Hearing God in a Noisy World

On Hearing God in a Loud, Loud World

 

For sure, we live in a loud world.

But, ya-know, noise is nothing new.

Just, take a stroll through the woods on a cool night and hear the tree frogs, cicada, hoot owls, and more… there are plenty of noises.

But, come daylight and enter the concrete jungle… Oh, such an enhanced level of noise.

 

And there are other types of “noise”… those exacerbated by the “benefits” of technology.

Today, we are continually bombarded with screen images, vibrations, words, and messages. 

 

A result… not only are we aware that we regularly ignore some of the messages we hear, we actively attempt to bypass many of the voices seeking our attention (spam filters, fast-forwarding through commercials, screening calls, etc.).

Yet no matter how much we attempt to limit the noise in our lives, we still live in an ever-louder culture.

 

So…

 

How do you hear God in such an environment? 

A God Who tell is that He whispers.

Yes, a quiet God.

Indeed, He speaks…

He has chosen to communicate with His creation.

And, yes, while He is free to speak however, He chooses, He most often chooses to speak in quiet ways.

And, so often, rather than wowing our eyes, He chooses to reveal Himself and His counsel to our ears.

 

So… here we are.

 

Whereas our God chooses to communicate with us quietly… ever so quietly… humanity shouts and screams nearly every message.

Yes, our God quietly continues to whisper His presence, His revelations of His character, and His invitations to us to follow Him.

 

I sense that maybe this convergence of a loud world and quiet God is one reason so many people do not believe God is real or active or loving.

For, having not heard from Him, they assume He doesn’t exist.

But He does…

Yes, He does…

He just speaks with a softer voice than people assume.

And, being technically (and probably clinically) deaf from listen for years to over-amped music either through your earbuds, car stereo, club-scenes, over-the-top venue performances or even feel-it-in-your-chest church music… is no excuse, as God speaks in ways He can only do.

 

Think about it…

 

Imagine being seated across a lunch table with someone very, very wise. You are seeking direction on an important business venture. The sage speaks quietly with intention and purpose. You hang on every word he speaks. In a quiet restaurant, he is easy to hear. But as the restaurant fills, it becomes more difficult. Groups are laughing and talking. Servers are bustling around taking orders and delivering food. As a line forms with people waiting to be seated, the restaurant manager turns up the music. Now… the once quiet conversation is impossible to hear. So, what do you do? You lean in. You stop looking the other person in the eye and start watching their lips. You might move tables, change restaurants, or ask the host to turn down the music. If the message is truly important, you go to great lengths to hear.

 

I believe… right now… yes, now.

Humanity has never lived in a time in which we needed to use such intention to hear the words of God.

If you and I are not intentional in seeking the voice of God, we will likely never hear Him.

Not in this culture.

Not in the loudness of our times.

His voice will be ignored, overlooked, and even if heard, forgotten.

You and I must seek Him.

Knowing the importance of His voice and understanding the loudness of our times, we must intentionally seek to hear from God.

 

So… are there some time tested, scripturally centered things you and I can do?

 

Maybe… some things we can each do which can greatly increase the likelihood that we will hear Him better. Please know, before considering the following, I want to make sure there is no confusion over one issue. God speaks to us through His Word…the Bible. While He is free to speak in other ways, those methods are uncertain and greatly open to human misunderstanding. The one thing we never have to doubt is the truthfulness of Scripture. For many, far too much credit is given to impressions, feelings, and pointless circumstances and far too little time is spent with the Bible. Learn to listen to the God of the Bible.

 

So… just some prayerful suggestions.

 

Weekly… regularly submit to Biblical preaching and teaching.

I know, for many today, it may seem a foolish method of communication, but it’s a method God chose. Podcasts don’t count. Videos don’t count. Find an average man chosen by God at an average church who diligently preaches the Bible. Repeat regularly. Take notes and trust God to speak.

 

Daily read His Word alone.

Don’t expect to understand everything. Don’t feel pressured to gain a great insight every day. But every day read at least a chapter if not more and soon, you will know that over a lifetime this will likely be the greatest avenue through which God speaks.

 

Regularly read His Word with others.

Every community needs a Bible and every Bible needs a community. By reading with others not only will you gain accountability, but also you will invest in the lives of others. Possibly the most overlooked aspect of American Christianity is the fact that the Bible was originally written to people who would listen to it together.

 

Routinely learn from others.

Podcasts, videos, blogs, books, and other formats should not replace involvement in a local church, a small group, some other gathering. But… they can play an important role in our spiritual lives. Avoid the flashy titles and modern superstars, but find solid men and women who daily model godliness and teach His word faithfully.

 

Indeed, it’s a loud, loud world and it’s only going to get louder.

If you and I don’t show intention in listening with all our important relationships, you and I will pay a price.

Nowhere is this more evident than in our relationship with God.

 

He’s speaking.

Are you listening?

 

Draw Close, He is Near

 

 

 



Thoughts on Prayer

Assurance That God Hears and Answers Our Prayers

 

Question…. Is it through the scientific method of observing cause and effect that we can prove that prayer works?

 

C.S. Lewis argues in his essay, “The Efficacy of Prayer”, that it’s not through scientific experimentation, but rather through knowing God personally, as God reveals Himself to us through prayer that we gain assurance that God hears and responds to us.

 

Lewis further writes…

 

Thus in some measure the same doubt that hangs about the causal efficacy of our prayers to God hangs also about our prayers to man. Whatever we get we might have been going to get anyway. But only, as I say, in some measure. Our friend, boss, and wife may tell us that they acted because we asked; and we may know them so well as to feel sure, first that they are saying what they believe to be true, and secondly that they understand their own motives well enough to be right. But notice that when this happens our assurance has not been gained by the methods of science. We do not try the control experiment of refusing the raise or breaking off the engagement and then making our request again under fresh conditions. Our assurance is quite different in kind from scientific knowledge. It is born out of our personal relation to the other parties; not from knowing things about them but from knowing them.

 

Our assurance—if we reach an assurance—that God always hears and sometimes grants our prayers, and that apparent grantings are not merely fortu- itous, can only come in the same sort of way. There can be no question of tabulating successes and failures and trying to decide whether the successes are too numerous to be accounted for by chance. Those who best know a man best know whether, when he did what they asked, he did it because they asked. I think those who best know God will best know whether He sent me to the barber­s shop because the barber prayed.

 

For up till now we have been tackling the whole question in the wrong way and on the wrong level. The very question “Does prayer work?” puts us in the wrong frame of mind from the outset. “Work”: as if it were magic, or a machine—something that functions auto- matically. Prayer is either a sheer illusion or a personal contact between embryonic, incom- plete persons (ourselves) and the utterly concrete Person. Prayer in the sense of petition, asking for things, is a small part of it; confession and penitence are its threshold, adoration its sanctuary, the presence and vision and enjoyment of God its bread and wine. In it God shows Himself to us. That He answers prayers is a corollary— not necessarily the most important one—from that revelation. What He does is learned from what He is.

 

“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”   Matthew 7:9-11 (NIV)

 

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Do you know Him…

Really know Him personally… intimately…

Draw Close.



“The Woodcutter’s Wisdom”

The Woodcutter’s Wisdom

Once there was an old man who lived in a tiny village. Although poor, he was envied by all, for he owned a beautiful white horse. Even the king coveted his treasure. A horse like this had never been seen before—such was its splendor, its majesty, its strength.

 

People offered fabulous prices for the steed, but the old man always refused. “This horse is not a horse to me,” he would tell them. “It is a person. How could you sell a person? He is a friend, not a possession. How could you sell a friend?” The man was poor and the temptation was great. But he never sold the horse.

 

One morning he found that the horse was not in the stable. All the village came to see him. “You old fool,” they scoffed, “we told you that someone would steal your horse. We warned you that you would be robbed. You are so poor. How could you ever hope to protect such a valuable animal? It would have been better to have sold him. You could have gotten whatever price you wanted. No amount would have been too high. Now the horse is gone, and you’ve been cursed with misfortune.”

 

The old man responded, “Don’t speak too quickly. Say only that the horse is not in the stable. That is all we know; the rest is judgment. If I’ve been cursed or not, how can you know? How can you judge?”

 

The people contested, “Don’t make us out to be fools! We may not be philosophers, but great philosophy is not needed. The simple fact that your horse is gone is a curse.”

 

The old man spoke again. “All I know is that the stable is empty, and the horse is gone. The rest I don’t know. Whether it be a curse or a blessing, I can’t say. All we can see is a fragment. Who can say what will come next?”

 

The people of the village laughed. They thought that the man was crazy. They had always thought he was a fool; if he wasn’t, he would have sold the horse and lived off the money. But instead, he was a poor woodcutter, an old man still cutting firewood and dragging it out of the forest and selling it. He lived hand to mouth in the misery of poverty. Now he had proven that he was, indeed, a fool.

 

After fifteen days, the horse returned. He hadn’t been stolen; he had run away into the forest. Not only had he returned, he had brought a dozen wild horses with him. Once again the village people gathered around the woodcutter and spoke. “Old man, you were right and we were wrong. What we thought was a curse was a blessing. Please forgive us.”

 

The man responded, “Once again, you go too far. Say only that the horse is back. State only that a dozen horses returned with him, but don’t judge. How do you know if this is a blessing or not? You see only a fragment. Unless you know the whole story, how can you judge? You read only one page of a book. Can you judge the whole book? You read only one word of a phrase. Can you understand the entire phrase?

 

“Life is so vast, yet you judge all of life with one page or one word. All you have is a fragment! Don’t say that this is a blessing. No one knows. I am content with what I know. I am not perturbed by what I don’t.”

 

“Maybe the old man is right,” they said to one another. So they said little. But down deep, they knew he was wrong. They knew it was a blessing. Twelve wild horses had returned with one horse. With a little bit of work, the animals could be broken and trained and sold for much money.

 

The old man had a son, an only son. The young man began to break the wild horses. After a few days, he fell from one of the horses and broke both legs. Once again the villagers gathered around the old man and cast their judgments.

 

“You were right,” they said. “You proved you were right. The dozen horses were not a blessing. They were a curse. Your only son has broken his legs, and now in your old age you have no one to help you. Now you are poorer than ever.”

 

The old man spoke again. “You people are obsessed with judging. Don’t go so far. Say only that my son broke his legs. Who knows if it is a blessing or a curse? No one knows. We only have a fragment. Life comes in fragments.”

 

It so happened that a few weeks later the country engaged in war against a neighboring country. All the young men of the village were required to join the army. Only the son of the old man was excluded, because he was injured. Once again the people gathered around the old man, crying and screaming because their sons had been taken. There was little chance that they would return. The enemy was strong, and the war would be a losing struggle. They would never see their sons again.

 

“You were right, old man,” they wept. “God knows you were right. This proves it. Your son’s accident was a blessing. His legs may be broken, but at least he is with you. Our sons are gone forever.”

 

The old man spoke again. “It is impossible to talk with you. You always draw conclusions. No one knows. Say only this: Your sons had to go to war, and mine did not. No one knows if it is a blessing or a curse. No one is wise enough to know. Only God knows.”

 

The old man was right. We only have a fragment. Life’s mishaps and horrors are only a page out of a grand book. We must be slow about drawing conclusions. We must reserve judgment on life’s storms until we know the whole story.

 

I don’t know where the woodcutter learned his patience. Perhaps from another woodcutter in Galilee. For it was the Carpenter who said it best:

 

“Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.” (Matthew 6:34)

 

He should know.

He is the Author of our story.

And he has already written the final chapter.

by Max Lucado



Rejoice in God’s Sovereignty

Rejoice in God’s Sovereignty

 
The next time you fear the future, rejoice in the Lord’s sovereignty.

Rejoice in what he has accomplished.

Rejoice that he is able to do what you cannot do.

 

Fill your mind with thoughts of God.

 

“He is the Creator, who is blessed forever” (Romans 1:25).

“He is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).

“His years will never end” (Psalm 102:27 NIV).

 

He is king, supreme ruler, absolute monarch, and overlord of all history.

 

An arch of his eyebrow and a million angels will pivot and salute!

Every throne is a footstool to his.

Every crown is paper-mache next to his.

 

He follows no worldly kings.

He consults no advisers.

He needs no congress.

He reports to no one.

He is in charge.

 

Sovereignty gives the saint the inside track to peace.

 

Others see the problems of the world and wring their hands.

 

We see the problems of the world and bend our knees!

 

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In today’s crazy world… remember His Words…  “Mankind will say, ‘Surely there is a reward for the righteous; surely there is a God who judges on earth.’” Psalm 58:11

 

Indeed, David was frustrated.

He was even angry… as he looked at and experienced the actions of other people.

Many did not seem concerned about doing the right thing or concerned about the consequences of their actions.

Many seemed so self-centered that they didn’t care about the impact of their actions and continued lies or concern for the truth.

Indeed, through their actions… they were like “the venom of a serpent,” stinging deeply, hurting.

They even closed their ears to the cries of the affected… the needy… those would would give them good counsel.

 

David was so passionate about the wounds he witnessed that he cried out to God to take action.

It wasn’t enough that God knew what was going on: David desired that God would make things right.

That God would “break the teeth in their mouths.”

 

David desired that those with these kinds of attitudes would “vanish like water that runs away.”

David’s prayer was that God would display His righteous indignation and pour out His wrath on all those who lived in such a way.

David felt that “the righteous will rejoice when he sees the vengeance.”

When they saw justice being done.

 

How frustrating it must be… it can be to be a victim of broken promises and evil and false manipulations… Even if some come from well-intentioned people.

 

But…

The Bible reminds us that all people are flawed.

The Word counsels us that all make mistakes and commit sins.

 

The fact is that people may fall short…

Some may make promises they don’t keep…

Some may even habitually lie and scheme… But God is faithful.

 

He promises that, eventually, justice will be done.

 

That everyone, in every nation, will say, “Surely there is a reward for the righteous; surely there is a God who judges on earth.”

 

Draw ever so close to our Savior…

Let His Holy Spirit protect and guide you… Let His Grace define your thoughts and actions… Pray for those, who through their actions, demonstrate that they are not carrying our His Will… and may not know Him Pray that they repent and come to Him… For one day… in a nanosecond… it will be too late.

Pray…
 
Adapted from Max Lucado


“Looking for Peace”

Looking for Peace
 

Looking for Peace?

 

Recently, I ventured into a place that I normally shun this time of the year…. The Shopping Mall at Christmas time.

As I got closer, I began to enter  the precursors of the crazy zone… I thought… Have I lost your mind.?

But there we were… in the traffic gridlocks that surround the shopping mecca… In some ways, it was rather amusing… On a normal day, we have some strange driving behaviors here… But, today… I saw some maneuvers I had never seen before… and the normal “what were they thinking” (or not thinking) and how are they driving while keying data into their phone and talking to the kids in the backseat at the same time?… hum.

Today, I was super thankful for all the 360 deg sensors they now equip cars with… man… so many warning beeps … and I am not even moving.

Inside the mall was another whole adventure… Those stories, for another time.

 

Then it was over… quietly back in the less congested area near where we live (it use to be in the country)… I began to re-discovered a peace… Thinking… Hope there are no malls in heaven… I bet y’a Christmas is more peaceful… probably every day…

 

Then remembering what Scripture promises us….

 

 “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:27)

 

Just thinking about the challenges we face… how our lives quickly can be gripped with anxiety.

 

The revisiting the most recent experiences…. How the Christmas season has its own unique kind of stress.

More than a simple mall trip….

As this busy time is often packed with events, functions, and special services that can drive us to the brink of exhaustion or simply feeling overwhelmed.

 

Yet…

In the midst of this hectic atmosphere, the Bible reminds us that Jesus came to give us peace.

In fact, the Bible tells us that He is the “Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).

 

This is a kind of peace that the world cannot give us.

We cannot work to achieve it.

We cannot get it by reading books.

We cannot acquire this peace by accumulating more wealth.

We cannot earn it by having a good job.

 

We can only get this Peace by knowing Jesus.

By walking and fellowshipping with Him…

By being transformed by His Spirit…

By trusting in Him, and serving Him with our lives.

 

So…

Right now, are you feeling a bit overwhelmed?

Are you stressed or burdened?

Are you worried about your health or finances?

Do you face difficult questions that need to be resolved?

 

Whatever your situation, the promises of Jesus are true for you.

 

Commit every problem and burden to Him.

Be honest.

Remember the words of Scripture, to cast “all your cares [all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns, once and for all] on Him.”

Why?

“He cares about you” (1 Peter 5:7).

 

This season…

Let Him give you His Peace.

This Peace… which can’t be explained.

In fact, it is so wonderful that it “surpasses all understanding” (Philippians 4:7).

 

Draw Close… He is Near



What Will You Do With Your Life

How Will You Live the Rest of Your Life?

If you as a believer had to live your life all over again, what would you do differently? Would you pray less, obey God less, or help people less? I have yet to meet somebody on their deathbed who has ever said anything like that.

 

Using Psalm 100 as a guide, there are four big things that every follower of God should aspire to do: worship, serve, love, and thank.

 

  1. Worship God joyfully: “Make a joyful shout to the LORD, all you lands!… Come before His presence with singing” (vv. 1-2).

I’ve found that whenever the subject of worship is brought up, people like to make excuses: “I’m not a good singer.” “I’m not an emotional person.”

Here’s the deal: God gave you the voice you have, and it’s an adequate enough instrument to make a joyful noise to Him.

And even if you’re not an emotional person, when God is in your midst, and if He is real to you, you will engage Him on some level of worship.

Why do Christians think that enthusiasm for the most worthy thing in the universe should be carefully contained?

 

  1. Serve God gladly: “Serve the LORD with gladness” (v. 2).

Singing joyfully is great, but God wants more than fans; He wants followers.

We should respond to God on some level of emotion, but then we should follow it up with the motion of obeying what He says by serving Him.

Spiritual maturity isn’t measured by glorious singing as much as by glad serving.

And if you’re going to serve the Lord at all, please do it with joy, not complaining or moaning.

God loves a life that is lived cheerfully for Him.

 

  1. Love God intelligently: “Know that the LORD, He is God; it is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people and the sheep of His pasture” (v. 3).

To know simply means to perceive something with understanding.

Contrary to popular belief, your mind matters to God (see Hosea 4:6; Matthew 22:37; Romans 12:2; 2 Peter 3:18).

And there are certain things He wants you to know—like His lordship, His craftsmanship, and His ownership, as seen in verse 3 above.

When you know these things, you can fall back on them when the bottom drops out of your life. “He’s my Lord. He made me. I belong to Him, and I love Him.”

 

  1. Thank God consistently: “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations” (vv. 4-5).

Why are we to thank the Lord?

Because of who He is.

He’s good, merciful, and honest, and He deserves it.

 

So here’s the challenge: How are you going to spend the rest of your life?

 

What are you going to start doing differently?

Why not begin with these four things?

There’s no better time to do it than now.
 
By Skip Heitzig


“God Can Do It”

Thought for today

 

“I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.” Isaiah 43:19 NLT

 

Many fail to recognize in life’s activities… in the application of new science and technology and in spiritual things… that our Lord can and often does new… miraculous things.

They accept the way things are…

They find comfort in processes and even concepts that have grown stale… They cannot imagine that miracles are possible.

 

For…

Many have forgotten that God can do anything.

And…

That, with Him, there are no barriers.

Yes…

That, those sold out to Him, can be His partners in accomplishing amazing things.

 

In the past and equally true today… this was the message God tried to communicate through the prophet Isaiah.

 

He describing His intention to “do something new.”

He would do things that many people thought impossible.

 

So, today, remember that there are no limits with God.

Indeed,  He can do all things…

And…

Why not be His willing, joyful partner in accomplishing new, blessed things that glorify Him.

 

We have a choice…

What say you.

 

Draw Close, He is Near



Getting Close

Getting Close

Here’s some questions for you to consider.

If God is perpetually present, is it possible to enjoy unceasing communion with him?

In other words… Can we have that contact with God all the time?

And…

Would it be possible to live – minute by minute – in the presence of God?

 

Yes…

I’m talking about all the time you are awake, then falling asleep in His arms, and re-awakening in His presence.

 

Can we attain that?

Is such intimacy even possible?

Is such a goal realistic?

Is this within our reach?

 

May I suggest…

Jesus’s actions… teach us that He enjoyed unbroken communion with God.

 

So…

If we are to be just like Jesus…

Should not, you and I strive to do the same?

 

Open your heart…

Sense the presence of His Spirit in every movement you make… His direction of your very steps.

And… feel His unseen hand as He lovingly guides.

Taste the thrill of fellowship with God and don’t be upset when He shows you the seeds of discord that He finds disgusting… for, He wishes that you engage them in order to to shine His light into such dark places.

 

Soon…

The activity of keeping in constant touch with God, of making Him the object of your thought and the companion of your conversations, will grow from a few precious minutes each day to longer and more often times.

 

And…

One day, you will be able to engage for such moments throughout your entire day.

 

Sure…

 

Daily, integrating such times of concentration upon God is strenuous, but you will soon discover that most everything else is ceasing to be so.

 

You discover that…

You think more clearly.

You forget less frequently.

Things which you did with much strain before, you now do easily and with no effort whatever.

You worry much less and sleep better.

Sometimes, you may feel as if you are walking on air.

Even when you look in the mirror…  there’s new sparkle in your eyes and a radiance in your face.

You often find yourself in less of a hurry.

On many fronts… a calmness begins to return.

 

So…

Don’t miss the nearness of God… the gentle touch of our Savior… the quiet whispers of the Holy Spirit.

I pray that you too, may be described as being intoxicated with the fullness of His presence and a radiant from the endless communion with our Lord.

 

Draw Close…

He is near and waiting.

 

 



“A Prayer For America”

 

Lord God, we in this nation desperately need your wisdom.

You graciously gave us a great country, founded on principles and truths from Your Word.

In this day and time, we need men and women who will honor You, trust You, and lead us once again back to You.

 

We pray for servant leaders who love the things You love and who care more about others than themselves.

 

O’ Lord… give us leaders with discerning hearts, bold faith, and wise minds that model Your character.

If they must be shaped or broken by Your potters hand… do so.

Teach them—and us—not just what is good, but what is best.

Clearly guide us and our leaders in the way our country should go.

Give them purity in their intentions, and godliness in their convictions.

Energize or re-energize their spirits and bodies physically and spiritually, and keep them emotionally secure in the knowledge of who You are—and whose they are.

Help them to be bighearted and sincere, energetic in goodness, and courteous in their manners.

Please dear Lord…

Raise up leaders with the greatest potential of godly leadership, those who can ease confusion, end devisive talk and actions… expose illusion and heal delusion.

You alone hold the power to turn the hearts of leaders, may You listen and use our prayers to move them into right action.

Help us to be faithful to care and to pursue Your heart in prayer.

 

Encourage them to choose wisely, and when they don’t know what to do, help them keep their eyes on You.

Empower them to take a firm stand on issues that truly matter to You, regardless of the consequences or approval ratings.

 

Make them God-pleasers, not puppets; leaders filled with conviction, not corruption.

 

As a nation, God, help us to desire righteousness more than rights, and to mirror sacrifice more than selfishness.

 

You know us well, and You understand our flaws.

Turn those weaknesses into strengths; bathe us with Your grace and mercy, though none of us deserve it.

Fill us with the boldness to choose the kind of freedom that will benefit all, rather than a few.

 

Open our eyes to see others as You do—with godly potential and value.

 

But help us, too, to recognize our own pride in trying to elevate ourselves and others above You and Your purpose for our lives.

 

We need, You, God.

Oh, how we need You!

 

Amen



“Under His Wings”

He will cover you with his wings

The other morning while at Sprague Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park, I happened upon a mother Mallard sheltering her brood of chicks.

Receiving a nudge to pause by the Holy Spirit… I settled in the grass nearby to s sit alongside her and listen to His lessons and enjoy a special time.

She noticed me at first, but soon settled into a peaceful nap… as she provided warmths and security for her ducklings nestled beneath her wings.

 

 

“He will cover you with his wings; you will be safe in his care; his faithfulness will protect and defend you.” (He will cover you with his wings; you will be safe in his care; his faithfulness will protect and defend you. He will cover you with his wings; you will be safe in his care; his faithfulness will protect and defend you. (Psalms 91:4)

 

 

“How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! And the children of men take refuge in the shadow of Your wings.” (Psalm 36:7)

 

Some of the most expressive illustrations of the divine love and care employed in the Bible, are taken from the ways of birds. For example, this beautiful figure of a bird sheltering her young under her wings, runs through all the Scriptures, as a picture of God’s sheltering love.

They are wings of mercy. 

“How priceless is Your unfailing love!” 

Indeed, this is mercy—kindness to the undeserving. 

Under God’s wings is a place for penitent sinners. 

 

The wings of God are wide-spreading. 

As seen in the photo, a Mallard hen has stretched out her wings to cover her brood; yet hers are not broad wings. 

They can shelter only her own little family. 

God’s wings are infinitely broader. 

For thousands of years they have been gathering human souls under their blessed shelter—and yet there is room.

Indeed, there is room for all… the wise man and the ignorant, the strong and the weak, the healthy and the trembling invalid, life’s victors and the defeated, the pure and gentle and innocent, and the worst sinners. 

These wings of God are wide-spreading.

 

The wings of God are gentle.

We see but a small glimpse of this, as the mother Mallard selected soft grass at the water’s edge… the gathering her brood into her soft down to rest in warmth and care.

Recall what the Psalm tell us what is to be experienced under the wings of God…

Satisfaction is the first. “They shall be abundantly satisfied!” 
Joy is the second. “You give them drink from your river of delights.” 
Life, larger, fuller life, is the third. “With you is the fountain of life.” 
Light is the fourth. “In your light—we shall see light.” 
Indeed, when we are dwelling beneath the wings of God, and under these wings have such marvelous blessings—why should we ever be afraid? 

 

The wings of God are also wings of refuge. 

“How priceless is your unfailing love! Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of your wings!”

 

Like us… soon the ducklings awoke and began this morning’s new adventure.

 

 

 

So…

As you traverse this day…

Remember His Words…

Remember His Promises…

And know…

He is near