Wednesday, October 15, 2014

God's Thoughts Are a Tree of Life

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We're always blessed by what Todd Parsons has to share from his spiritual insights and experience.  When I read the devotional he shared with friends on Monday, I got the sense that it was the perfect reading to set up a mindset for the series of posts we'll be doing, starting Friday, based on the Exponential West conference from last week.  We'll be sharing some thoughts from the conference and some of my own thoughts about what was shared.

Todd's devotional takes a look at what our thought life is rooted in. There can be torment in the wrong source, but great joy comes out of thinking with God.


Ps 42:11  Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; For I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God.

Again, at the end of the following chapter.

Ps 43:5  Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; For I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God. 

I am finding a direct connection to my hope and my emotional health, i.e., how I feel about myself and my outlook to others. I noted to a friend how there are times of soaring with God in my life and noted times when my plane has done a belly flop in the dust without landing gear and my mouth is full of gravel. Times when I feel one with God and times I feel unworthy and undeserving. But, the funny thing is this that I noted to him, that in God's heart and mind, "there has not been a change". In me was the only change in how I was thinking and hoping. I am always unworthy and undeserving and it is always God's Grace, (receiving from Him that which I do not deserve)... My life is but a vapor, this we know from the scripture, so, it stands to reason that, how much more are these fleeting moments that I have my hope in something about me, namely my feelings. Hope in God, for it is He that changes not, but He and His word is a rock and a fortress for me. God's thoughts are never changing toward you and I. He has purchased us with His own blood. God's thoughts are of peace and not of evil, (Jer. 29:11), to give us an expected end. Trusting in myself, i.e., my thoughts will make me down cast and sick every time...because I cannot see God's end that He has for me. Establishing my Hope in God's thoughts are a tree of life, for you and I, now!!!

Prov 13:12  Hope deferred makes the heart sick: but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.

     Of So Great Love, we are, tjp

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