Good morning ladies. Another new week. I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. It's getting very Christmasy around here with decorating, baking, shopping (mostly online) and cards. I don't know if you've noticed, but shipping seems to be very backed up and will take much longer than it usually does. Yeah, a few of our gifts say they will be delivered sometime in January. Um, that's just crazy! It's only one week into December! It reminds me of our bedroom furniture situation when we had to wait several months for it to arrive. Only in 2020. We hope to make several little trips to each of our kids' sometime in December or around New Year's if we can, and would like to take the gifts with us. Just sayin'. Oh well, I'm sure everything will work out in the end. We sure have learned to be flexible, haven't we?
It was a HUGE blessing for me yesterday when I realized that all THREE of my guys were preaching! All at their own churches, of course. Our youngest son was given an opportunity to preach at his church because they were doing a youth service in place of their usual morning service, and he is serving with the youth there. It's kind of neat because his words were translated into Spanish by the senior pastor. A great opportunity for him! I am blessed!
I just want to let you know about something that came up for this week. We will be traveling down to Tennessee, both to help out a friend here, and also to visit a little bit with my husband's parents. A last minute opportunity! So I probably won't send out a devotion on Wednesday or Friday, but will see you again next Monday. I hope you all have a great week!
Take comfort in this devotion today. No matter what you are facing, remember, "THE LORD IS THERE!" Have a MISSIONAL MONDAY ladies!
CBN Ministries, Leah Adams
Although I love the nation of Israel and the city of Jerusalem in particular, this name of God speaks to me in a very unique way. First, let’s examine the meaning of this name and then seek to apply it to our lives.
Jehovah-Shammah is a name for God that is symbolic of Jerusalem. We find this name for God used in Ezekiel 48:35:
"The distance around the entire city will be 6 miles. And from that day the name of the city will be 'The Lord is There.'" (NLT)
At the height of the idolatry of God’s chosen people, God withdrew His presence not only from the temple but even from the city of Jerusalem. Such was his anger and displeasure over the repeated rebellion of the Israelites that He said, in effect, “I’ve had it. I’m out of here.”
When God’s presence departed the temple, it signaled to the Israelites and all who dwelt around them that God had removed His hand of protection from them. They would ultimately be scattered to the four corners of the earth and taken captive by surrounding nations.
God did not completely wash His hands of the Israelites, however. His love and mercy were always with them, continually drawing them back to Himself. Through the prophet Ezekiel, God promised a restoration of the nation and a return of His presence to Jerusalem. In that day the city would be called Jehovah-Shammah. That very prophecy came true when the exiles returned to Jerusalem and rebuilt the walls. God’s presence returned to the temple in the form of a tiny baby brought to the temple to be offered back to God by his parents, Joseph and Mary.
Let’s think about how this name, Jehovah-Shammah, applies to us. So often you and I live our lives looking ahead to some event, some time in our lives, some potential disaster, some looming date. We may wonder what that date will bring to our lives or how we will survive it. Perhaps it is a doctor’s appointment or a court date or your child leaving home or your mate passing away. It could be a new job, a divorce, or moving from a place that you have called home for many years. Whatever this future event is, it causes you to have a knot in the pit of your stomach every time you think about it. Be it real or imagined, this future occurrence causes you huge amounts of stress, angst, and worry.
Jehovah-Shammah. THE LORD IS THERE! Our God is already in your tomorrow. He already knows what your future looks like and He has complete control over it. We are told in Jeremiah 29:11 that Jehovah-Shammah says,
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” (NLT)
THE LORD IS THERE! You cannot be in your future now, but He can. You can’t control the future events of your life, but He can. Jehovah-Shammah will walk with you into whatever tomorrow holds because of His great love for you. God is THERE in your tomorrow and in my tomorrow. He simply desires that we trust His heart.