Morning, May 22
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No, I will not unleash my fierce anger.
        I will not completely destroy Israel,
for I am God and not a mere mortal.
        I am the Holy One living among you,
        and I will not come to destroy.
“I am God and not a mere mortal.” It is easy for us to define God in terms of our own expectations and behavior. In so doing, we make him just slightly larger than ourselves. In reality, God is infinitely greater than we are.
We should seek to become like him rather than attempting to remake him in our image.
Psalm 107:7  He led them forth by the right way.

Changeful experience often leads the anxious believer to inquire "Why is it thus with me?" I looked for light, but lo, darkness came; for peace, but behold, trouble. I said in my heart, my mountain standeth firm; I shall never be moved. Lord, thou dost hide thy face, and I am troubled. It was but yesterday that I could read my title clear; today my evidences are bedimmed, and my hopes are clouded. Yesterday, I could climb to Pisgah's top, and view the landscape o'er, and rejoice with confidence in my future inheritance; today, my spirit has no hopes, but many fears; no joys, but much distress. Is this part of God's plan with me? Can this be the way in which God would bring me to heaven? Yes, it is even so. The eclipse of your faith, the darkness of your mind, the fainting of your hope, all these things are but parts of God's method of making you ripe for the great inheritance upon which you shall soon enter. These trials are for the testing and strengthening of your faith--they are waves that wash you further upon the rock--they are winds which waft your ship the more swiftly towards the desired haven. According to David's words, so it might be said of you, "So he bringeth them to their desired haven." By honor and dishonor, by evil report and by good report, by plenty and by poverty, by joy and by distress, by persecution and by peace, by all these things is the life of your souls maintained, and by each of these are you helped on your way. Oh, think not, believer, that your sorrows are out of God's plan; they are necessary parts of it. "We must, through much tribulation, enter the kingdom." Learn, then, even to "count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations."

"O let my trembling soul be still,

And wait thy wise, thy holy will!

I cannot, Lord, thy purpose see,

Yet all is well since ruled by thee."

John 14:27  "Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.

1 John 2:17  The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.

Psalm 39:6  "Surely every man walks about as a phantom; Surely they make an uproar for nothing; He amasses riches and does not know who will gather them.

Romans 6:21  Therefore what benefit were you then deriving from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the outcome of those things is death.

Luke 10:41,42  But the Lord answered and said to her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; • but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her."

1 Corinthians 7:32  But I want you to be free from concern. One who is unmarried is concerned about the things of the Lord, how he may please the Lord;

John 16:33  "These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world."

2 Thessalonians 3:16  Now may the Lord of peace Himself continually grant you peace in every circumstance. The Lord be with you all!

Numbers 6:24-26  The LORD bless you, and keep you; • The LORD make His face shine on you, And be gracious to you; • The LORD lift up His countenance on you, And give you peace.'

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