Food for thought      10th August 09

“Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit.”




The Lord is saying: For I have given you a mandate and you are wondering whether it is possible to see this through. Keep walking forward and know that I will lead you step by step. You do not have to work out how this is going to happen. Just little by little steps of obedience and you will have fulfilled that which I am calling you to do.

A few days ago I randomly opened the bible in three places and studied them, wondering how they all tied in.

The first was the Songs of Solomon, the amazing love story that used to seem to me far too romantically passionate to be in the bible... as I read through there were verses such as...

"My sister, my spouse! How much better than wine is your love,
And the scent of your perfumes than all spices!

The next scripture came from Jeremiah... one of those chapters that makes me cringe when I see what God is going to do because of the wrongdoings of the Jews. I tend to want to see the nice bits in the bible, where God is happy with the people and all is rosy, and yet the Jews had done some things to God which were beyond His pain barrier. Jeremiah told the Jews ".... the Lord could no longer bear it" The women, with their husbands permission, had been giving cake and drink offerings and burning incense to the queen of heaven, amongst other terrible things they did..

The next were words from Jesus in Luke 10

27 So he answered and said, “ ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’

I had to cry when I suddenly realised that my perception of a God who was cold, angry and distant who demanded our love just for the sake of it, was a far cry from this God I was now seeing. He longs for a love affair with His people and He cannot bear it it when we pour our love out on idols instead of on Him.

I can understand those types of emotions, can't you?. What can be more heartbreaking for a person than when their lover goes astray to give their heart to someone else. It made me love Him so much more and want to give my whole heart to this wonderful jealous God who has chosen us the church as His bride.


Oh Lord forgive us for pouring out our love on idols, and help us to love you passionately, with all of our being. In Jesus's precious name. Amen.








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When I look into your eyes

I can't live without you


Shirley Howitt