October 14, 2021

Some were fools through their sinful ways, and because of their iniquities suffered affliction; they loathed any kind of food, and they drew near to the gates of death. Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He sent out his word and healed them, and delivered them from their destruction. Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man! And let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving, and tell of his deeds in songs of joy! (Psalm 107:17-22)
As I continued my study of (Psalm 107) this morning, as I read verses 17-22, I was reminded of parenting our three kids. As parents, we give our kids rules and guidelines to live by in hopes that they do not make mistakes and to protect them from harm. For instance, I remember mentioning to our daughter not to ride her bike with bare feet. It seemed obvious to my wife and me that if she did, eventually, she would scrape her feet. Unfortunately, she did not heed the danger and one day rode her bike barefoot anyway. Not long after jumping on her bike, my wife and I heard her scream. Looking through the window, we could see her hobbling toward the house in tears; sure enough, she had scraped her big toe. Instead of saying to our six-year-old, “We told you so!” we quickly brought her inside to bondage her toe.
Our Lord gives us in His Word Laws to say, “Don’t hurt yourself.” He knows that we will ride our bikes of life barefooted (in the worlds’ system) and scrap our feet from time. Thankfully, just as the Israelite people experienced the healing Word of the Lord, we too can experience it. Like a bandage, God’s Word soothes our wounds and nurses us back to health.
Friends, do you recall a time when you have stubbed your toe in the walk of life and experienced the healing touch of the Lord? Likewise, do you remember thanking Him? Food for thought, an unthankful heart is a blinded heart to the mercies of God. His healing touch should motivate us to thankfulness. Would you pray with me?
Father, thank You for Your incredible power and work in my life. Thank You for Your goodness and all Your blessings over me. Thank You that You can bring hope through even the toughest of times, strengthening me for Your purposes.
Thank You, Lord, for Your great love and care. Thank You, Lord, for Your mercy and grace. Thank You, Lord, that You are always with me and will never leave me even when I fall short. Thank You, Lord, for Your incredible sacrifice so that I might have freedom and life. Forgive me for when I do not thank You enough for Who You are, for all that You do, and for all that You have given me. Would you please help me to set my eyes and my heart on You each day? Renew my spirit, fill me with Your peace and joy. I love You and need You, this day and every day. I give You praise, and thanks, Lord, for You alone are worthy! In the Precious Name of Jesus, Amen.

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


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