their tweeting doesn’t measure up. Like humans their word’s (tweeting) must match their actions (James 1:22).
A Bee’s thought, there are so many different types you do not know which kind will sting you. Watch out! Judge correctly (John 7:24).
A Bird’s thought, they are good at letting the world know they are living, and it is a new day. And so are we when we tell someone “Good Morning.” Such encouraging words to start the day with love. “Let the morning bring me word of Your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in You. Show me the way I should go, for to You I entrust my life” (Psalm 143:8).
I guess your wondering what does that have to do with a bee’s and bird’s thoughts–nothing really just being creative.
A manager was accused of wasting a rich business owner’s goods. How often does this happen in today’s generation? The owner called him asking ‘What is this I hear about you? One might say this steward was in serious trouble. A position where believers as stewards do not want to be with our Chief Executive Officer, God. As the story goes the rich business owner demanded the shrewd steward to give him an account of his management and proclaimed that he could no longer be in management anymore. In other words he was FIRED! Like God this business owner removed this person for his incompetence and unethical behavior. However, God’s judgement or removal may happen at anytime in the future, on the day of the Lord, when we all stand at the judgement seat (2 Corinthians 5:10).
Be encouraged children of the light, never tire of your good works, for you will receive your just reward (1Corinthians 3:14). Just remember men and women of God, as business owners or other leaders, our CEO, God has high expectations of His called stewards as His image bearers (Genesis 1:26) who are to serve, care for, and manage His Creation and demonstrate integrity, love, and unselfish behavior.
Word of Encouragement: God has equipped His stewards (servants), with His Holy Spirit to help them be faithful stewards over His Creation (2 Corinthians 3:16-17) wherever they are in this walk of life and whatever the position He has placed them in the kingdom. All we have to do is follow the Holy Spirit’s lead (Galatians 5:16).
Did you know that love is commanded, sure you do, however, some people forget even our ancestors forgot God’s two greatest commands in loving Him with all one’s heart, mind, and soul, the second is loving one’s neighbor as oneself (Matthew 22:36-40).
In 1 Kings 21:19, 25, King Ahab did not adhere to his basic teaching regarding God’s law and love, in loving one’s neighbor, when he made claims to Naboth’s vineyards after his death and by committing idolatry he did not demonstrate that he loved God with all his heart (1Kings 18:18). Furthermore, due to the complexity of his behavior by being led by his wife’s wicked behavior, who had Naboth killed because King Ahab was distraught over not getting his way when he offered Naboth a reasonable trade for his vineyard and he refused, King Ahab went to his royal palace and sulked, like a spoiled brat (1 Kings 21:1-14). However, his behavior was not like that all the time, he could be courageous, like when he disguised himself to go into battle (1Kings 22:29-30) and sometimes humbled himself towards God (1Kings 21:29). These changes in his behavior proved that his behavior was inconsistent and he was not aware that love does no wrong to his or her neighbor.
Romans 13:10-14 informs believers that “love does no harm to his or her neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy.Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.” Think love and peace. Serve God and serve others.
Moral of the Story: Follow the two greatest commands of God, don’t follow your significant other’s behavior if it is bad, and be consistent with your behavior with God and people.