Watching for Wisdom

In Acts 11, just after Peter had gone into the home of Cornelius – the generous, God-seeking, Roman centurion, and had witnessed the mighty move of the Holy Spirit among Gentiles, he faced Jewish believers and their countless questions as to why on earth he had gone into the presence of those considered unclean. Peter unpacked all that had transpired prior to his encounter with Cornelius and company, followed by all that God had done while he had been with them in obedience. When they heard this, they had no further objections and praised God, saying, “So then, God has granted even the Gentiles repentance unto life.” – (Acts 11:18)

 

The example set by the early church models how we ought to handle disagreements today. Though they were shocked at the very idea that Peter had done something so counter cultural, they asked questions, then listened to his answers before going off the deep end. In fact, once they heard the entire story, they praised God. Rather than judging behaviors of fellow believers, it is critical that we hear one another out. We never know what the Holy Spirit is doing in and through others, until we ask and listen. May we listen well so that we learn all that He is trying to teach us through others.

 

Often the way things,Watching for Wisdom

seemingly appear;

are not what we think,

but God’s new frontier.

The way that He moves,

is not to be mapped;

instead His power,

should be sought and tapped.

When we are confused,

unsure of what’s seen;

He calls us to ask,

find out what things mean.

If we then listen,

He will make it known;

if the move is His,

or one on their own.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are a loving and all-inclusive God. Thank You that no one is excluded from Your love. Thank You that You desire to reach everyone – people from every nation and walk of life, regardless of where we have been. Forgive us for being judgmental or leery of the new or unknown, rather than asking questions and truly listening to hear what You have to say. Teach us to trust You more, so that we may ask and listen for answers. Help us to love as You so graciously love each of us. Let those who are looking, be found forever in You. Be exalted, O God, as we seek to hear Your will, even in the new. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.

Father, I thank You that You have heard me. – John 11:41

Upheld as Upright Under God

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“The Lord gives sight to the blind, the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down, the Lord loves the righteous.” – Psalm 146:8

God grants grace and wisdom to see and understand His word and His way.  He heals, He holds up; He places people in positions to accomplish all that He asks.  Our Heavenly Father loves when we walk upright before Him, for His heart is to hold and help all of His created.  Because we have been granted the favor of free will, the choice is ours alone.  Seek God and be saved, or continue on our own and sink?

As we are faithful to follow Him, accepting the abundant blessings He bestows upon us through the sending of His Spirit to reside in all who ask, He empowers us to see, understand, and do, far more than we might have otherwise imagined.

His love is a flood that fuels our faith and finds way to ignite our internal flame; which is the very light within us that is meant to shine brightly before (wo)men.

When we bow down before Him, posturing ourselves in the proper place of submission to our Savior, He lifts our heads and hearts, and leads us in love to breathe life to the lost.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You open our understanding and give us eyes to see, not through our own tainted lenses, but through Your lens of love.  Thank You that You lift our hearts and heads, so that we might see the space You have set before us.  Forgive us for all that we say and do that does not bring glory to You.  Lead us, Lord, so that we may stay in the surrendered space that is always abundant in grace, and fan the flames that bring the brightness to the light within.  Teach us to trust, to faithfully go where we must, so that Your light will lead the lost to the promised paradise found in Your permanent presence.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present