"For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth." ~ Deuteronomy14:2

Friday, February 10, 2012

Pleasant Stone Devotional Meditation: February 10

"Mine eyes are ever toward the Lord; for he shall pluck my feet out of the net" ~ Psalm 25:15
When God invites every one to come, as surely He does through the open arms of His Son, Jesus Christ, He does not invite us to attend a meeting or to read a book or to observe a rite. He does not even invite us to embrace a religion. He invites us clearly and plainly to enter into a relationship with a Person. "Come unto me..." "Look unto me..." God invites us to come to Him in time of trouble and find out for ourselves that His is a shepherd heart. Throughout the Old Testament we find God's people calling on Him in times of trouble and heartbreak and loss. And God replied: "Comfort ye, my people... I am the Lord... that is my name." God knows we all get our feet tangled up in the "nets" of trouble and snap judgments and failure. He knows the "nets" of sorrow and heartache and sudden tragedy snarl around our feet, and He knows we would surely fall without Him to set us free. Certainly it is completely true that God is a deliverer. That we can depend upon Him to get us out of our predicaments. But, there is a subtle trap here also. We are too prone to depend upon the fact of His deliverance, rather than upon God Himself. I am coming to believe that He does not even want us to depend upon His promises to deliver us, but upon Himself. That is why David wrote about the Lord first in this verse and then about the net. Our tendency is to look at our feet tangled up in the net and try to quote Scripture verses that suit our special trouble. But David, the man after God's own heart says: "Mine eyes are ever toward the Lord: for he shall pluck my feet out of the net." Toward the Lord --- not the net.
"Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith..."

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