Category Archives: Devos

A “divine paradox” that is really comforting!

Infant in the arms of a muscular man

Paradox can be troubling… trying to resolve what appears to be contradictory, especially when both poles of the paradox seem to be true can baffle, confuse, and even frustrate.

On the other hand, some paradoxes are comforting! I read a passage during my time of “coffee with the Lord” that presented an apparent paradox that had that effect upon me personally. The paradox? – the greatness of God’s power juxtaposed with His gentleness… Here it is from my Bible reading…

[The greatness of God’s power] … “Behold your God! … The Lord God comes with might, and His arm rules for Him! Behold, His reward is with Him and His recompense before him! [And then the gentleness of God in the very next verse!] He will tend His flock like a shepherd; He will gather the lambs in His arms; He will carry them in His bosom, and gently lead those that are with young!” (from Isaiah 40:10-11)

I saw a picture recently that helped me with this paradox… A muscle bound hulk of a man, gently cradling and carrying a delicate infant (I hope I can find it for you and post it)…

Really you should read the rest of Isaiah 40 (I urge you to do it)… It develops the reality of God’s incredible power AND His gentle care simultaneously! See if it doesn’t encourage you! I believe you will find it comforting today… A God of incredible power but also a God of tender care on behalf of His people. Perhaps it’s a divine paradox you need to reflect upon today!

Living in a “pressure cooker world?” Here’s the invitation of Jesus…

Living in the pressure cookerDon’t know what you may be facing today or just ahead next week, but oh what a wonderful invitation from Jesus to those who live in a “pressure cooker world” – a world with high intensity and incredibly stress producing…

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30 New Living Translation)

Com’on, just do it – do it NOW… do it tomorrow too!!!

The hope of a bright new world!

A bright new world

Just finished my Bible reading this morning during “coffee with the Lord”…  Listen, In the troubled, violence-ridden, evil world in which we live it is encouraging to have God’s promise of a wonderful future day for God’s people…  Read the following passage and revel in its encouragement and promises!

“The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad; the desert shall rejoice and blossom like the crocus; it shall blossom abundantly and rejoice with joy and singing! …They shall see the glory of the Lord, the majesty of our God…

“Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees.  Say to those who have an anxious heart, ‘Be strong; fear not! Behold, your God will come… He will come and save you!”  Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped;  then shall the lame man leap like a deer, and the tongue of the mute sing for joy. For waters break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert; the burning sand shall become a pool, and the thirsty ground springs of water…

“And a highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Way of Holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it. It shall belong to those who walk on the way…  No lion shall be there, nor shall any ravenous beast come up on it; they shall not be found there, but the redeemed shall walk there.  And the ransomed of the Lord shall return and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.”  (from Isaiah 35)

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