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I am endeavoring to take up the habit of listening to the Bible in the mornings when I am getting dressed instead of the news. (This politics business is not a good way to start my day.)
Photo: Norfork River (using a Topaz plug-in, this is actually the bottom of the river; and, no, it did not look like this in person but I do like the effect)
I am finding that Isaiah 55:11 (msg) is so true:
“I (God) don’t think the way you think. The way you work isn’t the way I work.” GOD’s Decree. “For as the sky soars high above earth, so the way I work surpasses the way you work, and the way I think is beyond the way you think. Just as rain and snow descend from the skies and don’t go back until they’ve watered the earth, Doing their work of making things grow and blossom, producing seed for farmers and food for the hungry, So will the words that come out of my mouth not come back empty-handed. They’ll do the work I sent them to do, they’ll complete the assignment I gave them."
Even in listening to His Word, I grasped truths like I haven't heard them before. I've read the Bible through; I've studied a great deal; yet there is always more --- even in the familiar.
Today, when listening about the Israelites in Egypt before God sent Moses to bring them out, I heard this in Exodus 1:12:
"But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread; so the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites."
I believe one lesson I am reminded of from this verse is that God is going to allow oppression to come into my life. That's just a fact. But it is in that very oppression that I am going to grow - to multiply - not only in bearing an abundance of fruit but also, more importantly, it will cause my trust in Him to grow because I will have to depend on Him to survive on the path out of the oppression.
Thank You, Lord, that you are constantly teaching me. I do love to learn (though it is nice when I don't have to learn it the hard way - smile).