Thursday, February 16, 2017

Pay Attention to the Road Signs Part 1


Set up road signs: put up
guideposts. Take note of
the highway, the road that
you take.
Jeremiah 31:21a NIV

Set thee up waymarks,
Make thee high heaps;
Set thine heart toward
The highway, even the
Way which thou wentest.
Jeremiah 31:21a  KJV

 I’m told that all versions of the Bible except the KJV require permission from the copyright holder to quote from it in publication. Very short sections, such as single verses, may not be an issue, but that “rule-of-thumb” may not apply to nonfiction.

Have you, like me, noticed that things which used to move slowly now speed past like a bullet train?  Have you wondered how to handle these changes? Perhaps you’ve even asked yourself where God is in the journey? Does He care when we battle with depression? If we are in the midst of financial instability? Struggling with marital problems? Does He know that my heart is pointed toward Him but that sometimes my feet just can’t seem to follow?

The answer is always yes. He is there. Yes, He knows exactly what you are going through, and yes, He absolutely cares. We see the answer to these questions throughout the Word of God. From Genesis to Revelation, we can recognize God’s hand in history on a personal, as well as a global, level.

· He watches over his people. Genesis 6:8 - “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.” (KJV)

· He guides. Genesis 12:1 - “Now the LORD had said to Abram, ‘Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you.”’ (NIV)

· He protects. II Thessalonians 3:3 - “But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.” (NIV)

· He intervenes in history. Genesis 11:5-9—“But the LORD came down to see the city and the tower that the men were building. The LORD said, ‘If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.’ So the LORD scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. That is why it was called Babel—because there the LORD confused the language of the whole world. From there the LORD scattered them over the face of the whole earth.”’ (NIV

· He intervenes personally.* Luke 1:26-27 - “In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. (NIV)

* God’s intervention in a personal situation can also be used to change history. We have already seen this in the Scriptures relating to Noah and Abram.

· He cares. I Peter 5:7 – “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” (NIV

· Most wonderful of all, He loves. John 3:16-17 - “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” (KJV)

© Joyce Powell

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