A Church with a Heart for our Community

July 8th Wednesday

Greetings to you in the beautiful, healing, powerful, and wonderful name of Jesus Christ – THE Risen Saviour! First, let us thank God for another beautiful day and — “rejoice and be glad in it!” I believe that something good is coming your way today, so be aware of His persistent presence and listen for his voice and feel his gentle nudge. Today I will be praying for you, asking Father to bless you with what you need to make it through the day with all of its demands and surprises.

I have been reading and considering the difference in God’s approach to man in the Old Testament and then in the New Testament. One of the things that I noted was that in the Old Testament, God uses all the not so good things to minister to people. However, in the New Testament, Jesus seems to work against all the tragedies of live in an attempt to bring healing and transform the messes man makes. He did not send sick and crippled people away with their pain and disease still there. He never told anyone that they were receiving what they deserved so they could be taught a lesson. He never told anyone that their healing had to wait on his timing. He never refused someone because of the choices they had made.

In fact, as he quieted the storms, it seems that He acted opposite to their understanding of who and what and how God is. Yes, it seems like Jesus in the New Testament moved in contradiction to the common understanding of God’s ways and person. Strangely enough, Jesus told his followers that if they saw him, they were seeing the Father. If I follow that thought, it sems that God likes to contradict himself…or at least our understanding of who He is and what He does.

Small wonder that God reminded Isaiah that His ways were not Isaiah’s ways, and His thoughts were not Isaiah’s thoughts. Small wonder that He often tells us the same thing when we try to put God in a box…and grateful I am that the more I understand Jesus, the more I understand God. Oddly enough, the more I understand God…the more God there is to understand…and the more I encounter Jesus, the more Jesus there is to encounter. Wow! what an adventure!

Just a little something to think about…have a blessed day!