August 25, 2021

“But my people did not listen to my voice; Israel would not submit to me. So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts, to follow their own counsels. Oh, that my people would listen to me, that Israel would walk in my ways! I would soon subdue their enemies and turn my hand against their foes. Those who hate the LORD would cringe toward him, and their fate would last forever. But he would feed you with the finest of the wheat, and with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.” (Psalm 81:11-16)

As I read (Psalm 81) in its’ entirety this morning, I found myself drawn to the second half. As a Parent and a Grandparent myself, I could relate to God’s pouring out of His feelings to His children, as they refused to listen to Him. I recall the times during our children’s adolescence years where they refused to listen to us. There came a time when we had to allow our kids the opportunity to feel the discomforts associated with their unwise choices; we read in (vs. 11-12) that God did the same for His people, “But my people did not listen to my voice; Israel would not submit to me. So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts, to follow their own counsels.”

But parents who reluctantly have to make such a decision know what it means to suffer right along with their children as they learn life’s painful lessons. For all of us who, in seasons of our lives, have ignored God’s Will, it is comforting to know that God grieves when He has to take similar steps (v. 13) says, “Oh, that my people would listen to me, that Israel would walk in my ways!”

Friends, just as we (Parents) want what is best for our children, God wants us to experience the absolute best, which we know only comes from Him. Verse 16 should encourage us towards that end, as it tells us, “But he would feed you with the finest of the wheat, and with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.” Would you join me in the Lord’s Prayer?

My Father Who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy Will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the Kingdom and the power, and the glory, forever and ever, Amen.

God Bless and have a Blessed Day, Friends <><

 

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