facetime: Week 6

Day 3 – Meditate

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The miraculous healing of the invalid man begs the question, ‘Why didn’t He heal all the other blind, lame, and paralyzed people?’ In addition, ‘I see that Jesus did it for that man, but what about me?’ We know that Jesus can heal us or change our situation but, for whatever reason, we have yet to experience change. Why? We often chase after answers to that question without chasing after Jesus Himself. We want the miracle, the healing, and the hope without getting perspective from Jesus.

It’s easy in the midst of trials, suffering, and temptation to forget that God is up to something.  Many times, if we aren’t careful, our focus shifts and we place our hope in what Jesus can do for us rather than what He wants to do in and through us.

Don’t miss out on what Jesus wants you to know through the struggles of life. If our hope remains in Jesus then we can be content through the storm because we realize that He has a purpose in it, that He is working through it, and that He has invited us to respond.

When you ask things from Jesus, do you focus on the result of your request or do you focus on your relationship with Him?

 Below are some selected verses from Psalm 33. Today, find a quiet place and allow yourself to dwell on the words of the psalm seeking to gain perspective on the character of God and His desire to bring you hope. He has a plan and He knows exactly where you are.

 Shout for joy in the Lord, O you righteous!

    Praise befits the upright.

Give thanks to the Lord with the lyre;

    make melody to him with the harp of ten strings!

Sing to him a new song;

    play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts.

For the word of the Lord is upright,

    and all his work is done in faithfulness. 

He loves righteousness and justice;

    the earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord.

By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,

    and by the breath of his mouth all their host.

He gathers the waters of the sea as a heap;

    he puts the deeps in storehouses. 

Let all the earth fear the Lord;

    let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him!

For he spoke, and it came to be;

    he commanded, and it stood firm.

 

The Lord looks down from heaven;

    he sees all the children of man;

from where he sits enthroned he looks out

    on all the inhabitants of the earth, 

he who fashions the hearts of them all

    and observes all their deeds.

The king is not saved by his great army;

    a warrior is not delivered by his great strength. 

The war horse is a false hope for salvation,

    and by its great might it cannot rescue. 

Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him,

    on those who hope in his steadfast love,

that he may deliver their soul from death

    and keep them alive in famine 

Our soul waits for the Lord;

    he is our help and our shield.

For our heart is glad in him,

    because we trust in his holy name. 

Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us,

    even as we hope in you.

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