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How Often I Wanted to Gather Your Children Together

May 22, 2017

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How Often I Wanted to Gather Your Children Together

It seems  most people  go through life  “blind in one eye, and can’t see out the other”.     They either can’t see  —  or don’t want  to see  —  God’s faithful love  for them.     That’s been true  from the beginning  of time  when people started sinning.     The bottom line is that much  of our sinning  is based  on refusing  to trust God.

People are  of the opinion  that they can take care  of themselves  much better  than God can  because God  “obviously” doesn’t seem  to satisfy  all their “desires“.     They don’t want  to talk about the fact  that many  of their desires are based  on all sorts  of sin.

In spite  of the fact  that God has dearly loved His people  down through the ages,  people have fought against God  with their rebellious sins,  denials  of God’s truths,  mockery of God’s word,  the despising and harassment  of God’s faithful children,  etc.     Even when Jesus was preaching,  many religious leaders hated Him  and planned  His death.

In Matthew 23,  Jesus specifically pointed out  their hypocritical ways.     Then  in sadness,  Jesus said  in Matthew 23:37-39,

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.      

As we stand guilty  of all sorts  of sin,  we need  to open our eyes  to all  that God has done  for our salvation  down through the ages.     The Bible is the historical record  of God’s prophecies  of a Savior  and the fulfillment  of those prophecies  in Christ Jesus.     We need  to see  that we are still dearly loved  —  even though  we have sinned greatly.     Christ still wants  to gather us close  to His heart  and into His protective care.

Are we willing  or not?     What will satisfy us  in eternity?

Standing  in awe  of God’s undeserved love,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  hold us close  in Your tender care.”

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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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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