Guest Post – You Made God’s List

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Remember back when we were in the 4th or 5th grade and out on the playground we would divide up in teams for a ball game? That had to be some of the most frustrating moments of childhood. Nervous thoughts of “Will I be picked?” Or remember when the list was posted for those making the team following tryouts? We stood a slight distance away, just close enough to see if our name was there, but not too close to be faced with complete rejection by our names absence.

Making the list. Go ahead admit it, we all want to be wanted, picked, and deemed valuable. We all have areas of  life that we fall short, lack skill, or just can’t seem to get it right. In these, we begin to see ourselves as less valuable than others. Perhaps we even become resentful of those who do seem to have it all together. Does envy, jealously, bitterness, or even hatred sound familiar?

Ever notice that we may take these perspectives, or may I say insecurities, into our relationship with God? I know I do! Often, we find our head bowed not necessarily in reverence, but out of frustration, and we continue listing all our shortcomings, these becoming our excuses, and, before we know it, we are telling God that He shouldn’t want us.

Instead Beloved, we should consider the “list” that God has compiled. The list of biblical proportion. These folks did stupid things, made BIG mistakes, were not of the flashy type; some were too small, too old, too ugly, too worrisome.

Eve listened to the devil * Rahab was a prostitute *Adam shifted blame*Jeremiah and Timothy were too young *Noah was a drunk *David had an affair and was a murderer *Abraham was too old *Elijah was suicidal *Isaac was a daydreamer *Isaiah preached naked *Jacob was a liar *Jonah ran from God *Leah was ugly *Naomi was a widow *Joseph was abused *Job went bankrupt *Moses stuttered *John the Baptist ate bugs *Aaron watched the idol making *Peter denied Christ *Gideon was afraid *The disciples fell asleep while praying *Sampson had long hair and was a womanizer *Martha worried about everything *The Samaritan woman was divorced, more than once *Zaccheus was too small *Paul was too religious *Lazarus was dead!

However, God used ALL of these people! They were part of His plan. They ALL had weaknesses of some sort. Do YOU find yourself among this list? Do you worry, then beat yourself up for lack of faith? Do you fall asleep when you pray, then believe the lie you don’t love God enough?

Have you been divorced, afraid, abused, widowed, bankrupted, drunk? God is God. He compiles the list! You made the list, the list of redeemed mankind. God moved in and through these people’s lives. Do we think of Moses as a stutterer? Do we think of Gideon afraid? What first comes to mind when we think of Peter? A great leader of the church, not Peter the denier! God is the Redeemer, of our soul, life, and yes, mistakes, failures, and shortcomings.

I so admire King David’s longing, through all the junk of his life. He says in the Psalms, “Let the morning bring me word of Your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in You.” He continues with, “Show me… rescue me… teach me… lead me” (Ps. 143).  May we all look forward to the dawn of each new day, trusting in God, allowing Him to show us, rescue us, teach us, and lead us.

YOU my friends are sons & daughters of the Most High God! YOU are valuable! YOU are loved! YOU made the list! HIS list!

Pic of DeDe MoravikDeDe Moravik, soon-to-be Southwick, is the mother of two wonderful sons and lives outside of Portland, Oregon. She has a degree in Theology, leads women’s bible studies, and has served on the leadership team of her local church. She loves studying God’s Word, gardening, and making her sons laugh. You can read her blog here.

Just Released: POSB PSALMS – Preacher’s Outline & Sermon Bible Sale

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The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want

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3 New Vols. Complete John Butler’s Bible Commentary – Sale!

analytical_bib_expHere’s some wonderful news: John Butler has just completed his highly acclaimed commentary set, The Analytical Bible Expositor. The final 3 volumes to complete this set were just released today:

If you’ve been collecting volumes in this Butler commentary, for a limited time each of these new volumes are on sale for just 12.95 each (Reg. $24.95). In fact, every volume in TheAnalytical Bible Expositor is currently on sale for just $12.95. We’ve also put the entire 20-vol. set on sale for just $179.95, or call us to arrange 3 easy payment of $60Click here for details. You can also view a short demo-video. Or, call us at 1-800-888-9898 (mention special offer 6846).

The Analytical Bible Expositor – Loved by Preachers, Teachers & Students

If you’re familiar with the work of John G. Butler, you know he is the master of alliteration.Butler alliterates everything. Even his tables of contents are alliterated! Butler’s Analytical Bible Expositor takes each book of the Bible, one chapter at a time, and distills each passage into outlined, essential lessons that are ideal for preaching and teaching. And, of course, it’s all beautifully alliterated. Read just one page of Butler’s commentary and you’ll literally hear your own voice sharing it with others.

FOR EXAMPLE, Butler divides the prodigal son story into eight parts:

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  • The Deliberations of the Son
  • The Deliverance of the Son
  • The Delight in the Son
  • The Disgruntlement about the Son

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Weekly Devotional – The Depth of His Sorrows

SMED“My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me?” Psalm 22:1

We here behold the Saviour in the depth of His sorrows. No other place so well shows the griefs of Christ as Calvary, and no other moment at Calvary is so full of agony as that in which His cry rends the air—”My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me?” At this moment physical weakness was united with acute mental torture from the shame and ignominy through which He had to pass; and to make His grief culminate with emphasis, He suffered spiritual agony surpassing all expression, resulting from the departure of His Father’s presence. This was the black midnight of His horror; then it was that He descended the abyss of suffering. No man can enter into the full meaning of these words. Some of us think at times that we could cry, “My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me?” There are seasons when the brightness of our Father’s smile is eclipsed by clouds and darkness; but let us remember that God never does really forsake us. It is only a seeming forsaking with us, but in Christ’s case it was a real forsaking. We grieve at a little withdrawal of our Father’s love; but the real turning away of God’s face from His Son, who shall calculate how deep the agony which it caused Him?

In our case, our cry is often dictated by unbelief: in His case, it was the utterance of a dreadful fact, for God had really turned away from Him for a season. O thou poor, distressed soul, who once lived in the sunshine of God’s face, but art now in darkness, remember that He has not really forsaken thee. God in the clouds is as much our God as when He shines forth in all the lustre of His grace; but since even the thought that He has forsaken us gives us agony, what must the woe of the Saviour have been when He exclaimed, “My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me?”
Excerpt from Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon.