“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.” This first verse contains a wonderful blessing for the child of God. This verse establishes both our position, and our possession. The little word “my” sets the tone for the whole chapter. This is a personal Psalm, and it has many applications for our Christian life.
Christmas is a wonderful time of the year for most, but for some, it ends up being a sad and stressful season. Folks without friends, family, or money searching for joy. Long nights and shorter days seem to loom over spirits like a dark blanket. The cold air keeps us all indoors - unable to take a walk or enjoy the fresh air. Each holiday reminds us of lost loved ones and of blessings that seem to have become curses... Haunted and hungry for a blessing.
I recently read that the average American loses $75 every year. Quarters in the couch, bills left in the cash dispenser, money laying near the register… Seventy-five dollars! But get this, the average income world-wide is only $69 per year. That’s right: Americans lose more money than most people make! Aren’t we blessed? But there is a danger with all the blessings... gravity.
If you didn't get the blessing from your home or your church - you might feel like you're on your own to make it work, like you're not watched over or cared-for. When you pray and God didn't answer, you almost expected it - maybe you didn't do it right, maybe He had better things to do. Whether you are trying to fix your dishwasher, change your brakes, plant a garden, keep everything afloat, or raise kids of your own... at the core is a belief that you are fatherless... orphaned. It's like we've been told to take a trip - without a map. Well, here's your map:
Isaac was a man in the middle. Look for him in the Bible... you won't find much, but what you find will be in the middle of two Patriarchs who get quite a bit of Biblical narrative. You'll find him in the middle of several controversies / conflicts ... especially in the middle of his … Continue reading Man in the Middle