One way or another each day a word or phrase captures my attention.
Every single instance has a message from Papa for me.
Today was no different.
My devotional reading this morning was Psalm One Hundred and Nineteen.
The psalm has one hundred and seventy-five verses. I made a point of not focusing on that fact, so that I could receive whatever Papa had for me. If I didn't I would have been inclined to focus on getting through the reading and the result? ...to miss out on a glittering nugget that was buried in the ninety-first verse.
As I read the verse, the last half fairly leaped off the page at me.
"...For all things are Your servants."I love the picture that these words draw. There is nothing in all of creation that He cannot, nor does not use to accomplish His will.
Not only His Words....
Not just His willing servants....
I find that very comforting.
I am reminded of Romans Eight, verse Twenty-Eight.
"And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose."Ah. He can use everything to bring us good.
Our church had a guest speaker today. It was the final meeting for our week-long missions conference and the speaker was a Haitian minister.
He spoke from the text found in the last chapter of the gospel of Matthew, the final three verses. These verses are commonly known as "The Great Commission."
It is where Jesus tells His disciples to go out into the world with the good news of the gospel and make disciples.
Jesus began by saying,
"All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth."Do you see the connection between this verse and the one from the Psalm?
ALL AUTHORITY! OVER EVERYTHING!!
In other words all things are His servants!
We are talking about our God here! This is our Savior, Jesus who has all authority!!
And He intends to use this authority over all things for our good!!
The Slice of Infinity commentary that arrived in my in-box on Friday also contained a word or two that found its way into my musings for a few days.
The author, Jill Carattini is also intrigued by words.
She was commenting on the words illusion and disillusion.
She wound her thoughts around the true meaning of these two words.
To be disillusioned, according to Webster is to be free from illusion or false ideas; disenchant; to take away the ideals or idealism of and make disappointed, bitter, etc.
The definition of illusion is a false idea or conception; belief or opinion not in accord with the facts.
So it would follow that to be disillusioned is to truly be set free.
Why would we be left disappointed?
Could it be because we have set our hopes on those things that do disappoint?
Or could it be that we forget that He does have all authority and that He will work all things out for our good, in the end?
As we submit ourselves to His authority, we will have our eyes open to see just how much good surrounds use right were we are.
And that is just a teaser for all that awaits those who love Him!