What Is God Doing?

Today is Monday, September 12, 2016. 32 days until Galveston!

Quote of the Day

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.” – Helen Keller

Word of the Day

Eutaxy – good order or management.

Today is Chocolate Milk Shake Day. I wonder if it’s okay if I have a malt instead.

Yesterday was a pretty good day. I felt good during the music portion of our worship gathering, and felt like we all played and sang well together.

We ordered pizza for lunch and just chilled and watched TV most of the afternoon. C went down for a nap, and I played games for a while. That’s about it. It was a very relaxing day.

Today being Monday, I have band practice tonight, and we have a concert this coming Saturday, at the Southlake Town Square. It will be at 7:30 PM.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL

(From Praying With the Psalms)

Praise the LORD! I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation.
Great are the works of the LORD, studied by all who delight in them.
Full of splendor and majesty is his work, and his righteousness endures forever.
He has caused his wondrous works to be remembered; the LORD is gracious and merciful.
He provides food for those who fear him; he remembers his covenant forever.
He has shown his people the power of his works, in giving them the inheritance of the nations.
The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy;
they are established forever and ever, to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness.
He sent redemption to his people; he has commanded his covenant forever. Holy and awesome is his name!
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever!
Psalm 111

Is praise “the natural exuberance of the contented person?” Or is it, rather, “the thoughtful response of the redeemed?” Praise does not spring up from good feelings. It comes from the marvelous acts of God within us. “We praise God, not when we feel good, but when we realize that God is good.”

“I will remember and observe your goodness through the hours of this day, O God, keeping in mind what you have done faithfully through centuries of redemption, and staying alert to what you presently are doing in the lives of companions in faith. And I will use all I remember and observe to lift praises to you. Amen.”

(From My Utmost For His Highest)

Jesus answered, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am to drink?” They said to him, “We are able.” Matthew 20:22

We face times of spiritual confusion in our lives. We can’t fix them by proclaiming that we shouldn’t be confused. “God is not the author of confusion,” we will loudly quote. While that is true, there will be times when God takes us in a way that we don’t quite understand, “and it is only by going through the confusion that you will get at what God wants.”

God may, at times, even appear calloused, as the friend described by Jesus in Luke 11:5-8. We might even think him to be unkind, but he is not. “When God looks completely shrouded, will you hang on in confidence in Him?” If God appears to be in the shadows, we must believe that he will, ultimately, reveal what he is doing.

Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth? Luke 18:8 “Will He find the faith which banks on Him in spite of the confusion? Stand off in faith believing that what Jesus said is true, though in the meantime you do not understand what God is doing.”

Father, I feel this confusion, at times, wondering what you are doing in me and with me. Help me to trust that you know what you are doing and all I need to do is trust. Abraham had no clue where he was going when he set off on his epic journey. He simply followed you. By your Spirit, help me to do the same. I won’t be an Abraham. I don’t expect that. But help me to follow whatever you are doing with me, trusting that the outcome will work in your favor and glorify you. Give me the faith to lay down my life for you.

Come, Lord Jesus!

“In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.” . . . Therefore the LORD waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the LORD is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him. (Isaiah 30:15, 18)

Grace and peace, friends.

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