The Work of God Displayed

Lately I’ve pondered events in our lives we wish didn’t happen, or wonder why God allowed in the first place. In re-reading the story of the blind man Jesus healed in John 9, his disciples asked Jesus who sinned. The blind man or his parents to cause the man’s blindness.

Jesus told the disciples neither sinned. The blindness happened so God’s glory, the work of God, might be displayed in the man’s life.

I find people today still ask the question the disciples asked. “Who sinned to cause this calamity?” They assume someone surely sinned. They don’t this it as an opportunity for the work of God to be displayed.

If we jump to John chapter 11, we see after Jesus deliberately tarried before he set out for Bethany, he raised his friend Lazarus from the grave. When Lazarus’ sister Martha questioned Jesus’ delay, he told her it was to show God’s glory so the work of God would be displayed.

A friend of mine once commented it is a good thing when Jesus raised Lazarus from the grave, Jesus used direct address and called Lazarus by name. Otherwise, if Christ simply said, “Come out!” with no name attached to the command, every body in the surrounding tombs would rise. True.

Thinking of our own lives, and the lives of those around us, can we look at the less than spectacular events, and see the hard things as opportunities to display the work of God? I think so.

Have the eyes of those once blind in darkness opened to the Light of who Jesus is as Savior, Lord, and King?

Have those once dead in sin raised to new life in Christ?

Has the bitterness of past hurts and unforgiveness fallen from lives as surely as scales fell from blind eyes?

Has the one who wandered far off God’s intended path re-calibrated their GPS coordinates and returned?

If so I would say each of these events, and many others, happened so the work of God would be displayed.

How has God displayed his glory and work in your life or the lives of those you know?

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Jesus responded, “Didn’t I tell you that if you believe, you would see the glory of God?” John 11:40 (NET)

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Sandy

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Pause for Poetry-He Giveth More Grace

He Giveth More Grace

Annie Johnson Flint

He giveth more grace when the burdens grow greater,
He sendeth more strength when the labours increase;
To added afflictions He addeth His mercy,
To multiplied trials, His multiplied peace.

When we have exhausted our store of endurance,
When our strength has failed ere the day is half done,
When we reach the end of our hoarded resources
Our Father’s full giving is only begun.

Fear not that thy need shall exceed His provision,
Our God ever yearns His resources to share;
Lean hard on the arm everlasting, availing;
The Father both thee and thy load will upbear.

His love has no limits, His grace has no measure,
His power no boundary known unto men;
For out of His infinite riches in Jesus
He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again.

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Sandy

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Peace Found in God

The  fourteenth chapter of Second Chronicles in the Old Testament tells us when Asa became the new king of Judah after his father died, there was peace in the land for the first ten years of his reign. The reason for this peace? Asa was careful to obey the Lord his God. He demolished the heathen altars and broke down the idols. Asa demanded that the entire nation obey God’s commandments.

This period of peace made it possible for Asa to build walled cities throughout the land of Judah. For Asa said, “Now is the time to build while the Lord is blessing us with peace because of our obedience to him.”

During this time, Judah’s army was around 528,000. A large number, indeed, but then an army of over 1,000,000 advanced against Judah. Enormous odds, wouldn’t you say?

As King Asa sent his troops to meet them, he prayed. “O, Lord, no one else can help us! We are powerless against this mighty army. Help us, Lord! For we trust in you alone to rescue us, and in your name we attack this vast horde. Don’t let mere men defeat you!”

In answer to Asa’s prayer and trust, God defeated the opposing army.

I wish every time we face the vast hordes of problems that rise against us by the thousands, our victories would be as swift and complete. Sadly. They are not. At least they aren’t in my life. Maybe they are in yours.

But then I focus on the word peace in Asa’s story. That elusive word we sometimes feel without a doubt, and like Asa, we go about building our cities.

However, I also know there is the peace we feel when faced with life in this fallen broken world. A world where there is no one but God to help us. It is a peace we experience when there is no one but our Jehovah God, the All-Powerful One, to stand between us and the army of problems that march our way. It is a peace we can’t always explain, nor truly understand.

This peace found in God reminds us he walks with us through our adversities. Although the outcomes may not always be as we wish, we can be assured God is for us, and nothing can separate us from his love.

Looking back at Asa, we see he was careful to obey the Lord his God. He demolished the heathen altars and broke down the idols. Asa demanded that the entire nation obey God’s commandments.

We too, can carefully obey the Lord our God by following his word preserved for us in Scripture. We can tear down all the idols in our lives we place before God.

Possibly, when it comes right down to it, that’s where we find the peace to keep on keeping on when we face those armies of life determined to undo us.

It is a peace found in God alone.

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Then Asa cried out to the Lord his God, “O Lord, no one but you can help the powerless against the mighty! Help us, O Lord our God, for we trust in you alone. It is in your name that we have come against this vast horde. O Lord, you are our God; do not let mere men prevail against you!” 2 Chronicles 14:11

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Sandy

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Gluten-free Chicken Fruit ‘N Nut Salad Recipe

Here’s a tasty, easy to prepare gluten-free Chicken Fruit ‘Nut Salad recipe for those days when easy works best. This recipe can be served over salad greens, in a sandwich, or on its own.

  • 15 oz canned chicken, drained
  • 1 medium apple OR pear, cored and sliced
  • 1/2 cup seedless grapes cut in half
  • 1/2 cup ranch salad dressing
  • coarsely chopped walnuts for garnish

Mix first three ingredients together. Add ranch dressing. Top with walnuts.

That’s all there is to it.

Enjoy!

I wish you well.

Sandy

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On the Sidelines

Sometimes we may feel as if God set us on the sidelines to watch others work for him,  while our labor goes unnoticed. We may feel as if our contributions don’t matter as much as the contributions of those who are recognized.

If those thoughts ever flit through our brains, perhaps looking at the story of Uriah the Hittite might put things into better perspective.

Uriah was a loyal soldier in King David’s army. The Bible tells us in the spring, at the time kings went off to war, David sent out his men and the whole Israelite army. The whole army, that is, except King David. (2 Samuel 11)

We are also told once David learned Uriah’s wife, Bathsheba, was pregnant with David’s child while her husband was at war, the king sent for Uriah. David hoped the soldier would go home to his wife. But loyal Uriah slept outside the king’s door instead.

Realizing Uriah would not go to Bathsheba, David sent him back to the front lines. The king gave orders to withdrew his men during the battle. Leaving Uriah unprotected. Uriah died on the battlefield. After a time of mourning, David took Bathsheba as his wife.

Although Uriah was not an Israelite, his life was devoted to Yahweh, the one true God. It appears God rewarded Uriah by mentioning his name in Jesus Christ’s genealogy. Bathsheba, however, is listed as the woman who had been Uriah’s wife in many Bible translations and versions.

It may appear to us Uriah was on the sidelines, but God knew exactly where the man was. God honored Uriah’s devotion and service to him. God chose Uriah’s wife to be the mother of King Solomon. She was one of the women through whom Christ would enter this world.

At the same time, God made sure Uriah’s name would not be forgotten.

We may never see our name listed in a Who’s Who of Great Deeds Done for God. And that’s okay. What matters is when we commit our lives to serve God through accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior, even the least thing we do for him is seen by God and listed in His Book.

Like Uriah, each of us has a part to play in the story God is writing, whether we realize it or not.

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This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham: Abraham was the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, Judah the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar…Nahshon the father of Salmon,  Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab, Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth, Obed the father of Jesse,  and Jesse the father of King David. David was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been Uriah’s wife. Matthew 1:2-3a, 5-6 (NLT)

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Sandy

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