Love Covers

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Proverbs 10:12, Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all sins. Proverbs 17:19, He who covers a transgression seeks love,
But he who repeats a matter separates friends.

In Genesis 6-9, we read about a 600 year old man named Noah who was a man of integrity and walked with God, received a HUGE assignment to build an ark because it was going to rain, even before anyone had ever seen rain. We all know the story! What some may not remember is that after the rain subsided and Noah and his 3 sons left the ark and began to repopulate the earth, Noah became a farmer. How many know that with God, you’re never too old to have purpose in the earth! So Noah planted a vineyard and began to drink the wine from the grapes and lay naked in his tent. Verse 22-23; Ham, the father of Canaan, saw that his father was naked and told his brothers who were outside the tent.  Shem and Japheth took a robe, put it across their shoulders, and walked backward into the tent. Then they covered their father without looking at him.

Did you see that? Ham exposed his father. He talked about it, probably got a good laugh out of it, but Shem and Japheth did what was right, they covered their father without looking. When Noah woke up and found out what Ham had done, he cursed him. Why? Because he dishonored his father to others. Dishonor places us under a curse rather than a blessing. It’s the reason God says to honor our mother and father that our days may be long, because dishonor shortens our life span.

I’ve been sickened in my spirit by so many who talk dishonorably about our president, people in authority over us, our pastors, husbands and wives, moms and dads. I’ve even heard people talk about God in a common and ordinary way, like He’s their best bud they ‘high five’ with. REALLY? If you were to stand before the true glory of God, you would die. How’s that for bringing into perspective our God. We pray, “Show us Your Glory,” but are we prepared for what that would look like?

We have a very familiar opinion about the Creator of the universe. We are to honor God with awe and wonder, reverencing Him, worshiping Him in spirit and truth. The Bible says to pray for those in authority over us, not bash them, tell jokes about them, wish them dead, talk about them and expose their faults. It doesn’t matter what you think, how you feel, whether you agree or disagree with what’s going on, our job is to pray for them. Love covers! It doesn’t make excuses for or try to justify, it simply prays for and honors. It doesn’t speak of the wrongs, it hides them. Remember the tree in the garden that Eve partook of, the one called the knowledge of good and evil? It’s not always good to know everything, it’s better just to commit it to God and allow Him to handle it His way.

Father, I honor you as King. I will stand for You and pray that Your Kingdom come and Your will be done in the earth as it is in heaven. I pray for our president as he attempts to lead this great nation, that you will give him wisdom and guide his steps. May he know You and may You speak to him and show him the plans. You raised him up to be our president and even though we don’t see the big picture, I trust YOU and commit to YOU this man. I also lift up Walt, my husband you gave me. You have placed him over me to lead our family to know more of You and to serve You all the days of our lives. Bless him. Give him wisdom and strength for the plans you have in place for his life. May he seek you first, knowing that You will bring everything into place. Bless my parents. Thank you for the life they’ve lived sacrificially for You. May their later years be greater than their former years. May You bless them with long life and satisfy them with Your salvation. It’s in Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen

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