How are you finding August, and how is August finding you? Rested and blessed with summer? Getting ready for the next school year? Hot, or is the weather just what you have been wanting? I'm starting to get acclimated to the heat and humidity a bit, still not my favorite though. I do enjoy the renewal of flowers in each season in Wisconsin. The refreshing and cooling with rain. Sunshine in good measure is a blessing. For me August has often been a bit of time off and, or a rush to prepare, before diving into the school year. It is always good to make the most of any month. I pray your August is a blessed month for you, and that together we will "taste and see that The Lord is good."
There is a tasting of God’s goodness in “humbly walking with God,” as Micah 6:8 tells us, “God has shown us what is good, and what the Lord requires of you, to do justly, love mercy, and to walk humbly with our God.” The Psalms also begin with a blessing or cost of where and with whom we are walking, standing, or sitting. The writer of Psalms 1 puts it this way:
Blessed is the one who walks not in the counsel of the rebellious, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seats of scoffers; but the blessed delight is in the way of the Lord, and on God’s ways they roar and coo day and night. They are like a tree planted by streams of water, that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that they do they prospers. The rebellious are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; for the Lord attends to the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.
Who and what are you walking with? We all walk, stand and sit. We all are walking with people and thoughts, and conversations. We are standing for, in, or with the same. And we sit convinced or pondering ways of being and living. The roaring and cooing are interesting to consider. Can you picture your last conversation with someone, or yourself, when roaring or cooing would describe what you were doing. Maybe something you really liked, didn’t like, or something you were emotional about. Where we walk, stand and sit really are revealed in our roaring and cooing. Jesus tells us He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. God’s ways, laws, promises, are worth sitting with, standing on, and God really does want to walk with us through it all.
This August may we grow together in being in the day. May we be roaring and cooing about God and God’s way, rooted, watered, and growing in blessed fruit. As you walk, God is with you. Sit with what God says. He has given you a lot of text messages. Have a conversation with Him, and those He has given you, about what He is saying to you. Know that you can stand on what God has said, and not be shaken when the water rises or the winds blow. God goes with you, may you also go with God ;-)
May the Joy of the Lord be your strength! Pastor Knoll
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