10 “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven
and do not return there but water the earth,
making it bring forth and sprout,
giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
11 so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
it shall not return to me empty,
but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.
Our Father God has a very long something to say in that Sentence. How difficult it would be to put a snow storm back in the cloud. Rather pointless to try.
God puts us on paths and not all of them lead, even in Careers, to happiness and joy.
However, if you do something you were asked to do - like President Reagan was asked to end a communist system that took the Faith of the people away from them. A God Plan - like Noah building a ship. Like Abram leaving his father's country to go where God called him - then you know the journey was correct and the twists and turns are part of Life.
You can even look back and say, "I learned. And I'm stronger today."
What God is teaching us if we let Him -
13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ. 14 As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; 15 but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ
God asks us to Search For Wisdom. We see this as Moses goes further into the Exodus. And Joshua has learned from Moses. What Elijah taught Elisha.
Today is the Feast of Polycarp. He is regarded as the disciple of the Apostle John. He lived to be 86 years old and died in 177 A.D. Shines a light on how the generations are always 14 in Biblical times, doesn't it?
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.
We are not all handed a great life and asked to do well. Some of us went this way or that. We joined Churches, moved, had jobs, new neighborhoods and changes. But I cannot say that I would do this differently.
Polycarp said as he died, "Eighty and six years I have served Him, and He has done me no wrong." God intends us to get stronger as we get older. God tells us to plant a seed like a mustard and the birds of the forest will land and have shelter there. You know what has a tiny, little seed and grows?
And this 360 foot tree arrives from an insignificant seed. The Sequoia arrives at a huge height in about fifty years and is magnificent in about a hundred and fifty years.
1 Corinthians 13:11
When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways.
Remember with me, Heaven has old people in Heaven who watch children.
3"Thus says the LORD, 'I will return to Zion and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem. Then Jerusalem will be called the City of Truth, and the mountain of the LORD of hosts will be called the Holy Mountain.' 4"Thus says the LORD of hosts, 'Old men and old women will again sit in the streets of Jerusalem, each man with his staff in his hand because of age. 5'And the streets of the city will be filled with boys and girls playing in its streets.'
Whoever gives thought to the word will discover good,
and blessed is he who trusts in the Lord.
21 The wise of heart is called discerning,
and sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness.
22 Good sense is a fountain of life to him who has it,
but the instruction of fools is folly.
23 The heart of the wise makes his speech judicious
and adds persuasiveness to his lips.
24 Gracious words are like a honeycomb,
sweetness to the soul and health to the body.
31 Gray hair is a crown of glory;
it is gained in a righteous life.
32 Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty,
and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.
33 The lot is cast into the lap,
but its every decision is from the Lord.
Then young women will dance and be glad, young men and old as well. I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow.
What are we practicing for? In this Life. The Kingdom where the King is called Love.
This is to the standard we are establishing.
1 Corinthians 13
have not love, I gain nothing.
14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
Father God, Creator of Weather - today we have a return of winter across many parts of the country. For many spirits lag. Unless you are my son Cal, and you are traveling in a Colorado snow storm for the first time - with prayers for safety. We pray knowing that in You - we will go Forth. A new wind is coming. Spring nearby. Daily You renew us. Daily we Trust in You.
Thank You for giving us mercy and grace to the heights of the Heavens. Your Forgiveness. Let us do the work this day that is pleasing to Your sight. May the Words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart - be pleasing to You. You Are My Rock and My Redeemer. In Jesus. Amen.
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