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Like a Parent 10.24.20
Like a Parent 10.24.20

Bruce Goettsche • October 24, 2020

Oh that you had paid attention to my commandments!

Then your peace would have been like a river,

and your righteousness like the waves of the sea;

(Isaiah 48:18).


Children think their parents give them rules and erect barriers just to make their life miserable and keep them enslaved. But that is not why they put guides in place. Their purpose is to spare their child heartache and keep them from danger. The rules are given out of love, not power.


The same is true for the Lord. We sometimes think His rules and guidelines are meant to keep us from having fun. In truth, He gives His commands for the same reason a parent does: He wants to protect and enrich us. He wants us to have the best life possible.


The next time you start to chafe at the commands of scripture, think of God as the parent who simply wants the best for His children.

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Someday 10.23.20
Someday 10.23.20

Bruce Goettsche • October 23, 2020

They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore;

the sun shall not strike them,

nor any scorching heat.

For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd,

and he will guide them to springs of living water,

and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.

Revelation 7:16–17.


This picture of our future day as believers is the picture that keeps us going in the present day. When life is overwhelming; when circumstances are unfair; when you feel forgotten; this promise from God is the One that keeps us going. It is the promise of "someday."


Someday the pain will end. Someday the joy will overwhelm the sorrow. Someday we will see Him face to face, and we will know in every cell of our body that we are loved. We will see Him as He is, and we will see the purposes of what we did not understand here.


Wishful thinking? The resurrection of Jesus is the "seal of authenticity" for these promises.


So, today, let the beauty of THAT day give you strength and endurance for THIS day.

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Steadfast Love 10.22.20
Steadfast Love 10.22.20

Bruce Goettsche • October 22, 2020

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,

for his steadfast love endures forever.

Give thanks to the God of gods,

for his steadfast love endures forever.

Give thanks to the Lord of lords,

for his steadfast love endures forever;

Psalm 136:1–3.


Throughout Psalm 136 the Psalmist repeats the phrase "his steadfast love endures forever." It can actually be quite tedious to read unless you really hear. I heard this morning.


The Psalmist reminds us that everything is given to us by God simply because He loves us. The fog, rain, sunshine, stars, moon, sunset, the beauty of friendship, the delight of tastebuds, the soothing beauty of music (some music!), the freedom that comes with muscles, tendons, and more. He gave us eyes to watch the changing landscape and marvel at the colors in the trees. He gave us minds to fully appreciate His grandeur. He did all of it because He loves us.


God gave us people to love, pets to love us, children and grandchildren to embrace, and partners to cherish. He gave it all to use out of love.


By extension, God allows the hard times out of love as well. That is more difficult to see, especially in the midst of it. But even here God props us up, gives us strength, brings healing, and sometimes walks us all the way home.


He steadfast (unmoveable, unfading) love endures (holds tight, is determined, resolute) FOREVER (take a second to let that sink in). These words are worthy of repeating. Look around today and see the evidences of His love. Then bow your head and worship and celebrate Him.


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