Morning, November 7
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So don't let anyone condemn you for what you eat or drink, or for not celebrating certain holy days or new moon ceremonies or Sabbaths. For these rules are only shadows of the reality yet to come. And Christ himself is that reality.
Paul told the Colossian Christians not to let others criticize their diet or their religious ceremonies. Instead of outward observance, believers should focus on faith in Christ alone. Our worship, traditions, and ceremonies can help bring us close to God, but we should never criticize fellow Christians whose traditions and ceremonies differ from ours. More important than how we worship is that we worship Christ.
Don't let anyone judge you. You are responsible to Christ.
Isaiah 49:16  Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands.

No doubt a part of the wonder which is concentrated in the word "Behold," is excited by the unbelieving lamentation of the preceding sentence. Zion said, "The Lord hath forsaken me, and my God hath forgotten me." How amazed the divine mind seems to be at this wicked unbelief! What can be more astounding than the unfounded doubts and fears of God's favored people? The Lord's loving word of rebuke should make us blush; he cries, "How can I have forgotten thee, when I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands? How darest thou doubt my constant remembrance, when the memorial is set upon my very flesh?" O unbelief, how strange a marvel thou art! We know not which most to wonder at, the faithfulness of God or the unbelief of his people. He keeps his promise a thousand times, and yet the next trial makes us doubt him. He never faileth; he is never a dry well; he is never as a setting sun, a passing meteor, or a melting vapor; and yet we are as continually vexed with anxieties, molested with suspicions, and disturbed with fears, as if our God were the mirage of the desert. "Behold," is a word intended to excite admiration. Here, indeed, we have a theme for marvelling. Heaven and earth may well be astonished that rebels should obtain so great a nearness to the heart of infinite love as to be written upon the palms of his hands. "I have graven thee." It does not say, "Thy name." The name is there, but that is not all: "I have graven thee." See the fulness of this! I have graven thy person, thine image, thy case, thy circumstances, thy sins, thy temptations, thy weaknesses, thy wants, thy works; I have graven thee, everything about thee, all that concerns thee; I have put thee altogether there. Wilt thou ever say again that thy God hath forsaken thee when he has graven thee upon his own palms?

Psalm 107:8  Let them give thanks to the LORD for His lovingkindness, And for His wonders to the sons of men!

Psalm 34:8  O taste and see that the LORD is good; How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!

Psalm 31:19  How great is Your goodness, Which You have stored up for those who fear You, Which You have wrought for those who take refuge in You, Before the sons of men!

Isaiah 43:21  "The people whom I formed for Myself Will declare My praise.

Ephesians 1:5,6,12  He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, • to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. • to the end that we who were the first to hope in Christ would be to the praise of His glory.

Zechariah 9:17  For what comeliness and beauty will be theirs! Grain will make the young men flourish, and new wine the virgins.

Psalm 145:9-12  The LORD is good to all, And His mercies are over all His works. • All Your works shall give thanks to You, O LORD, And Your godly ones shall bless You. • They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom And talk of Your power; • To make known to the sons of men Your mighty acts And the glory of the majesty of Your kingdom.

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