Tuesday, March 01, 2011


The chapel at West Virginia
Wesleyan College taken at night.
In Sunday school, we were discussing the reaction of the disciples to Jesus' actions in his last week.  Why would he go to Jerusalem, when he had been warning them of what was going to happen?  Why would he overturn the tables of the money changers and cause a scene, when it would make sense to be quiet? 

Do we ever ask such questions of God?  Do we wonder why he leads us to actions that seem contrary to what we would do, if the decisions were solely in our hands?

Do we trust God enough to follow his lead?

I was reading Psalm 147 today.  Take a look at these verses:

He heals the broken-hearted, and binds up their wounds. He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names.  Verses 3 and 4.

For he strengthens the bars of your gates; he blesses your children within you.   Verse 13
I was struck by the pairing of verses 3 and 4.  The same God who take the time and the care to heal the broken hearted and to bind up the wounds of those who are hurting also sets the stars in motion.  That is our God.  Our God blesses our children before the are born -- before, I imagine, they are conceived or even before we ourselves are born.  Our God holds the future in his hands, and he blesses it. 

It might be that he is trustworthy.

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