Monday, August 6, 2012
Pleasant Stone Devotional Meditation: August 6
“The Lord looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men. From the place of his habitation he looketh upon all the inhabitants of the earth. He fashioned their hearts alike; he considereth all their works” ~ Psalm 33:13-15
Those who know the suffering which can come along with feeling different from other people will find great help in this “purple stone” verse. Some try to be different. This also causes us to be misfits, but we are not so quickly aware of our oddities when something in our own egocentric personalities drives us to be unlike other people.
It is for those among you who feel “different” and don’t want to feel that way, that I [Eugenia Price, the author] share this “purple stone.” Perhaps you are not quite like other people. I could never for one moment believe God caused your affliction. There is nothing in the Heart that broke on Calvary that indicates He sent it willfully. Where it came from, no one can clearly explain. But, as with the man born blind from birth (whose blindness Jesus said was not caused by the sin of his parents or himself), you too can begin to see beyond your handicap (John 9). He didn’t know how it was that Jesus healed him but he did know that while once he had been blind (different from other people) suddenly, after the touch of Jesus Christ, he could see! “The Lord looketh down from heaven, he beholdeth all the sons of men.” You too. Just as you are.
And if you will drop your resentment and questioning long enough to experience the touch of Jesus upon your life, you too will begin to see as you’ve never seen before that “He fashoneth their hearts alike.” In your affliction, He is also afflicted. Recognize that Christ is in it with you. Look at Him in your suffering, and you will begin to trust Him.
“… none of them that trust in him shall be desolate.”