For three years my family lived on a sheep farm in the mountains of Southern Brazil. This particular farm had several ponds and streams, one of which had a family of geese living in it. Now, if you have never been up close and personal with a goose, be thankful. That can be a terrifying experience! They are pretty, but man can they chase and hiss!
Geese are great guard dogs though. They will let you know if anyone is walking by or trying to sneak into your property. They also run off snakes and critters. One thing that always caught my attention about them was when I would go gather eggs and feed my chickens, the geese wanted to be fed as well and would come running up along side my hen house. They would hiss at me and spread their wings in a threatening manner, but they wanted something from me. And I always gave it to them.
My chickens would just scurry towards me and fight each other for the scraps and corn I would toss them, but the geese would be angry at me, the woman wanting to do them some good!
Isn’t that just like us? We want something from God, but we hiss and fight at His presence in our lives. Sometimes we pay Him no mind and just eat up what He has given us to sustain us and we fight with those around us to try and get what we think we deserve.
And all the while, God stands there with the provision in His hands ready to bless us and watch over us. He looks to see if we are wounded, carrying a burden, or in need and He is willing an able to meet our necessities, but we don’t stop to acknowledge Him.
I’m going to place a passage of Scripture here for you to read and meditate on with me.
“To the chief Musician, to Jeduthun, A Psalm of David. Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved. How long will ye imagine mischief against a man? ye shall be slain all of you: as a bowing wall shall ye be, and as a tottering fence. They only consult to cast him down from his excellency: they delight in lies: they bless with their mouth, but they curse inwardly. Selah. My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved. In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God. Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah. Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a lie: to be laid in the balance, they are altogether lighter than vanity. Trust not in oppression, and become not vain in robbery: if riches increase, set not your heart upon them. God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God. Also unto thee, O Lord, belongeth mercy: for thou renderest to every man according to his work.”
I hope this is our prayer today and our viewpoint of God. He is the One Who can provide what we need this week and for the rest of our lives. He is the One Who can protect, help and strengthen us for the rest of our lives, no matter what our circumstances. Power and Mercy rest in His hands. That sure is food for thought.
Let’s not buck the power of the All Powerful. Let’s dwell in His Mercy and be thankful He has looked upon us who are so undeserving and He still wants to be around us!
Until Next Time, Lord willing,
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Today’s reading: Exodus 7-8 / II Samuel 4 / Psalm 30 / Acts 5