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Monday, June 1, 2015

ALL WHO ARE NOT PRESENT; SAY HERE


Present
I've been trying for some time to develop a life style that doesn’t require my presence. So said; G.B.Trudeau. 

There have been times when I have felt like that for a few minutes.  Especially during some trying times, a moment of embarrassment, or until the pain would go away both physical and mental from a bad moment.  

I was reminded of Jonah when he had his experience with the whale and his evangelist tour to Nineveh was contrary to his wishes.  

Jonah 1:2 “Get up and go to the great city of Nineveh. Announce my judgment against it because I have seen how wicked its people are."  

There are so many lessons we can profit from the book of Jonah but let it suffice to say he was in rebellion during the whole process and dissatisfied with the result. 

Hosea would probably agree with Trudeau for so much of his life was distasteful. 

First, Hosea was directed by God to marry a promiscuous woman of ill-repute,

Second, Hosea and his wife, Gomer, have a son. God commands that the son be named Jezreel, “The Valley of death.”

Third, the couples have a daughter. God commands that she be named Lo-Ruhamah; “Unloved or Pitied.”
 
Fourth, a son is born to Gomer. It is questionable whether this child was Hosea's, for God commands that his name be Lo-ammi or “Not mine.” 

While this was a metaphor for the relationship with Yahweh and Israel for it was acted out in the flesh by Hosea on a day by day process. 

Then there was the redemption process whereby Christ was required to come and be the lamb of GOD sacrificed for us all. He had to live it out and go through the pain and suffering required to accomplish salvation for all of mankind.  

Understanding that life must be lived and at times it will be unpleasant, it behooves one to take advantage of all GOD provides for us, and to reject anything that will rob us of GOD’S provision.  

The question “How then should I live?” is foremost and one each of us must answer for them-selves.  A good place to start is; Ephesians 5:15- 20 Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil.
 
So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father.

Our fellowship with GOD will produce joy in our hearts and love for one another. 

This post is shared at “Tell Me a True Story.”   Please visit there!


 

2 comments:

  1. Thank you Robert for your wonderful post on being Here, with us at Tell me a Story. When God speaks we must always bend our ear to listen and obey.

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  2. So much happened then...when reading the Old Testament... and much of it is happening in our present-day world and time. Trusting the Lord for the consequences is all we can do forever. He is IT!!

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