I called my auntie and she sounded annoyed.
I asked her what was wrong.
She said she was in the store and couldn’t find what she needed.
I asked if she was gonna ask for help so she wouldn’t get frustrated. Maybe I said or should have said stay frustrated. 🤷🏾♀️
Immediately after asking that I went off. I got some revelation from our conversation. Barz. 🤣🤪
She said she was in a different store than usual and it is easier at the other store.
She continued to talk about her options and fuss.
Then she said okay I’m gonna go get some help.
One. How often do we need help but just keep trying to do it alone or ourselves? We don’t seek God or others who could help. Then we end up annoyed and frustrated.
Chances are we end up in a mess that God has to bail us out of that was not even necessary to endure had we sought Him or the plentiful resources at our disposal.
It is so easy for us to rely on ourselves and our own strength. We know what we want and what we are trying to do. We may even be operating in obedience or working toward purpose.
We relied on Him and went or started. But we took our focus off of Him. In ALL THY WAYS (Proverbs 3:6). Not some. Not just through instruction. But. Every. Step. Of. The. Way.
Two. She said she was in a different store and it was easier at the other store. Faith to faith (Roman’s 1:17). Glory to glory (2 Corinthians 3:18). What was easy on one level, in one season, at one time, is more difficult in the next or new.
Once we master a thing, it’s time to move on to something more difficult. Well if we want to grow and move into the next God has.
I have lost focus because this life with God thang is hard at times. I want purpose but the tests and trials cause me to move away from Him. Human.
In a sense, doing what is easier and being complacent is comfortable. Auto pilot. Coasting. But there is a lack of real contentment. Because I wasn’t where I should have been. Frustrated. Easy but wrong. Easy but not better.
It would be like being in 12th grade and doing kindergarten work. Capable of so much. Did what it took, the hard work, to get there. But it’s too much and too challenging so Ima go back to kindergarten cuz it was easy.
And guess what? All that work will be for naught cuz I’m not getting out of 12th grade and on to college until I do the 12th grade work.
Let’s buckle up, man/woman up, and trust God to get us through to where He wants us. He has never failed. And He WILL NOT start now.
Selected Grain by Grain
I thought about the wheat and tare as soon as I saw this. Interested to see if there’s a tie an as I read. I’d wager a yes.
1 At that time God will unsheathe his sword,
his merciless, massive, mighty sword.
He’ll punish the serpent Leviathan as it flees,
the serpent Leviathan thrashing in flight.
He’ll kill that old dragon
that lives in the sea.
2-5 “At that same time, a fine vineyard will appear.
There’s something to sing about!
I, God, tend it.
I keep it well-watered.
I keep careful watch over it
so that no one can damage it.
I’m not angry. I care.
Even if it gives me thistles and thornbushes,
I’ll just pull them out
and burn them up.
Let that vine cling to me for safety,
let it find a good and whole life with me,
let it hold on for a good and whole life.”
Im not angry. I care.
AAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH this is what I thought about: Matthew 13 (King James Version KJV).
Parable of the Wheat and the Tares;
24 Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; 25 but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. 26 But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. 27 So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’ 28 He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’ 29 But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.” ’ ”
6 The days are coming when Jacob
shall put down roots,
Israel blossom and grow fresh branches,
and fill the world with its fruit.
They will live independently again. Growth. Newness. New life.
7-11 Has God knocked them to the ground
as he knocked down those who hit them? Oh, no.
Were they killed
as their killers were killed? Again, no.
He was hard on them all right. The exile was a harsh sentence.
He blew them away on a fierce blast of wind.
But the good news is that through this experience
Jacob’s guilt was taken away.
The evidence that his sin is removed will be this:
He will tear down the alien altars,
take them apart stone by stone,
And then crush the stones into gravel
and clean out all the sex-and-religion shrines.
For there’s nothing left of that pretentious grandeur.
Nobody lives there anymore. It’s unlivable.
But animals do just fine,
browsing and bedding down.
And it’s not a bad place to get firewood.
Dry twigs and dead branches are plentiful.
It’s the remains of a people with no sense of God.
So, the God who made them
Will have nothing to do with them.
He who formed them will turn his back on them.
They had to learn a lesson. He mercifully loved and dealt with them as His beloved not as with those who were not in relationship, fellowship with Him. The Lord chastened those He loves (Hebrews 12:6). But it’s for their good (Romans 8:28)!
12-13 At that time God will thresh
from the River Euphrates to the Brook of Egypt,
And you, people of Israel,
will be selected grain by grain.
At that same time a great trumpet will be blown,
calling home the exiles from Assyria,
Welcoming home the refugees from Egypt
to come and worship God on the holy mountain, Jerusalem.
To select grain by grain sounds like a tedious and time consuming labor of love.
God Will Speak in Baby Talk
This made me chuckle. Especially because people say you should talk to babies as if you are talking to adults or children and not in gibberish like babies do. I dunno if it is studies, but, kids who have spent a lot of time around adults, who talk to them or others normally, seem to have nice vocabularies and start talking sooner. I also thought about the whole milk and meat situation in 1 Corinthians 3:2 (King James Version (KJV)): I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.
1-4 Doom to the pretentious drunks of Ephraim,
shabby and washed out and seedy—
Tipsy, sloppy-fat, beer-bellied parodies
of a proud and handsome past.
Watch closely: God has someone picked out,
someone tough and strong to flatten them.
Like a hailstorm, like a hurricane, like a flash flood,
one-handed he’ll throw them to the ground.
Samaria, the party hat on Israel’s head,
will be knocked off with one blow.
It will disappear quicker than
a piece of meat tossed to a dog.
5-6 At that time, God-of-the-Angel-Armies will be
the beautiful crown on the head of what’s left of his people:
Energy and insights of justice to those who guide and decide,
strength and prowess to those who guard and protect.
7-8 These also, the priest and prophet, stagger from drink,
weaving, falling-down drunks,
Besotted with wine and whiskey,
can’t see straight, can’t talk sense.
Every table is covered with vomit.
They live in vomit.
I mean. Your are thr spiritual head with the ear of God and this is what you do? Sounds…nvm.
9-10 “Is that so? And who do you think you are to teach us?
Who are you to lord it over us?
We’re not babies in diapers
to be talked down to by such as you—
‘Da, da, da, da,
blah, blah, blah, blah.
That’s a good little girl,
that’s a good little boy.’”
11-12 But that’s exactly how you will be addressed.
God will speak to this people
In baby talk, one syllable at a time—
and he’ll do it through foreign oppressors.
He said before, “This is the time and place to rest,
to give rest to the weary.
This is the place to lay down your burden.”
But they won’t listen.
13 So God will start over with the simple basics
and address them in baby talk, one syllable at a time—
“Da, da, da, da,
blah, blah, blah, blah.
That’s a good little girl,
that’s a good little boy.”
And like toddlers, they will get up and fall down,
get bruised and confused and lost.
Sometimes you just have to go back and start over.
14-15 Now listen to God’s Message, you scoffers,
you who rule this people in Jerusalem.
You say, “We’ve taken out good life insurance.
We’ve hedged all our bets, covered all our bases.
No disaster can touch us. We’ve thought of everything.
We’re advised by the experts. We’re set.”
The Meaning of the Stone
16-17 But the Master, God, has something to say to this:
“Watch closely. I’m laying a foundation in Zion,
a solid granite foundation, squared and true.
And this is the meaning of the stone:
a trusting life won’t topple.
I’ll make justice the measuring stick
and righteousness the plumb line for the building.
A hailstorm will knock down the shantytown of lies,
and a flash flood will wash out the rubble.
Jesus? Is that you?
18-22 “Then you’ll see that your precious life insurance policy
wasn’t worth the paper it was written on.
Your careful precautions against death
were a pack of illusions and lies.
When the disaster happens,
you’ll be crushed by it.
Every time disaster comes, you’ll be in on it—
disaster in the morning, disaster at night.”
Every report of disaster
will send you cowering in terror.
There will be no place where you can rest,
nothing to hide under.
God will rise to full stature,
raging as he did long ago on Mount Perazim
And in the valley of Gibeon against the Philistines.
But this time it’s against you.
Hard to believe, but true.
Not what you’d expect, but it’s coming.
Sober up, friends, and don’t scoff.
Scoffing will just make it worse.
I’ve heard the orders issued for destruction, orders from
God-of-the-Angel-Armies—ending up in an international disaster.
23-26 Listen to me now.
Give me your closest attention.
Do farmers plow and plow and do nothing but plow?
Or harrow and harrow and do nothing but harrow?
After they’ve prepared the ground, don’t they plant?
Don’t they scatter dill and spread cumin,
Plant wheat and barley in the fields
and raspberries along the borders?
They know exactly what to do and when to do it.
Their God is their teacher.
27-29 And at the harvest, the delicate herbs and spices,
the dill and cumin, are treated delicately.
On the other hand, wheat is threshed and milled, but still not endlessly.
The farmer knows how to treat each kind of grain.
He’s learned it all from God-of-the-Angel-Armies,
who knows everything about when and how and where.
Listen. This proves a point I’ve made. God treats each of us how we should be treated. We can’t handle being related to the same exact way. He knew us and how we are. Same should go for relationships and parenting. But the people…nvm again.
When I was a teenager, my grandfather’s wife was our Bible Class for a while. She told us if we could do several things we would be gifted with a Thompson Chain Reference Bible. All I can remember is saying all of the books of the Bible forward and backward and the structure of the Books of the Bible. Here’s how the Bible is structured.
- The Law
- 1 Samuel
- 2 Samuel
- 1 Kings
- 2 Kings
- 1 Chronicles
- 2 Chronicles
- Song of Solomon
- Major Prophets
- Minor Prophets
- Paul’s Letters
- 1 Corinthians
- 2 Corinthians
- 1 Thessalonians
- 2 Thessalonians
- 1 Timothy
- 2 Timothy
- General Letters
- 1 Peter
- 2 Peter
- 1 John
- 2 John
- 3 John
Pastor Tony Evans created a list of all the names of God and their pronunciations that can be found here. He also included the scripture for each one. I am going to put every English translation from biblegateway.com. I don’t know what all of the abbreviations stand for. You can click the hyperlink abbreviation to be directed to biblegateway.com and discover which version is which if you are unsure. 😉 My thoughts are italicized.
MEANING: The God of My Mercy
Verse: Psalm 59:10
KJ21 The God of my mercy shall go before me; God shall let me see my desire upon mine enemies.
Shall. Go. Before. Me. Man. Also. Prepares a table before me in the presence of mine enemies Psalm 23:5 KJV
ASV My God with his lovingkindness will meet me: God will let me see my desire upon mine enemies.
Lovingkindness instead of mercy. Sheesh.
AMP My God in His [steadfast] lovingkindness will meet me; God will let me look triumphantly on my enemies [who lie in wait for me].
STEADFAST!!!! I’m weak. These are hit-ting tuhday!!!
AMPC My God in His mercy and steadfast love will meet me; God will let me look [triumphantly] on my enemies (those who lie in wait for me).
Now we got both mercy and steadfast love. Gaaaaaaaaah!
BRG The God of my mercy shall prevent me: God shall let me see my desire upon mine enemies.
Prevent me. Keep me from some stuff. Usually mercy is looked at as something God gives when we don’t do right. But here. His mercy prevents, keeps you from stuff. My goodness.
CSB My faithful God will come to meet me; God will let me look down on my adversaries.
Faithful God. When we were dead in sins and trespasses (Ephesians 2:1 King James Version (KJV)) He was STILL there. Because he is FAITHFUL!!!
CEB My loving God will come to meet me. God will allow me to look down on my enemies.
I’m about to not have words. Loving God will come to meet me. Smh. For real.
CJB My Strength, I will watch for you, for God is my fortress.
I am fairly confident I didn’t pay attention when formatting this before reading it. I was singing William Murphy’s You Are My Strength. How much He cares for us…gosh. Watching denotes expecting. Expecting the strength of God.
CEV You love me and will let me see my enemies defeated.
DARBY God, whose loving-kindness will come to meet me,—God shall let me see [my desire] upon mine enemies.
DRA Moab is the pot of my hope. Into Edom will I stretch out my shoe: to me the foreigners are made subject.
ERV God loves me, and he will help me win. He will help me defeat my enemies.
Will help me win. We are victorious because of the love of God.
EHV My merciful God will go ahead of me. God will make me look down on those who slander me.
Pastor Michael Todd is preaching a sermon series called Anchored. In one of the sermons he said God was already here when he was called and started pastoring six years ago. It was so profound to me. God was already here before we got here. He went ahead.
ESV My God in his steadfast love will meet me; God will let me look in triumph on my enemies.
ESVUK My God in his steadfast love will meet me; God will let me look in triumph on my enemies.
EXB My God ·loves [is loyal to] me, and he goes in front of me. He will help me ·defeat [L look on] my enemies.
GNV My merciful God will prevent me: God will let me see my desire upon mine enemies.
GW God will come to meet me. He will let me gloat over those who spy on me.
Uh gloat is an interesting word choice cuz people usually say we shouldn’t gloat…
GNT My God loves me and will come to me; he will let me see my enemies defeated.
HCSB My faithful God will come to meet me; God will let me look down on my adversaries.
ICB My God loves me, and he will be with me. He will help me defeat my enemies.
He will be with me! Reminds me of Richard Smallwood with Vision’s song Trust Me.
ISV My God of Gracious Love will meet me; God will enable me to see what happens to my enemies.
God of gracious love. God of gracious love. Gracious love.
JUB The God of my mercy shall meet me on the way; God shall let me see my desire upon my enemies.
Meet me on the way. As I am going, as I am going through. Whatever is going on. God will meet me.
KJV The God of my mercy shall prevent me: God shall let me see my desire upon mine enemies.
AKJV The God of my mercy shall prevent me: God shall let me see my desire upon mine enemies.
LEB My God of loyal love will meet me; God will cause me to look in triumph on my enemies.
TLB My God is changeless in his love for me, and he will come and help me. He will let me see my wish come true upon my enemies.
Changeless in His love. NO matter what His love does not change. My God!!!
MSG But you, God, break out laughing; you treat the godless nations like jokes. Strong God, I’m watching you do it, I can always count on you. God in dependable love shows up on time, shows me my enemies in ruin.
Tried and true steady MSG version with the great words.
MEV The God of lovingkindness will go before me; God will cause me to look in triumph on my enemies.
NOG Elohim will come to meet me. He will let me gloat over those who spy on me.
NABRE My strength, for you I watch; you, God, are my fortress,
NASB My God in His faithfulness will meet me; God will let me look triumphantly upon my enemies.
NASB1995 My God in His lovingkindness will meet me; God will let me look triumphantly upon my foes.
NCV My God loves me, and he goes in front of me. He will help me defeat my enemies.
In front of me.
NET The God who loves me will help me; God will enable me to triumph over my enemies.
I will lift up mine eyes to the hills from whence cometh my help…Psalm 121:1 KJV
NIRV You are my God, and I can depend on you. God will march out in front of me. He will let me look down on those who tell lies about me.
Depend. Rely. Ha. I didn’t see the rely below until after I typed this.
NIV my God on whom I can rely. God will go before me and will let me gloat over those who slander me.
He will never leave or forsake us. When others walk away… When others fail you… When others fail you…
NIVUK my God on whom I can rely. God will go before me and will let me gloat over those who slander me.
NKJV My God of mercy shall come to meet me; God shall let me see my desire on my enemies.
NLV My God in His loving-kindness will meet me. God will let me look at those who come against me and know that I will win the fight.
NLT In his unfailing love, my God will stand with me. He will let me look down in triumph on all my enemies.
Unfailing. God cannot fail. This is a song I learned years ago at church camp. God won’t fail. He won’t fail to hear me according to 1 John 5:14-15. He won’t fail to keep me according to Psalm 20:6. He won’t fail to save me according to Jude 24-25. I know where I’ll spend eternity because God won’t fail. Heaven and earth may pass away. But, God’s word will never fail Matthew 24:35.
NRSV My God in his steadfast love will meet me; my God will let me look in triumph on my enemies.
NRSVA My God in his steadfast love will meet me; my God will let me look in triumph on my enemies.
NRSVACE My God in his steadfast love will meet me; my God will let me look in triumph on my enemies.
NRSVCE My God in his steadfast love will meet me; my God will let me look in triumph on my enemies.
OJB The G-d of my chesed shall come to meet me; Elohim shall let me see [the end] of my shorer (watchers, [i.e., slandering foes insidiously fixated on me and lying in wait]).
Let me see the end of my watchers.
TPT The God of passionate love will meet with me. My God will empower me to rise in triumph over my foes.
Passionate love. Makes me think of New Breed’s Oh, How He Loves Us lyrics: He is jealous for me. Loves like a hurricane…
RSV My God in his steadfast love will meet me; my God will let me look in triumph on my enemies.
RSVCE My God in his steadfast love will meet me; my God will let me look in triumph on my enemies.
TLV O my strength, I watch for You— for God is my strong tower.
VOICE My God is one step ahead of me with His mercy; He will show me the victory I desire over my enemies.
One step ahead. Right. THERE.
WEB My God will go before me with his loving kindness. God will let me look at my enemies in triumph.
WYC my God, his mercy shall come before me. God showed to me (my desire) on mine enemies, (my God, his love shall come to me. God shall show me my heart’s desire for all my enemies.)
YLT God doth go before me, He causeth me to look on mine enemies.
Doth go. this English :).
All of this is summed up by this rather nicely: Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord (Romans 12:19 KJV)
My words will be italicized wherever they appear. Should the Bible be italicized near my words, I’ll do something to differentiate them.
My Strength and Song
1 And you will say in that day,
“I thank you, God.
You were angry
but your anger wasn’t forever.
You withdrew your anger
and moved in and comforted me.
God, who is rich in mercy…Ephesians 2:4 King James Version (KJV)
2 “Yes, indeed—God is my salvation.
I trust, I won’t be afraid.
God—yes God!—is my strength and song,
best of all, my salvation!”
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1 KJV
3-4 Joyfully you’ll pull up buckets of water
from the wells of salvation.
And as you do it, you’ll say,
“Give thanks to God.
Call out his name.
Ask him anything!
Shout to the nations, tell them what he’s done,
spread the news of his great reputation!
5-6 “Sing praise-songs to God. He’s done it all!
Let the whole earth know what he’s done!
Raise the roof! Sing your hearts out, O Zion!
The Greatest lives among you: The Holy of Israel.”
Bahahaha. Raise the roof. I cannot. I am unable. Anywho. I will sing unto the Lord, because he hath dealt bountifully with me. Psalm 13:6 KJV. My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise. Psalm 57:7 KJV
Babylon Is Doomed!
1 The Message on Babylon. Isaiah son of Amoz saw it:
2-3 “Run up a flag on an open hill.
Yell loud. Get their attention.
Wave them into formation.
Direct them to the nerve center of power.
I’ve taken charge of my special forces,
called up my crack troops.
They’re bursting with pride and passion
to carry out my angry judgment.”
4-5 Thunder rolls off the mountains
like a mob huge and noisy—
Thunder of kingdoms in an uproar,
nations assembling for war.
God-of-the-Angel-Armies is calling
his army into battle formation.
They come from far-off countries,
they pour in across the horizon.
It’s God on the move with the weapons of his wrath,
ready to destroy the whole country.
6-8 Wail! God’s Day of Judgment is near—
an avalanche crashing down from the Strong God!
Everyone paralyzed in the panic,
hysterical and unstrung,
Doubled up in pain
like a woman giving birth to a baby.
Horrified—everyone they see
is like a face out of a nightmare.
Thanks Adam and Eve. She ate the fruit first. He didn’t have to too. Thanks to them both.
9-16 “Watch now. God’s Judgment Day comes.
Cruel it is, a day of wrath and anger,
A day to waste the earth
and clean out all the sinners.
The stars in the sky, the great parade of constellations,
will be nothing but black holes.
The sun will come up as a black disk,
and the moon a blank nothing.
I’ll put a full stop to the evil on earth,
terminate the dark acts of the wicked.
I’ll gag all braggarts and boasters—not a peep anymore from them—
and trip strutting tyrants, leave them flat on their faces.
Proud humanity will disappear from the earth.
I’ll make mortals rarer than hens’ teeth.
And yes, I’ll even make the sky shake,
and the earth quake to its roots
Under the wrath of God-of-the-Angel-Armies,
the Judgment Day of his raging anger.
Like a hunted white-tailed deer,
like lost sheep with no shepherd,
People will huddle with a few of their own kind,
run off to some makeshift shelter.
But tough luck to stragglers—they’ll be killed on the spot,
throats cut, bellies ripped open,
Babies smashed on the rocks
while mothers and fathers watch,
Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaybaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay. I cannot. When God is over us He is over us and does not play!
17-22 “And now watch this:
Against Babylon, I’m inciting the Medes,
A ruthless bunch indifferent to bribes,
the kind of brutality that no one can blunt.
They massacre the young,
wantonly kick and kill even babies.
And Babylon, most glorious of all kingdoms,
the pride and joy of Chaldeans,
Will end up smoking and stinking like Sodom,
and, yes, like Gomorrah, when God had finished with them.
No one will live there anymore,
generation after generation a ghost town.
Not even Bedouins will pitch tents there.
Shepherds will give it a wide berth.
But strange and wild animals will like it just fine,
filling the vacant houses with eerie night sounds.
Skunks will make it their home,
and unspeakable night hags will haunt it.
Hyenas will curdle your blood with their laughing,
and the howling of coyotes will give you the shivers.
“Babylon is doomed.
It won’t be long now.”
Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Romans 12:19 KJV. I heard someone say something along the lines of “God can get them better than I can”. Facts.
Now You Are Nothing
1-2 But not so with Jacob. God will have compassion on Jacob. Once again he’ll choose Israel. He’ll establish them in their own country. Outsiders will be attracted and throw their lot in with Jacob. The nations among whom they lived will actually escort them back home, and then Israel will pay them back by making slaves of them, men and women alike, possessing them as slaves in God’s country, capturing those who had captured them, ruling over those who had abused them.
Psalm 110:1 KJV The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. Psalm 23:5 KJV Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies…
3-4 When God has given you time to recover from the abuse and trouble and harsh servitude that you had to endure, you can amuse yourselves by taking up this satire, a taunt against the king of Babylon:
Um say what now? Pettiness you say? Tuh.
4-6 Can you believe it? The tyrant is gone!
The tyranny is over!
God has broken the rule of the wicked,
the power of the bully-rulers
That crushed many people.
A relentless rain of cruel outrage
Established a violent rule of anger
rife with torture and persecution.
7-10 And now it’s over, the whole earth quietly at rest.
Burst into song! Make the rafters ring!
Ponderosa pine trees are happy,
giant Lebanon cedars are relieved, saying,
“Since you’ve been cut down,
there’s no one around to cut us down.”
And the underworld dead are all excited,
preparing to welcome you when you come.
Getting ready to greet you are the ghostly dead,
all the famous names of earth.
All the buried kings of the nations
will stand up on their thrones
With well-prepared speeches,
royal invitations to death:
“Now you are as nothing as we are!
Make yourselves at home with us dead folks!”
11 This is where your pomp and fine music led you, Babylon,
to your underworld private chambers,
A king-size mattress of maggots for repose
and a quilt of crawling worms for warmth.
12 What a comedown this, O Babylon!
Daystar! Son of Dawn!
Flat on your face in the underworld mud,
you, famous for flattening nations!
13-14 You said to yourself,
“I’ll climb to heaven.
I’ll set my throne
over the stars of God.
I’ll run the assembly of angels
that meets on sacred Mount Zaphon.
I’ll climb to the top of the clouds.
I’ll take over as King of the Universe!”
15-17 But you didn’t make it, did you?
Instead of climbing up, you came down—
Down with the underground dead,
down to the abyss of the Pit.
People will stare and muse:
“Can this be the one
Who terrorized earth and its kingdoms,
turned earth to a moonscape,
Wasted its cities,
shut up his prisoners to a living death?”
18-20 Other kings get a decent burial,
honored with eulogies and placed in a tomb.
But you’re dumped in a ditch unburied,
like a stray dog or cat,
Covered with rotting bodies,
murdered and indigent corpses.
Your dead body desecrated, mutilated—
no state funeral for you!
You’ve left your land in ruins,
left a legacy of massacre.
The progeny of your evil life
will never be named. Oblivion!
21 Get a place ready to slaughter the sons of the wicked
and wipe out their father’s line.
Unthinkable that they should own a square foot of land
or desecrate the face of the world with their cities!
22-23 “I will confront them”—Decree of God-of-the-Angel-Armies—“and strip Babylon of name and survivors, children and grandchildren.” God’s Decree. “I’ll make it a worthless swamp and give it as a prize to the hedgehog. And then I’ll bulldoze it out of existence.” Decree of God-of-the-Angel-Armies.
Who Could Ever Cancel Such Plans?
24-27 God-of-the-Angel-Armies speaks:
“Exactly as I planned,
it will happen.
Following my blueprints,
it will take shape.
I will shatter the Assyrian who trespasses my land
and stomp him into the dirt on my mountains.
I will ban his taking and making of slaves
and lift the weight of oppression from all shoulders.”
This is the plan,
planned for the whole earth,
And this is the hand that will do it,
reaching into every nation.
God-of-the-Angel-Armies has planned it.
Who could ever cancel such plans?
His is the hand that’s reached out.
Who could brush it aside?
28-31 In the year King Ahaz died, this Message came:
Hold it, Philistines! It’s too soon to celebrate
the defeat of your cruel oppressor.
From the death throes of that snake a worse snake will come,
and from that, one even worse.
The poor won’t have to worry.
The needy will escape the terror.
But you Philistines will be plunged into famine,
and those who don’t starve, God will kill.
Wail and howl, proud city!
Fall prostrate in fear, Philistia!
On the northern horizon, smoke from burned cities,
the wake of a brutal, disciplined destroyer.
32 What does one say to
outsiders who ask questions?
Tell them, “God has established Zion.
Those in need and in trouble find refuge in her.”
Life isn’t all sunshine and roses despite the beautiful locale and awesome revelation.
I have two specific situations that I am not a fan of. I really wanna give the assignments back to God.
I told Him as much. My relationship with God is truly like some I have with his humans.
I tell him everything. Especially when what’s going on, and at times Him specifically, if I’m honest, is getting on my nerves.
People say He can’t heal what we don’t reveal. I give Him all of it. He already knows. But, He wants me to tell Him and give it to Him.
I’ve run away from one of the situations before. Honestly, if I try and it doesn’t get better, I chuck the deuces. I tried to run away from the other situation after basically being left holding the bag alone.
However, for reasons known and unknown, there’s more for me and those involved in these situations.
The disciples found themselves in at least two storms with Jesus.
He was asleep during one storm (Mark 4:38-40). Jesus questioned their fear because he was on the boat.
In the other storm, the disciples didn’t recognize him at first (Matthew 14:25-32). Then Peter, ever the brave, outspoken, slightly reckless disciple, was the only one willing to engage in the miracle and get out of the boat.
But, he got distracted by the storm. Jesus chastised his doubt. The wind and waves calmed as soon as they got on the boat.
The thing to note is that Jesus was there. He allowed them to experience the wind and waves. Then, he showed them that as long as he is present he has the power to help them through.
He quieted the wind and waves after he awoke from his sleep. He saved Peter after he called to Jesus while he was sinking.
My situations are slightly overwhelming to my feelings, emotions, and carefully cultivated peace.
I’m not a fan of the disruption, wind, and waves they are bringing currently and forecasted for the future. I know the forecast because I know what I have to do. Again, not a fan.
I’m in the boat with Paul-I’d love for Him to remove the thorn. But, now as then, His grace is sufficient (2 Corinthians 12:9-10). I would love for this cup to pass like Jesus requested before his death (Matthew 26:39). But, my refrain is the same. His will not mine. Ugh.
I know one thing for sure and two things for certain. He is with me. I will make it through. And He will get the glory.
After all, wind and waves are mechanisms to propel boats forward to their destinations. There is just some wind and some waves that are more preferable than others. I would definitely prefer some different ones.
Alas, all things work together for good (Romans 8:28). He has plans to prosper me (Jeremiah 29:11). I can do all things because he strengthens me (Philippians 4:13). I won’t drown (Isaiah 43:2).
*edit* it is JUST like God ro allow a storm today…
The title of this has been sitting in my drafts since 12-19-20. I honestly forgot that it was there until I went to my drafts to finish two other posts.
I have slept a lot since then. I have no earthly idea the context of the thought.
It applies to sooooooooo many things in my life.
The one thing that it applies to the most is slightly apropos. Wisdom. Apropos because that’s basically all Proverbs is and “we “are going through it “together”.
When I was younger, some person in some church something told us to ask for wisdom. I’m a pew baby a.k.a. I’ve been in church since I was conceived. Lol.
I have always, as far as I can remember, loved all things church and God. I took in and soaked up so much of what was said. Both to my detriment and benefit.
So, I asked God for wisdom. What I didn’t know and was not told was kinda vital. Hopefully, the person didn’t hide the ball on purpose. Hopefully, my telling you what I wasn’t doesn’t dissuade you from asking for it anyway.
Experience. That’s what was was left out. In order to obtain wisdom, I had to experience some stuff. Boy. At some point since, I think I said that I wouldn’t have asked had I known. The experiences have been difficult and painful. I wouldn’t change a thing though.
While it was hard to get the wisdom, it grew my relationship with Jesus. He was always there. Just like the footprints poem. Nothing in this world is better or matters more than a relationship with Jesus.
I got what I asked for. But it cost, costs me something. I know where I’m going though. The price was worth it. The price is worth it.
Paul said it best: for I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us (Romans 8:18 KJV).
Sometimes knowing the Bible is a benefit and a detriment. Sometimes having a relationship and knowing Jesus intimately is a benefit and a detriment. Because I know him and his word I believe and expect certain things. But because I know him and his word I know that what I believe and expect won’t always happen how, when, or where I want if at all. I rejoice in the promises but the hard parts give me pause. Part of it is my flesh and spirit warring. Part if it is his desire to prune and correct. Part of it is his desire to draw me closer, at my request and desire I might add. It’s difficult to know his word and know that you have to be still and wait when you have asked and expect to receive. So I have to just try to pick one scripture. And I think the best one, one of my favorites, is Romans 8:28. AND WE KNOW THAT ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR GOOD TO THEM THAT LOVE GOD, TO THEM WHO ARE CALLED ACCORDING TO HIS PURPOSE