Emotions give the impression to just appear with a like-minded mood. Actions can be thought through. Moments contemplated. Alternatives evaluated. However, we cannot always control our thoughts; thoughts just happen. The objective of Scripture is to awaken within us new thoughts that shape the trajectory of our heart. In the pages of the Bible, a … Continue reading Thoughts
Fear. The shiver in your boots kind. An emotional tremble-in-awe with a palpitating heart seized with dread. Not a “Boo, I’ve got ya!” startled kind. Not a worshipful awe that shines light on a meditative rejoicing, but rather, a moon-ish one, cascading a sliver of light to reflect the reality of surrounding darkness. A fear … Continue reading Dread’s Love Letter
The graphite tips dulled, the ink wells penned dry, and the cartridges emptied with the discourses on King David’s affair with Bathsheba are no jot and tittle. Volumes mark the explanations, and reading between the lines, to sort out the “whose to blames.” The story is captivating, yet heart-rending as the enigma of a Shepherd … Continue reading A Prophet’s Parable
Aren’t we supposed to seek opportunities to share what the Lord is doing in our lives? Psalms 105:1 encourages us to, “Give thanks to Jehovah, call upon His name; make known among the peoplesHis doings.” Multiple times in Psalm 107, the Psalmist implores, “Oh that men would praise Jehovah for His lovingkindness, and for His … Continue reading When Not to Share God’s Blessings
The lion’s pounce pilfered. The bear’s charge bereaved. The giant’s mockery muted (1 Samuel 17:34-36). Though another king and a son’s hatred kindled the flight into the wilderness, and enemies exploited a nation’s weakness. Though it took many military successes to restore the kingdom, and such wars demanded the temple’s delay. The kingdom’s prosperity rose … Continue reading The Pursuit
With every chink of metal against the hard packed ground, with every puff of dust, sweat mingled with salted tears. Yes, even death of our fury friends hurt. We cry, we miss them. Their presence give comfort. Why? How? Knowledge of their life span does not lessen the moment when breath vanishes its repetitive motion … Continue reading Order of Things
God is a sun, to light our life, and a shield to protect. Whether life is challenged by the terrors of night or the brazen wrongs of the day, God will enable us to ra’ah (intellectually observe) His salvation. If faith and truth are figurative to a shield, then trust is the handle by which … Continue reading A Shield, Not a Crutch
Do you ever find yourself wistfully longing for life to be less stressful? Less complicated? Less demanding? Less exhausting? Are you hungry and thirsty for something more? Sometimes we can clearly define that ‘something more’ we yearn for; other times, that ‘something more’ is inexplicable, but its absence is felt. I imagine each Israelite that was a part of … Continue reading Where’s My Promised Land?
Angels adore holiness or sulk in the shadow of revolts ruin (Isaiah 14:12-14). Purity of worship is the angel’s salvation (Revelations 5:11). Impurity in worship their damnation (2 Peter 2:4; Jude 1:6). Created before the lapse of time; repentance, forgiveness, and love’s redemption remain the mystery of infinite wonder to their immortal mind. While mortality … Continue reading Astonishing Angels
Have you ever played the game where you analyze a photo and discern all the discrepancies and incongruities within the picture? Do you detect a seemingly glaring defect within the scenario that is depicted in Numbers 14:32-33 when the Lord proclaims the consequences to the unbelieving Israelites who refused to follow the Lord into the … Continue reading What’s Wrong With This Picture?