Pondering for Thursday, April 30, 2020

Daily Office Readings for Thursday after the 3rd Sunday of Easter: Year 2

Psalm 37:1-18 Psalm 37:19-42 Exod. 20:1-21 Col. 1:24-2:7 Matt. 4:1-11

(Psalm 37: 3 – 7)  I really like these verses.  Let’s look at them individually.

 3 “Put your trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and feed on its riches.”

As I have mentioned before, “Trust” is a better word than believe.  We must trust in God and know that God is Good, all the time.  Also, God has given us this good earth with all that we need to sustain ourselves.  This is why we should always ask for blessings over anything we are about to eat that it may nourish our bodies and that our bodies my do God’s will.

4 “Take delight in the Lord, and he shall give you your heart’s desire.”

What our heart desires often changes as we mature.  Fancy cars and clothes no longer interest me.  Now I desire truth and love and good friends and a faithful worship community. 

5 “Commit your way to the Lord and put your trust in him, and he will bring it to pass.”

So, again, the word trust comes into play.  But let us not trust in any specific thing.  But rather, let us trust in God in general to make things the way God wants them to be, in God’s own way. 

6 “He will make your righteousness as clear as the light and your just dealing as the noonday.”

What is good and right will hold up in the light. Our call is to let go and let God.

7 “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him.”

So I’m wanting things done, and done now!  I have a hard time “waiting” for the Lord to do whatever it is the Lord is going to do. So I use this morning time to ponder about what God is doing while I am waiting. What should we do while we wait?  I pray for answers that I can’t imagine.  I only hope and trust that my evolving spiritual maturity is commensurate with what God is doing, and that with God’s help, it will be.  I ponder anew what the Almighty can do.

Today we remember “Sarah Josepha Buell was born in New Hampshire in 1788 to Captain Gordon Buell and Martha Buell, both of whom were advocates for equal education for both sexes. In 1813, she married David Hale, a promising lawyer who shared her intellectual interests. In 1822, David died four days before the birth of their fifth child…. In 1830, she published a book of verses for children aimed at the Sunday school market; it included the now-famous “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” originally called “Mary’s Lamb.” (from Great Cloud of Witnesses for April 30)

Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through the saints of God and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do.  John

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