Instruction in Wisdom
3 Trust in the Lord and do what is good; dwell in the land and live securely.[b] 4 Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you your heart’s desires.
7 Be silent before the Lord and wait expectantly for Him; do not be agitated by one who prospers in his way, by the man who carries out evil plans.
8 Refrain from anger and give up your rage; do not be agitated—it can only bring harm. 9 For evildoers will be destroyed, but those who put their hope in the Lord will inherit the land.[c]
10 A little while, and the wicked person will be no more; though you look for him, he will not be there. 11 But the humble will inherit the land[d] and will enjoy abundant prosperity.
12 The wicked person schemes against the righteous and gnashes his teeth at him. 13 The Lord laughs at him because He sees that his day is coming.
14 The wicked have drawn the sword and strung the[e] bow to bring down the afflicted and needy and to slaughter those whose way is upright. 15 Their swords will enter their own hearts, and their bows will be broken.
16 The little that the righteous man has is better than the abundance of many wicked people. 17 For the arms[f] of the wicked will be broken, but the Lord supports the righteous.
18 The Lord watches over the blameless all their days, and their inheritance will last forever. 19 They will not be disgraced in times of adversity; they will be satisfied in days of hunger.
Not blog on Christmas? Yeah, right! That is what I told myself. I knew it would never happen.
Today I am sitting in my living room. We had heard of severe weather advisories, but I didn’t think it would include my part of Texas. The plan had been to go to my mother’s for seafood gumbo and around four o’clock to the movies. My mother called last night and said the weather was supposed to be bad and she and Daddy were backing out of the movie part of it. As I read the news this morning it actually looked like the bad weather would not come this way. We would be on the very outskirts of it.
As I sat in my living room, suddenly a huge gust of wind blew against the house. It blew and blew and blew. I heard the whistle of it. Now I hear the thunder. Sirens are going in the distance. The wind is from the south so it is hot and we are having to use the air conditioner. Tonight it is supposed to get into the 20s and 30s. As the gust continue I call for hubby. I don’t want to be alone with this going on. A little shudder of fear goes through me. My son has to drive back home in this tonight.
My husband is slow at everything he does. This was part of what attracted me to him and now it is part of what aggravates me and he knows it. I think he pokes now just to get me riled! I called out and heard nothing. Then I call out a little louder with an edge to my voice. I can hear his footsteps slowly heading this way. “What?” as though nothing in the world is going on. I point to the window and say as calmly as I can, “LOOK!!” His response to me is a simple, I am not impressed, “Yeah”. Even Gracie is sitting at the glass door and looking at me as if to say, “Even I know this isn’t right!” Soon my husband leaves the room to play on the computer until Sunshine wakes up.
As I sit with Gracie watching as the weather worsens God reminds me of how so many times He is just like hubby in His approach to me. I call out for something that is of great and serious importance to me. Not always does He answer me right away. Just like hubby, He is aware of my inner storm, just like hubby He is coming to my aid, but since I don’t see it right away I cry out louder and many times in frustration. Then He comes, looks at the trouble and back at me as though to say, “What is the big deal?” He has already won the battle for me. He has told me this hundreds of times in the Bible! Jesus was crucified and was raised from the dead, making satan a laughing-stock by parading the power and authority satan stole from Adam throughout heaven. It is a done deal, but yet I fret!
I worry I am not saying everything correctly, I am not hearing His voice and maybe I am not doing what I need to do, I am not this and I am not that! If it all messes up, it is my fault! I could go on but this is a blog not a thousand page book! I remember Joyce Meyer saying God spoke to her one time and said, “Joyce, I am not as hard to get along with as people think I am!” He isn’t! Love always rescues when it can, Love always is near to the brokenhearted, Love sets the captives free, Love forgives and forgets, and Love remembers we are but dust and God’s mercy renews toward us with each new morning! Love keep its word, Love never forsakes, Love never blames. God is love! His love for us is deep and consuming! What does consuming mean? It means it consumes all that hinders us from going to the fullest potential on the inside of us! He isn’t consuming us, He is consuming what is an enemy to us and our peace, joy and righteousness in this life!
I speak peace to you, dear reader! May God’s prepared in advance blessings abound to you!! Merry Christmas! I will l see you soon!!