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Godsgrazingfield Devotions September 2014
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1.                           God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

 Today’s First Thoughts                                      September 1, 2014                 

Good Morning!
At last Job has his wish. He has been longing to meet with God and praying for God to reveal himself. The time has now come for God to hear his prayer and make his will known. This is far more important than man’s speculations.

JOB ASKS FOR AN AUDIENCE WITH GOD:
Job 31:35. “Oh that one would hear me! behold, my desire is, that the Almighty would answer me, and that mine adversary had written a book.”

 Job asks for an audience with God. “Oh that one would hear me! behold, my desire is, that the Almighty would answer me,” Job 31:35. This is not the first time Job had requested an audience with God. “I would give him an account of all my steps—like a prince I would approach Him” (verse 37). He comes in supreme confidence, like a prince to appeal his case before the highest court to ultimate justice which must be in God. If there is love in the heart of the Eternal God it is bound to speak.

 Job 38:1. “Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,..”
GOD ANSWERS JOB: And Speak He Does Out Of The Whirlwind It Speaks!
The time of his coming: God comes last: The three friends have had their say, reiterating till they weary us. Job has been free to vent his grief and his despair. Elihu, more enlightened, yet not quite attaining to the full light, has uttered his long harangue. All have said all they had to say, and throughout God has been silent.
God Has Been Hid Behind A Cloud:  Now it is his time to appear.

God will have the last word in every controversy, in every life’s story, in the great world’s history. “In the beginning God” “In the end, too, there is God. Christ is the Alpha and also the Omega.” We have but to wait in patience. The end is not yet; when it comes God reveals himself. The manner of his coming. “Out of the whirlwind.” When Elijah met God the Lord was not in the whirlwind. God uses various vehicles of revelation — the “still small voice” for Elijah, the whirlwind for Job. He is not tied down to any routine. He has no rigid ceremonies. He adapts his methods to circumstances and requirements.

The noisy debate of men is drowned in the whirlwind of God. God had heard what preceded, He had been listening to every conversation, every argument. He may not make his presence manifest, but yet he is a silent Auditor at all our conferences, debates, quarrels. He hears our trusty words. He perceives our foolish doubts. God’s treatment of us is not heedless of our action. He takes account of all we do and say, and his action is adjusted accordingly.

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Ezekiel   18  19

James & Mary Lee Thornton
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 2.                          God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                       September 2, 2014                 

Good Morning!
God answered Job in His longest dialogue recorded in the Bible. It fills four chapters with a series of question men have been struggling for thousands of years to answer.

GOD ANSWERED JOB IN WORDS:
Job 38:1. “Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,..”

God answered Job in words. The Lord spoke out of the whirlwind. God usually answers us on earth by deeds of providence, or by the voiceless pleading of his Spirit in our hearts. But he has given us words in the messages that prophets have brought to us that are recorded in the Bible. For us, however, God’s great answer to every question and every prayer is the Word made flesh, Jesus Christ. The gospel shows that God has not left us to work out our problems in the dark. It reveals God speaking to us, and his message in Christ is one to give light and peace.

Thus God answers man. He meets the doubt, takes up the difficulty, handles the complaint, deals with the prayer, and replies to the question. We may have to wait long for the answer. It may not come in this life. But as it came to Job, so at last, in God’s time, it will assuredly come to us, and when it has come no more need be said. It will certainly be full, sufficient, satisfying.

Why God Came Down: To meet Job’s desires. Repeatedly and earnestly had the patriarch expressed a wish, at first with uncertainty, or doubt, but afterwards with something like defiance, that God would admit him to an interview, that he might have an opportunity of stating his case and pleading his cause (Job 9:34, 35; 13:3, 22; 23:3; 31:37). When God Speaks not always do we hear what we want or expect to hear. In Chapter 38, 39, 40, 41, God broke the long silence with an awesome address concerning His power and majesty.

There is nothing in God’s response to answer all the questions which Job had asked. Nothing is explained or made clear—no reasons at all are given for his struggle. Nothing is said about the wager with Satan, nothing about God’s confidence in Job. There is no justification given for Job’s suffering, no acquittal, no public vindication. Someone has said that it is always exceedingly difficult to get a direct answer from God. The Jews rarely got one from Jesus.

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Ezekiel   20  21

James & Mary Lee Thornton
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3.                          God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                       September 3, 2014                 

Good Morning!
All of God’s words are designed to bring men to repentance.

GOD CHALLENGES JOB TO ANSWER HIM;
Job 38:3. “Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me.”

I will ask the questions, you give the answers. God, by His mighty works, convicts Job of ignorance: And even until today a score of sciences have struggled to provide answers to some of those questions. God’s wisdom and power are truly beyond man’s grasp and man cannot go beyond the bounds of his humanity—we are limited but God is not. God’s challenge to all, “Come sit on the throne of heaven and do a better job if you can—if you think it is so easy to govern the creation. Job 38:21 “Do you know the answers because the number of thy days is so great.”

Job 40:3. “Then Job answered the LORD, and said, 4. Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth. 5. Once have I spoken; but I will not answer: yea, twice; but I will proceed no further.” Job 42:5. “I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. 6. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.”

At last Job is brought near to the state of mind that God desires to see in him. Proud and defiant before the unwise and unjust attacks of his human accusers, he is humbled in the dust in the presence of the revelation of God. Job has seen a succession of vivid pictures of the works of God in nature. They all transcend human efforts. Then how great must the Author of nature be! How small are we in his awful presence! Pride is always a form of godlessness. We forget God when we exalt ourselves. Our self-exaltation is only possible while we shut ourselves up in a little world. When we see God we are humbled.

Silent humility is a preparation for exaltation: At the end of the book we discover that God exalts Job and loads him with favor and prosperity. But he must be humbled first. The later honor is only possible after Job has abased himself. So long as he justified himself and arraigned the justice of God, he could not be restored and exalted. Thus the book shows to us the way in which God disciplines his servants and prepares them to enjoy his goodness. Humility is the door to honor. This is a very Christian truth.

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Ezekiel   22  23

James & Mary Lee Thornton
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4.                          God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                      September 4, 2014                 

Good Morning!
After months of suffering, both bodily, mentally, and spiritually, there was a break-through by the Lord into the arguments between Job and his friends, then God turns his attention to Job’s three friends with a scathing reprimand.

THE LORD ACCEPTED JOB’S PRAYER:
Job 42:7. “And it was so, that after the LORD had spoken these words unto Job, the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against thee, and against thy two friends: for ye have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job hath. 8. Therefore take unto you now seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and my servant Job shall pray for you: for him will I accept: lest I deal with you after your folly, in that ye have not spoken of me the thing which is right, like my servant Job. 9. So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went, and did according as the LORD commanded them: the LORD also accepted Job.

Sacrifice for sin and intercessory prayer. The friends are directed to perform an act of worship (a sacrifice), the character of which appears to point back to early times (Genesis 7:2, 3; 8:20: Numbers 23:1). All outward sacrifices were the visible expression of inward feelings, of thankfulness and joy, of reverence, and especially, as here, of the desire of the penitent to renounce his sin and to be right with his God. Again, the passage brings to notice the privilege of intercession. “Pray for one another, that ye may be healed” As the intercession of Abraham for Abimelech is honored, so now Job is appointed a mediator and intercessor for those who have forfeited a measure of Divine grace,

The cessation of his trial. “And the Lord turned the captivity of Job;” that describes its joy, it was like the coming home from exile; “when he prayed for his friends;” that specifies its time, when Job was interceding with Heaven in behalf of others. A Final Note Concerning The Prayer Of Job For Eliphaz, Bildad And Zophar:
I feel that it was this prayer of Job for these men, who were introduced in the story as Job’s ‘friends’ that won for him the complete restoration of his fellowship with God. These ‘friends’ had cut Job to pieces, accusing and vilifying him in countless ways, and it would have been very hard for their friendship to have ever been the same unless this had took place. If Job had simply turned away from these former ‘friends’ and never spoke to them again he may have never gained the honor and glory of his later life.

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Ezekiel   24  25  26  27

James & Mary Lee Thornton
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5.                          God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                      September 5, 2014                 

Good Morning!
There are Counsels in heaven concerning man’s life on earth.

LESSONS FROM JOB:
Job 42:17. “So Job died, being old and full of days.”

Every man’s life is an object of interest in heaven. This is a sublime thought, and full of comfort for every man who trusts in the goodness of God. Every man’s life is a plan of God’s. Even of men who do not consciously know God or own his providence, this is true. Their career is controlled by a mysterious direction; their mistakes or misdeeds overruled for good. Of Cyrus, for example, it is said, “I have called thee by thy name: I have surnamed thee, though thou hast not known me” (Isaiah 45:4).

But in how peculiarly happy a sense is this true of every good man’s life! His way is often entangled, perplexed, darkened to himself; but never so to God. From the bright scene of heavenly light and meditation, where the map of every life is spread open to view, we are soon to plunge into gloom and sorrow by the side of the afflicted servant of God. But let us carry the memory of this glimpse of heaven through all the windings of the maze of grief which soon we are to tread in fancy, and may no day follow in actual experience.

Already let us take the lesson home — that the way of God’s children is not hidden, their cause not passed over, by the Most High. Their steps are ordered by him. In their blindness they will be led by paths they have not known. They may seem to themselves exiled from joy, banished from light and love; but he will yet make darkness light before them, and crooked ways straight, and will never forsake them.

Every Man’s Life Is The Object Of Opposing Influences: Of good and evil, pleasure and pain, happiness and misery, heaven and hell. Nowhere is this grand secret of the mechanism of our being more distinctly disclosed than in The Book Of Job. The presence of an evil influence, ever curious and busy about our life, is distinctly acknowledged; its origin left in mystery. We must recognize this dualism of influence on man’s life without attempting to solve it. After all that has been thought and said on the subject, we can only acknowledge that it is a fundamental condition of our earthly existence.

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Ezekiel   28  29  30  31

James & Mary Lee Thornton
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6.  7.                     God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                   September 6 & 7, 2014                 

Good Morning!
The curtain falls on this bright life-scene as if with the good wishes and prayers of all spectators. May the shadow of Job never grow less! May his path be as the shining light, increasing to the perfect day!

THE MYSTERY OF HUMAN SUFFERING:
Job 42:10. “And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.”

This remarkable book we close with the persuasion that whilst its separate statements are full of teaching, the whole idea is to be summed up in a few plain and obvious lessons; such as the following:
1. The good man may receive tokens of the divine blessing in the form of health, honor, and family joy.
2. The good man, though maintaining his integrity, may lose his possessions, his health, and his family joy through the testing and temptations of Satan.
3. That the honor of even a good man may be temporarily overshadowed by untoward circumstances.
4. That the loss of all things, and the endurance of sufferings by the faithful, are not always to be interpreted into tokens of the divine displeasure.
5. That it is possible for the good to maintain their integrity unimpaired amidst great loss, pain, and sorrow.
6. That Satan sometimes has a very real part in our lives.

Bildad’s speech to Job can be summed up: “You got what you deserved.” Bildad and Job’s two other friends Eliphaz and Zophar had concluded that Job’s suffering was certainly evidence of some sin in his life. So where did Job’s counselors go wrong? Their mistake was that they misapplied an abstract truth. Yes, in the end God rewards the righteous and punishes the wicked.

In this fallen world, sometimes the innocent suffer. But even through their suffering, God accomplishes His good will. In Job’s case, Satan’s false accusation was refuted and God’s sovereignty was proven. The suffering of the blind man made it possible for Jesus to demonstrate His healing power and to transform the man into a witness to Jesus’ deity (John 9:3; 30–33). Often our suffering or the suffering of others blinds us to the reality that the sovereign God is working His own good purposes through a fallen world.

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Ezekiel   
32  33  34
Ezekiel   35  36  37

James & Mary Lee Thornton
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5.                          God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                      September 8, 2014                 

Good Morning!
It is with much devout affection that David here prays, “Be merciful unto me, O Lord! Look with compassion upon me, and in thy love and pity, redeem me.”

LORD HAVE MERCY:
Psalm 57:1. Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.”

The 57th Psalm is about David’s life in a cave. Many of us can relate to this Psalm that David wrote while living in this cave. The bottom seems to have fallen out of everything. We also may have been enjoying life, with good health, good job, great family relationship, enjoying friends and the fellowship of the Church family.  Suddenly the tide turns and the waves seem to overflow our castle. Relationships deteriorate, our job has vanished, sickness brings endless suffering, then loss of a spouse, and you are being persecuted without cause for doing good. In these, and many other ways, life can instantly become something other than what we expected.

Our lives frequently start out with great expectation only to be followed by long seasons of suffering and trial. It seems as though you are fleeing for your spiritual or physical life from an enemy. Then questions arise, “is God really there?” “Is He really hiding me under the hollow of His hand?” That’s when we enter our cave.      I can remember my mother exclaiming “Lord Have Mercy,” when some unexpected misfortune or adversity arose. This was her way of dealing with any emergency. And it seems to be the way David dealt with the calamities of his life. He supports himself with faith and hope in God, and prayer to him in Psalm 57.

Seeing himself surrounded with enemies, he looks up to God with that suitable prayer: “Be merciful to me, O God!” which he again repeats, and it is no vain repetition: “Be merciful unto me.” It was the publican’s prayer, Luke 18:13. It is a pity that any should use it slightly and profanely cry, God be merciful to us, or, Lord, have mercy upon us, when they mean only to express their wonder, or surprise, or vexation, but God and his mercy are not at all in their thoughts. We will find as we study the 57th Psalm that David was in earnest as he prayed for God to have mercy on him.

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Ezekiel   38  39

James & Mary Lee Thornton
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9.                          God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                      September 9, 2014                 

Good Morning!
To get the proper setting for this Psalm (57) we must understand that it was written when David was running for his life, and while hiding in a wilderness cave.

HAVE MERCY TILL THE STORMS BE OVERPAST:
Psalm 57: 1. “Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast. 2. I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me.”

THE HEADING OF PSALM 57: To the chief Musician, Al-tas-chith, Mich-tam of David, when he fled from Saul in the cave. In most Bibles the title of this Psalm is at the heading of it. The heading contains a word which appears for the first time and we would like to call your attention to it. The word is “Altaschith,” and it means “Destroy Not” or “Destroy Him Not” (1 Samuel 26:9). And it seems to be the Title that David gave to this Psalm.

He was being pursued by King Saul who hated him and who had three-thousand warriors to hunt him down. Then the temptation to sin came as Saul sought shelter in the same cave where David and his men were hiding. David, or one of his men, could have taken this opportunity to kill Saul. “Altaschith,” David said, “Destroy not;” that is, David would not let Saul be destroyed, when now in the cave there was a fair opportunity of killing him, and his servants would gladly have done so. No, says David, “destroy him not,” (1 Samuel 24:4, 6) (1 Samuel 26:9).

Or, rather another interpretation, God would not let David be destroyed by Saul; he suffered him to persecute David, but still under this limitation, Destroy him not; as he permitted Satan to afflict Job, Only save his life. David must not be destroyed. I favor the latter interpretation.

God allowed some of His greatest Saints to go through great hardships and in some cases great suffering, and many recorded their thoughts and prayers for our benefit. John Bunyan wrote Pilgrim’s Progress during the years (1678-1684) he spent in Bedford (England) Prison. The Apostle Paul wrote some of the greatest thoughts ever put in writing while bound with chains in one prison after another.

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Ezekiel   40  41

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10..                       God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                      September 10, 2014                 

Good Morning!
When David was in the cave, in imminent peril, he tells us what the workings of his heart towards God were; and happy are those that have such good thoughts as these in their minds when they are in danger!

GOD SHALL SEND FORTH HIS MERCY:
Psalm 57:3. “He shall send from heaven, and save me from the reproach of him that would swallow me up. Selah. God shall send forth his mercy and his truth. 4. My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword.”

LIFE IN THE CAVE: It might have been about this time that David could have looked at his life and said, “I have been the cause of the cruel death of the priests who helped me” (1 Samuel 22:16-19); My wife has been given to another man (1 Samuel 25:44); “I have had to hide my family in a foreign land” (1 Samuel 22:1-3); I am continually fleeing for my life” and “Now here I am hiding in this cave. How did this happen?” Humanly speaking, David’s life seemed hopeless and his situation desperate.

You’ll begin to feel real comfort in this Psalm (57) and all the Psalms when you see David’s experience mirrored in your life. Have you ever been in such depths of despair and sorrow the only prayer you could moan was, “Be merciful to me O God. Be merciful to me.” God answers, “Altaschith,” “You will not be destroyed.” LORD HAVE MERCY. Have you discovered in yourself such dependency and need that all you could do was plead for mercy? Here in Psalms 57 David records his prayers, his praises, and his resolve. “My heart is fixed, O God, My heart is fixed” (v:7).

David knew about this kind of suffering and the Holy Spirit inspired him to write about it so that you and I would have hope. The Apostle Paul tells us that is the reason these things were written. Romans 15:4 “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.”

David’s suffering had a purpose in his life and it also has a purpose in ours. Our suffering isn’t something that we have to get through the best way we can. Our suffering, like David’s, has a greater meaning or purpose, someway, somehow.

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Ezekiel   42  43

James & Mary Lee Thornton
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 11.                       God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                      September 11, 2014                 

Good Morning!
In our meditation on Psalm 57 first let us look at the reason David was in the cave in such dangerous conditions.

GOD NEEDED A KING:
1 Samuel 16:1. “And the LORD said unto Samuel, How long wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? fill thine horn with oil, and go, I will send thee to Jesse the Bethlehemite: for I have provided me a king among his sons.”

David’s life was a simple life as a youth while keeping his father’s sheep on the hills around Bethlehem, singing and playing his harp, composing some of the Psalms which would later be penned for our benefit. But the simple life changed abruptly. When Samuel suddenly arrived and sent for him. “Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren (I’m sure that Samuel told Jesse the real reason for the anointing): and the spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward.”

Not that he was at present invested with the Royal power, but it was bestowed upon him, to come to him in due time. Possibly at this time Samuel specifically told him the purpose of the anointing. David was most likely about 12 to 16 years old when this took place but the kingship lay 15 or more years in the future, so David returned to the pasture to keep the sheep. Life changed rapidly for this shepherd boy. He was shortly called to play his harp for King Saul when he became oppressed because of the loss of the Spirit of God. Then David fought Goliath and was afterwards taken into the household of Saul. Saul’s son, Jonathan, soon became David’s best friend. What more could one ask?

It wasn’t long until David was known by the women of Israel as a great warrior, becoming the subject of their songs. “David has killed his ten thousands.” Saul gave his daughter to be his wife. How could his life get any better? In all this David remained humble and loyal, looking for opportunities to help King Saul. But things began to change as Saul became jealous of David, and his heart grew hard toward David, and Saul looked upon him with hatred and suspicion and envy. David’s position in the kingdom began to go downhill. Twice Saul tried to pin him to the wall with his spear. We also experience sudden changes in our life at times.

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Ezekiel   44  45

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Today’s First Thoughts                                     September 12, 2014                 

Good Morning!
Saul banished David from his presence and sought a way to do away with him. David’s life was changing and not for the better.

FROM THE KING’S PALACE TO A CAVE:
Psalm 57:4. “My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword.”

Conflicts within the palace escalated to the point that Jonathan advised David to flee for his life. And thus began a drawn-out and desperate season of terror, hiding, and heartache as David barely survived, no longer as the king’s favorite but now as a hunted fugitive. That’s how David began to live in a cave. David was where God wanted him to be: I’m fairly certain that David didn’t enjoy hiding out in a cave, running for his life. But the truth was that he was exactly where God wanted him, securely in God’s protecting embrace.  Even though David was where God wanted him, like most people, he probably didn’t enjoy running for his life, and having to beg for mercy. And that’s our feeling also. I’d much rather have what I imagine the life of the King’s favorite would be, sitting on a couch strumming my harp in a palace. Doesn’t God want me to avoid caves? Surely He wouldn’t be sending me into a cave, would He?

Your trial is the mark of God’s mercy: God is at work in your circumstance. In the same way that God was preparing David to rule his kingdom and to foreshadow the rule of one whose kingdom will have no end, the Lord is preparing your heart to reflect the wonders of His Son. Life in the cave gives us the one good gift we really need; a correct self-appraisal to remove the errors and mistakes from our life. Because of our sinful nature, without God’s mercy in our lives, we all belong in caves and holes in the ground, not in fine palaces. It’s surely His mercy that we find ourselves, from time to time, in hardships and pain, that’s where we find the beauty of His merciful character. It’s because He loves us that we find ourselves in the cave.

Life in the cave opens our eyes to our helplessness. Think about David’s experience. There was no way that David could save himself. His enemies surrounded him, and he had no strength or wisdom or goodness that could change his circumstances. For a man as handsome, capable, and brave as David was, this was a needful lesson. Like all of us, he needed to see himself as unworthy of demanding anything from the Lord, and in such great peril and emptiness that he didn’t have anything to offer. All he could do was plead for mercy. “Lord have mercy on me.”

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Ezekiel   46  47  48

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Today’s First Thoughts                                   September 13 & 14, 2014                 

Good Morning!
When driven into the cave David realized how much his life depended upon the Lord and his cry arose from the cave, “Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me.”

THE BIBLE MEANING OF MERCY:
Psalm 57:1. “Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast. 2. I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me.”

Let’s think for a moment about what it means to plead for mercy. What does the word mean to you? In the Bible mercy means, “compassion to one in need or helpless, in distress, or in debt and without claim to favorable treatment.” Let us look at that definition again.

1. Compassion to one in need.
2. Compassion to one in helpless distress.
3. Compassion to one in debt.
4. Compassion to one without claim to favorable treatment.

Do we see ourselves as a person in need? How needy are you? We think of ourselves as independent, “I take care of myself.” Remember the song, “I did it my way.” The problem with that way of thinking is that it is a hindrance to our receiving what we desperately need, God’s compassion. We need to see ourselves as helpless in distress. In the trials we’ve been facing, there is nothing that we can do to make them better. God allows us to become helpless because that’s when we realize we need mercy. We learn about God’s strength when we are weak and helpless.

Are you in debt? Most all of us are, or sometimes get in debt. Some have huge financial debts hanging over their heads. But that’s not the debt God is primarily concerned with. God wants us to see the great debt we owe to Him. We owe Him debts of obedience, love, and the ultimate debt that, although we deserve judgment, He’s given us mercy and forgiveness. Just in the same way that there is no way that we can pay the huge national debt of our country, we need to see the greater debt we owe, we need to see the great debt we owe Him for the death of His Son who paid that debt for us. The thousands and thousands we owed our creditors is nothing in comparison with what we owed Him, and that debt has been paid at Calvary. THAT’S MERCY.

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Joel   1  2  3
Daniel   
1  2  3

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15.                         God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                       September 15, 2014                 

Good Morning!
We deserve the scourging, the nails, the crown of thorns, the cross, the separation from God that Jesus endured. When we consider our account before Him, we don’t have a justifiable support for asking for anything except mercy.

PEOPLE IN DISTRESS GATHERED AROUND DAVID:
1 Samuel 22:2. “And every one that was in distress, and every one that was in debt, and every one that was discontented, gathered themselves unto him; and he became a captain over them: and there were with him about four hundred men.’

Let us look at the people who had gathered themselves around David. “Every one that was in distress, in debt, discontented,” that’s us. We’re in distress, in debt, and discontented. Those are the kinds of people God loves to gather to Himself, and to pour out mercy on. Jesus said, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised (Luke 4:18).

Mercy is such an essential part of God’s character that it is even one of His Names. He’s the Father of Mercies. Paul describes Him: “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.  (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).

Is the God of all comfort comforting you?
Do you appreciate His mercy?
Do you see His hand in the trials you are going through?
Can you sing praises to Him from your cave?

Dark caves, bring inspiring revelations: In contradiction to our society’s beliefs, the Bible teaches us that our hearts are not formed by our circumstances or environment. Instead it teaches that our environment merely reveals what already fills our hearts. This is what Jesus meant when He said that it wasn’t what was outside a man that defiled him but rather what came from within him.

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 16.                        God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                       September 16, 2014                                     

Good Morning!
What comes out of our mouth when we are distressed indicates what’s in our heart.

DAVID EXALTED HIS GOD WHILE IN THE CAVE:
Psalm 57:5. “Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens; let thy glory be above all the earth.”

When God places us in the cave let us turn our thoughts towards Him in prayer and praise and search our hearts for anything that shouldn’t be there. We could ask ourselves, “What do the caves in our life tell us about our heart?” The things that come out of us, our words, our deeds, even our thoughts towards those who may have wronged us, all these things lay our hearts open to reveal what is in it.

What benefits are awaiting us as God faithfully and lovingly afflicts and humbles us. He’s making us the sort of person He delights in. As He afflicts us we see the things in our heart that shouldn’t be there. As we see these things, we’re crushed and abased, and we recognize our need for Him, and we cry out for mercy. It’s then He revives, encourages, loves, comforts, changes, and fellowships with us.

When David wrote this Psalm, he was probably in the cave of Adullum. As he was sitting there in the dark, both literally and figuratively, I’m sure he didn’t know what would happen in his future. His sling and harp and good looks could not deliver him. He didn’t have any guarantee that he’d even make it out of that cave. I can imagine that it probably seems the same way to many of us. Is this cave going to be my final resting place?

I think of John the beloved disciple, cast on the Isle of Patmos, away from friends and those he loved, a prisoner, a slave, lonely, and without human help. He was the one who was so close to the Lord, leaning on His breast at the last supper. Yet it was in the cave, so to speak, of Patmos that John received the Revelation of Jesus Christ. It was there that he saw heaven in all of its glory. After his “cave” experience at Patmos he wrote 1st, 2nd, and 3rd John and his main topic was, “Little children love one another” (1 John 3:11). What a change the “caves” of life’s experiences have wrought in our own lives. So it is with us, it’s in the dark cave that Jesus reveals Himself to us.

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17.                        God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                      September 17, 2014                 

Good Morning!
Now we can see that although not all things are good, God can use those circumstances to our advantage. God did not tell us that, all things would be good, He told us He makes “all things work together for good to those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.”

THE SON OF GOD WAS BORN IN A CAVE:
Psalm 57:6. “They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down: they have digged a pit before me, into the midst whereof they are fallen themselves. Selah.

Although David didn’t know whether he’d make it out of this cave or not, we know the end of the story. In actually, the cave of Adullum is only about two miles south of Gilboa, the place where God brought Saul to his death. Think of that. The very place that seemed like it might end up being his grave was so near the place of his exaltation. He just was not aware of it… and God didn’t reveal it to him at the time.

The same way, we don’t know what’s just ahead of us because God isn’t revealing that to us either, so that we will remain humble and contrite and close to Him. The cave of Adullum is only thirteen miles west of Bethlehem, where our ultimate victory and triumph was assured. In a stall in a cave “the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His nature” was born. In a “cave” at Bethlehem, in ignominy and obscurity the Son of God was brought into the world as a helpless baby. And only a few miles away, the King would put in motion a plan to kill Him.

The cave of Adullum is only thirteen miles west of Bethlehem, where our ultimate victory and triumph was assured. In a stall in a cave “the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His nature” was born. In a “cave” at Bethlehem, in ignominy and obscurity the Son of God was brought into the world as a helpless baby. And only a few miles away, the King would put in motion a plan to kill Him.

The one through whom God’s mercy would flow to you and me experienced all the temptation and trial that we do, and ever so much more, and was yet without sin, He was “despised and rejected, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.” Today you and I can beg God for mercy and rest confident that He hears us because His Son was cruelly punished for our helplessness, our debt, our discontent. Why not take time right now to thank God for His mercy to you.

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18.                         God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                        September 18, 2014                 

Good Morning!
We need these silent retreats: Psychologists say that the most stressful events in our lives are the deaths of loved ones, job loss, injury, illness, financial problems, and separation, and when a friend hurts you.

BUT FOR GOD’S MERCY, OUR ENEMES WOULD SWALLOW US UP:
Psalm 57:3.” He shall send from heaven, and save me from the reproach of him that would swallow me up. Selah. God shall send forth his mercy and his truth.”

David was soon breathing the free air of the desert, and looked back with a shudder of horror, but with an overwhelming sense of thankfulness (Psalms 57:3). Some of us can take up these words in their literal sense. You remember when the icy breath of death seemed to chill your blood; the gate of death seemed just ready to roll back on its noiseless hinges, and shut behind you. But God locked it fast. The good Shepherd led you through the dark cave, out into the sunshine. You are living, to praise him. Others have no such special experience. But what is life but a series of escapes? What is health but the perpetual warding off of death; safety, but hourly deliverance?

From what I have read, a silent retreat also would follow the example of some of the Bible’s greatest spiritual seekers. In the Old Testament, Samuel became quiet so he could hear God. Elijah climbed a mountain to listen for God’s gentle whisper. Habakkuk stood guard at his lonely post to wait for the Lord’s instructions. The Scriptures tell us that after his conversion the apostle Paul went alone into the desert of Arabia. And of course, the Bible reminds us that Jesus often stepped away from crowds of followers to spend time alone with his heavenly Father.

Digging, I thought, is hard work. “Dig,” he said suddenly, “Read the Scriptures, and be patient. Let the Word soak into your life.” (Words from my old Pastor) I needed to persevere and keep digging. I needed to read my Bible not just when I was discouraged or sad but every day. I needed to continue my prayers of thanksgiving and praise, not just grumble about my problems and wants. It’s sometimes necessary to fight for faith, the way soldiers grapple on a battlefield, trusting God for the victory when it takes all we’ve got to get through a single day. I’ve found this to be true. We may be called to walk through difficult seasons that feel as if they’ll never end. We can nearly succumb to exhaustion or depression. In the end, the only thing that really matters is that we plant our feet firmly on the ground of faith.

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19                          God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                        September 19, 2014                 

Good Morning!
Life is filled with mystery, and it always will be, and we have to learn to trust him, to take the bitter with the sweet and believe that both came from his hand.

I KNOW IN WHOM I PUT MY TRUST:
Psalm 57:1. “Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.

In the second part of this verse David is telling God that the hope of his innermost being (my soul) is clinging to Him. The body may be tired, weary, helpless, forlorn, distressed, and heartbroken, but my innermost being (my soul) has not lost faith in You. “I will take refuge in Thee until all this is over with.” “In the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge.” This analogy is used in the Bible many times denoting God’s protection of those who are His own (Ruth 2:12; Psalms 17:8; 91:4; Matthew 23:37; Luke 13:34).

I have seen this many times as I was growing up in the country. My mother always had chickens for eggs and an old milk cow for milk, and a hog to raise. In the spring the hens would raise little chicks, and at any sign of danger she would begin clucking vigorously and the little chicks would immediately run to her and she would spread her wings and they gathered under her wings which she would close up around them. There she would hover over them to shield them from the danger.

When the storm came and the rain poured down the mother hen would hunker down and the little chicks would weather the storm under her wings. Every once in a while you could see a small head pop out through the feathers only to be pulled back into the shelter. The mother hen would risk her life for her baby chicks. She never ran off and left them no matter what came but would shelter them under her wings. This is what David referred to in this verse.

Life is filled with mystery, and it always will be, and we have to learn to trust him, to take the bitter with the sweet and believe that both came from his hand. We’re not guaranteed the resolution to every earthly problem, but I can live in the tension because I’m persuaded of one perfect, powerful, unwavering thing: God loves us. He gave his only Son to make sure we know it, and he promises eternal life to those who accept and believe in him. John 3:16. We won’t always understand why certain things happen, but we can live with not knowing, confident that God is in control.

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20.  21.                 God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                  September 20 & 21, 2014                 

Good Morning!
After his cave experience David would write, “Thy gentleness hath made me great.”

MANY TIMES THE CAVE FOLLOWS A GREAT VICTORY, OR  BLESSING:
Psalm 57:6. “They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down: they have digged a pit before me, into the midst whereof they are fallen themselves. Selah.”

You may have noticed that sometimes the greatest trial comes immediately after God has given us a great spiritual blessing, or allowed us prosperity. I have mentioned that David’s “cave” experience came shortly after he had gained great exaltation and ennoblement in slaying the giant and in the house of King Saul.

Elijah’s cave experience:  Elijah won a great victory over the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel, God sent rain to the drought stricken land at his request in prayer then outran the chariot of Ahab all the way to Jezreel. This was Elijah’s greatest moment in the eyes of the people (1 Kings 18). Can we imagine Elijah’s feelings when he lay down somewhere along the wall outside Jezreel? Things can’t get any better than this. This has been a great day. Then out of the darkness a messenger arrives with a message from Jezebel, which stated she would have his head before morning.

Feelings change so suddenly, from exaltation and rejoicing to fear and trembling in an instant. Elijah ran, he ran all the way out of the promise land. Exhausted and hungry he sat down under a juniper tree and requested that the Lord would let him die. The Lord was gentle to him and sent an angel to feed and to strengthen him. Then Elijah ran on to Mount Horeb and there he entered into a cave (1 Kings 19:9). While in the cave a great storm arose and rent the Mountain with violent winds which broke off rocks and hurled them off the cliffs, then an earthquake shook the mountain and Elijah just hunkered down, after all that, a fire broke out on the Mountain and the smoke and heat and the roar of the blaze only caused Elijah to withdraw a little further back into the cave. (1 Kings 19:11-12)

Then Elijah heard “a still small voice.” “When Elijah heard it he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave.” That’s when God spoke to him and re-commissioned him to His service. In all this we see the gentleness of the Lord toward his servants while they are in the “cave mode.”

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22.                         God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                       September 22, 2014                 

Good Morning!
Trials, in themselves, are not joyous; they’re joyous only because they are effective.

THE PEARL OF GREAT PRICE: Formed under great stress.
Psalm 57:4. “My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword.”

The word “Pearl” has become a metaphor for something very rare, very fine, very admirable, and very valuable. Natural pearls form under a set of accidental conditions when a microscopic intruder (like a grain of sand), or parasite enters inside the shell of a mollusk (shell fish, oyster, or clam) and settles there. The shell-fish, being irritated, secretes calcium carbonate and other elements to cover the irritant. This process is repeated many times, layer upon layer. Sometimes over many years. Quality natural pearls are very rare jewels. Some valued in the millions of dollars. Giant pearls from clams have been found that weighed 14 pounds.

God may allow an irritant to come into our lives.
How do we handle the situation?
Do we use prayer and praise to cover the thing that irritates us?
God wants to form a pearl.
Yield to Him and let the process take place in your life.

In contradiction to most of what we read about in Christian self-help books, we don’t get the results of a pearl-like faith without the process of pearl making. What you are experiencing is this precious process that James spoke of to his suffering readers. James 1:2. “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
3. Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience (steadfastness). 4. But let patience (steadfastness) have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire (complete), wanting nothing.

The trying of your faith produces steadfastness. We all want a faith that is mature, complete and whole. We sincerely desire a faith that stands strong in the storm, a faith that tells of the great value in knowing and loving God. But that kind of faith cannot be bought at the local store. That kind of faith grows only in the environment of trial. That’s what James is saying to us. What David experienced.

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23.                         God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                       September 23, 2014                 

Good Morning!
Remember that although your faith in the storm might seem meaningless, it’s not, what we do for Him, how we suffer in faith, is never senseless.

YOU ARE A PEARL IN THE MAKING:
Psalm 57:2. “I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me. 3. He shall send from heaven, and save me from the reproach of him that would swallow me up. Selah. God shall send forth his mercy and his truth.”

Trials, in themselves, are not joyous; they’re joyous only because they are effective. God in His kindness knows exactly how much sand to slip into the shell of your heart. Perhaps that sand is other people God brings us into contact with that become an irritant like Saul was to David (Psalms 57:3-4). Or maybe it will come to you as a loss of job, of home, of health, of loved one, or one of many circumstances. 
God knows the exact amount, and composition, of sand you need, and He knows how long it will take to form that one great pearl of great price both of you are looking for. God is testing your faith, and that testing will produce steadfastness and will cause your faith to be mature, complete, and whole.

Paul’s encouragement to his beloved Corinthian Christians as they faced trials and afflictions was to be, “be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 15:58). Do you believe that the toil God is calling you to is “not in vain?” As you join with all the other suffering saints who have ever lived, you can pray that God will make your back stronger, that He will grant you the grace to be steadfast, immovable, and always overflowing in your work for the Lord.

It always has a purpose, even though you and I might not know what that purpose is right then. You can remember that this affliction, which seems to draw your attention to it so frequently, is a pearl in the making. Few have suffered more for the Gospel of Jesus Christ that the Apostle Paul, and here is how he described it,

“For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. 17. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; 18. While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal (2 Corinthians 4:16)

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24.                        God's Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                      September 24, 2014                 

Good Morning!
Hebrews 11:32-34. speaks of people who were more than conquerors by their faith, yet verses 35-39 speaks of those who arrived at the gate full of scars.

HAST THOU NO SCARS:
Psalm 57:4. “My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword. 6. They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down: they have digged a pit before me, into the midst whereof they are fallen themselves. Selah.”

Amy Carmichael, Christian missionary in India for 56 years without furlough, rescued more that a thousand children from neglect and abuse. The world in which she lived was often dangerous and stressful. Amy spoke of dark days “when the sky turned black for me because of what I heard and knew was true. Sometimes it was as if I saw the Lord Jesus Christ kneeling alone, as He knelt long ago under the olive trees. And the only thing that one who cared could do was to go kneel down beside Him, so that He would not be alone in His sorrow over the events in this world.” Because Amy Carmichael’s life was one of Christ-centered suffering, she was able to write,

“Hast thou no scar?
No hidden scar on foot, or side, or hand?
I hear thee sung as mighty in the land,
I hear them hail thy bright ascending star,

Hast thou no scar?
Hast thou no wound?

Yet I was wounded by the archers, spent,
Leaned Me against a tree to die; and rent
By ravening beasts that compassed Me, I swooned:
Hast thou no wound?
No wound, no scar?

Yet, as the Master shall the servant be,
And, pierced are the feet that follow Me;
But thine are whole: Can he have followed far
Who has no wounds, nor scar?”

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25.                        God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                       September 25, 2014                 

Good Morning!
Throughout the first six verses of Psalms 57 we see a mixture of fear and begging God for mercy, intermingled with a confidence that God will see him through this cave experience. Then his mood changes to one of praise. Let us listen to the sound that echoes from out of the cave.

DAVID IS MOVED TO PRAISE GOD, MAKING THE CAVE RING:
Psalm 57:7. “My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise. 8. Awake up, my glory; awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early. 9. I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people: I will sing unto thee among the nations. 10. For thy mercy is great unto the heavens, and thy truth unto the clouds.
11. Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens: let thy glory be above all the earth.”

In Psalms 57 we see David’s progression from pleading to God for mercy, to finding refuge from storms of destruction and treacherous men, and finally on to his confident assertion, “MY HEART IS FIXED, (steadfast) O GOD, MY HEART IS FIXED: I WILL SING AND GIVE PRAISE.” How did David arrive at this new place of safety and refuge?

As the Psalm progresses, the turning point for David seems to be in verse five, “Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens; let thy glory be above all the earth.” In verse four, David was praying and lamenting the present conditions of his soul. “My soul is among lions,” he said. Then in verse 6, he speaks in the past tense, “They set a net (a trap) for my steps; my soul is bowed down. They dug a pit in my way, but they have fallen into it themselves.” That’s the turning point, when David came to the realization that God was watching over him and taking care of him, light exploded in that dark cave and, he exclaimed, “My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise.”

“MY WHOLE HEART SINGS!” Can we imagine what was taking place in that dark dismal underground cavern? David surrounded by his loyal followers, all in a somber mood, then suddenly David begins to worship God with all his might. “Get out the music, beat the drums, clap the loud sounding cymbals, wake everybody up, awake, awake, let us sing and give praises to God.” “I will get up early.” “I will awake before dawn, be thou exulted, O God, above the heavens.” We also have a resource of strength. Let your mind dwell on God’s love, think on His mercy to us. Let praise begin to form in our mind and let it roll out of our mouth, until those around us are affected by it. Make up your mind to exalt God above the heavens.

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 26.                       God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                      September 26, 2014                 

Good Morning!
Even in the darkest cell, in the deepest pit, His Spirit can warm and transform your heart from cold wintry unbelief to radiant, exuberant faith that breaks out into worshipful song.

LET US SING AND MAKE MELODY IN OUR HEARTS TO GOD:
Psalm 57: 7. “My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise.
8. Awake up, my glory; awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early. 9. I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people: I will sing unto thee among the nations. 11. Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens: let thy glory be above all the earth.”

You can imagine how out of place such heartfelt worship would have seemed to David’s men, and also to the other prisoners at Philippi? In some ways it must have seemed to them as though they were they were singing praises from the grave. I’ve heard the sound of praise from hospital rooms, in rest homes, and countless other places, from those who were experiencing the joy of God’s loving-kindness. I will encourage you that David from a cave, Daniel from a lion’s den, Shadrack, Meshach, and Abednego from a fiery furnace, Paul and Silas from a jail-cell, and millions of other believers through the ages have responded to afflictions and suffering with joyful song.

Why? Is it because they are insensible to their circumstances? No, not at all. It’s because they are aware of a more profound truth: God’s steadfast love and faithfulness is great to the heavens. And they are assured that God will hide them in the shadow of His wings until this temporal trial passes by. Is it the dead of night for your soul? Do you feel as though your heart’s been beaten with many stripes? Have you been humiliated by the ungodly, accused falsely, or shackled to a dark dank prison wall? Let the wings of your heart take flight as you offer your prayer to the God of the heavens and sing praises to the one who is worthy. Experience the wonderful transformation that occurs when your heart has been lifted to your Father in humble supplication.

PRAYER: We thank you, O Heavenly Father, for all the many blessing you give to us. We also thank thee for the trials and tests you allow us to go through, the cave experiences, because we realize you allow these for our benefit. Help us to understand that when they come upon us that you are in there with us shielding us from the enemy. And, Father, when we emerge from the cave, help us to use that experience to glorify thy name. Amen

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27.  28                  God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                      September 27 & 28, 2014                 

Good Morning!
In the next few days we will look at the life of Jesus Christ. We want to present him in his glory and power and grandeur and splendor and magnificence, and majesty. You will notice I ran out of adjectives before I had a good description of Him.

THE SILENT LOOKS OF JESUS CHRIST:
Mark 11:11. “And Jesus entered into Jerusalem, and into the temple: and when he had looked round about upon all things, and now the eventide was come, he went out unto Bethany with the twelve.”

If we read some scriptures too fast we may easily miss some important points. In this scripture it tells us that Jesus entered into the city, and into the temple, merely looked around upon all things, and went out. I want to emphasize the phrase, “looked around upon all things.” We look upon faces, surfaces, color of things, but Jesus ‘looks’ into spirit, purpose, will, and all the secrets of every individual there.

The silence of this act will almost frighten us. Jesus came into the city, ‘looked’ around upon all things, and did not say a word. That is fearsome. When someone speaks to me I can in some manner understand what they are aiming at. But there are some looks that are mysterious. Some looks can make you uncomfortable. If a person has done something they ought not to have done they are worried when someone ‘looks’ at them in a certain way.

Today’s scripture (Mark 11:11) leads us to look, not at the miracles and words of Jesus Christ, but to study His ‘looks’ to learn something about His character. And it might be profitable after we have spent some time in examining the eyes of the Savior, to inquire how we should return the ‘looks’ that are so full of meaning. In the Four Gospels, Mark is the one who seems to take note of the ‘look’ of the Savior. We will emphasize some of these ‘looks’ the scriptures speak of in the coming days.

Luke began his Gospel by saying he would tell Theophilus everything. Who can tell everything about the Son of God? I speak for myself, for every minister, and for the whole Church of God, in saying that, after we have written our sermons and our books, after we have delivered our best sermon and taught our best lesson, and given our best effort, we have a sense that we have fallen far short of our goal. We seemed to have missed some points we wanted to make. In fact we have just begun to scrape the surface of His majesty.

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29.                        God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                       September 29, 2014                 

Good Morning!
The Son Of Man was the most gentle and peaceful person who ever walked on the face of the earth and it may surprise you that He could give a look of anger.

THE SILENT LOOKS OF JESUS CHRIST:
Mark 3:5a. “And when he had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, he saith unto the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it out: and his hand was restored whole as the other.”

In this incident Mark tells us that Jesus was grieved then his grief turned to anger. He said nothing to the individuals themselves, He only looked round on each one of them in anger. I have read of the sword that flamed at the gate of Eden, that turned every way back and forth (Genesis 3:24). But I think I have run through that sword instead of this circle of anger which now surrounded the Son Of God. Anger of the most terrible kind, arising out of grief.

The anger of malice, the anger of wounded pride, the anger of slight, who cares, who is bothered? But when grief turns to anger; when love itself becomes wrath—who can abide the day of its coming? Psalm 14: 2. “The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.” Proverbs 15:3. “The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.” The eyes of the Lord are in every service where we meet beholding every face and every heart. What is his reaction when he looks upon your heart? Will he smile? Or will he look with grief at the condition of your heart? There is no escape from the ever roving eye of God. There is no hiding place from his eyes.

In Revelation when the Lamb opened the sixth seal, “And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; 16. And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:  17. For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand? (Revelation 6:15-17)?

“Hide us from the face of the Lamb.” “Hide us us from the wrath of the Lamb.” The mountains will not hide us, the dens of the earth will not hide us. The only thing that will hide us when He pours out His wrath upon a hard-hearted world is His blood.

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30.                        God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                       September 30, 2014                 

Good Morning!
Let us look at Jesus today, not in Judgment, but in His capacity of our Redeemer.

THE SILENT LOOKS OF THE SON OF MAN: EYES AS A FLAMING FIRE:
Revelation 1:14. “His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;”

When the Egyptians pursued Israel there was a halt made and a cloud came between the Israelites and the Egyptians. On the Israelite side was brightness, a pillow of fire, on the Egyptian side was darkness. “And it came to pass, that in the morning watch the LORD looked unto the host of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and of the cloud, and troubled the host of the Egyptians, And took off their chariot wheels, that they drave them heavily: so that the Egyptians said, Let us flee from the face of Israel; for the LORD fighteth for them against the Egyptians.  (Exodus 14:24-25).

“The Lord looked.” There was no word spoken, no hand raised, no thunder and lightening, only the eyes of the Lord looked on them. What a look. No one could return it. You will find the eyes of the Lord spoken of many times in the Bible. Are these eyes terrible then? May anyone look at them? Return the look? What is terrible, is also gentle, “Our God is a consuming fire.” God is Love. He numbereth the stars. He binds up the broken hearted. His utterance shakes the kingdoms of the earth. He observes every sparrow that falls to the ground. If the looks are terrible, they can also be gentle. “I will guide thee with mine eye” (Psalm 32:8).

The same eye that troubled Egypt, and struck off their chariot wheels of the host of Pharaoh, the eyes that divide the Red Sea, and made them stand back so Israel might pass through to safety, are both terrible and merciful. Flames of fire are the only symbol by which they can be likened among us, but they are also tender, and yearning with unutterable pity; looking out for us, watching our life’s breath to see if, perhaps, maybe, some turning towards Him can be seen in us.

How shall we return the looks of The Son of God? We are not able to see Him whit open eyes. We must close our eyes to see His eyes. “Look unto Me, and be ye saved, all ye ends of the earth” (Isaiah 45:22). Look not with the eyes of the body, nor with curiosity, but with reverence, with eagerness of heart, with love, aware of your need.

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