And they came to Jerusalem; and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves… Mark 11:15 [KJV]
And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they called the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise, he callers thee. And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus. –Mark 10:49-50 [KJV]
And they brought him [the donkey] to Jesus, and they cast their garments upon the colt, and they set Jesus thereon. –Luke 19:35 [KJV]
It’s time for more quotes from my journal. I love these thoughts about God–big, limitless, boundless.
The mercy of God is an ocean divine, a boundless and fathomless flood. Launch out in the deep and cut away the shore line, and be lost in the mercy of God. –A. B. Simpson
We misuse the words ‘boundless’ and ‘unlimited’ because the words ‘boundless,’ ‘unlimited,’ and ‘infinite’ all mean the same thing. They are words to describe God. In no way, shape or form do they describe man. We have a limit to everything about us. God, on the other hand, has no limits. We are not using words carelessly when we say that God is boundless, limitless and infinite. — A. W. Tozer, My Daily Pursuit, pg. 230
Bravo, God, Bravo! Everyone join in the great shout: Encore! In awe before the beauty, in awe before the might. — Psalm 96:7 (MSG)
I came across this first quote just shortly before the eclipse. It was a good one to think about while I was watching the total eclipse.
It was now about midday, but darkness came over the whole countryside until three in the afternoon, for there was an eclipse of the sun. The veil in the Temple sanctuary was split in two. Then Jesus gave a great cry and said, “Father, I commend my spirit into your hands.” And with these words, he died. –Luke 3:44-46 (PHI)
This quote was very special to me when I sprained my wrist in the bike accident. I always knew God was taking care of me.
May the Master take you by the hand and lead you along the path of God’s love and Christ’s endurance. –2 Thessalonians 3:5 (MSG)
I have done my share of waiting and being patient in various situations throughout my life. I can tell you that good things are worth the wait.
Come and listen to the testimony of one who can speak from experience of the pure and blessed outcome of patient waiting upon God…The word patience is derived from the Latin word for suffering. It suggests the thought of being under the constraint of some power from which we would gladly be free. At first, we submit against our will. Experience teaches us that when it is vain to resist, patient endurance is our wisest course. In waiting on God, it is of infinite consequence that we do not submit only because we are compelled to but because we lovingly and joyfully consent to be in the hands of our blessed Father. Patience then becomes our highest blessedness and our highest grace. It honors God, and gives Him time to have His way with us. It is the highest expression of our faith in His goodness and faithfulness. It brings the soul perfect rest in the assurance that God is carrying on His work. It is the token of our full consent that God should deal with us in such a way and time as He thinks best. True patience is the losing of our self-will in His perfect will…O soul, do not be impatient, whether it is in the exercise of prayer and worship that you find it difficult to wait; in the delay of definite requests or in the fulfillment of your heart’s desire for the revelation of God Himself in a deeper spiritual life! –Andrew Murray, Waiting On God, pg. 55-58
Here are the final quotes this week. Aren’t they great?
God fills heaven and earth, just as the ocean fills a bucket that has been submerged a mile down. The bucket is full of the ocean, but the ocean surrounds the bucket in all directions. So when God says, “I fill heaven and earth,” He does, and heaven and earth is submerged in God as well. He further says that the heaven of heavens cannot contain God. You see, God is not contained; God contains, and there is a difference. In Him, we live and move and have our being. We have this habit of trying to put God into our life. We have our own boundaries, and we think God should fit into them. That is contrary to the very nature of God. Nobody can control God; and therefore, God does not do the bidding of any person. God is busy performing His purpose and will. –A. W. Tozer, My Daily Pursuit, pg. 207
Regarding Exodus 17:8-13:
Whenever Moses raised his staff, the Israelite army succeeded. Whenever he lowered it they started losing. Moses’ arms grew too tired to hold the staff, however, so Aaron and another man held his arms steady. In the original Hebrew, the word for “steady” in that story is the same word that appears in Psalm 89:8 as “faithfulness.” This word also appears as “faith” in Habakkuk 2:4, where the prophet denounces the proud people of his day: “They trust in themselves and their lives are crooked; but the righteous will live by their faith.” This psalm recognizes that faithfulness is at the very core of God’s character. And it’s not just that he will try to do what he promises–he is mighty enough to do it. His arms are strong enough by themselves; the doesn’t need helpers to hold them up! The psalmist tosses around other characteristics of the Lord: righteousness and justice, unfailing love and truth. All of this combines to paint a portrait of a God you can count on–even when everything else in your life seems to be falling apart. As we steadily trust in God’s steadiness and faithfulness, we find life, even when the powers of death surround us. He holds us up in his mighty arms and he will not let us down. —One Year Book of Psalms, 7/15
I have some more great quotes from my journal for you this week.
Pain, sorrow, and disappointment are transmutable; we may climb the rainbow through the rain. Our pilgrimage should be a continuous triumph in and over our circumstances. –W. Graham Scroggie
If God cares so much for sparrows, won’t he care for you, too? You are worth more to God than a whole flock of those birds. Jesus wasn’t saying that the sparrows would never fall, and he wasn’t saying that his followers would never suffer physical harm. But he was saying that God watches over us and cares for us. Sometimes God rescues his people from their predicaments, and sometimes he allows them to suffer and even die–but he never lets them out of his sight. They remain in his presence eternally. —One Year Book of Psalms, 7/5
Blessed is any weight, however overwhelming, which God has been so good as to fasten with His own hand upon our shoulders. –F.W. Faber
When irritated by interruptions, remember you’re not in charge of your day. God is. –Charles R. Swindoll