Plea for Grace September 12, 2022

James 1:19-21 ESV - 
19 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; 
20 for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. 
21 Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.

Hebrews 4:12-13 ESV - 
12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 
13 And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

Psalm 119:25 ESV - 
25 My soul clings to the dust; give me life according to your word!

Oh, how our mouths get us into trouble! Speech, the ability to communicate with language is a wonderful, precious gift that God has given. Yet how quickly we learn to use that gift to our detriment (think of how early in life a child learns “no”). That whole subject is for another day . . .

Today, I want to concentrate on the gift that God speaks to us with language. He has chosen to make Himself known clearly. I was thinking about this while playing with my dog (a 4-year-old lab, yes, commence with eye rolls). I know that she understands me, but I also know that she understands basic commands and learns by experience what behavior gets her a treat and what behavior gets her sent to her bed for a “time out.” She can read tone of voice and facial expression to a point, but she does not understand idioms or sarcasm. She doesn’t understand metaphors. I can understand her tail wags and her ear positions — even her postures that tell if she is ready to get that ball or if she just wants to go in the house and lie down. But I don’t know every thought in her head; and she doesn’t know every thought in mine.

God has not limited His communication with us to one-word commands and basic rewards for desired behavior. He has given us language, and He communicates with us in language. God communicates emotion. God communicates beauty. He gives us language to praise Him. He gives us language to communicate our hopes and fears, our thanksgiving and our praise.

We use that precious gift of language for other things . . .

Pray for the Persecuted Church–OpenDoors USA

In 2021, the government of Oman intensified its monitoring of Christians and their activities, placing
Christians, especially converts from Islam, under higher pressure and catapulting the country eight spots on this year’s World Watch List. Additionally, violence rose as several Christians were forced to leave the country.

Day 1: In Oman, fear is a barrier to the growth of the
church. There is fear that doubting Islam will prevent
you from entering Heaven. Pray for the bondage of
fear to be broken.

Daily Wisdom
Psalm 56-60
Proverbs 12

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