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Song of Songs 2:2
Like a lily among thorns is my darling among the maidens.

“Jacob have I loved, and Esau have I hated.” This is a mystery not because of God’s hatred, but because of His love. It is easy to see why God would recoil from the likes of us, but a profound mystery that He should actually like us. And here God says I am like a lily among thorns. I am something that delights, refreshes, blesses Him. He sees me as altogether different from the thorns around me. They are disregarded, left to themselves as not worth bothering about. But He cherishes me! I know that this can only be because He views me as I am connected to Jesus Christ. He has made me to differ from all those around me, and he has chosen to accept me with delight. Thank You, Lord, for Jesus.
Ecclesiastes 2:1
I thought in my heart, "Come, now, I will test you with pleasure to find out what is good." But that also proved to be meaningless.

Solomon is leaving out of the picture the involvement of God in his life, simply regarding the world, “under the sun”, and trying to find out what wil satisfy the soul. Many in our day think that pleasure will do it, but Solomon found otherwise. He saw the amazing superficiality of pleasure, its essential emptiness, that it was all “smoke and mirrors.” In our day we talk of being “passionate” for this or that, but our “passion” does not contribute to any real depth, and we come up dry, as well. God did not design us to find fulfillment in things “under the sun”. The emptiness within does not simply go away. We were designed for a deep personal relationship with Jesus.
Proverbs 1:19
Such is the end of all who go after ill-gotten gain; it takes away the lives of those who get it.

We tend to think of the consequences of sin as retribution in the future—sometimes the distant future. But sin brings immediate slavery, immediate guilt, immediate struggle against ourselves and immediate fear of being found out. Our personality is stamped by sin, and our future choices are twisted to set up our own destruction. Sin is one of the punishments of sin. Lord, help us to see this clearly and run to Jesus as Deliverer from the mess we have made for ourselves and Helper of the new person in us that wants to please You. We have destroyed ourselves! We need forgiveness, cleansing, encouragement and power. Thank You for Your powerful Word and Your active Holy Spirit in us, helping us in everything to please Jesus!
Psalm 3:1
O Lord, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me!

People always vie for space and jockey for position. Sometimes it is an opponent who is dedicated to undermining what I am trying to do. More often it is someone who considers me in his way. Now and again it is a person who just lives to upset and hinder others. Even though I have bowed to Jesus Christ, my Savior and my Lord, there is much remaining sin within me pushing me to dishonor God. And the Devil and his cohorts are ready to pounce on any weakness they perceive to get my own self to work against what I really desire with regard to God. Enemies without and within! But, with David, I come to You, O Lord. Conquer my enemies and lead me in the way that always and forever honors Jesus.
Job 1:19
"...when suddenly a mighty wind swept in from the desert and struck the four corners of the house. It collapsed on them and they are dead, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!"

Job’s sons and daughters were all killed instantly in what seemed a natural disaster. Job is entirely unaware of what we know to have been going on. He is overwhelmed by the terrible loss, and pours out his broken heart in worship of his God.
Lord, We thank you that You have a sovereign purpose in every disaster that comes our way. We are rebuked by Job’s response, and desire hearts more like his. The greatest of all losses and griefs You bore for us, when, You poured out Your wrath on You own Dear Son. Our suffering is very small. Help us bear it to the glory of Jesus.
Esther 1:19
"Therefore, if it pleases the king, let him issue a royal decree , and let it be written in the laws of Persia and Media, which cannot be repealed, that Vashti is never again to enter the presence of King Xerxes. Also let the king give he royal position to someone else, who is better than she.

Vashti has publicly refused the appeal of her husband to come to him. She judged his invitation unworthy and his purposes not to her advantage. The result is being rejected formally and forever. What of those who openly reject the call of Jesus Christ on their lives? Are they too proud? Do they think a positive response beneath their dignity? Will they refuse to come? They will one day hear His voice saying, “Depart from Me, I never knew you!” We have heard your royal command, and we gladly come, Lord Jesus.

Nehemiah 2:8
"And may I have a letter to Asaph, keeper of the king's forest, so he will give me timber to make beams for the gates of the citadel by the temple and for the city wall and for the residence I will occupy?"

While he has the king’s ear, he requests everything he imagines he will need to complete the task that has been on his heart for years. The king will probably want to seem magnanimous, since others are listening to the interchange. He seems inclined to say, “yes..” When you have the kings’s ear, ask for everything you can think you need! God tells us that His ear is ever open to our cry. He is a God of wonderful grace. Lord, help us by Your Spirit to take advantage of your interest in us. Grant us Your greatest Gift, even your only begotten Son, Jesus.

Ezra 2:8
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We are astonished at the detail of Ezra’s bookkeeping, recording the exact number of men from each family that participated in the rebuilding of Jerusalem. Zatu’s life is unrecorded, but for this mention. All that is involved in giving your family a vision for attempting the task, and getting them all from Babylon to Judea, financing it all and being sure they are provided for on the way and when they arrive is in the background for each of these heads of families. There is a world of activity and organization behind each name in this list. And all goes on for the glory of Jehovah, that His city might be rebuilt for the glory of His Name. Lord, help us to lift the vision of our families, focus the efforts of all to do our little part to glorify the Great name of Jesus.

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