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Bible Verse Post
The Bible is The Living Word of God, we can choose to believe in and live by it.
‘So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man.
Then the man said, ‘Let me go, for it is daybreak.’ But Jacob replied, ‘I will not let you go unless you bless me.’
(Genesis 32:24-26 NIV)
Thought: The man Jacob is wrestling with is God, who ‘saw that he could not overpower’
Jacob’s frantic wrestling without dislocating his hip.
This pain caused Jacob to recognise who he was wrestling with and to ask for a blessing.
What are you wrestling with God over?
What needs to be broken?
As you wrestle and cling to God ask Him to bless you.
Current Short Thought
Mourning & Comfort
I look out at the present world and find myself mourning.
What has, and is happening to God’s beautiful creation?
What has, and is humanity doing to the Eden which God created and brought into existence?
Eden was meant to be a place of delight. But that’s not what I’m looking out on.
My sorrowful heart is grieving and breaking.
‘Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.’
I am comforted in knowing God and His promises.
God is sovereign and has promised to restore goodness and peace.
He is ‘making everything new’ (Revelation 21:5).
This first heaven and earth will pass away.
There will no longer be any sea: that place of destruction in which the Egyptians drowned.
There will be no more tears, death, mourning, crying or pain.
‘The old order of things’ will pass away; God will create a new heaven and a new earth.
I am confident that God will fulfil His promises.
Yet, my heart mourns for those who are lost, for those who are heading the wrong way
on the broad road that ‘leads to destruction’ (Matthew 7:13).
My heart yearns for them to repent, to turn back to God;
for them to be on the narrow road that ‘leads to life’ (Matthew 7:14).
I pray for our distorted world and for the lost.
My response is, “Lord, ‘here am I. Send me!’ (Isaiah 6:8), I will go for You, I will play my tiny part”.
Perhaps the small part I play will be the turning point for someone to step onto the narrow road.
Perhaps my words will bring comfort and hope to someone.
Perhaps… just… perhaps, I will bring a little goodness and peace into a chaotic world.
There is a beautiful hymn written by Susan Warner in 1868,
Jesus bids us shine, with a pure, clear light,
Like a little candle, burning in the night.
In this world is darkness, so let us shine--
you in your small corner, and I in mine.
During this pandemic, we perhaps find ourselves in our small corners trying to be shining lights in
a dark and broken world full of lost people. It is comforting to know that many lights are shining
in many corners all around the world, each playing their small part for Jesus.
How are you mourning?
How are you comforted by God and His promises?
What part are you playing in your small corner?
Short Thoughts 2020