Beth Moore is one of my favorite Bible Study writers. I am always encouraged and challenged by her. God has used her in amazing ways at the perfect times in my life. I have had so many times with her books that I open it up and say "Wow. I think God had her write this specifically for me, specifically for today." I love when He does that! Anyway, wanted to share the great encouragement I got from the Lord today via Beth.
The title scripture for the days lesson was 2 Samuel 7:29. "Now be pleased to bless the house of Your servant, that it may continue forever in Your sight; for You, O Sovereighn LORD, have spoken." In this passage in 2 Sam. David also asks "Is this Your usual way of dealing with man, O Sovereign LORD?" Beth says: Yes! Goes doesn't just redeem on occasion. He is the Redeemer, It's His job! It's what He does because it's who He is. He buys captives back from slavery and restores the surrendered fortunes of their son-ship....Although God has no intention of cooperating with us while we keep returing to sin (hence, the whole concept of chastisement), He is never reluctant to forgive the repentant. His usual way of dealing with man is to bless.
(Still quoting Beth) We have to be courageous enough to acknowledge with our entire body, soul, and spirit that there's utterly no one like God. There is no one like God, no group of people like His people. She asks the question "Have you come to the unshakable conclusion that there is none like God in your life?" Praise God for it, even if it was horrifically painful. Some people live a lifetime without ever allowing themselves to admit that the Lord God of heaven and earth has no equal. Deuteronomy 33:29 says "Who is like you, a people saved by the Lord? He is the shield that protects you, the sword you boast in. Your enemies will cringe before you, and you will tread on their backs." (This verse is going on my bathroom mirror to be read all day long!) God desires to do such extraordinary things for and through us if we accept that everything is for His glory. "For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen." Romans 11:36
Praise God for what He's done, is doing, and will do.