Matthew 7:21, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord’, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of the Father in heaven.”
Plans crumble. Dreams dissolve. Projects crash. Like a seismic shock their rolling consequences shake our cores. We cry, complain, criticize.
Were our expectations unreasonable? Did we have uncontrollable opposition? Why? Why?? We work our way through the grief and the debris to start again—Maybe.
Israel had a plan firmly in place. With the foundation set by God Himself. They were a chosen people. Chosen to bless the nations with salvation, with a guarantee—Mercy.
…,“If you obey the commandments of the Lord Your God that I am commanding you today;” A choice. A blessing and a curse before Israel.
When my desires disintegrate and my purposes shatter, I am so quick in my complaint to You, Lord. Do You not love me as You said? Am I not doing a faithful work? Patiently You hear my dismay and wait with me while I sort everything out.
Point me back to Your measures, Lord, before I moan and rage. Show me if I have placed my hope apart from You and am building on false presumptions. Keep my heart steadfast toward You.
Psalm of Worship: Psalm 78:7
so that they should set their hope in God,
and not forget the works of God,
but keep his commandments;