When the Son comes, we will either run to Him or from Him.
This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. John 3:19-20
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. (Hebrews 12:1)
Those looking down are cheering the race. Applauding the runners not their pace.
Pulling out front does not make them roar. But trusting in God brings shouting for more.
So ignore the distractions that so easily trick. keep your eyes upon Jesus through thin and through thick.
When the day comes that you finish the race. You’ll hear well done, but for now rest in God’s grace.
The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love. He will rejoice over you with singing. Zephaniah 3:17
There is a song my Lord sings for me, a song of great delight, a song to soothe my spirit, a song of hope and light. O Lord open my ears to hear, open my eyes to see Your face, open my soul to know… Your song of loving grace.
Not one of these leaves has fallen outside of God’s sight or understanding. They remind me that God cares.
I repeatedly check the news channels to see if there is any change for the better. I go on line looking for news that will calm my fears, but I only hear words of anger, and terrible troubles. I want to hear words of love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness…words with power to control my anxious thoughts.
Beautiful words— God’s words of forgiveness. God’s words of patience. God’s words of His unfailing love. These words I need to hear. Even more marvelous— God wraps these words with a promise. “I will help you and watch over you. I will never leave you, nor forsake you.” Now those are beautiful words.
But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Galatians 5:22-23
Psalm 103:2 Praise the Lord, O my soul and forget not all His benefits— The Lord turns my darkness into light. (2 Sam. 22:29) He forgives all my sins. He heals all my diseases. (Psalm 103:3) He redeems my life from the pit and crowns me with love and compassion. (Psalm 103:4) He fills my life with good things (Psalm 103:5) It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect (2 Sam. 22:33) You give me Your shield of victory; You stoop down to make me great. (2 Sam.22:36) Yes, praise the Lord, O my soul for He treats me with loving kindness. Not as I deserve. (Psalm 103:10)
In elder years I begin to fret. Forgetting things makes me upset. Is this normal a mind that’s blurry, or do I have cause for greater worry? I forget the date and peoples names. I forget instructions to children’s games. In my angst I lose sight that Jesus is with me through the night. I’m tempted to fear what may be, Angry at God for hardship I see. Feelings takeover and hide the truth— To rely on His strength as I lose my youth. Thankfully He’s numbered those days that groan, and holds my hand to guide me home. Amazing grace from the throne above, being griped forever in His unfailing love.
When I thought, “My foot is slipping,” Your steadfast love, O Lord, held me up. When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul. Psalm 94:18-19
Do not hide Your face from me or I will be like those who go down to the pit. Let the morning bring me word of Your unfailing love. Psalm 143:7-8
I hear God’s unfailing love in the singing of His birds. I see Your unfailing love in the Autumn colors. I smell Your unfailing love in the scent of the pines after a rain. I know Your unfailing love in the promise that Your Spirit is always with me. I rejoice with all creation for Your unfailing love.
I can describe music, but it is nothing without the hearing.
I can explain a beautiful mountain scene but it is not the same as hiking to the top and being there.
I can read about the great banquet, but knowledge falls far short of sitting at God’s table and tasting.
I can talk about joy, but only by putting my hope in Jesus does it take wing.
We fool ourselves into being satisfied with hollow words, instead of plunging into God’s love and living in Him.
Come, all who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come buy and eat! Come buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare. Isaiah 55:1-2
Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me will never go hungry, and believes in Me will never be thirsty.” John 6:35
I can hear about “Living Water,” and the “Bread of life, but until you drink from God’s well of salvation it remains merely words.
So, how does one drink and eat?
Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.” John 4:10