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Morning and Evening: 04/18

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Oh to have the faith of Rahab who was not from the believing people of Israel. She hailed from a city who feared people and hid behind a huge wall. She, on the other hand, feared a foreign God more than what man could do to her. She valued the God she did not know more than her very own life. But, yet in an ironic sense, it was her own well being that was held in high esteem.  The difference is that she’d rather find safety in Almighty God than in the empty promise of a man made wall and paper king. Spurgeon highlights that she hung the cord in the window for passersby to take full notice. Does my life shine like a scarlet cord so that the Father receives praise? Does my trust lean on God alone who will uphold me when all else falls around me? 

What is there to be ashamed of? Let men or devils gaze if they will, the blood is my boast and my song. My soul, there is One who will see that scarlet line, even from my weakness of faith thou canst not see it thyself; Jehovah, the Avenger, will see it and pass over thee.

My soul, tie the scarlet thread in the window afresh, and rest in peace

Protection is the theme for today. Do you need peace and security? Trust in God who has given promise after promise throughout his Word:
Psalm 5:11 ESV
But let all who take refuge in you rejoice;
   let them ever sing for joy,
and spread your protection over them,
   that those who love your name may exult in you.

Psalm 12:7 ESV
You, O LORD, will keep them;
   you will guard us from this generation forever.

Psalm 40:11 ESV
As for you, O LORD, you will not restrain
   your mercy from me;
your steadfast love and your faithfulness will
   ever preserve me!

Proverbs 2:6-8 ESV
The LORD… stores up sound wisdom for the upright;
   he is a shield to those who walk in integrity,
guarding the paths of justice, 
   and watching over the way of his saints.

Enjoy your day in the physical and spiritual security of God.

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