Today: Psalms 107:1-9; 2 Corinthians 12:11-21; Isaiah 29; Isaiah 30:1-18
“Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and He delivered them from their distress. He led them by a straight way to a city where they could settle.” Psalm 107:6-7
Psalm 107 is Craig’s and my story. Nine months ago, God gave us both a message to sell both our properties and move across the state to a new place. This had not been our plan. But His message was so loud and clear to both of us that we could not deny it.
So we began the complicated process of selling a home, two cabins, two properties, and moving. And now here we are today on the other side of it. The house sold quickly in June. We found our new property after one week of looking and closed in July. And we just closed on our cabin property last week. We have moved twice (into our condo in Branson while we searched for our new property, and then into our new house). Our belongings have moved back and forth between various storage units. Now a lot of our stuff is stuck in our new barn for the time being while we consolidate and figure out what to get rid of… (nice problem!)
This hasn’t been easy. But through it all God has guided us and miraculously worked out the details. We never would have made these choices to end up here on our own. Did I mention, this hadn’t been our plan?
But here we are. Most of the hard work is done now. And we have fallen madly head-over-heels in love with this place. God’s plan was so much better than ours!
Here I am sitting underneath two of my four new pear trees that are bursting with delicious fruit–more than enough for us and all the chickens, bees, and butterflies to enjoy, with plenty left for canning. I’ve got seven hens pumping out farm fresh eggs for me every day. A friend just gifted us with eight baby ducklings… We had no idea we were moving to a land of manna!!
Next year I will get a garden going again. By then we will have rabbits. Eventually a goat or two. A pig? Turkeys? Our new land provides! Thank You, God!
2 Corinthians 12
People haven’t changed very much in the past 2000 years! I cringe when I read Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians 12, about the infighting and accusations, how the “super apostles” spread rumors about Paul. I have watched too many churches torn apart by such behavior, by “jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, slander, gossip, arrogance and disorder.” (v.20)
“Be stunned and amazed, blind yourselves and be sightless; be drunk, but not from wine, stagger, but not from beer. The LORD has brought over you a deep sleep: He has sealed your eyes (the prophets); He has covered your heads (the seers). For you this whole vision is nothing but words sealed in a scroll. And if you give the scroll to someone who can read, and say, ‘Read this, please,’ they will answer, ‘I can’t; it is sealed.'” Isaiah 29:9-11
The blindness that has overcome so many people today is a spiritual condition. Doesn’t it seem so puzzling how people can be so blind to truths that are right in front of their faces? Don’t you want to shake them sometimes and scream, “Wake up!” This is a spiritual blindness. They cannot wake up.
Some day (soon I hope) this is going to change. Some day the Lord will “astound these people with wonder upon wonder.” (v.14)
“In that day the deaf will hear the words of the scroll, and out of gloom and darkness the eyes of the blind will see. Once more the humble will rejoice in the LORD; the needy will rejoice in the Holy One of Israel. The ruthless will vanish, the mockers will disappear, and all who have an eye for evil will be cut down…” Isaiah 29:18-20
Oh what a glorious day that will be!!