Loving and honoring God is not for reward and avoiding punishment but rather from peace that surpasses all understanding and reverence of natural consequences; 'the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings' ... Praise the Lord, amen!
'Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,' says the Lord of hosts.
We fool ourselves when we take ownership and pride in our accomplishments because there is no might and there is no power without the Spirit of the Lord, there is nothing.
God gives fair warning, it's up to us to listen. 3:9 "Then will I purify the lips of the peoples, that all of them may call on the name of the Lord and serve him shoulder to shoulder. 3:12 But I will leave within you the meek and humble, who trust in the name of the Lord. 3:17 The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing." May our Lord God bless us all in 2022, thank you, Amen!
This age old question remains today - Why does our all powerful, all loving God, allow evil? Hell if I know! Just kidding, lol, my sense is that coming to the peace of God amidst suffering and strife is a personal choice that takes humility. God is forgiving but can not choose for us to repent for and surrender our sinfulness. And besides, a world without sin, is that not heaven? What amazing things in our lifetime has God made or enabled us to make right in this world? What next level God-mazingness is unfolding or imminent?
God is, in power & might, closer to a force of nature, a stormy whirlwind, than "He" is to being human. Even though we are protected and rest in Him as our Heavenly Father, God is not a man! Imagine ... the clouds are the DUST of his feet!
I am grateful that the Lord will not let the guilty go unpunished. Other than following laws, we must not burden ourselves with the drama and violence of avenging evil doers. Those who continue with wrong doing after being told & disciplined, need an even firmer hand for choosing to become free of their iniquitous ways.
This Micah Bible verse jumped out at me as healing because it is so straightforward. God gives us clear directions and guidance and it is good advice :) Imagining we are eternal beings getting lifetimes to experience everything, we can perhaps better understand alternate perspectives and what it means to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with God.
These verses from Micah are healing for me because they remind me to trust God and to learn directly from God rather than from someone who doesn't honour God but pries into God's business.
I am writing this blog to highlight Bible verses that I experience as especially healing and relevant for daily guidance. My journeys in life have been truly amazing. Chronic illness with ME/CFS, as difficult as it is, continues to take me wild and loving places for healing.