Poetry Friday 07-01-2022

Today’s poem posted at my other blog Step Ahead is inspired by the post “Servant Attitude”. Greatness is found when we serve others. By living this way, we bring more to society than personal recognition. We bring acceptance, appreciation, and affirm others as a child of God.

As the song Come To the Table by Sidewalk Prophets points out, grace starts from the outside looking in. It meets us where we are to help us win. Everyone can come to the table and take their place beside the Savior.

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Keep Spreading the Light

The Pharisees tried to trap Jesus by asking what they should do to a woman caught in adultery and if they should follow the Law by stoning her. Jesus said, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” – John 8:7

We noted in “The Light Changes Everything” that Bildad accused Job of wrongdoing but Job needed sympathy. Only God knows the full story of someone’s life so rather than condemn someone, build them up.

Like the song Forgiven by Sanctus Real says, those who accept God’s plan are a treasure in the arms of Christ. Keep spreading the Light that is available to all who accept Christ as Savior. They are forgiven and the lamp beside continues to shine brighter and brighter.

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The Light Changes Everything

Starting the day with a frame of mind consisting of fear, confusion, and darkness causes one to lose their edge for a great day. Instead, think of what good things are going on and this will build momentum for a wonderful day.

Continuing the journey in Job 18, Bildad offers advice for Job to not be so angry but listen to what his friends are telling him. He accuses Job of being too self-absorbed. Bildad gives illustrations of evil’s ruin.

  • The lamp beside them goes out until only darkness remains (v. 5)
  • They are trapped in a net (v. 8)
  • Calamity eats at their skin (v. 13)
  • Their roots dry up and their branches wither (v. 16)

What we can get from today’s passage is that temptations are traps set by Satan but the righteous person is freed from what entangles. The lamp beside them never goes out. Their body is healthy and their soul is replenished eternally with the water that provides nourishment for them to grow like a tree with their branches spreading from the trunk providing shade in the hot summer heat.

Bildad accuses Job of wrongdoing but Job needed sympathy. Only God knows the full story of someone’s life so rather than condemn someone, keep spreading the Light that grows brighter and brighter. 

Our mood can determine how we view things. Looking at life from a different point of view changes everything. Jesus changed things and a bright future exists. Because of the Cross and accepting the love of God through Jesus, we have a bright future that even grows brighter as we claim it and reveal it to others.

This day with You Lord, You are with us and it is a new and glorious morning. We have hope to keep going with opportunities to be a blessing. We know the outcome is in Your hands Lord because You are in charge. We will keep working hard, keep being faithful, and have confidence because we know You are with us setting up a bright future. Amen.

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The Best Way Forward

Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” –  John 4:13-14

The world at times is a dry and barren place which makes us thirsty. We just need a cool glass of water to refresh our souls for the pressing challenges ahead. Ready to respond to the tough issues, the ability to make the right choices, and the instructions to the best way forward.

Like pointed out in “Water that Satisfies Forever”, we have an advantage today of knowing about Jesus who offers a forever wonderful future so we can hand over our despair to Him. Then our needs are provided for, our desires have resolve, and we have more faith that our dreams will come true.  For with the love of God through Christ, we are well grounded in the hope of eternal life and ultimate victory is assured.

Take inspiration in today’s song Way Maker by Leeland because Jesus is the Way maker, the miracle worker, promise keeper, and Light in the darkness. With Jesus, we can dream big, picture in our mind how to make it happen, and have confidence that His desire for us will transpire.

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Water that Satisfies Forever

In John 4:13-14, Jesus answered the question of the woman at the well, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

When we follow God’s Plan for Us, we are given the water that satisfies forever. We are given the power of the Holy Spirit along with instructions for the tasks that need to be accomplished, the ability to keep going even in difficulty, and the determination to keep boldly stepping ahead.

We are stepping ahead now in the book of Job about the pain that Job goes through not only physically, but emotionally and spiritually too. Reading in Job 17, he’s speaking out in the anguish of his spirit. He is going through suffering and misery because he had lost everything. His children, his livestock, and his property. Then, he is afflicted with painful sores from the soles of his feet to the crown of his head (Job 3:7). 

Job senses that his life is near the end. There is no more hope and he’s ready to accept that the only solution is the grave. Job had not found relief among friends who gave advice that did not help but he does appeal to God and wants to do what is right before Him.

Today, we have the advantage of knowing about Jesus who offers a forever wonderful future if we hand over our despair to Him. Then our needs are provided for, our desires have resolve, and we have more faith that our dreams will come true.  For with the love of God through Christ, we are well grounded in the hope of eternal life and ultimate victory is assured.

This day with You Lord, we have set aside time and now pray about the challenges ahead. For the best way forward, we put You in charge Lord. You can help us see the big picture and Your desire for us will transpire. Our thirst is being satisfied with a spring of water welling up to eternal life. Amen.

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