Tuesday, October 16, 2007 4:00 a.m.
I heard a sermon on sheep. Jesus compares us to sheep. Sheep can not sleep standing up. They must lay down. David took care of the sheep and he knew this. That is why he wrote, “He maketh me to lie down in green pastures…” (Psalm 23:2). There are four things that sheep must be free from in order for them to sleep.
- They must be free from fear. David wrote, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.” (Psalm 23:4).
- They must be free from rivalry. There is to be no fighting within the flock. David wrote, “He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” (Psalm 23:3).
- They must be free from parasites, poisonous plants, and things that will make them weak. A shepherd would have to clear the field of these harmful things before he could allow the sheep to enter the field. David wrote, “They rod and thy staff they comfort me.” (Psalm 23:4).
- They must be free from hunger. David wrote, “Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies…” (Psalm 23:5).
David kept the sheep and knew all this. That is why he could write the twenty-third Psalm with the wisdom of a shepherd. We are the sheep of God’s pasture and Jesus is our Shepherd.
Thought for Today: “I am the good shepherd: and the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.” (John 10:11).
Monday, May 15, 2006 1:30 p.m.
Proverbs 14:1 says, “Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.” This verse is talking about women who tear down their house with their own hands. So many women today are doing just that. They have become pluckers. They pluck at their husband; they pluck at their children; until their house falls down. Unfortunately, human nature makes us all pluckers, but by the grace of God we can become builders. That is why it is so important to build up your husband, encourage your children and help them build self-confidence. The mother sets the mood for the entire household. Amy Carmichael puts it this way: “If I am inconsiderate about the comfort of others, or their feelings, or even of their little weaknesses; if I am careless about their little hurts and miss opportunities to smooth their way; if I make the sweet running of household wheels more difficult to accomplish, then I know nothing of Calvary love” (IF, p.54).
Thought for Today: Lord, help us be wise women who build our house and not pluck it down. Give us more love, understanding and compassion.
Wednesday, June 23, 2004 5:30 a.m.
David said, “I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.” (Psalm 37:25). This was true for my father, Mark Houseman. He was born in Russia in 1908. In 1914, he and his family were exiled to Siberia and endured all the horrors of war. Tragedy continued for my father and during the Russian Revolution of 1917 he was orphaned at the age of 13. As a young boy he roamed the streets of Russia with no one to care for him. Everywhere around him children were dying in the streets from starvation; and yet, he found food enough to survive. God led him to the right homes where people would give him bread. (Under the Red Star, Mark Houseman). Thank you God for your wondrous provision. I’ve never been starving. I’ve always had food to eat, clothes to wear, and shelter over my head. God has never left me nor forsaken me. God has always provided “…exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think…” (Ephesians 3:20). What a wonderful and merciful God.
Thought for Today: “The LORD knoweth the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be for ever.” (Psalm 37:18)
Wednesday, March 25, 2004 9:00 a.m.
In distress, I opened my Bible and once again was comforted by Isaiah 41:10. “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed, for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” This is a verse that silences our fears and encourages faith. Isaiah 41:10 also gave comfort and strength to my father, Reverend Mark Houseman. Once he was deathly ill, but he and his gospel quartet had to sing that evening on their evangelistic tour. He opened his Bible and it opened to Isaiah 41:10. Through this verse God gave my father the strength he needed to continue on, sing and preach. In that same way it strengthened me. Then I read Isaiah 43:2. “When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.” That was all I needed, I was comforted and strengthened.
Thought for Today: God knows, God cares, God loves us and no matter what He leads us though He will walk beside us, protect us, and always provide.
Thursday, May 15, 2002 4:00 p.m.
I need to be reminded again and again to trust in the Lord. How quickly I forget. Then, once more, the Lord assures me that He will not take me through the desert without an oasis. He will not leave me to cleave to the dust without a refreshing rain. He will not take me through the flood without stepping stones. He will not lead me through the fire without His hand holding mine. My Father says, “I know the way through the desert; I know the way through the flood; I know the way through the fire. Trust me, my child,’No good thing will I withhold from them that walk uprightly'” (Psalm 84:11). “When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned: neither shall the flame kindle upon thee” (Isaiah 43:2). Then, once more I am comforted and I know that I can trust Him.
Thought for Today: “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths” (Proverbs 3:5 & 6).