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A Hen And Her Chicks

April 21, 2016

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A Hen  And Her Chicks

In talking  to a new mother,  she mentioned her awareness  of a new feeling  within her  of being very protective  of her newborn.     Such is motherhood  —  and that desire  to protect one’s children  never goes away.

We are the children  God has created.     We belong  to Him  because He made us.     But,  not everyone chooses  to honor  or respect  the Creator  of all things.     Some people  get downright belligerent  and rebellious,  wanting nothing  to do  with the LORD  of lords.     Just as a mother  and father  are devastated  when their children  turn away  from them,  the LORD God Almighty  is so sad  over those  in His creation  who have chosen  to leave Him.

It was with this  overwhelming love,  sadness,  and protective feelings  that Jesus spoke  in Matthew 23:37,

O Jerusalem,  Jerusalem,  who kills the prophets  and stones those  who are sent  to her!     How often  I wanted  to gather  your children together,  the way  a hen  gathers her chicks  under her wings,  and you were  unwilling.

Our heavenly Father  has done everything  in love  for us  to keep us safe  in His protective care.     The promise  of a Savior  was made  and kept  in Jesus Christ.     All God asks us  to do  is repent  of our sins  and turn back  to Him,  putting our faith  in the merits  of Jesus Christ  to pay the debt  we owe  for our sins.     That shouldn’t be  so terribly difficult.     It should be  a welcomed relief.

But,  as Jesus points out,  time and again  a hen  deeply desires  to gather  her chicks  under her wings  for protection  from storms  and predators.     But,  some chicks  are unwilling  to go  to their mother  for protection.     Then,  the farmer might find them dead  in the tall grass,  drenched  from the cold rain.     Or,  they are just gone,  eaten  by a predator.     None of that sorrow  was necessary.

God does not  force us  to love Him  or be obedient  to His perfect ways.     We can choose  to run away,  if we want.     And many people  do leave  the Lord’s protective care.     They just want  to do things  their way  without anybody  telling them  what is right  and wrong.     It is just  as Jesus said,  those  who rebel  against God’s goodness  also kill God’s prophets  and stone those  whom God sends their way,  to try  and straighten them out.

In spite  of all  that rebellion,  God still wants  to gather them  under His care.     God gives us  a whole life time  in which  to repent  and return  to Him.     But,  if we run away  —  never to return  —  we will be lost forever.     Then,  we will end up dead  forever,  unable  to have eternal life  in Christ  —  that does mean hell.     We don’t know how long our life  on earth  will be.

And,  there is no need  to end up  like that,  because God’s love  is faithful.     God is always looking  for us  to return  to Him.     If we have any sensibility left  at all,  we will see  the little reminders  God gives us  all the time.     God does not come  after our hearts  with a sledge hammer.     Instead,  there are little things:   a soft word  from a friend  —  a picture  that reminds us  of God’s love  —  a helping hand  —  something we read  —  memories  of times gone by  —  a Bible verse  that strangely comes  to mind  —  a pricking  of our conscience  when we know we’ve stepped  over the line.     They are all soft,  gentle reminders  of God’s call  to us.

We have not  been forgotten.     God knows  and cares  about our wayward circumstances.     He is waiting  for us  with great patience  and compassion.     Our sinfulness  is a scary place  to be  —  and very dangerous.     Let us run  to our heavenly Father’s care.

Safe  in our Lord’s everlasting arms,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Abba!     Father!     I did miss You so.     Hold me close  to Your heart  and let me learn  Your ways.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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