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Dec

14

When God Hedges Us In

By pastorbillwalden

God is good, all the time. Part of His goodness is His willingness to disrupt our plans to sin, block the paths of our efforts towards unholiness, and cause us to have a wake up call and to realize that we are foolish to turn to anyone but Him.

God spoke through Hosea and said about His people:

Hosea 2:6, 7 “ Therefore, behold, I will hedge up your wayThorns with thorns, And wall her in, So that she cannot find her paths. 7 She will chase her lovers, But not overtake them; Yes, she will seek them, but not find them. Then she will say, ‘ I will go and return to my first husband, For then it was better for me than now.’

Pastor David Guzik comments…

I will hedge up your way with thorns: To bring Israel to repentance, God promised to set a hedge of thorns on the sides of her path, so that it would hurt whenever Israel went off the correct path, and so the wrong paths would be hard to find.

When God hedges our way with thorns, we usually don’t like it.  We sometimes think God is against us when the thorns hurt and we can’t find the wrong paths.  But it is really one of the sweetest expressions of God’s love to hedge up your way with thorns and to wall us in.

I will go and return to my first husband: When God allows the passing pleasures of sin to pass, we often then see how good it was to follow the LORD.  In a marriage sometimes the grass can seem greener even with the best spouse; in our walk with the LORD our idols seem attractive until God exposes them. Then we are ready to return to our first husband, the LORD.

NOTE- Pastor David’s commentaries can be found at http://enduringword.com/

Jan

27

Most Is Not Enough

By pastorbillwalden

The heart of God is amazing.  He is far beyond us regarding His concern for people.  Every one counts.  God is concerned for every person on this Earth.  He cares for the ones that we overlook and that we might sadly consider “out of reach”.  He seeks those ones who would take “too much effort” to love and care for.  He is concerned for the “less thans” and the insignificant.  He seeks those who have estranged themselves from Him, either through negligence or by determined choice.

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