Monday, August 5, 2019

Purged by God - Solace from the Psalms - Martin Wiles

For thousands of years, people have found comfort in the Psalms. No matter what emotion you are experiencing or fight you're facing, the psalms have something important to say. For the next little while, Love Lines from God will feature, "Solace from the Psalms." We hope you enjoy. And please share them with a friend. 

Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Psalm 139:23 NLT
All I could remember was that it was black, greasy, and stunk. But it would relieve soreness, clear up infections, and draw out embedded splinters. Now that my ingrown toenail was pestering me, I needed some.
I visited the local pharmacy in our small town, walked up to the pharmacist, described it, and asked if she knew what I was talking about. To my surprise, she said, “It’s Ichmmathol.” When I asked if it was still available, she handed me a tube.
I was the proud owner of an old remedy. I went home, removed my shoe and sock, smeared a drop on my big toe, covered it with a bandage, and waited. In a few days, the soreness vanished. Ichmmathol purged my toe.
David may have been a man after God’s own heart, but he was often guilty of bad decisions and sinful acts. To his credit, he requested God to search and purge him. When God revealed what He had found, David confessed.
I’ve discovered God searches and purges me through a combination of His Word and His Spirit. His love will let him do no less. Before I was His child, He lovingly drew out my stubbornness, letting me know I was on the wrong road. After I became His child—when I strayed down selfish or destructive paths—He penetrated my sore spots until I came to my senses.
God wants to purge us of anything keeping us from Him or hindering a full and abundant relationship with Him.
Ask God to search and purge you.

Tweetable: Are you allowing God to purge your life?
Prayer: Merciful Father, we ask You to search us and reveal anything that needs to be removed so we can be all You desire us to be.

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