Monday, March 31, 2014

Saved in Amber

The title is the title of our  devotional for April.  Like all the others, it's 14 days, which gives an opportunity to go through it twice and allow the edification to sink in more than with just one reading.  That's the cover, to the right.  You can get it for your Kindle, here: http://amzn.to/1lxkCw4 .  

There are still eight more devotionals to come.  And, if there's enough demand, we may put the whole set together in one volume as a hardcopy, in time for Christmas.  In the meantime, enjoy April's thoughts.

You might have noticed that there was no post and no tweets for Friday through Sunday.  We've had a number of different things come together at once.  Nothing bad.  But I still can only be in one place at a time.  No matter how often I practice my omnipresence, I still can't seem to get it right.  And my multitasking capabilities are limited.  As a result, we don't have one of the last few installments ready in our "Coal or Diamond" series.  So, what we thought we'd do is share one of the devotionals from "Saved in Amber".  We hope you enjoy it.


Psalm 91:1 (KJV) He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.


The theme of our devotionals has been “saved in amber”.  Anything that we find in a piece of amber has usually been preserved whole, unscathed.  That, at one point brought to mind today’s verse. That verse creates an interesting word picture.  The Hebrew for “secret place” is cether, which also can be translated as “hiding place”, “covering”, and “protection”.  That place is protective and kept secret from the spiritual enemy.

When we speak of dwelling, in that part of the verse, the Hebrew is yashab.  That word isn’t talking about something like the camps of the Bedouins, setting up tents overnight, then moving on.  Nor is it even like an apartment dweller who may live in one place for a few years, then move on to something that seems more attractive in some way.  Yashab speaks of long term residency.  And it includes the idea that there’s a relationship.  So, that relationship has us living for a long time under God’s covering and spiritual protection.  That’s exciting!  There’s plenty to meditate on, with just that.  We’ll look at the other half of this verse, tomorrow.


Prayer thoughts for day 11:  Salvation isn’t just a change, but a change that  brings spiritual protection.  If we don’t yet have a relationship with God, we want Him to show us what we gain by accepting that relationship.  If we have already made that relationship, we want God to show us the perks, the benefits package, the spiritual insurance.  In either case, we need God to show us that it’s not a one sided relationship.  Open our eyes, Lord to the protective love you shed on us.  Let us see that it’s not just us worshiping You.

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That's just a taste.  Again, you can order a copy of "Saved in Amber" for your Kindle, here: http://amzn.to/1lxkCw4 .

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