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Grace & Compassion

Therefore the Lord longs to be gracious to you, And therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you. For the Lord is a God of justice; How blessed are all those who long for Him.
Isaiah 30:18 NASB

The Lord God of all creation, Sovereign God, full of grace and compassion is patient. He desires to show compassion and give grace. Do you long for Him?

Indeed, while following the way of Your judgments, O Lord, We have waited for You eagerly; Your name, even Your memory, is the desire of our souls. At night my soul longs for You, Indeed, my spirit within me seeks You diligently; For when the earth experiences Your judgments The inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.
Isaiah 26:8‭-‬9 NASB

The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.
2 Peter 3:9 NASB

For the sake of My name I delay My wrath, And for My praise I restrain it for you, In order not to cut you off.
Isaiah 48:9 NASB

Great love has God for you. He is a just God, patient God, longing to bless with salvation. Restore fellowship with you. Walk with you, abide in you.

How will you respond?

🌹And I will wait for the Lord who is hiding His face from the house of Jacob; I will even look eagerly for Him.
Isaiah 8:17 NASB

Continually Seeking Him,

Sharon

Are You Willing?

Therefore thus says the Holy One of Israel, “Since you have rejected this word And have put your trust in oppression and guile, and have relied on them, Therefore this iniquity will be to you Like a breach about to fall, A bulge in a high wall, Whose collapse comes suddenly in an instant, For thus the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, has said, “In repentance and rest you will be saved, In quietness and trust is your strength.” But you were not willing,
Isaiah 30:12‭-‬13‭, ‬15 NASB

Could these words of the prophet Isaiah be relevant today? The Word of God is relevant for every generation, past, present and future.
Are we any different than generations past, ignoring the word of God, even God Himself? God is patient but He will not wait forever.

🌹The time is now.“In repentance and rest you will be saved, In quietness and trust is your strength.” Are you willing?

P.S. Go to God right now. Don’t wait. Confess and turn to Him. Find fellow believers to grow with, learn from, be encouraged by. Trust in the Lord.

Continually Seeking Him,

Sharon

For The Lord Has Spoken

O Lord, You are my God; I will exalt You, I will give thanks to Your name; For You have worked wonders, Plans formed long ago, with perfect faithfulness.
Isaiah 25:1‭ NASB

For You have been a defense for the helpless, A defense for the needy in his distress,
A refuge from the storm, a shade from the heat;
For the breath of the ruthless Is like a rain storm against a wall. Like heat in drought, You subdue the uproar of aliens; Like heat by the shadow of a cloud, the song of the ruthless is silenced.
The Lord of hosts will prepare a lavish banquet for all peoples on this mountain; 
A banquet of aged wine, choice pieces with marrow, And refined, aged wine.
And on this mountain He will swallow up the covering which is over all peoples, Even the veil which is stretched over all nations. He will swallow up death for all time, And the Lord God will wipe tears away from all faces, And He will remove the reproach of His people from all the earth;
For the Lord has spoken. And it will be said in that day, “Behold, this is our God for whom we have waited that He might save us. This is the Lord for whom we have waited; Let us rejoice and be glad in His salvation.”
Isaiah 25:4‭-‬9 NASB

“Plans formed long ago, with perfect faithfulness.”
“on this mountain He will swallow up the covering which is over all peoples, Even the veil which is stretched over all nations.
He will swallow up death for all time,”

O glorious day that will be when we are gathered together with our God who will wipe tears away from our faces. When death is swallowed up for all time. Our hope in whom we are waiting. Let us rejoice and be glad in His salvation.

🌹FOR THE LORD HAS SPOKEN

Continually Seeking Him,

Sharon

Let God Be Magnified

Let all who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; And let those who love Your salvation say continually, “Let God be magnified.”
Psalms 70:4 NASB

Can I not help but to be glad and rejoice in the One I seek? He said, “You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.
Jeremiah 29:13 NASB

I enjoyed this weekend playing “Hide and Seek” with my granddaughters. As much as they enjoyed hiding from me, when I found them there was much rejoicing and laughter. God does not hide from us when we seek Him. And when we find Him, there is much rejoicing.

Thank you God for the salvation that only comes through You, Jesus. Thank you for saving Your seekers. Magnify Yourself in us so others may find and rejoice in You also.

🌹I say, “O, God be magnified!”

Continually Seeking Him,

Sharon

Before Creation

Now, Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.
John 17:5 NASB

Jesus knew His mission before He ever left His heavenly throne, yet He came anyway. He came for the Father, in obedience. He came for you and me out of His abundant love. Jesus came to reconcile the Father to His creation. He came that we may know His glory and share in it.

The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.
John 17:22‭, ‬24 NASB

Remembering the glory with the Father that was before creation began. Before Jesus would leave heaven and come to earth. That is our hope, that we may know and share in the glory that Jesus knew before He left His place with the Father.

🌹What a sacrifice. What abundant love. What a hope we have in Jesus. Are you living/walking in His glory now?

Continually Seeking Him,

Sharon

Call Him

I love the Lord, because He hears My voice and my supplications. Because He has inclined His ear to me, Therefore I shall call upon Him as long as I live.
Psalms 116:1‭-‬2 NASB

I love the Lord.  .  . Therefore I shall call upon Him as long as I live.

God is listening. He has inclined His ear. He wants to hear from you. He wants to hear your supplications (humble prayer, earnest request of one in authority).

He, God, who has authority over all creation, all things. Take your hurts, your struggles, your pain, your anguish, your fears, your uncertainties, your lack of faith, your questions, everything to Him. He is life. He is the way. He is the truth. God will not steer you wrong.

🌹God is the wisdom you need. Call upon Him today. He is waiting.

Continually Seeking Him,

Sharon

All Day Long

My mouth is filled with Your praise And with Your glory all day long.
Psalms 71:8‭ NASB

But as for me, I will hope continually, And will praise You yet more and more. My mouth shall tell of Your righteousness And of Your salvation all day long For I do not know the sum of them.
Psalms 71:14‭-‬15‭ NASB

My lips will shout for joy when I sing praises to You; And my soul, which You have redeemed. My tongue also will utter Your righteousness all day long; For they are ashamed, for they are humiliated who seek my hurt.
Psalms 71:23‭-‬24 NASB

The psalmist here writes:

My heart is filled with Your praise and glory ALL DAY LONG.
I will hope CONTINUALLY and praise You yet more and more.
My mouth shall tell of Your righteousness And of Your salvation ALL DAY LONG;
My lips and my soul which you have redeemed will shout for joy when I sing praises to you. My tongue also will utter Your righteousness ALL DAY LONG.

How often during your day is God on your mind? Do you notice His handiwork in your day? Are your thoughts ever focused on Him? Does your heart sing praises to His name? How much is God a part of your day?

🌹Jesus gave you His life. How much of your life do you give Him?

Continually Seeking Him,

Sharon

Words

Like apples of gold in settings of silver Is a word spoken in right circumstances.
Proverbs 25:11 NASB

The words of a whisperer are like dainty morsels, And they go down into the innermost parts of the body.
Proverbs 26:22 NASB

A lying tongue hates those it crushes, And a flattering mouth works ruin.
Proverbs 26:28 NASB

The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart.
Luke 6:45 NASB

But I tell you that every careless word that people speak, they shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
Matthew 12:36‭-‬37 NASB

🌹Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer.
Psalms 19:14 NASB

Continually Seeking Him,

Sharon

Cost

“However, the king said to Araunah, “No, but I will surely buy it from you for a price, for I will not offer burnt offerings to the Lord my God which cost me nothing.” So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver.”
2 Samuel 24:24 NASB

What are you willing to sacrifice to God? What have you placed on the altar of God?
Your Sunday morning in church? What about the rest of the week?
Your mornings, or a designated time each day, to prayer and Bible reading?
Your time to serve others? In and outside the church.
To praying for and sharing the gospel with your neighbor?
How much are you willing to used by God?

Jesus gave His life.

🌹saying, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed and be raised up on the third day.” And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me.
Luke 9:22‭-‬23 NASB

Continually Seeking Him,

Sharon

O God My Salvation

My soul waits in silence for God only; From Him is my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation, My stronghold; I shall not be greatly shaken.
My soul, wait in silence for God only, For my hope is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation, My stronghold; I shall not be shaken.
On God my salvation and my glory rest; The rock of my strength, my refuge is in God. Trust in Him at all times, O people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Selah.
Psalms 62:1‭-‬2‭, ‬5‭-‬8 NASB

Do you know God as your rock? Your stronghold? Your hope? Your strength? Your refuge? Your trust?

Troubles? Burdens? Feel lost?

🌹Wait in silence for God only. Pour out your heart before Him; God is our refuge.

Continually Seeking Him,

Sharon