Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted, “Hosanna!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Blessed is the coming kingdom of our Father David!” “Hosanna in the highest heaven!” Mark 11:9
When a famous person is arriving in town, everyone gets excited. They roll out the red carpet and line the streets to see the person arrive. Flags are flown and people are talking about it.
The excitement goes even higher when the person is there to help them and make life better. Praises and honor are given to the person in their excitement.
As Jesus came riding into Jerusalem, the people lined the road before and after Him. They shouted praises to Him and about Him in their excitement. They expected great things.
Although He does not physically come riding in on a donkey, Jesus still loves to make an appearance in the lives of people. He now sends His Holy Spirit in to touch and change the lives of people. The Holy Spirit is there to help the believer overcome the world.
However, there are some people who are not excited about God showing up. Sadly this includes some in the church. Upon seeing God showing up, they know that there will be changes needed to be made.
The Pharisees did not like it when Jesus arrived. God’s presence shines light upon sin. It meant change.
Every believer should be excited when God shows up, whether in a church service or somewhere else. He should be welcomed. Praise should be raised up, because God is there to bring about life and to make changes for the better.
In the presence of God, the cares of this world should take a back seat. Praise, honor and worship should take priority in God’s presence.
God wants to work in your life. He wants to be an ever-present presence in your life.
Allow yourself to stop what you are doing and roll out the red carpet for God to enter into your life. Be aware of when God is showing up to make a change.
Do not fear God’s presence, but embrace it, knowing He loves you and wants to be with you. God is desiring a relationship with you and is riding in on a colt to meet with you.
Are you excited about His presence? Or do you dread His arrival?
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will welcome God’s presence in your life; that you will give great praise to God; and that you will allow God to change your life.
Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. Psalm 127:3
In this busy, chaotic, workaholic world, children are often seen as a nuisance or a road block. Having children is seen as getting in the way of plans. Many people are so focused upon their careers that they do not want to have or see any children at all.
It is very common to see or hear of a child being aborted or given up for adoption, because the child will just get in the way. Or a person does not want the child because it is so expensive to raise a child.
There are many who have some children, but also just complain about each one. The child cannot or will not do something. The child has some disability. The child requires time and attention, and much more complaints.
Solomon realized that children are a heritage and a reward from God. They are a blessing and not a nuisance.
It is true that children are expensive to raise. It is also true that a child will often break a parent’s heart with making poor choices in life. It is true that children may cause a person to have to take a different route in life.
Yet, children can also be a very great blessing. The child is someone who a person can love, mold and shape into a servant for God. He is the one who can carry on the legacy and message of God to the future generations.
A child can bring great joy when watching the child make the right decisions. He can bring joy when accomplishing something new in life. Children are also a great blessing when they return the love that is given to them.
The blessings of a child will last a lifetime. Children are a great reward from God.
You may or may not have any children, but you can see them as a blessing and a reward as God does. When God blesses you with a child, He is seeing you as able to raise the child correctly in His love and ways. He is trusting you to raise a child of His.
Take your eyes off of yourself and selfish desires and see the blessings that a child can and does give a person. See the joy of having a child in your life.
You are a child of God and God cherishes you. Do the same with the child God is blessing you with.
I pray today that you will know God’s reward in children; that God will remove fear of raising a child; that God will guide you in raising a child; that God will open your heart to love children; and that you will see children as a great reward from God.