I am forever in awe of my Savior. He is so big, vast, and loving, but yet I tend to forget about his wrath. I asked him this morning to show me something in his word. Nothing specific, just something that I could meditate on, that would give me yet another perspective of his pure amazingness. Well, believe it or not, He answered my prayer to the fullest. My bible fell open to Lamentations 3. I read it, and I realized how much I need this reminder. His wrath is indescribable, I can't think of a word to even describe it. But, His love for his children is so endless and powerful, I can't think of a word for that either! Even when God is giving you hardship,grief, and bitterness, have hope! His love for you is endless, he causes pain, but he will have compassion! I want to laugh and cry at the same time, because He is showing me how powerful his wrath is and how gentle his LOVE is! Isn't he wonderful? One thing I love about God is how confusing he is. I know it sounds weird, but think about it. If we had a God we could understand, one that we could comprehend how big his wrath and love is, one we could figure out without our brains wanting to fall out, it would make him that much less awesome! I am glad there are things about him that I don't know, that I can trust him with my life, because he has a perfect plan, and because he loves me.
I am the man who has seen affliction
under the rod of his wrath;
2 he has driven and brought me
into darkness without any light;
3 surely against me he turns his hand
again and again the whole day long.
4 He has made my flesh and my skin waste away;
he has broken my bones;
5 he has besieged and enveloped me
with bitterness and tribulation;
6 he has made me dwell in darkness
like the dead of long ago.
7 He has walled me about so that I cannot escape;
he has made my chains heavy;
8 though I call and cry for help,
he shuts out my prayer;
9 he has blocked my ways with blocks of stones;
he has made my paths crooked.
10 He is a bear lying in wait for me,
a lion in hiding;
11 he turned aside my steps and tore me to pieces;
he has made me desolate;
12 he bent his bow yand set me
as a target for his arrow.
13 He drove into my kidneys
the arrows of his quiver;
14 I have become the laughingstock of all peoples,
the object of their taunts all day long.
15 He has filled me with bitterness;
he has sated me with wormwood.
16 He has made my teeth grind on gravel,
and made me cower in ashes;
17 my soul is bereft of peace;
I have forgotten what happiness is;
18 so I say, “My endurance has perished;
so has my hope from the Lord.”
19 Remember my affliction and my wanderings,
the wormwood and the gall!
20 My soul continually remembers it
and is bowed down within me.
21 But this I call to mind,
and therefore I have hope:
22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
24 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in him.”
25 The Lord is good to those who wait for him,
to the soul who seeks him.
26 It is good that one should wait quietly
for the salvation of the Lord.
27 It is good for a man that he bear
the yoke in his youth.
28 Let him sit alone in silence
when it is laid on him;
29 let him put his mouth in the dust—
there may yet be hope;
30 let him give his cheek to the one who strikes,
and let him be filled with insults.
31 For the Lord will not
cast off forever,
32 but, though he cause grief, he will have compassion
according to the abundance of his steadfast love;
33 for he does not afflict from his heart
or grieve the children of men.
34 To crush underfoot
all the prisoners of the earth,
35 to deny a man justice
in the presence of the Most High,
36 to subvert a man in his lawsuit,
the Lord does not approve.
37 Who has spoken and it came to pass,
unless the Lord has commanded it?
38 Is it not from the mouth of the Most High
that good and bad come?
Ahhh...... this verse is so comforting to me. I love my Savior! And I am also in awe of the wonderful things he has created. Here are some that are my personal favs....
Stars, Music, Shoes, Flowers, oceans, animals, laughter, weeping,
And my brothers and sisters. I love sitting on the couch and watching Winnie the Pooh with them, playing outside with them, cooking for them, watching them grow up, and a whole lot of other things.... Thank God for family. I praise him that we could adopt Dash and Bear, and give them a family with siblings to do those special family things with. I thank him for adoption, and for all the people who have opened up their hearts to God and to the orphaned and widowed. And I am thankful to my heavenly father for adopting me and letting me join the body of Christ!
PS.... That video is amazing and HE IS MY KING!