When God shows me multiple things on the same topic, one of two things is happening. The first is that He is trying to teach me something. Second, He is preparing me for my next blog post. Today it was the latter.
While reading my morning devotional from Feeding on Jesus (Jennifer Arimborgo) the idea started forming in my mind. It started with Psalm 84:6-7 NIV “As they pass through the Valley of Baka, they make it a place of springs; the autumn rains also cover it with pools. They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion.”
Let’s dig a little deeper into this passage:
- Baka can be defined a weeping or a season of brokenness
- Strength to strength does not mean that we will not experience baka in our lives.
- Instead, look at it this way. When we are in Christ, He provides the strength we need each and every day. Some days you’ll be on top of the world & others you will be in a valley of weeping & brokenness. However, His strength is always there to get you through both good & bad seasons this side of heaven.
STRENGTH => baca => STRENGTH
In Struggling with Something, (Brave, Blessed & Beautiful) Vanessa reminds us that Paul spent his life serving God (first on behalf of the Jews & then later as a Christian missionary) but yet he still didn’t always get it right and as a result he had many struggles. God used this flawed man to train, encourage & admonish those who called Christ their Lord.
At first glance the book of Hosea is a confusing tale of God telling the prophet Hosea to marry an adulterous woman and to have children with her. Why would God ask someone to enter a marriage that would absolutely be full of pain?
What follows is a story of forgiveness and love and eventual healing. The real message is God’s undying love for Israel even though they sinned against Him over & over again. Hosea had to draw on God’s strength in order to do what was required of him. We must do the same today if we are to be considered as righteous.
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. – Psalm 51:10 KJV
The last thing I want to share is podcast from Gospel Spice entitled “Can We Learn to Rethink Comparison?”. In it you will discover anew how God is faithful even when we are not.
I pray that you will always abide in Christ as you go from strength to strength.
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