Reminders Of Our Delightful God
Hebrews 13:5: Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
If you have received Christ He is with you 24/7. He is in your heart and you can*t escape His presence. Is your first thought about that Uh, Oh? Or is it Praise the Lord?
Being aware of His presence ought to influence our behavior. Somewhat like the presence of a police car at the side of the road influences our driving. How would we drive if there were a police car every hundred yards? God is not just with us every hundred yards, He is with us every step of the way. Not only is He with us but He will guide us if we let Him. He has even prepared the places that our feet will walk. He is delighted when we willingly walk where He wants us to.
What gives you delight? Who gives you delight? You and I give God delight. Wow! Does He give you delight? If He does not you have some growing to do as a Christian.
Psalms 37:23: The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.
Some might think the passage means only that God is delighted in the man*s way. Some might think it means only that the man is delighted in the way God has led him. I believe both are true. We have all heard of people who have a mutual admiration society. We can have with God a mutual delight society.
Joshua 1:3: Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses.
We all forget that we have the continual presence of God. We all need reminders of that wonderful truth. The oftener we remember it the oftener we can have delight. Sometimes when I am fully conscious of His presence it thrills me from the top of my head to the tip of my toes. I believe that is the way we will all be when we get to heaven.
God reminded me in four little verses that I need to be more aware of His presence. God put something akin to parentheses around the four verses. He set them apart in a unique way. Immediately preceding them is the story of a man who was stoned to death for carrying sticks on the Sabbath day. Following them are the stories of fourteen thousand two hundred and fifty people being killed for rebelling against God. I wondered why God would put the four verses between two stories of judgment. At first I thought of the four verses as a valley between two peaks. I have now come to think of them as being held aloft by the two peaks.
Numbers 15:38-41: Speak unto the children of Israel, and bid them that they make them fringes in the borders of their garments throughout their generations, and that they put upon the fringe of the borders a ribband of blue: And it shall be unto you for a fringe, that ye may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of the LORD, and do them; and that ye seek not after your own heart and your own eyes, after which ye use to go a whoring: That ye may remember, and do all my commandments, and be holy unto your God. I am the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I am the LORD your God.
A ribband is a piece of twine, a bracelet, lace, a line, a thread or a wire. I think of it as a little blue ribbon. The people of Israel were all to put a fringe of blue on their clothes to remind them to obey God*s commandments. They were under law. We are under grace. The law demands holiness. Grace provides it.
Romans 6:14: For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
Just as God used a little bit of blue to remind the people of Israel of their duty to obey Him, He wants to give us reminders of what He has done for us.
Blue ribbons indicate first place in a contest. Blue is my favorite color. I think blue is one of God*s favorite colors too. It sometimes was used to point out God*s Royalty in the Bible. Someone even named one shade royal blue. We can often see expanses of blue sky and blue water dominating other colors. God put a lot of blue in our world. Anything blue could be a wonderful reminder to us of God*s presence. God created rainbows as a reminder that He would never again destroy the whole world by a flood. He puts all the colors of the spectrum in the rainbows.
Genesis 9:13-14: I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud:
Genesis 9:16: And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth.
Those who remember to find God everywhere and often are my favorite people. They are yours too. You may not know it yet. As you grow in the Lord you will enjoy those people more and more. They will have an impact that makes your life better. They will love you. You will be increasingly attracted to them. They will be interested in you and not just themselves. They will bear the image of God far better than others. They will praise the Lord often. They will be more comely in your eyes than others. What you share with them is called fellowship. More important than anything else, they will remind you of the Lord and about the Lord.
Psalms 147:1: Praise ye the LORD: for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely.
People who forget God are a mess.
Judges 3:7: And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and forgat the LORD their God, and served Baalim and the groves.
1 Samuel 12:9: And when they forgat the LORD their God, he sold them into the hand of Sisera, captain of the host of Hazor, and into the hand of the Philistines, and into the hand of the king of Moab, and they fought against them.
Psalms 106:21: They forgat God their saviour, which had done great things in Egypt;
James 1:23: For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
Jesus wants us to remember Him when we partake of Communion.
1 Corinthians 11:25: After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.
We should have many things that remind us of God and His presence. A few suggestions: When we see the blueness of the sky, the beauty of clouds, our favorite color, a rainbow, a sunrise or a sunset, lightning, when we are in trouble, when someone else is in trouble, when we see a car wreck, when anyone is in pain, when anyone is joyful, when we see a church or a cross, when we hear beautiful music, when we see a tiny baby, when we enjoy the cool of the day, when we enjoy the sunshine or enjoy any surprise. You should find your own ways to remember Him.
Psalms 34:8: O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
Acts 3:19: Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;
Psalms 37:5: Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
God will never thrust you from His presence. He wants you to know He is here. He wants you to embrace Him and enjoy His presence.
John 6:37: All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.
Jeremiah 29:13: And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
Psalms 37:4: Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
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