"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, July 6, 2012

Pleasant Stone Devotional Meditation: July 6

“Whereas thou hast been forsaken and hated, so that no man went through thee, I will make thee an internal excellency, a joy of many generations” ~ Isaiah 60:15

We have all felt forsaken at one time or another in our lives. Perhaps you feel forsaken now. Feeling forsaken may be a new tragedy in your life. Feeling forsaken may be old to you and too familiar. You may feel forsaken because you have had to break certain relationships for Christ’s sake. Or because death has taken the one who was always there when you needed someone to be there.

Whatever the history of your aloneness, turn this lovely “purple stone” in the light of the love of God and look deeply into its heart. “Whereas thou hast been forsaken and hated … I will make thee an eternal excellency…” This is God speaking to you! This may mean a different thing with each one of us. But it is a thing which is well known to God. Whatever He has in mind as an “eternal excellency” for you will be the most desirable thing of all. And if your feeling of desolation has been the cause of your aching heart, He also promises that if you will leave it to Him, He will not only give you joy, He will “make thee … a joy.”

No one can tell you how God will do this. This is one of those lovely secrets between you and God. One He longs to reveal to you, as He longs to possess you completely. Give Him yourself, including your bitterness at being forsaken, and let Him make you an “eternal excellency … and a joy.”

“Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself; for the Lord shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended.”

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