"I know what I know / Could not fill a thimble."

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Recommit & REST

Hey everyone,
So Bible reading has been minimal this last week.  Don't want to give excuses, but the last week's events have included:
1. Arm surgery to remove a lympoma
2. Trip to the E.R. for my son (which ended up being nothing)
3. Work and other obligations
4. And getting ready to spur our church onto a renewed commitment to Children's Ministry
5.  Getting sucked into the global conversation at the Lausanne Conference, online.

I am a bit worn.  And trying to recoup before it all starts again.  So, I am just going to reflect on rest tonight.  Not feel an obligation to read a Scripture.  I know what the Scriptures say about rest.  God rested when he created the earth.  I thought the other day...do I really think my work (personal/church/This is NOT Africa/Prop 19/etc.) is more important than CREATING THE EARTH?  If not, then why am I not taking a true Sabbath from it all?

It's so hard to rest in todays world.  With constant ads, dirty dishes, blogs to upkeep, facebook to check, profound things to tweet, etc.   Sometimes we just really need to UNPLUG!  I leave for Montana in 9 days and my plan is to unplug from it all, enjoy family, and rest. 

If God said to do it, we probably should listen.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Palm 146

 3 Do not put your trust in princes,
       in mortal men, who cannot save.
 4 When their spirit departs, they return to the ground;
       on that very day their plans come to nothing.
 5 Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,
       whose hope is in the LORD his God,
 6 the Maker of heaven and earth,
       the sea, and everything in them—
       the LORD, who remains faithful forever.
 7 He upholds the cause of the oppressed
       and gives food to the hungry.
       The LORD sets prisoners free,
 8 the LORD gives sight to the blind,
       the LORD lifts up those who are bowed down,
       the LORD loves the righteous.
 9 The LORD watches over the alien
       and sustains the fatherless and the widow,
       but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.
 10 The LORD reigns forever,
       your God, O Zion, for all generations.
       Praise the LORD.

A great reminder:  Our hope should not be in men...even princes, even celebrities.  Our hope is in God.  Without His intervention our plans will fail.  Although we have lofty plans and feel that those of influence can help us achieve our plans, often God has other things in mind.  God loves using the humble.  May I humbling REMEMBER that!  Even among times where God seems to be bringing great resource, I need to seek HIM and HIM alone for what HE wants from the events I am planning and the life-plans I have.  May I rely more fully on His hand- for he truly is the one who watches over the alien and the widow.  He sustains those I am fighting for.  He frustrates those I am fighting against.  HIS is the power.  Great is our God and Praise be to the LORD!  

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Nehemiah 2

 1 In the month of Nisan in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, when wine was brought for him, I took the wine and gave it to the king. I had not been sad in his presence before; 2 so the king asked me, "Why does your face look so sad when you are not ill? This can be nothing but sadness of heart."
      I was very much afraid, 3 but I said to the king, "May the king live forever! Why should my face not look sad when the city where my fathers are buried lies in ruins, and its gates have been destroyed by fire?"
 4 The king said to me, "What is it you want?"
      Then I prayed to the God of heaven, 5 and I answered the king, "If it pleases the king and if your servant has found favor in his sight, let him send me to the city in Judah where my fathers are buried so that I can rebuild it."
 6 Then the king, with the queen sitting beside him, asked me, "How long will your journey take, and when will you get back?" It pleased the king to send me; so I set a time.

What strikes me about this passage is that Nehemiah had already gained the kings favor by being a faithful and joyful servant.  Because of these things the king was ready to help finance whatever Nehemiah wanted.  How we can learn from this.  Why do we feel like we can just ask people for money?  Those are are endowed with financial resources must first trust and and know our heart.  They must see our joy and only when they have really become our friends will they be likely to finance our dreams.  This is a good reminder for me.  

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Esther 3

 8 Then Haman said to King Xerxes, "There is a certain people dispersed and scattered among the peoples in all the provinces of your kingdom whose customs are different from those of all other people and who do not obey the king's laws; it is not in the king's best interest to tolerate them. 9 If it pleases the king, let a decree be issued to destroy them, and I will put ten thousand talents [b] of silver into the royal treasury for the men who carry out this business."
 10 So the king took his signet ring from his finger and gave it to Haman son of Hammedatha, the Agagite, the enemy of the Jews. 11 "Keep the money," the king said to Haman, "and do with the people as you please."
 12 Then on the thirteenth day of the first month the royal secretaries were summoned. They wrote out in the script of each province and in the language of each people all Haman's orders to the king's satraps, the governors of the various provinces and the nobles of the various peoples. These were written in the name of King Xerxes himself and sealed with his own ring. 13 Dispatches were sent by couriers to all the king's provinces with the order to destroy, kill and annihilate all the Jews—young and old, women and little children—on a single day, the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, the month of Adar, and to plunder their goods. 14 A copy of the text of the edict was to be issued as law in every province and made known to the people of every nationality so they would be ready for that day.
 15 Spurred on by the king's command, the couriers went out, and the edict was issued in the citadel of Susa. The king and Haman sat down to drink, but the city of Susa was bewildered.
It's really crazy to me how it all went down. Without really knowing what he was doing the king fell to an evil man.  It happens so easily....and an entire race was about to be destroyed.  It has always amazed me that things like the Rwandan genocide happened or that Darfur is still happening.  I always remember the quote: All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing- Edmond Burke.  
Obviously, in this case, it was a good woman who had to stand up and stop this.  It's a great call that even those who seem to be lowly (a servant-wife to the king) can change history and save thousands of lives.  We must speak up when evil is progressing.