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God is Sometimes a Fourth-Watch God

Christ walking on the sea , by Amédée Varin Someone approached me one day while I was going through my heaviest trial, and said, "God is sometimes a 4th watch God".  It made me deeply ponder and wonder and then research what she meant that.   In the New Testament there is that beautiful story of the Savior appearing in the night, walking on water, after his disciples "toiled in rowing" for most of the night. We can all relate to that exhausting symbolism of moments and times in our own lives of toiling in rowing. Here are some insights I 've  learned from this story.  The Hebrew nights were roughly divided into 4 watches: 6:00 PM-9:00PM = 1st watch 9:00 PM- Midnight= 2nd watch  Midnight-3:00 AM= 3rd watch 3:00 AM-Sunrise= 4th watch The idea of God sometimes being a 4th watch God comes from the concept that God does deliver His people. It is in our times of trial,  toiling, exhausting every idea, and turning over every rock  that He co

Understanding Christ's "Unconditional Love" For Us

lds.org media images Interesting fact:  the term "unconditional love" appears no where in scripture. Did you know that?  It's not even an actual scriptural term.  Instead, you will find words like great, wonderful, perfect, redeeming, and everlasting to describe the kind of love that Christ has for us. The word unconditional is an adjective meaning; not subject to any conditions.     That does not coincide with what I understand about God, His laws, principles.  His love is everlasting and great, and He will always love us, but God does not tolerate any and all behavior. No good parent does. There is a mistaken impression in the world today that God tolerates and excuses anything we do because His love is "unconditional" or that God makes no demands upon us because His love is "unconditional" or we are ALL saved because His love is "unconditional". Loving Christ, coming unto Him, and letting our will be swallowed up in His enable