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Friday, March 4, 2022
This flower-filled table is a photo we took at the Philadelphia Flower Show. There's no spare room for the food, but then this wasn't a food show, after all! A requirement of the Philadelphia Flower Show organizers is that all flowers and plants be real!
"Known by God"
Message summary: "The Lord knows those who are His". A wonderful source of assurance is God’s knowledge of each one of us, a truth taught abundantly throughout Scripture.
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“The Lord knows those who are His” (2 Timothy 2:19).
A part of managing an email list like Daily Encouragement is examining an undeliverable report. This is a report of email addresses to the daily list that bounced back or were otherwise undeliverable.*
I noticed a bounced email from a subscriber’s email address that struck me in a very special way. It was the address of a friend who had passed away several weeks earlier. The error message that came with the bounce said, "User Unknown". Apparently after this person's death a family member had cancelled the email address and thus I received the "User Unknown" message.
Well, this user may be unknown to the ISP’s server, but he is most certainly known to God. The daily Scripture portion is a great comfort, especially in trying times. You can easily memorize it and hide it deeply in your heart, "The Lord knows those who are His".
A wonderful source of assurance is God’s knowledge of each one of us, a truth taught abundantly throughout Scripture. The Word of God to Jeremiah the prophet is surely true for each one of us, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you” (Jeremiah 1:5). God’s knowledge is so extensive it includes our pre-birth state!
The Psalmist wrote, “You know when I sit and when I rise; You perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; You are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue You know it completely, O LORD” (Psalm 139:2-4). Surely we proclaim with the Psalmist, “Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain” (Psalm 139:6).
Indeed, “the Lord knows those who are His". Today I want to encourage each reader to find a wonderful assurance in this Scripture portion. Have you committed your life to Jesus Christ and received God’s only provision for your sin problem? If so you belong to Jesus and as you face the inevitable challenges of life today remember this truth, “The Lord knows those who are His!”
He knows my name
He knows my every thought
He sees each tear that falls
And He hears me when I call
Be encouraged today, (Hebrews 3:13)
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Daily prayer: Father, though others may overlook my significance You are familiar with all my ways. You know the very thoughts that run through my mind and the words that I speak even before I utter them. You know me from inside out and yet You love me and call me Your very own. That You would love a sinner such as I and redeem me from the pit is too marvelous for words. I humbly and gratefully acknowledge Your goodness and give thanks for Your unfailing love that lifts me from the dark pit of despair and transfers me into Your bright kingdom of light. Amen.
* Tech note: The reason examining the undeliverable report is important is that I can see trends regarding any ISP’s that may be filtering our messages and I can contact our listserve manager to deal with the block. Of course an individual address that is unknown due to changing ISP’s, leaving a company or even death also shows up. In order to keep the list clean these addresses are removed.
Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources
"He Knows My Name" Video Maranatha Singers
"Now I Belong To Jesus" Video Linda Coetzee
"I Belong To Jesus" Video Selah
"Thy Will Be Done" Video Hillary Scott & The Scott Family
As we prayed together prior to recording our message today we again prayed for Ukraine and the worsening situation over there. It's hard to believe such utter barbarism happening in 2022. We are asking God to confound the Russian commanders and army as He did in some of the OT battles. We are praying that he would remove evil Putin from the scene and restore sanity to that country's leadership.
This song came to mind and I especially consider the words, that I need to "Remember that You’re God and I am not".
I know You’re good
But this don’t feel good right now
And I know You think
Of things I could never think about
It’s hard to count it all joy
Distracted by the noise
Just trying to make sense
Of all Your promises
Sometimes I gotta stop
Remember that You’re God
And I am not
Thy will be done
Thy will be done
Thy will be done
Like a child on my knees all that comes to me is
Thy will be done
Thy will be done
I know You see me
I know You hear me, Lord
Your plans are for me
Goodness You have in store
"Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever" (Psalm 23:6)
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