Category Archives: Meditations on God’s Word

THE LORD WAITS FOR ME

 

 

In the morning, Lord, You hear my voice;
    in the morning I lay my requests before You
    and wait expectantly. (Psalm 5:3)

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Why do I have to wait, Lord?

Anxious during this wait,

I fret more and think more;

Trying to reason out the answer,

I become more focused inward,

Never understanding the why as . . .

God, You are waiting for me.

For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall understand fully, even as I have been fully understood. (1 Corinthians 13:12)

Waiting for answers to requests we ask before the Lord are sometimes trying and difficult. The difficulty lies within you and within me, however. We need more hope, more faith, more trust in Him. We truly cannot see or understand what God sees and knows ahead and beyond anything we can comprehend.

For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways My ways, says the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are My ways higher than your ways
and My thoughts than your thoughts.

(Isaiah 55:8-9)

Lord, help us to wait patiently with the faith that You are always with us. Help us to fully trust in Your goodness and wisdom to direct our paths in this life.

(Sharon G. Tate blog 10/20/19) teacherforjesus.com   Meditations on God’s Word

THE AROMA OF CHRIST IN US

 

1 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.  (Ephesians 5:1-2)

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NOTICED: “Domino’s Pizza in Australia posted a job for ‘chief garlic bread taste tester.’” 1

 Any applicant of a job like this must be willing to deal with the consequences of “garlic breath,” which is “pungent, sharp, spicy, and strong. Bad breath or halitosis is associated with “garlic breath.” 2

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Most of us would not regard this position as a desirable career choice or even want it as a temporary job. We would, likely, need to rinse repeatedly with mouthwash and chew a lot of gum to try and dispel the “aroma” as we engaged with friends and family. Yet, that scent would remain with us beyond opening our mouths. Daily, repeated encounters with garlic would permeate our clothes and our very bodies. We would never be able to fully rid ourselves of that odor.

The metaphor of this situation is applicable to the person whose words and presence do not exude a “fragrant smell” to those he or she encounters.  The smell of garlic breath might be associated with works of the flesh in this comparison: 19 Now the works of the flesh are plain: fornication, impurity, licentiousness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, anger, selfishness, dissension, party spirit, 21 envy, drunkenness, carousing, and the like. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. (Galatians 5: 19-21)

As a Christian, we are to have Christ in us through our words, actions, deeds, and mind. What comes forth from us to others should be a “sweet smell,” one that is recognizable as the “fruit of the spirit”: 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such there is no law. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. (Galatians 5: 22-25) 

In our world today, “garlic breath” seems to be overwhelmingly prevalent. We can “smell it” from the internet and all forms of the media. We can “smell it” while waiting in the checkout line at the grocery store, in the hallways of our schools, at the sports events of our children, in our workplaces, while waiting at the stoplight, in the restaurants where we eat, as we walk down the main street of our towns and cities, in the houses of friends and relatives, and maybe in our own homes and even in our own church buildings.

The world needs the sweet aroma of Christ through us to be the ever-abiding fragrance, to permeate all walks of life and to dispel the foul odor of the “works of the flesh.”

14 But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumph, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of Him everywhere. 15 For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, 16 to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things? 17 For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God’s word; but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ.                 (2 Corinthians 2: 14-17)

Let us, “in the sight of God,” Who is ever-present, “speak in Christ”

and “{spread}the fragrance of the knowledge of Him everywhere.

 

1Time Magazine. Source: ABC, Reuters. UPI. October 14, 2019. “For the Record.”

2 The Smell of Garlic. Google.com

(Sharon G. Tate 10/13/19 blog) teacherforjesus.com  Meditations on God’s Word

 

Words “Fitly Spoken”

 

A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.

(Psalm 25:11)

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“A word fitly spoken”

Must the speaker be–

Articulate?

Eloquent?

Expressive?

Fluent?

Grammatically perfect?

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I received a thank you letter from my granddaughter, who just started first grade.

Words not “fitly spoken” in this letter?

Numerous errors in spelling.

Omission of punctuation.

Lacking in articulate fluency.

Incorrect letter format.

Yet, to me, every word in this letter was

 “fitly spoken”

and beautiful,

“like apples of gold in a setting of silver.”

Her words were expressive, impassioned, moving, meaningful, touching, heartfelt—

and, thus, “fitly spoken” and precious.

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To God, our words might seem like the wording of a child, like my granddaughter’s in this letter. We cannot speak with His authority, His eloquence, His wisdom, His perfection.

HOWEVER,

We can speak as His children,

 Whom He loves.

The words we offer to Him,

 In thanks and praise,

 Will be beautiful to Him,

As we speak with the openness,

 Honesty and love of a child–

His child,

With words from our heart,

“Fitly spoken.”

 

(Sharon G. Tate blog 10/06/19)  teacherforjesus.com  Meditations on God’s Word

Coming to the Place of Healing: Seeking the Great Physician

“So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.” 1

The man on the gurney, immobilized by straps across all limbs;

A woman in a wheelchair, pain grimacing through her face;

The toddler coughing and wheezing in his mother’s weary arms;

A man at the door, eyes widened with fear and uncertainty.

The Hospital ER Waiting Room

 

A man sitting in the back pew, held back by unseen bonds;

The woman in the middle pew, struggling with inner pain;

A toddler, tired and whining, cradled by a weary mother;

The man in a front pew, uncertainty and fear behind his eyes.

Sunday Worship from the Pew

 

The struggling, the hurting, the innocent, the fearful;

Coming to this place for a remedy, a respite, a release;

Seeking a physician to heal hurts within, pains without;

Finding him in the Man of Sorrows, who died, yet lives.

Golgotha, at the Cross

“Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” 2

 

His promise, our need, our action to “Come.”

We are the hurting, the desperate in ER;

We are the struggling, the bound in the pews;

We are the ones who need His healing touch.

           Arriving at the Place of Healing

 

The struggle ended, fear dispelled, bonds broken;

Hearts open to receive healing from within;

Mercy and Grace beyond our comprehension;

Love enduring, joy unending, hope fulfilled.

      Reaching the Place of Restoration 

‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” 3

1 Isaiah 41:102

2 Matthew 11:28

3 Revelations 21:4

(Sharon G. Tate 09/28/19 blog)  teacherforjesus.com  Meditations on God’s Word

BE THE ONE WHO ACTS FOR THE LORD

 

  “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better.                It’s not.” 1

This is a story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody. There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that, because it was Everybody’s job. Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it. It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have. 2

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NOBODY

10 “So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring My people the Israelites out of Egypt.” 11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”  (Exodus 3:10-11)

 Do we feel like “nobody” at times when we are aware of an important job that should be done for the Lord, but start questioning our abilities, our talents, our enthusiasm, our time, our responsibilities–and even our want to?

WHO? ME?

And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.” (Exodus 3:12)

Our questioning and so-called “reasoning” fall short every time, because God always promises to be with us. We are never alone as the “nobody” or the “somebody” or the “anybody” in the task.

So do not fear, for I am with you;
    do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
    I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

 (Isaiah 41:10)

 Unfortunately, even when God makes this promise to us, we, like Moses, often still question.

13 Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is His name?’ Then what shall I tell them?” 14 God said to Moses, “I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites:  I am has sent me to you.’” (Exodus 3:13-14)

 And God answers all our “supposes” too. To Moses, He said,Go, assemble the elders of Israel and say to them, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob—appeared to me and said: I have watched over you and have seen what has been done to you in Egypt.” (Exodus 3:16)

 To us, He, also, says, “Go.”

19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 29:19-20)

And He watches over us and is with us

As we go forth to do His work.

 (Sharon G. Tate blog 09/22/19)  teacherforjesus.com  Meditations on God’s Word

1 https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/dr_seuss_

2 https://www.lollydaskal.com/leadership/story

 

GOD BREATHED INTO MAN THE BREATH OF LIFE

 Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.  (Genesis 2:7)

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BREATH

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 Have we truly tried to envision this picture of God breathing the breath of life into the man that He formed from the dust of the ground, so this new creation could become a living being? Do we feel, with awe, the intimacy between God and His creation captured in this moment when the life of man began?

 The spirit of God has made me,
and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.

(Job 33:4)

Without this breath of life, we are as dust again. God’s breath inside us maintains the life within. Yet, what we do with the Word of God, “breathed out by God,” creates the living being we each become in this life. Are we a living example of His Word– or are we just living beings?

16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

 We are living beings with a choice.  God never breathed into us His Word as robotic obedience. He offers us the best way to live through His Word, “equipped for every good work,” the way He hopes we will live in order to return to Him when our bodies do become as dust once more.

What have we inhaled from His Word?

What do we exhale to those around us?

23 Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. (Colossians 3:23-

 

(Sharon G. Tate blog 09/15/19) teacherforjesus.com  Meditations on God’s Word

 

 

 

 

 

Jehovah-Shalom: The Lord is Peace

 

11 The Lord gives strength to his people;
    the Lord blesses his people with peace. (Psalm 29:11)

When reading the headlines in the newspaper or hearing the day’s events as presented by the nightly news anchor, we might question, “WHERE IS THE PEACE, LORD?”

Jesus clearly answers us: 27 Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (John14:27) 

The world outside may be a raging storm, our inner world may be a tempest–but He gives us peace from it all, if we are willing to let Him into our hearts. The Lord gives us this promise when winds blow, lightning strikes, hail falls, floods rise, inner thoughts assail in our moments of uncertainty and fear: Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)  Jesus is the “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6) who gives us refuge from the storms of life.

10 Though the mountains be shaken
    and the hills be removed,
yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken
    nor my covenant of peace be removed,”
    says the Lord, who has compassion on you.

(Isaiah 54:10)

The only way we are removed from this peace is by our own doing– when our faith is weak, when we fear a sinful society seems beyond redemption, when our internal thoughts become ridden with doubt. Through all of this, we limit God, and His peace cannot reach us. The giving end from God is always powerful and strong; the faulty transmission comes at the point of reception– you and me.

13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)

PEACE! PEACE! BE STILL.1

1 “Master, the Tempest is Raging” lyrics by Mary Ann Baker 1874, music by Horatio R. Palmer 1874. hymntime.com

(Sharon G. Tate 09/08/19 blog )  teacherforjesus.com  Meditations on God’s Word

 

 

 

COMING TO THE LORD IN OUR BROKENNESS

 The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit;
    a broken and contrite heart . . . (Psalm 51:17)

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—– BROKEN —–

Again

The words were not ones I wanted to hear. Yet, I needed to receive the confirmation I already knew. Another fracture in my foot. I tried to do the “fix” myself with the wraps. It had happened so many times before. Didn’t I know how to heal myself by now? But no healing had taken place in three weeks’ time.

You can’t keep walking on brokenness. It just doesn’t fully heal. Ever.

So, the physician placed me in a walking boot with the prescription to wear it faithfully for six weeks.

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—– BROKEN —–

Again

It happens to us over and over in life. Broken families, broken relationships, broken promises, broken hopes, broken dreams, broken lives, broken souls . . .

We try to find a way to repair, mend, heal, sustain, carry on by ourselves—

But we can’t keep walking on brokenness and expect to heal. Ever.

The Physician waits for us, in our brokenness. He waits with open arms.

28 Come to Me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.”  (Matthew 11:28-30)

 When we go to Him with a humble heart, aware that we need His help, our healing begins.

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:3)

—– BROKEN —–

Again, and Again

 15 I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. 16 Now if I do what I do not want, I agree that the law is good. 17 So then it is no longer I that do it, but sin which dwells within me. 18 For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot do it. 19 For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do. 20 Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I that do it, but sin which dwells within me. (Romans 7:15-20)

 However many times we find ourselves in the brokenness of being human, of failing in sinful behavior and prideful choices, the Lord is waiting for us to come back to Him again and again, waiting to shape and mold us for His good purpose, so we will be ready to enter into His eternal home.

 Rooms have been prepared for us. Will we be faithful?

—-UNBROKEN—–

ONE DAY

WITH HIM

MADE WHOLE

ETERNALLY.

(Sharon G. Tate blog 09/01/19) teacherforjesus.com  Meditations on God’s Word

 

“HERE AM I! SEND ME.”

 

And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?”

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Opportunities

Waiting . . .

For someone.

I am someone.

Am I the one?

Am I willing?

Will I hear

His Voice

Ask “Who?”

Will I say,

“Here am I!

Send me.”

And He said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. (Luke 10:2)

 We know the world needs the Lord. Where can we make a difference in our part of the world?  The opportunities are many. We just need to look and listen: Our communities need the Lord. Our neighborhoods need the Lord. Our families need the Lord. You need the Lord. I need the Lord. Every single day and every moment in each day.

Opportunities to share Christ are waiting for each one of us. Some surprise us by their delivery right to us: A message from people we knew ten to twenty years ago and haven’t had any     contact with since then—until now, reaching out. We may hesitate before deciding to open the messages, but if we do, we can see the possibility of sharing the Lord. Just a chance occurrence? I truly believe not. The Lord allows us to hear someone knocking. Do we have the ears to hear? It is our decision to open the door and walk into that person’s life once again. This is my testimony recently. I opened those doors, walked back in, saw a need for the Lord, prayed, and left the door wide open, continuing to connect, pray, and share the Lord.

Why do we hesitate to enter those doors that seem to have opportunities waiting behind them? Do we fear involvement, engagement, a personal cost?

Seek the Lord and His strength, seek His presence continually! (I Chronicles 16:11)

 We won’t go alone when we seek to do His Will. We won’t be afraid, knowing His Presence is with us continually. We won’t be weak in the task when we lean on His strength to guide us and keep us strong. Yes, there will be involvement. Yes, there must be engagement. Yes, there is a personal cost. That is discipleship with Jesus.

Many doorknobs are waiting to be opened. People are knocking on the other side. Maybe faintly, wanting to be heard but fearful to be heard. Maybe aggressively, demanding to be heard in a way that seems the opposite of need and, yet, strongly suggests a need. Maybe just hoping someone will interpret the knock and open the door. Maybe not knocking at all but waiting for us to knock and ask to enter.

Maybe we know them. Maybe they are strangers. Maybe they are close to our heart.

Everyone is an opportunity placed before us.

Will we say-

“Here am I!

 Send me.”

(Sharon G. Tate blog 08/25/19) teacherforjesus.com  Meditations on God’s Word

Today Is My Eternity: TIME

 

     “How did it get so late so soon? It’s night before it’s afternoon. December is here                                        before it’s June. My goodness how the time has flewn.                                                                                     How did it get so late so soon?”¹

 TIME: We often wish to hold onto it-to linger in the moment, the hour, the day- and make time pass more slowly. Just one more day, just one more hour, just one more moment. . .  And then we will have time to say what we want to say, do what we intend to do, and be what we think we can be. But time just, somehow, slips away—and we don’t have time enough, we reason.

TIME: It does not wait for us. It does not hold “the moment.” It does not provide the “right time.” We decide what to do with the time God gives us. The main focus and allocation of our time should be to follow the Lord, obey His Word, and wake up to the reality that Time does pass and it really could be “too late too soon.”

11 And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. 12 The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. (Romans 13:11-12)

TIME: It gives us the hope to change. It grants us the opportunities to make a difference. It bestows us with the gift of each second to unwrap and open the possibilities.

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. (Galatians 6:9-10)

TIME: Isn’t it about time we DID SAY what we wanted to say, we DID DO what we intended to do, and we DID BECOME what we wanted to become—before we end up asking ourselves “How did it get to be so late so soon?”

 “God will bring into judgment
    both the righteous and the wicked,
  for there will be a time for every activity,
    a time to judge every deed.” (Ecclesiastes 3:17)

TIME: It won’t last forever here. It will last forever with the Lord. There is much to do in the time God grants us in this life. Let us “put on the armor of light” and boldly SAY what the Lord would have us say, DO what He would have us do, and BECOME what we know we must become-like Christ- to make a change, a difference, and open the possibilities to “do good to all people.”

What we do-or don’t do- each and every today affects our eternity in a forever way.

 1 Dr. Seuss.  http://www.goodreads.com/quotes

(Sharon G. Tate blog 08/18/19)  teacherforjesus.com  Meditations on God’s Word