A Devotional Snapshot


by God's Little Boy
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Posted 12/29/14


How refreshing is the gentleness and goodness of God. These attributes are ones for which we may be especially grateful. After being vexed by human strife, Isaac dug a well and called it "Rehoboth" and said, "For now the Lord hath made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land." (Genesis 26:22b) The word Rehoboth basically means broad places or wide expanses, space, room. God gives us room. He gives us space that we can rarely find in any other. He gives us a large space to live and grow and flourish. He gives us the space of liberty (freedom from something in order that we might grow in a freedom to something.) The soul that has a capacity for God and is moving in his direction is in a large place. A place of rest, a place of mercy and grace. Because of God's gentleness, we have room to be who we are. He gives us room to be different and even room to fail. God gives us "Rehoboth" because he knows all about the frailty of our frame in a broken senseless world. Oftentimes we expect less from God but then we are amazed when he gives us more in a broad place. Without such space to live out and work out our own salvation none of us could develop a capacity to stand, nor would we have the desire to abide in God's presence. But with God is plenty of room. God is generous. He is not one who is overly concerned with the risks involved with giving us too much. His nature is one of extravagant free flowing grace. He is willing and eagerly waiting to give abundantly. He lavishes his goodness upon us in all of its many expressions. He gives us a great many benefits to profit from and enjoy. Perhaps the greatest of all his gifts is this gift of the broad place. The gift of his unconditional love, peace, acceptance, and approval and the room he makes for us in our insufficiencies as we are in process. We are without strife in the land of our Lord and we continually draw closer and become fruitful because of the peace he has made for us. 


"If thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared." (Psalm 103:3-4)


Generosity  (jenəˈräsədē) n. 1. The quality of being generous; liberality in principal; a disposition to give liberally or to bestow favors; a quality of the heart or mind opposed to meanness or stinginess. (Webster's 1828)






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