Day 7 | Remembering Who He Is–King of Kings

day 7Have you ever met a king?  I haven’t.

Have you ever met a president—of anything?  I bet you have.

Maybe you are the president of something.

A president or king demands respect, some more than others.

A king has authority.

A king has subjects under him who are subject to him.

A king is royalty, is important, is someone who is noticed.

The amount of respect and authority a king has depends upon what he is king of.  King of the hill, King of the jungle–the respect or significance depends upon which hill and which jungle he is king of.

So combine all the kings, presidents, and rulers of anything—islands, countries, companies, and PTA organizations.  Think about them all together in one place.  That is a lot of authority and power.

Now, think about THE ONE who is above them all–Jesus, the King of all Kings.  Jesus is the ultimate authority; the ultimate power; the One who commands the ultimate respect.

Now, consider that this Ultimate One adores you.  Wow!

If I told you that I knew the king of an earthly country, that would make me something, wouldn’t it?  You would think it was a no-brainer if I kept my appointments with that king and made time for him.

But what about the KING of KINGS, the lover of my soul, Jesus?

What about Him?

Isn’t it a no-brainer that I should make time for and spend time with that KING?

Maybe we just forget Who He Is.

Because if we really remembered, we would make the time, wouldn’t we?  We would understand the authority and the power and we would want to be near it.

It’s a no-brainer.

“They will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings—and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.”                                      Revelation 17:14


Day 6 | Remembering Who He Is – The Cornerstone

day 6As we gather our own stones of remembrance, we must most of all remember who He is.  He is the Chief Cornerstone.

What is a cornerstone?  It is also called a foundation stone.  The cornerstone is the first stone set in the construction of a masonry foundation.  It is the most important stone laid since all other stones are set in reference to the cornerstone.  The cornerstone determines the position of the entire structure.

 

And so it should be.  Jesus, our Chief Cornerstone, should be laid first in our hearts and lives.  All other things in our lives should be set in reference to Him.

For in Scripture it says:  “See, I lay a stone in Zion,
a chosen and precious cornerstone,
and the one who trusts in him
will never be put to shame.”

1 Peter 2:6


Day 5 | 40 Days of Remembering

day 5“You have forgotten God your Savior; you have not remembered the Rock, your fortress.”

Isaiah 17:10

This post greets you on the day I was personally reminded once again to remember. As I read my Bible this morning, I heard these faint whisperings in my spirit.

“Remember.  Remember Who I am.  Remember what I told you.  Remember what I have done for you.”

 

Once again, I had forgotten.

Once again, I feared.

Once again I tried to make everything make sense.

Oh, surely, He did not mean it that way.

Surely, there is a way around that commandment; a way to make right- and righteous- that recent action.

But sitting in His presence remembering Who He is and what He has told me, I have no justifications to defend or make sense of questions that I have.

I only have Him.

And that it enough … for now … until I forget again …  And once again am called to remember.

But we must remember who He Is, what He has done, what He will do.

God told the Israelites to gather stones of remembrance.  That is what I am trying to do during this Lenten season.  I am gathering stones.

When was the last time you picked up a stone?

Why not today? Go outside and find one.

Or buy a bag of them at your local craft store.

Or just gather your own mental stones of remembrance and record them in a journal.

This is a season of remembering, and in the remaining days of Lent, I am going to remember

 Who He Is

What He Has Promised

What He Has Instructed

What He Has Done

Are you still with me?

 

 


Day 4 | Gathering Stones

day 4

My fourth child, Troy, was off to school for the first time.  I was surprised at what a hard time I had with that.  After all, I had endured the trauma of the first three of my children heading off to school.  You would think that I would be used to it, even a little excited about it, by now.  But I wasn’t.  I kept wondering if I had made the best use of the time that I had had with him before he ended up being with others more hours of the day than with me.  I wanted to know that our sweet relationship was solid enough.  Yes, I expected change, but I hoped that that special bond would not leave.

 

One day, when I picked him up from school, he reached into his backpack and showed me a pecan that he had found lying on the ground under a pecan tree on the playground.  I told him how much I loved pecans.  They remind me of going to my grandparents’ house when I was a little girl.  Their four-acre yard was filled with pecan trees.  And we spent many hours gathering boxes full of pecans.  They even had a special nut-cracker that they allowed us to use.

 

Troy listened patiently and quietly while I reminisced, then continued telling me about his school day.  I figured my words were going in one ear and out the other.  The next day, and the next, and the next, and for many days after, Troy brought me pecans.  Soon, his backpack was so heavy with these treasures that I had to gently encourage him to spend his recess time playing soccer or climbing on the playground equipment.  But secretly, those days of pecan-gathering by my precious son brought joy to my heart.

 

The reason that those pecans were so special to me was because he remembered me.  I know that sounds like an insecure mom, but I know the reality of friends and studies and teachers—he could go a whole day and not think of me.  But when he saw the pecans, he remembered his mom!  That meant so much to me.  And then I thought:  How must our Heavenly Father feel when the busyness of our lives makes us forget Him, who has done so much for us?

 

That is what gathering stones of remembrance is all about.

Joshua gathered the stones from the Jordan River in order to remember.

So we, must gather stones—or pecans—in order to remember the One who never forget you.

 

 

 


Day 3 | Roadblocks

day 3What are the roadblocks in your life?  What causes you to stumble in your faith?  What trips you up just as you are beginning to run well the race of life?

For the Israelites, the Jordan River was a roadblock.  It stopped the progression of the promise.  After all the years of wandering, they were so close they could feel it!  They could smell it!  They were finally at the borders of the promise, but they weren’t there yet.  There was one more river to cross, but it was a doozey!  At that time of year the Jordan River was at flood stage.  Maybe a few of the strongest could forge the river, but Joshua had the holy assignment of getting all of the people across the flooded waters of the Jordan River, 40,000 men, not counting women, children and animals.

They spent three more days of consecrating themselves to God, and then it was time.  They were ready to cross, ready for God to make the way.  They had heard of what He had done in the past, parting the Red Sea.  Was it possible He could do it again?

At first nothing happened.  But then they took that step of faith.  They stepped into the flooded Jordan River.  And when they stepped out in faith, the waters of the river peeled back.  Were they afraid that the water would fall back on them?  Did they run across in fear or walk quickly across in amazement?  Regardless of their emotions at the time, they took that step of faith and kept going.

After all were safely across, God gave another assignment.  He told Joshua to go back to the middle of the Jordan River and gather 12 stones.  These were to be stones of remembrance.

The Lord wanted them to take the stones from the Jordan because he knew they were a forgetful people.  They were forgetful about who He was, what He could do and what He required.  And, I am forgetful, too.  That is what this Lenten season is all about…it is about remembering.

And as we remember who He is and what He has done and what He will do, He will begin to do extraordinary things.  Why?  So that all will know that God is powerful and wonderful and kind and merciful and loving.  When they see us, and what God does despite our ordinary-ness, God alone will be glorified.