September Devotion, Day 22

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Lift Up Your Eyes

“I will lift up my eyes to the mountains;
From where shall my help come?”

Psalm 121:1

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In 1 Kings 18:21 Elijah asked an interesting question.  “How long will you hesitate between two opinions?  If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.”

It seems to me that I know more people today who are hesitating between two opinions.  They admit that God is the Creator of all things and they even consider Jesus to be the Son of God, but in their daily life they have no desire to spend time with Him, choosing instead many idols of this world for comfort and pleasure.

Although Elijah posed a great question, the people did not answer.  So he suggested an altar be built.  Then they would call on their god and Elijah would call on the name of the Lord.  The God who answered by fire, burning up the altar, He is God.

I always feel sorry for the people as they called on their god from morning until noon and then leaped about the altar.  Elijah thought maybe they should shout louder because their god was either occupied, on a journey, or maybe even sleeping!

Of course they did as he suggested and cried louder and even cut themselves with swords and lances until blood gushed out on them.  They raved on until the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, but to no avail.

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Aren’t you glad we serve a mighty God who does not slumber nor sleep? He is the only True and Living God. He is our Provider and our Protector and He has promised to never leave us nor forsake us.  He hears us when we pray and He has given us the right to be called His children because we have believed in His only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ.

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Let’s read what happened when Elijah prayed – I would have loved to be present for this moment in time!  Read 1 Kings 18:30-39.  I especially love how the people were no longer quiet, but instead praised the One True God!  Now let’s turn to Psalm 121 and in our most beloved handwriting write it in our personal journals.

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Thank you again for joining me for September Devotion.  We have only eight days to go, so let’s press on and be diligent in meeting here daily to cherish the things of God above all else – together.  Please consider leaving a comment below – I love to hear from you. 🙂

You can find the other days to this devotional here:  September 1, September 2September 3, September 4September 5September 6, September 7September 8, September 9, September 10,  September 11, September 12, September 13September 14, September 15, September 16, September 17, September 18September 19, September 20, and September 21

Happy SimplyLiving!
Constance

A Voice Is Calling

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Here I am, still in my favorite book of the Bible and still amazed.  I love God’s Word and I’m SO loving Advent this year!  I don’t really know what the difference is – maybe it’s this blog and writing to you daily and sharing my thoughts from the Word of God.  It is nice to not hide them all away in a journal as I used to do.  Now only some go there, but a lot of my thoughts go here.

As I was saying, I’m still reading in the Book of Isaiah, specifically, Chapter 40:3-5

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“A voice is calling,
“Clear the way for the LORD in the wilderness;
Make smooth in the desert a highway for our God.

“Let every valley be lifted up,
And every mountain and hill be made low;
And let the rough ground become a plain,
And the rugged terrain a broad valley;

Then the glory of the LORD will be revealed,
And all flesh will see it together;
For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”

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In the Gospel of Luke Chapter 3, we can read about John the Baptist and how he cried out words very similar to these of Isaiah.  The people who came to hear him recognized his words and asked who he was, and he told them he was not the Christ.  They asked if he was Elijah, and he said he was not.  Again, they asked if he was the Prophet, and again he said no.

In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus said John was more than a prophet, a messenger that was to go ahead of Jesus and prepare the way before Him.  Jesus also said,

“Truly I say to you, among those born of women there has not arisen anyone greater than John the Baptist!
Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.”
Matthew: 11:11

Jesus also said in verses 14-15,

“And if you are willing to accept it, John himself is Elijah who was to come.”

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The words John the Baptist spoke are very important words and as I read them, I can see how I can obey them even today.  He said to “Clear the way for the LORD in the wilderness;” and “Make smooth in the desert a highway for our God.”  I wonder…  Is there a place within me where I still find myself wondering in the wilderness, a place like a desert – parched and dry?  Is there a place within my heart that I choose to keep from God?

This time of Advent seems like the perfect time to clear a way for the Lord Jesus to come into any place of  wilderness I may still dwell in.  To make smooth a highway for God in any dry and desolate places I may run to.  I know that this will take time and prayer – but my heart is ready and prepared for it.

John said that Jesus must be made great and John himself must be made small.  I pray this for myself and for you this evening; That in our lives Jesus would be in full view, our eyes fixed on Him and on His Kingdom, and on His righteousness.  I pray that He would become so great in our lives that we find ourselves frequently looking to the sky, expecting to see Him there with His arms stretched out, beckoning us Home!

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Thank you so much for joining me here at SimplyLiving101.  I love to have you over for a visit.  If you have any thoughts on this post, I would love to hear from you – please leave a comment below.  It’s like getting mail in the mailbox. 🙂

Happy Advent!

Constance

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