Glory Seed Devotional’s, 2017: Anticipating and Experiencing Jehovah-Jireh…
The trial of Gary Piper, and you too…
“Declare me innocent, O Lord, for I have acted with integrity; I have trusted in the Lord without wavering. Put me on trial, Lord, and cross-examine me. Test my motives and my heart. For I am always aware of your unfailing love, and I have lived according to your truth.” (Psalm 26:1–3, NLT)
OOPS! I almost made through the end of verse 3 but suddenly I tripped over “lived according to your truth.” And in my imagination found myself standing before God and hearing him say, “Gary Piper, you are guilty of not always living according to the truthfulness of my Love and my desire to have a relationship with you! Are you ready for sentencing?”
“But LORD,” I heard myself saying, in my defense, “I hadn’t really needed you up until the last 40 years of my life and then as the difficulties began rolling in I discovered how much I needed you and how much I really did love you.”
“So your saying I am a God of convenience. Does that mean if things begin going better and easier you will revert to the old you?” His voice thundered across my imagination. “That may have been true in my early days but as I remembered the things I was taught about you in my pre-troubled days and as those things came to light in my post-troubled days I began having a different more deeper appreciation for you. And my love for you is no longer dependent upon your blessings for me but on your love for me. Can you forgive me LORD and commute my sentence?” I pleaded.
“No, that is impossible,” the words cut through my heart. “Is there anyone who can speak up for this young man?” I heard him say. Suddenly another voice entered the conversation, “I speak on his behalf. Over and over he has confessed his sins and waywardness to me and accepted me has his Savior as a result we have formed a very strong and deep abiding bond between him and I. I believe him, and Father I will be honored if you’ll accept my crucifixion as payment toward his sins and waywardness.”
“Then so be it! Gary, your sentence has not been commuted but it has been atoned for by the sacrifice of my Son. Return to your life and live the remainder of your life in the pathway of my truthfulness.”
“Thank you LORD! I will do as you wish. You have my word on it!” I wish I could express my inner most thoughts, joy, and happiness of how much God’s gift of forgiveness means to me but there are really no words that do justice to how I feel now that my sins and waywardness have been vindicated by Jesus himself. The only way you’ll know how I really feel will be if you’ve had a similar experience as I have had.
And on the day when we hear speaking forgiveness to us we will add our voice to Isaiah’s, “In that day I will sing: “I will praise you, O Lord! You were angry with me, but not any more. Now you comfort me. See, God has come to save me. I will trust in him and not be afraid. The Lord God is my strength and my song; he has given me victory.” With joy I will drink deeply from the fountain of salvation!” (Isaiah 12:1–3, NLT, modified to read in the first person by me)
“Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.”**
Grace and PEACE,
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“Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.”
**Psalm 27:14, New Living Translation