1 John 3:2
I was praying for God to give me a verse to help me know what to blog about to "brag on" Him for linking up with Brag on God Fridays. As you can tell from my last post, I've been very down. But it doesn't mean my God should be any less exalted. He is amazing and I love Him no matter how low I feel.
This verse is balm to my soul. It makes me smile, and reminds me of my favorite devotional, God Calling, where it's said that to look on the face of God makes the inner man, the original man, the Self, shrivel up and die. (June 2nd) That part of us that is crucified with Him.
So when it says in the verse above that we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is, I think about gazing on His face and being transformed. Like the beloved verses (which will always remind me of my dear friend Jane, who I know reads this blog, because of the pure joy she takes in them any time they're referenced) "...when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord." 2 Corinthians 3:16-18
So even though I am shattered and broken and worthless and flawed... I am clinging to these verses and trying to look at the Lord. For the more I dwell with Him, the more I abide in Him, the more I am healed and am changed. There is that promise. The promise that I'm not what I will be, and I will be like Him.
God is good. And it is my joy to seek His face.
As I searched for the day in God Calling I was thinking of above, I found this that spoke to me as well:
Our Lord, we praise Thee.
Praise is the devil's death knell. Resignation, acceptance of My Will, obedience to it, have not the power to vanquish evil that praise has.
The joyful heart is my best weapon against all evil. Oh! pray and praise.
You are learning your lesson. You are being led out into a large place. Go with songs of rejoicing. Rejoice evermore. Happy indeed if each day has its thrill of joy.
Talk to Me more during the day. Look up into My Face - a look of Love, a feeling of security, a thrill of Joy at the sense of the nearness of My Presence - these are your best prayers.Let these smooth the day's work, then fear will vanish, and fear is the grim figure that turns aside success.
I needed that right now.
God is so awesome. He leads me to the verse that leads me to the memory that leads me to that which I need. God's creation is so intricate, and his fingerprints are on every inch.