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So Much Noise

When you read Ezra 3, you see the Israelite people rebuilding the Temple and praising the Lord. As they stood before this rebuilt structure, there were two sounds present- shouts of joy and the sound of weeping. Some were shouting and rejoicing while others were crying. Some were joyous because the structure, the Temple of the Lord, was finished. It symbolized God being with them. Others had tear-filled eyes, perhaps remembering what God had done for them in the past—remembering the Temple that was destroyed—remembering the former glory. Perhaps they were weeping at the second chance—the chance to once again have a Temple of the Lord.

Reading of these emotions and of this outpouring of noise as a result got me to consider how noisy we get today. Do we make noise? Do we get emotional? Are we passionate for Jesus? I do not often hear people shouting for joy for what the Lord has done. I also do not hear crying or see tears remembering what God has done for people- whether it is tears of joy or tears from a remembered journey. So many people are quiet today. People are quiet about what Jesus has done for them. People are quiet when there is so much to share—so much to rejoice about—so many tears of joy that could be flowing.

Today make some noise. These people made so much noise that they could be heard from far away. Has anyone heard you today? Has anyone heard what Jesus has done for you?

“No one could distinguish the sound of the shouts of joy from the sound of weeping, because the people made so much noise. And the sound was heard far away.” – Ezra 3:13 [NIV]

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Make Some Noise

“What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs.” – Matthew 10:27 [NIV]

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My daughter has two hermit crabs, each with totally different personalities. As I was reading my Bible the other day, I heard a strange noise and looked over at the hermit crab area. The one hermit crab as usual was nowhere to be found. He spends most of his time hiding in the sand and if we did not know that we placed him in there, we wouldn’t know he existed most of the time. Then there’s the other hermit crab, the one who constantly is making noise from the rooftop. He climbs up to the top of his cocoa hut and he is heard.

This gets me thinking about Matthew 10:27, where we see this picture of a person who is sharing the message in the day, even shouting from rooftops. I know some people who are not afraid to speak of Jesus, to share their faith. They get up on the rooftop and their voice is heard. But I also know others who are like the hiding hermit crab. They don’t voice their faith and if an opportunity presents itself, they find a way to hide in the sand.

Today I encourage you to get out on the rooftop. Jesus isn’t asking us to literally stand on a rooftop or to be on a stage before a large crowd of people. Start by sharing with one person—go from there. Don’t hide in the sand today. We need you.

Overlooked Blessings

I love taking my dog for a walk. It’s great exercise for the both of us, and it gives me a chance to take a break from everything. Yesterday I invited my children to partake in the adventure. They were having fun racing each other to the next tree and playing games along the way. I started to notice that the peacefulness of my walk was absent. Then something else happened. I had a misstep and ended up having a fall.

It seemed as if I was trying my hardest to hit every body part possible as I landed. The worst of the contact was made when my knee hit the ground. Instant bleeding and swelling. The children were asking if I had a first aid kit stowed away in my pockets; I was wondering how I was going to get back home. It was a slow walk back.

Still this morning I am in a lot of pain and finding it difficult to move my knee much. Walking has become a chore. I realized through this all, how lucky I am to be able to walk. I have my limbs. I have a nice, safe area to walk. I have the time to walk. I have sneakers to use to walk comfortably. I have healthy enough to walk. These are things I don’t think about very often. In overlooking them, I neglect to give proper thanks to Him who provided all things.

We all get busy and we do not look at the things we take for granted. We expect them to be there, because they always are there. We do not consider how life would be if they were not there, because that surely would never happen. Today, as we give thanks to our Lord who showers us with blessings, may we be able to see what we have overlooked. May we thank Him for the big things and the little things, the provisions He alone provides.

“Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth.
Serve the LORD with gladness,
Come before Him with joyful singing.
Know that the LORD Himself is God;
It is He who has made us and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
Enter His gates with thanksgiving
And His courts with praise.
Give thanks to Him, bless His name.
For the LORD is good;
His lovingkindness is everlasting
And His faithfulness to all generations.”

– Psalm 100 [NASB]

Running

    When I was younger, I always was amazed at the story of Jonah. I imagined this man attempting to run away, and yet “the LORD hurled a great wind” and next thing you know he was swallowed by “a great fish.” Who tries to run away from God? It seems crazy and yet I believe we all have our moments.

    Jonah didn’t want to go to Nineveh. God told him of the important task he had, but he did not agree. We do this same thing when God gives us an idea of what we are to do in life, and yet we think we know better or we allow fear to dictate our actions instead of giving God the chance to direct our path.

    Perhaps it could be that we have this high paying job, but God wants us to go back to school for a college degree in something far from our current career. Maybe we are told to move, to enter or end a relationship, or perhaps to wait for something. What really can be hard to swallow is when you make a plan or goal, you nearly are there at the end to reach this goal, and God turns you around. Maybe you are paying off a house or car and think you can settle, but God thinks it’s time for a change.

    No matter what it is, God promises us that we will be blessed abundantly if we trust in Him. It’s hard. I won’t argue with anyone. I went across the world because God said to despite many sacrifices that had to be made. I went back to school though I loved my career and it provided for my family. Stepping out in faith is scary and it can be very unsettling; however, the rewards always come. Trust in Him for He alone is faithful. He is our victorious warrior who is by our side each day as we press forward.

“Do not be afraid O Zion;
Do not let your hands fall limp.
The LORD your God is in your midst,
A victorious warrior.
He will exult over you with joy,
He will be quiet in His love,
He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.”
– Zephaniah 3:16b-17 [NASB]