Mission Statement

In classical sacrifices, the people get the good bits, and the gods get the refuse, the bits that would get thrown out otherwise.

Not our God. Leviticus (particularly Leviticus 3) describes the sacrifices that our LORD demanded from His people of Israel. God gets the kidneys, the tail, and all the fat. He gets the prime steak, He gets the best.

Today we do not literally give sacrifices of animals. For us the ultimate sacrifice has been made through our Lord, Christ Jesus. But should always be our ambition to do the same thing - to offer God the best of what we have, to offer Him the fat, and not the smoke and bones.

Friday, 15 January 2010

Thoughts From my Quiet Time

Jeremiah 14:10-22.

Jeremiah in his prayer to the LORD remarks "You are the one who does all this." He means both the sending of the rain so needed for crops and the sending of judgement on the rebellious nation of Israel.

We so rarely realise that today. We are so unlike Job, who remarked "Should we accept only the good from the LORD, and not the bad?" (my paraphrase). We refuse to believe that anything we don't want is from God. No, we say, it is of the devil. Well, the devil has only the power God allows him to have. ALL things are from the LORD!

There is plenty in my life that I do not like, but it is from God to strengthen me for the challenges ahead. This has been so real lately. When some of the children cried for hours I realised this, and it gave me the strength not to get upset. One day I will need what I went through today - even if it is learning how to cope with a child who won't stop crying.

LORD, help me to remember this.

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