Good thoughts by Andrew on 1 Sam 4-8.

The scary thing about what I read today is that God is more than willing to give you exactly what you want.  However, be warned; there are consequences.  We are not going to accidentally be obedient to God.  We will not stumble upon a relationship with him.  We will not be surprised with a heavenly home.  Righteousness is a choice we must make each hour of each day.  God will give you the desires of your heart.  We just need to make sure it is HIM we actually desire.

He’s right that often God will give us what we want. If we want to do wrong, if we insist upon it, we have free will. God was always, in the ultimate sense, in charge of Israel. He was going to be true to his promise to David, finally bringing the faithful remnant forward, but he did not keep the people from making their mistakes and fleeing from his will. Continue reading

UPLIft/Your Day to Shine — A part of my email signature when I’d use my CloudburstPoetry .com email was this little couplet:

What we want, when we get it,
We often find we soon regret it.

regretsThere’s no political message in that, by the way, although it could, and I imagine, will, have an application in that realm. This was written long time ago. Since I changed servers for the CP website, I lost the domain-specific email, but didn’t want to lose this jingle to posterity. (Those are good poems, the Cloudburst ones, by the way, sent only by email, so hop over and join that list.)

How to make sure that what we want will in the end satisfy us? How to guarantee that we’ll have no buyer’s remorse? I have a couple of ideas: Continue reading

Text: Matthew 20

Memorize: “He said to her, ‘What do you want?'” Matthew 20:21 NET

In two stories in sequence, Jesus asks people what they want. In the first, he asks “the mother of the sons of Zebedee [who] came to him with her sons, and kneeling down she asked him for a favor” (v. 20). And no small favor at that! In the second, two blind men cry for mercy, so he asks, “What do you want me to do for you?” (v. 32), as if he didn’t know already.

He denies the first, while he grants the blind men’s desires. With his questions about what they want, he shows both his willingness to consider the requests, at the same time indicating that he doesn’t fill in blank checks. Continue reading