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Unbridled Joy

I grew up on a farm, and there’s nothing like the sight of a calf, released from its pen, in springtime. It kicks up its heels in unbridled joy! True, unrestrained freedom. The prophet Malachi used this analogy for us: the people of God.
But before this reference, he acknowledges another reality, as true in our day as it was in his. Sometimes we get stuck on the injustice of our day. Life is tough (“in this world you will have trouble” – John 16:33), but justice will come. “For behold, the day is coming, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble. The day that is coming shall set them ablaze, says the Lord of hosts….” In due time, God’s judgment will be executed perfectly.
After this assurance, Malachi tells us great things are in store for those who trust God. “But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall” (Mal. 4:1-2). 
God is still on the Throne. The Ancient of Days has not grown tired or weak and He doesn’t slumber or sleep (Ps. 121:4). Those who fear His name will be healed. And one day, when He sets everything right in His perfect timing and will, we will go out leaping in unbridled joy. And be free.

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O Lord, How Manifold are Your Works

Spring time is one of my favorite times of year.  Everything is turning green, the flowers are blooming, birds are singing, crickets are chirping…God’s beautiful creation stirs as though there is a whole new beginning. 

Psalm 147:8 - He covers the heavens with clouds;
    he prepares rain for the earth;
    he makes grass grow on the hills.

Psalm 104:24-25 - O Lord, how manifold are your works!
    In wisdom have you made them all;
    the earth is full of your creatures.

Psalm 8:3-4 - When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
    the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
what is man that you are mindful of him,
    and the son of man that you care for him?

All of creation points to our Creator.  From the smallest micro-organism to a universe filled with galaxies upon galaxies.  They all point to His infinite power and His great attention to the tiniest detail.  Look at the colors in the flowers, how one seed can grow into a piece of art, how the gray winters turn into vibrant spring.  Even the most complex space ship doesn’t come close the complexities and intricacies in one living cell.  AMAZING!  That same God, the most amazing artist of all time, made you in His own image.  That same God knows you, loves you and cares for you.  That same God has the power to make something beautiful out of your circumstances, turn your darkest days to vibrant days, and refine you to look more and more like His Son, Jesus Christ.  Look to Him, the One who is able.  Evidence of His power is all around you.

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