by Judy Doyle
4/16/2009 / Devotionals
It appears that phrase "waiting for the other shoe to drop" has its origins in Great Britain's apartment houses or flats. When the tenant upstairs went to bed, he/she would drop a shoe and the tenant below would hear it. So the tenant below would "wait for the other shoe to drop."
May 7, 2009 is the "National Day of Prayer" in the United States of America. It is a day established by the United States Congress and signed into law by then President Harry S. Truman. It is not exclusively a "Christian" event. All faiths are encouraged to pray.
I was reminded of the words in 2 Chronicles 7, "When Solomon had finished the temple of the LORD and the royal palace, and had succeeded in carrying out all he had in mind to do in the temple of the LORD and in his own palace, the LORD appeared to him at night and said: "I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for myself as a temple for sacrifices. "When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. . ." (2 Chronicles 7:11-14 NIV)
I believe we take comfort in knowing God will hear our prayers and heal our land. However, all too often we stop at the verse where we learn our sins will be forgiven and our land healed. We fail to continue to read. If we would continue to read, we would hear the other shoe drop. God continued to say, "But if you or your descendants abandon me and disobey the decrees and commands I have given you, and if you serve and worship other gods, then I will uproot the people from this land that I have given them. I will reject this Temple that I have made holy to honor my name. I will make it an object of mockery and ridicule among the nations. " (2 Chronicles 7:19 & 20 New Living Translation)
Have we turned away from God? You be the judge.
I live in Central Illinois. Have enjoyed writing for over 20 years. I'm married, one son and daugher-in-law and one grand-dog. No grandchildren.
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