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Reflections – November 22, 2009

Today has been a busy one, so I am reading and posting at the end of the day. It was a great day spent in the presence of God in His house and with His people. I trust that it was for you as well. Praise the Lord! He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap. The name of the Lord is to be praised!

Today’s Readings: Psalm 113; 2 Kings 21; Isaiah 11-12; John 14

As this day draws to a close, I think on Manasseh’s evil influence on a nation, even at the age of twelve when he began to reign. Fifty-two years of doing more evil and leading God’s people astray. Actions that brought “disaster” in judgement from the Lord. I consider the woe prophesied by Isaiah because of the mistreatment of the needy, widows, and fatherless. I see the sending of Assyria as the vehicle of judgment and then the judgement that comes upon Assyria when that nation begins to believe that it is because of their own strength and wisdom that they have become the dominant force at this time in history.

I don’t always understand why things happen and what forces are being used by God to work out His plan and His will in the lives of His faithful ones. It is important for me to stay continually in His Word. It should not surprise me that I am more spiritually minded when I am daily feeding upon His Word! The transformation that the Messiah brought into the world is ever before me as I read Isaiah’s prophecy. Behold God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid.

I pillow my head tonight in the comfort of the words of Jesus that He has gone to prepare a place for me and that He will come again to take me with Him to His Father’s house. Thank you Jesus for that promise!

–Randy Sexton

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