Chosen- In His Word 3-20-17

Chosen- In His Word 3-20-17

Today is the first day of Spring and as I look out at the pollen floating to the ground in the form of flowers and blossoms I accept the fact that my allergies will run wild in the days ahead but then I have chosen to live in a home with a beautiful garden; it comes with the territory.

Sometimes in life we have to accept the ‘pollen’ in order to enjoy the garden paradise.

 “But you, Israel, are My servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the descendants of Abraham My friend. You whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called from its farthest regions, and said to you, ‘You are My servant, I have chosen you and have not cast you away: Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ Isaiah 41:8-10

God has chosen us, each one of us, just like Israel; we are a chosen people by a mighty Father God. We may have been Gentiles in the past but today we are grafted into the vine by Christ Jesus.

 And since Abraham and the other patriarchs were holy, their descendants will also be holy—just as the entire batch of dough is holy because the portion given as an offering is holy. For if the roots of the tree are holy, the branches will be, too.  But some of these branches from Abraham’s tree—some of the people of Israel—have been broken off. And you Gentiles, who were branches from a wild olive tree, have been grafted in. So now you also receive the blessing God has promised Abraham and his children, sharing in the rich nourishment from the root of God’s special olive tree. But you must not brag about being grafted in to replace the branches that were broken off. You are just a branch, not the root. Romans 11:16-18
He chose us to be His children and walk in His way, and we chose to follow Him.

Together we work to live the life that God gave us to live in the wisdom and guidance of His Word. Some days though it seems like the pollen is heavier than the beautiful flowers; the flowers fade and the pollen is still floating around irritating our eyes and nose and causing us trouble.  Still, we choose to walk in that garden, we choose to delight in its goodness!

Just as the choice we made to follow God’s plan for our lives and live a life pleasing and acceptable to Him may put us in a position of turmoil or trouble for a moment; we have chosen to put our God in control. This too shall pass, just as Spring does.
In doing so we have accepted that the ‘garden walk’ will bring us a bit of pollen from year to year but that the fruit of its goodness will be a delight!
Another garden issue I have is the fact that bees are a necessity to keep the flowers blooming and bring forth the fruit in its time. I am fatally allergic to bees, but I need them in my garden. The bees take the pollen and transfer it to cause the blossoms to become fruit.
Now think for a moment about the things, or people, in your life that you do not want to have to deal with; they are the bees of your life; they are necessary to the livelihood of your life in the way the bees are to the garden fruit. The thing to remember about bees, they are busy on their own path, though it may be through the air God has a purpose for them just as He does for us.
Even though we do not see at the moment, or may never actually understand the reason for things or people to come passing by in our lives and disrupt us a bit to get the pollen from us to spread on the next garden we need to know that God placed us in the spot we are in for a reason. Why do we need to know this? For that matter how do we know that God has put us or allowed us to be in a place were we may have to suffer; if I get stung I will suffer. We know because we gave Him the control over our lives when we asked Him to be Lord of our lives. It is that simple. So if we have to dodge a bee to pick a flower or an orange off the tree them we can know that it was because God placed that bee in our path, just as He placed us on that path.
 For I, the Lord your God, will hold your right hand, saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.’ Isaiah 41:8-13

When the Word says that all things work together for the good, it means all things!

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28

So what if we have to deal with the dangers of this world in order to follow that path? Now that we have our feet planted in the Garden He has put before us; and we know this by the choice we made to follow Him when we asked Him to be our Lord and Savior; we can walk over the rocks without stumbling, we can curve with the curves in the trail, and leap over the issues that the bees bring to us without fear. He said “fear not for I am with you”, So lets walk this week through the Garden of our lives with Him. Let Jesus be our tour guide through our week, through our life; and let the delights of the garden outweigh the dangers we pass by. We can do this because we put our trust in Him to direct our paths, remember? Proverbs 3:5-6 gives us this assurance!
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for today, Thank you for the bees in the garden and the pollen that coats the air at this time of year. Bring us through the garden of Springtime to the fruitful delights of Summer and Fall as we choose each day to put our trust in You to direct our paths. In Jesus name amen.

Read some more: Isaiah 43:1-28 , Romans 8:1-39, and Romans 11:1-36