Sunday, February 8, 2015

Day # 8: For Your gOOd { HeArT to hEaRt }

Day #8: For Your gOOd

I noticed a shirt, worn by a young lady one day and it made me shake my head. This is what it said...

"Love Thyself".

Let that sink in for a moment. There's a very important part to this warped version of a biblical commandment, that was totally M.I.A. How striking a flaunt of a lapse of love, that should put all of us to shame.

If God was anything like humans who seek themselves above their neighbor, we would be up a creek, with nobody to hand us a paddle.

Now you can breathe a deep sigh of relief!  God, Almighty, is everything but self seeking.

1 Corinthians 13: 5
... [ love ] is not self seeking.

His adoration for you has everything to do with what is best for you. You can be sure that the Almighty doesn't make plans concerning you, that factor in a selfish kick-back.

We question His motives most when things seem pooey. Excuse the metaphor. But we throw hands in the air in confusion when we are under the grass of the sewer, instead of basking in the green.

The Israelites faced a tough time in captivity. They most likely questioned ...Why do the "not so good" things happen? God spoke words of life when He reassured with this promise.

Jeremiah 24:5
Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel; ... I will acknowledge them that are carried away captive of Judah, whom I have sent out of this place
       ... for    their   good.

Take the last three words straight to your heart. God allows the "not so good" because He is the God who's love is not self seeking. Because even through the bad,  He wants what is... for your good.

When Joseph's brothers sold him into slavery, no one had any idea what would come of little brother, Joseph. But God did. He made Joseph second only to the King of Egypt. Plans for evil on part of self-seeking people, were precious success on the part of a loving God. What was intended for evil, "God meant it for good". ( Genesis 50:20)

God's love is not self-seeking. He does for you what is best for you.

         What has you questioning "why the not so good?".
   What has you under the green grass?
                 What keeps you enslaved?

God loves you enough to use what seems tough
        ... for    your    good.

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