Rending and Trembling

Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains would tremble before you!…

Yet, O LORD, you are our Father.

We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.

Do not be angry beyond measure, O LORD; do not remember our sins forever.

Oh, look upon us, we pray, for we are all your people. Isaiah 64:1, 8-9 (NIV)

Yesterday was a good day and a difficult day. I woke up yesterday morning asking God to encourage me that day to stay the course that He has given me. He did that. BIG! I praised Him throughout the day. It was good! No, it was great!

Then I went to a meeting … and got caught in the church bureaucracy! Came out a bit battered and hurt! Had some quiet time in the car alone while Henry took a test…and God faithfully showed up through this chapter in Isaiah.

God will come in power and “rend” and cause some serious trembling! When God shows Himself, we rejoice as with great joy as a child sees his loving Father. But if the child has been disobedient of rebellious, the joy may quickly turn to trembling as she awaits the consequences of her actions!

I want to be like clay in the hands of the potter as God molds and shapes me into the child He desires. Like a potter who sees the beauty inside the lump of clay and recognizes what can be long before it is! God sees me through the eyes of Jesus and comes closer. I fall to my knees asking forgiveness for my sins. God is gracious as He sifts through my heart and my actions…separating the sin from the obedience. When I ask, “Please, Father, forgive me and restore me!” He does. He wipes my slate clean and remembers my sin no more. The ‘old Jody’ is chiseled off like offending clay that is marring God’s beautiful creation. God does look upon me and sees me as His child…truly loved.

And so I rested last night. I rested with peace because of God. I rested and healed because He is faithful and He will do it!

Take some time today to tell God exactly what you want. Pour out your heart to God and allow Him to give you the best of what He has in mind for you. Watch God come near with rending and trembling!

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

Psalm 91:1 (NIV)

Go ahead…read all of Psalm 91.

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