Monday, June 6, 2011

When Disaster Strikes

Ezekiel 11:16,17,20b

“Therefore, tell the exiles, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Although I have scattered you in the countries of the world, I will be a sanctuary to you during your time in exile.  I, the Sovereign Lord, will gather you back from the nations where you have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel once again.’
... Then they will truly be my people, and I will be their God.
Cut off, with only God on whom to rely. Cut off, no other options. “Brought low” – to your knees, no more lifelines but One.  Though far from earthly home and hearth, our Heavenly Father is never far from us. 

The Bethlehem Star – no maps, no gas stations at which to ask directions – only one thing to guide wise men to life eternal, to that King whom they seek.

The flame and the cloud – no other guide with which to find their way.  When God's people shifted their gaze to hand-hewn idols, they wandered, lost.

The face of Jesus on a stormy sea -- Peter's eyes fixated on His Lord keep him from certain death.  The exclusion of all else.  Only God and man.

Is God culling you from the herd today?  Is he pulling your gaze toward Him for your own good?  Is He romving distractions from your life?  Is He giving you real fortune to seek? 

Praise Him for the favor He is showing you!  Praise Him for His gracious and faithful love for you!
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