Humbly Loyal To God

Today is Monday, November 14, 2016. Ten days until Thanksgiving.

Quote of the Day

“Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” – Mother Teresa

Word of the Day

Anathema – a person or thing detested or loathed, example, “That subject is anathema to him.”

Today is Spicy Guacamole Day. Perhaps I’ll figure out a way to get some Guacamole today.

It was a pretty amazing weekend. We got in some good rest and relaxation while at the cabin in Glen Rose, but we unexpectedly wound up buying a new pre-owned car on Friday. It all started right after breakfast, when we decided to go to Granbury to see what kind of crossover vehicles might be available. We drove a pre-owned Lexus RX400h a few years back, and then traded to a Hyundai Sonata. After driving the van in Galveston, we missed the larger vehicle, so started thinking about another crossover. So, in the dealerships in Granbury, we drove a Toyota Highlander. It felt good inside, and handled well, but the front end looks like a pickup. The RAV 4 was too small-feeling. Then we drove a Jeep Cherokee, which was very noisy, and a Hyundai Santa Fe, which had other issues, and just didn’t feel right. At one dealership, we started looking at the Buick Enclave, but decided to check out their used vehicles. In their pre-owned lot, they had a 2011 Lexus RX350. It was older than we were looking for, and had almost 80K miles, which was way more than we wanted. But we test drove it, anyway. There wasn’t much point in driving anything else after that. C started looking on her phone for pre-owned RX350s, and found a couple at Park Place Lexus in Grapevine (or so she thought). We decided, what the heck, let’s go ahead and drive to Grapevine. By this time, it was around 2:00 PM, and we could get there shortly after 3:00PM.

When we arrived in Grapevine, after a brief encounter with a salesperson, we discovered that the two vehicles that she had found, that looked promising, were actually at Park Place Lexus in Plano! We started to look at what they had there in Grapevine, but then decided, what the heck, let’s go ahead and drive to Plano. We finally arrived at Park Place in Plano, where we looked at a 2014 RX350 with around 35K miles. It was claret colored, which is a little too dark, as it turns out, almost appearing brown in certain light. It also didn’t have all the features that were listed in the ad for it. We then looked at one that was in Matador Red, a 2012, with the same mileage, and fully loaded. It’s now sitting in our driveway.
lexus-rx350

We got back to Glen Rose at about 9:00PM, ran through the Chicken Express drive-thru for some dinner and headed back to the cabins. Saturday was spent chilling on the front deck, and wandering around town a bit, and, of course, having pie. It was a fun weekend, with quite an adventure on Friday.

In the sadness department, as 2016 continues to steal from us, over the weekend, we lost Leonard Cohen, Robert Vaughn, and Leon Russell.

It’s back to work, this morning, with a busy weekend ahead. There may or may not be a church group gathering on Thursday evening, we are going to see Alan Parsons Project Friday night in Dallas, we have more pool repair going on Saturday morning, the Southlake Christmas tree lighting is Saturday evening (the band plays for that), and then our church’s Thanksgiving meal is Sunday evening. I’m already tired just thinking about all that. Fortunately, the following week is a three-day work week for us.

Oh, and C decided she wanted to get a new cat on the way home, yesterday. More details on that, later. We don’t have a picture, yet.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL

Love the LORD, all you his saints! The LORD preserves the faithful but abundantly repays the one who acts in pride.
Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the LORD!
Psalm 31:23-24
Be a rock of refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me!
For you are my rock and my fortress; and for your name’s sake you lead me and guide me.
Psalm 31:2-3
Oh, how abundant is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you and worked for those who take refuge in you, in the sight of the children of mankind! Psalm 31:19

(From Praying With the Psalms)

The LORD swore to David a sure oath from which he will not turn back: “One of the sons of your body I will set on your throne.
If your sons keep my covenant and my testimonies that I shall teach them, their sons also forever shall sit on your throne.”
For the LORD has chosen Zion; he has desired it for his dwelling place:
“This is my resting place forever; here I will dwell, for I have desired it.
I will abundantly bless her provisions; I will satisfy her poor with bread.
Her priests I will clothe with salvation, and her saints will shout for joy.
There I will make a horn to sprout for David; I have prepared a lamp for my anointed.
His enemies I will clothe with shame, but on him his crown will shine.”

As we worship God, we begin by offering petitions and making promises to him. But then we discover that anything that we can offer or “do” for God pales in comparison before his word and the promises that he has made to us. As it turns out, it is he who has great things to do for us, “not we for him.”

“All your promises, God, reverberate through my soul–your blessing, your satisfactions, your salvation, your joy, your glory. I praise you for what you bring to me in Jesus Christ and worship in triumph. Amen.”

(From My Utmost For His Highest)

Blessed be the LORD, the God of my master Abraham, who has not forsaken his steadfast love and his faithfulness toward my master. As for me, the LORD has led me in the way to the house of my master’s kinsmen.” Genesis 24:27

Is it possible to be so in tune with God that we do not need to continuously ask him for direction? Oswald Chambers insists that it is. Consider the natural life of a child with his parents. At a certain point, he no longer has to ask the parents for direction in minor things. Certainly, there will be exceptional circumstances, “but it requires the culture of spiritual discipline to see God in every detail.”

We also need to be careful that we are not devoted to principles or causes rather than being devoted to God. During this past election season, I saw a lot of “Christians” who were more devoted to principles and causes than the were to God, being made evident by their posts in social media. This is tragic. “The one consistency of the saint is not to a principle, but to the Divine life.” Chambers says that it is much easier to be a “fanatic than a faithful soul.” Let us be humbly loyal to our God.

Father, teach me to be loyal to you and not to any principle or cause that men come up with. While there are certainly admirable teachings in your Word that I need to follow, it is you who are my guide and you who are my teacher. Let the words of Jesus Christ be my guide in this life, and help me to be so familiar with them that I need not ask you for direction.

Even so, 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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