Psalm One Ministries
That was the reassuring cry of the heart during our two Pastors’ Wives Soul Care retreats last month.
One of my favorite names for God is “El Roi”, the God Who Sees. (from Genesis 16:13) I’m dating myself, but I always thought Elroy was just the little boy on the Jetsons. But I have found such comfort in El Roi, the God Who Sees.
The LORD said, "I have surely
• What comfort it is to know, that even if no one else really gets it, God sees, He hears, He is aware. And He is sovereign. I am not alone. Sometimes we want to belt out, “Nobody knows the trouble I seen…” But God knows every backhanded blow, He counts every tear, He joins in on every celebration.
"For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.” (2 Chronicles 16:9)
• What a comfort to know that I don’t have to try to control or fix the world. God is on His throne, and though I may never see how He works through all suffering and struggling I see, He is working it all out in eternity. If I stick to my job of listening and obeying Him, He’ll do His job as God Almighty.
"This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God." (John 3:19-21)
• What a comfort to know when there is injustice, or hidden sin, or control, or manipulation, God sees. We’ve been dealing with a lot of very sad, very twisted situations of people hiding in plain sight. Those who might be able help often seem to be blind or unwilling to see—for fear they may have to act. Shining a light may bring further attack. Our prayer has been: “Lord, bring light to the darkness. Bring the darkness into the light.” God and God alone knows all the truth. May He be the light in some very dark, difficult places. I am not at the mercy of people’s toxic agendas. God sees.
So Jesus said to them, "For a little while longer the Light is among you. Walk while you have the Light, so that darkness will not overtake you; he who walks in the darkness does not know where he goes. While you have the Light, believe in the Light, so that you may become sons of Light." (John 12:35-36)
• What a comfort--as well as a sobering truth--to know that, in my own life, God sees. He knows me far better than I know myself: the good, the bad, and the ugly. He knows that I have feet of clay, but He holds my feet to the fire. He loves me too much to leave me as I am, but He leads me into the light with grace, and His kindness leads me to repentance.
My goal from that point on is to seek the God Who Sees.
By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured, as seeing Him who is unseen. (Hebrews 11:27)
We will endure by seeing Him who is unseen? Really? Yeah, right. Easier said than done. But that’s what Psalm One is all about: learning to draw near to the Living God, learning to discern the voice of the Lord, resting in El Roi. Come along as draw near…
In His love,
We had two powerful pastors’ wives soul care retreats in Ohio (sunny and 60) and Wisconsin (gorgeous snow and minus 22! But not a single whine or moan from those hardy Midwesterners). Such amazing women of tremendous depth and substance and holiness and humor. They arrived with open Bibles and open hearts, ready to meet with God and encourage one another. Good studies in the Word, great discussion, genuine friendship, wrestling with a few very tough issues (please keep praying for ministry families), a few tears, wonderful times of prayer, and lots of uproarious laughter. Yes, lots of laughter.
I’ve just returned from teaching a pastors’ conference on the challenge and celebration of Sabbath, as well as the dangers of ministry becoming idolatry. I may have stepped on some of their toes, but I stomped on my own! A great weekend with a very open, teachable group of committed pastors.
Now for a little Sabbath of my own. Would someone please send me to a tropical island as soon as possible?! Lots of good things happening, not the least of which is a rumor that Spring might eventually arrive…