Watching Daily At Wisdom's Gates

A Yorkshireman's take on life, death, and eternity

Link to my church service yesterday…

This isn’t an image of my conservatory, from where the service took place!

Fear

But you, you are to be feared! Who can stand before you when once your anger is roused? From the heavens you uttered judgment; the earth feared and was still, when God arose to establish judgment, to save all the humble of the earth. Selah
Psalms 76:7‭-‬9 ESV
https://bible.com/bible/59/psa.76.7-9.ESV

You might think fear is a bad thing, but fear of the Lord is a good thing, the beginning of wisdom. If we fear God, we have nothing left to fear because we realise that He’s in control. And His perfect love casts out fear.

We don’t need to fear what can kill the body. We only need fear Him who can cast soul and body into hell. But if the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; the love of God is the end of wisdom.

Anger and judgement may not be popular subjects, but as we’re subjected to this global plague, we have to ask ourselves whether we should be considering the anger and judgement of God. Our quarantines are times that we can be still and know that the Lord is God, to repent and realign our lives with Him.

I love how these verses which talk of God’s anger and judgement conclude by saying that He saves the humble of the earth. We need to humble ourselves before the Almighty. But when we do, nothing can separate us from His love, not even a virus!

“Almighty Father, we’re so grateful that nothing can separate us from Your love. Please help us to trust You in the midst of Your righteous judgements, and please in Your wrath remember mercy. For Jesus’ sake, amen”

Light

https://warroomdevotionals.wordpress.com/2020/03/22/light/

Invite to my church!

Greetings in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Grace and peace to you in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

I want to invite you to my church!

If you’re on facebook, search for “Darlington Elim Sunday Service: Fear Vs. Faith” and you should find me in the next hour from posting this! 🙂

Time

“At the set time that I appoint I will judge with equity. When the earth totters, and all its inhabitants, it is I who keep steady its pillars. Selah
Psalms 75:2‭-‬3 ESV
https://bible.com/bible/59/psa.75.2-3.ESV

The thought of God’s judgement might not seem to be a comforting thought, but it holds no fear for God’s people, because we’re forgiven. In fact, we can be reassured that the God of justice will bring wars, plagues, natural disasters and the like to an end. We need not fear, knowing that He is on the throne.

God has set the day of judgement for just the right time. The reason He delays is because there’s more people He’s saving before it’s too late. We might long for His return to bring the madness to an end, but in the meantime we should be sharing the gospel with people in the confidence that God’s still in the business of saving.

God’s judgement isn’t just at the right time, it’s also perfectly equitable. When we complain about justice not being done in this life, we can be confident of justice in the next life. If we’re on the wrong side of God, that’s a scary thought, so we need to make our peace with Him.

When it seems like everything’s falling apart, it’s God who holds us all together. In the words of the song, “He’s got the whole world in His hands”. Thankfully suffering doesn’t have to be meaningless, Christ’s suffering on our behalf sets us free from our sins.

“Heavenly Father, we’re so grateful that You’re in control. Thank You so much for loving us and being just. Please help us to trust You to work Your purposes out in our crazy world. In Jesus’ name, amen”

See!

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https://warroomdevotionals.wordpress.com/2020/03/21/see/

Hand

How long, O God, is the foe to scoff? Is the enemy to revile your name forever? Why do you hold back your hand, your right hand? Take it from the fold of your garment and destroy them!
Psalms 74:10‭-‬11 ESV
https://bible.com/bible/59/psa.74.10-11.ESV

I love how direct even the writers of Holy Scriptures are with God. Nowadays they might say to God- “get your hands out of Your pockets!” or “unfold Your arms!” We want God to “roll up His sleeves” to work on our behalf.

Our greatest enemy at the moment (in the West at least) may not be persecutors, but this unseen foe of the virus. It seems to be making a mockery of our Western illusion of superiority, our superiority complex. In Italy’s hour of need, the European “Union” closed the borders, but China has come to her aid.

But we need to realise that no one on earth can ultimately deliver us from the four horsemen of the apocalypse, certainly not those who scorn the name of God. Jesus saves to the uttermost. Others might give us a stay of execution, but Jesus sets us free for eternity.

God could bring the four horsemen of the apocalypse to an end in a moment. But they’ll continue haunting our world until the return of the King, Jesus Christ our Lord. To Him be the glory, both now and forevermore, amen.

“Lord God Almighty, we long for Your return to bring an end to the madness of this world. But we thank You for delaying until You have brought all those whom You will save into Your Kingdom. Please reap a great harvest of souls for Your glory in these days, to Your eternal praise, amen”

Introduction

Welcome to a new blog of mine (I know I have many, and Blogging Psalms seems to have fallen by the wayside for now, but this is War [or Prayer] Room Devotionals!

I tend to Watch Daily At Wisdom’s Gates in the mornings.

But in the evenings I will God willing enter the War Room and produce another devotional, based on a different Bible reading plan to this site.

Anyway, if you want, feel free to follow the link, subscribe, like and/or comment!

https://warroomdevotionals.wordpress.com/2020/03/20/introduction/

A Very British Quarantine (Until Today)

This is just a short post to comment on how British the covid-19 quarantine is in the UK.

Basically our prime minister Boris recommended us to quarantine ourselves where possible. He doesn’t want to compel us to quarantine ourselves because we’re a “liberal democracy” (which doesn’t allow people like Franklin Graham who dare to disagree with homosexuality to speak in public buildings).

In other words, for this quarantine, in true British fashion, “if you awfully wouldn’t mind, could you just stay at home and keep your distance for a while if it isn’t too much trouble? But we’re not going to take responsibility if you fail to follow our advice”

Update: This message was drafted this afternoon. This evening Boris has finally ordered stuff apart from food shops and chemists pretty much to close down. We’ve been slower to respond than Italy where in the north especially the situation is absolutely desperate.

“God, in Your wrath, remember mercy”

Shepherd

I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me,
John 10:14 ESV
https://bible.com/bible/59/jhn.10.14.ESV

Here is Jesus clearly claiming to be God. “I am” is God’s name for a start- Yahweh or Lord. But as David famously said in Psalm 23, “the Lord’s my Shepherd”. Jesus is Lord.

Do you know that Jesus is Lord? Is He your good Shepherd? If not, as Psalm 49 suggests, death is your shepherd. We either have the Lord shepherding us to eternal life, or death shepherding us into hell.

I’ve been thinking about our sheepish natures recently, as the UK government recently talked about “herd immunity”, as though we’re sheep to the slaughter. To be honest, we’ve acted like sheep with our panic buying herd mentality. But when Jesus looks at us, He’s moved with compassion, because He sees that we’re like sheep without a shepherd if we’re outside of Him.

All we like sheep have gone astray, and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. By His wounds we are healed (spiritually- this doesn’t mean to say we aren’t going to get ill and die one day unless He returns first). But if Jesus is our Shepherd, death is just sleep until He wakes us up to an eternity with Him and no more death, sickness, sin and sorrow.

“Good Shepherd of our souls, please guide us safe to our heavenly home, even if that journey takes us through the valley of the shadow of death. To the praise of Your glory, amen”