"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

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Pleasant Stone Devotional Meditation: March 13

"God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God" ~ Psalm 62:11
This rare "pleasant stone" could rest as easily and as correctly in any of our baskets of "pleasant stones" which we are sharing during these days of learning together. Surely it "cuts right through" as our diamonds did. Power does belong to God. Surely it holds all the hope there is for mere human beings, and so could fit nicely into our collection of "blue stones" which we will look at next. From every syllable of every word there rings a song of praise and victory, and so it would go well with our "green stones," the stones of rejoicing. Within God's power is all the strength we need in time of trouble and soorrow, and so it would be right in place with our "purple stones" too. But we've put it here among the "red" ones because to me [Eugenia Price, the author], His power is so completely a part of His resurrection life. Christ got up and walked out of that dark sealed tomb by the power of God. By "... the spirit of him that raised up Jesus ... and who will also raise us up by his power ..." The very life of God active within us is our only way out of temptation, and so I have placed this verse about power belonging to God here, among our "red stones" which offer us "a way to escape" falling into temptation's trap. Power does belong unto God. God said so once, and then He said it again. "... twice have I heard this ..." Power belongs to God and if God is living in us, it also belongs to us. It is still God's power, but it is ours to use. He has given Himself for us --- to use. We don't need God's power to choose to sin. We were born with the power to do that. But the power to choose to obey God "belongeth to God." We do need that. And it is ours in Christ.
"I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."

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