Thursday, February 21, 2013

Preparing for Easter ~ Mark of Power


[God...made a lasting mark through the sacrifice of Jesus. Hebrews 13:20 MSG
During this season of reflection and renewal, join me, and let's explore the visible evidence that identifies us as faithful followers of Jesus. Can others see Jesus in our lives? ~ Donna Oswalt]

[Give honor] to the LORD, O heavenly beings, [give honor] to the LORD [for His] glory and strength. [Give honor] to the LORD [for] the glory due His name; worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness. The voice of the LORD is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the LORD over many waters. The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is full of majesty. The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars; the LORD breaks the cedars of Lebanon. . . The voice of the LORD flashes forth flames of fire. The voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness of Kadesh. The voice of the LORD makes the deer give birth and strips forests bare, and in His temple all cry, “Glory!” The LORD sits enthroned over the flood; the LORD sits enthroned as king forever. May the LORD give strength to His people! May the LORD bless His people with peace. Psalm 29 ESV

The voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness paints a vivid picture, as does the surrounding text. These images of God’s Power exceed our abilities and inspire our imaginations. Sometimes the power of God is full, loud and dynamic in nature, not unlike the raging storms that can interrupt our lives. Other times, God’s power is gentle and tender, like the calm after a storm. God’s power is both strength and peace, energy and stillness, glory and splendor.  Adversity can drive us to God, dragging our desperation and doubt, our weakness and weariness with us. While His mark of power is all around us, sometimes, until God’s voice shakes the wilderness within us, we slowly fade. In these times, our souls are awakened to a new awareness of God’s glory and strength. Let us honor the LORD!
  • In a time of difficulty, what is my first response?
  • Do I let times of adversity take me farther from God or draw me closer to Him?

El Shaddai, God Almighty, All Sufficient, in the storms of uncertainty You call to me. Your Power can mark my soul with gentle waves to calm my anxieties. Let me be awakened to a new trust. I want to embrace Your word and carry it as my banner of faith. ~ dho 

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