Devotions By Jan


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Scripture for Today: Psalm 139:5 “You have enclosed me behind and before, and laid Your hand upon me.”

I love the feeling of being enclosed!  Whether it is in a home or in a garden, I feel safe and comfortable when I can see the whole space at once.  The image of this enclosed garden gives me that feeling.  I know where I am.  I know where the limits and boundaries are.  Closed in spaces can make one feel peaceful and secure.  The fences keep out what is not wanted.  The enclosed space seems to invite intimacy.

Our verse for today comes from a psalm that describes how vast is God’s knowledge of each one of us.  He is acquainted with all of our ways and all of our movements.  He is everywhere and there is no fleeing His presence.  But this verse is so very personal.  He encloses or hems us in with His presence.  He puts a limit ahead of us and a limit behind us.  He does not do this to frustrate us.  He does this in a gesture of love, to place His hand on us.

It is understandable that He needs to enclose me to put His hand on me.  I am so often in constant movement and activity.  I hardly stand still.  Taking time out for Him and being still seems impossible sometimes.  The pace of life makes me forget He is even there.  There are times I need to be stopped in my tracks in order to see His hand and recognize His presence.

Being hemmed in and enclosed by the Lord is a good thing.  His hand on me is a loving one.  When I cannot go forward or turn backward, it is then that I look up.  That is just how He wants it!

Look familiar?  This is a summer re-post due to ministry schedule.


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