Throughout history, men have looked to various skills and methods–in an attempt to undervalue or undermine God. From the time of the flood, sin and its self-sufficiency have driven men to build towers, fashion tools, copy beauty and otherwise make the sacred normal. Still, despite men’s efforts, God has continued to remind us that He is still the one in charge.
Each morning, as the sun rises, we are reminded that His beauty is supreme. Sunshine, flowers, the song of birds, the smells of trees or the air after rain–act as billboards reminding us that God is here and in control. Men have made great gains to reproduce the effects of God’s nature; but, none have been able to reproduce the majesty, the resilience nor the absolute order of life and its symmetry.
If we would simply trust God’s plan, enjoy his leadership and embrace the amazing freedom that comes from submitting to his lordship; then, each day would come as a reminder–that he loves us unconditionally. He created the world for our enjoyment. He wants us to remember that the same God that places billions of sun size stars in the sky–pays equal attention to the detail in our lives. This Thanksgiving, I am truly thankful that God is here, He loves me, and He has given me the best from his creative hand!
God Bless You
The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
2 Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
3 They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
4 Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.
In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun.
5 It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
like a champion rejoicing to run his course.
6 It rises at one end of the heavens
and makes its circuit to the other;
nothing is deprived of its warmth.
One simply does not mess with the “Apple of Daddy’s Eye”! That is what the enemy and the world seemed to have forgotten in David’s day, and still forgets this day! David was God’s beloved King. Saul had been Israel’s first King–but God used the people’s criteria–“We want a King like everyone else!” Saul was a king like every other. Selfish, Godless and corrupt.
Conversely, David was a man after God’s own heart–He was truly the apple of God’s eye. From Goliath forward, David wanted nothing more than to please God, and be his man for Israel. Because of that, God protected, prepared and provided for him–until David was the king of a mighty and united Israel. He was chased by the finest of every adversary; including Saul and Absalom–his own son. Still, He was a beloved, prosperous king to the end of his days.
God calls us to trust and follow him. As we do, like David, we become the apple of God’s eye. He will do for us exactly what he did for the mighty King of Israel–protect, prepare and provide for us. So, as we go into the week of Thanksgiving, we need to determine whether we want to be the King like everyone else (Saul) or the Apple of our Heavenly Father’s eye (David). Just call me “Honey Crisp!!!”
God Bless You
I call on you, my God, for you will answer me;
turn your ear to me and hear my prayer.
7 Show me the wonders of your great love,
you who save by your right hand
those who take refuge in you from their foes.
8 Keep me as the apple of your eye;
hide me in the shadow of your wings
9 from the wicked who are out to destroy me,
from my mortal enemies who surround me.
10 They close up their callous hearts,
and their mouths speak with arrogance.
11 They have tracked me down, they now surround me,
with eyes alert, to throw me to the ground.
12 They are like a lion hungry for prey,
like a fierce lion crouching in cover.
13 Rise up, Lord, confront them, bring them down;
with your sword rescue me from the wicked.
14 By your hand save me from such people, Lord,