Great in His Eyes

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(Genesis 21: 1-21)

The eyes of God see all
What we lift up, how we fall
We behold Him being great
The only, Holy One, “I Am.”
Trinity.  Father, Spirit, Lamb.
So how, to Him, can we rate?

Look to the Word for a reply
Read of those who would try
By faith, to please Yahweh.
Tempted, and with struggles hit
They were willing to commit
And fight the fight, come what may.

Abraham obeyed.  He did not wait
To accomplish what would be his fate
Sending son, water, food
To the desert, where Hagar cried.
As if the boy’d already died,
An end he would elude.

And instead became a bowman strong
With a family.  It was not long
Until his sons were twelve, a nation.
They numbered many, the people
From the man named Ishmael
Also part of God’s creation.

Great?  In Yahweh’s eyes?
Realize
It is possible. Believe in His plan
It proves the woman or the man.
Receive
His Mercy.

Everyone can.

 

Copyright 2015 margaretportergriffin

Photo: palm trees at Capernaum in Israel

Intercessor

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Numbers 11: 29; Mark 3: 29, John 16: 7, I Corinthians 2: 13, 6: 19 & 12: 4; John 14: 25, Galatians 5: 16, Romans 8: 29, Ephesians 4: 29

I don’t understand it, but I do believe it

The Father Son and Spirit

Are One.

One the same as three — the Holy Spirit will be

An advocate for me

Till earth’s life is done.

The Spirit is our guide — no need to try and hide

From evil on each side

We face the foe.

God completes His work in us through the Spirit whom we trust

Consistently we must

Follow.

When we don’t know what to say, the Comforter is in the fray

Interceding day to day

For weak and broken people.

As we submit our will to Him, He relieves us of our sin

He wants most to live within

And fill us.

I will never grieve Him for I’ve been sealed for redemption

I shudder at the unforgiveable sin

Of rejecting His cure.

They love me so much; I can feel each touch

I am in their clutch

I am sure.

Copyright 2015 margaretportergriffin

Photo: Church of the Beatitudes, Galilee

Winning

Genesis 14: 1-8

In the very first battle described in God’s Word
Power and greed were revealed as absurd
A king stole his kin, Abraham learned
And risked all he had to have him returned.

Pursuing the army with very few men
He brought back the property, people, and then
Praised God for bringing his foes to his hands
And gave the priest one-tenth the fruit of his lands.

Melchizedek, Salem’s king, brought wine and bread
Saying, “Blessed be Abraham and Praise to God”
But instead of claiming rights of victory
Abraham set standards for all to see.

When the king came to offer the patriarch loot
He would not take even one strap from a boot
He refused to be tempted by anyone
And was ready to act so God’s will would be done.

Am I?  Are you?

 

Copyright 2015 margaretportergriffin

Water and Wisdom

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Proverbs 11: 24

In the eastern half of the ancient world

Two seas shimmer, water unswirled

Each eschews beauty, each appears calm

One gives nothing; the other, balm.

 

The Salt Sea is large but keeps what’s inside

No nourishment, not one speck from any tide

Boats can’t stay upright above its deep reaches

The landscape is barren beside briny beaches.

 

Its hoarding is poison and lets nothing live

Surrounded by death, refusing to give

Stagnant and shrinking, to itself it will keep

In the absence of life, God’s children will weep.

 

Then, to the north lies the Galilee

What it gets from the Jordan, it passes out, free

Enveloped by life, its generous state

Assures a bright future, a productive fate.

 

Miles in the distance lie the consequences

Of the gifts of Gennesaret, plain to the senses

Verdant and green are the valleys and hills

Far away from the source their new life spills.

 

“One man gives freely, yet gains even more”

His world will expand through his open door

But the one who holds back limits his space

Selfishness too soon will beauty erase.

 

Which do you choose to be?  Which way is best?

Will giving or getting keep you refreshed?

Which water moves, and which is stagnanted?

In Whose Image was all of mankind created?

 

Copyright 2015 margaretportergriffin

 

With thanks to Pastor Dennis Miller for his comparison of the two seas and its application.

 

Photos: Top, landscape of the Sea of Galilee; Bottom, landscape of the Dead Sea.