Monday, February 27, 2017

A Cry for Wisdom

Psalm 90:9-12: "For all our days are passed away in thy wrath: we spend our years as a tale that is told. The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away. Who knoweth the power of thine anger? even according to thy fear, so is thy wrath. So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom."

A Cry for Wisdom

We spend our years
as a tale that is told;
our life is but
a vapor of old.

The strength of our years:
labour, sorrow, and pain;
so help us, dear Lord,
to live our lives not in vain.

Teach us to number 
our days once again,
that we may live righteously,
and flee youthful sin.

Show us, O God, how to 
apply our hearts unto wisdom,
that with each breath we
take, we further your kingdom.

The harvest is white,
but the labourers few;
yet many a Christian
still sits in the pew.

Remind us once more
of the love of the Cross;
stir us to count
all, but Christ, as a loss.

"To know Him more deeply"
be the cry of our hearts.
To love wholly Thy word,
and from it never depart.

So give us the wisdom
of what to hold dear,
and to Calvary's tree
stay ever near.

'Tis only one life
which we have been giv'n;
for the Saviour divine
so help us to live.

For in the end, t'will not
matter, the riches or fame.
All t'will endure 
is Jesus proclaimed.

Friday, July 22, 2016

All I want to say at the End of the Day

"He gives grace in the midst of every storm / God gives grace to carry the weary and worn / He's everything we ever need for everything we face / So remember when it seems you can't go on / God gives grace"

Oh, and what grace He gives! The Lord placed this song on my heart Tuesday afternoon, and as I've used it to sing my way through the past couple of days, I have seen His grace at work and experienced it first-hand. I have found that it is a never-failing, unconditional, all-encompassing grace.

Sometimes we go through trials, and when we ask God, "Why?" He allows us to clearly see the reason for the storm we face. For other trials, though, we may never know a definite answer this side of Glory. It is often in these trials, more than others, that we see the Lord's grace displayed so infinitely. It is these trials that the Lord uses to reveal Himself more intimately to us and grow our faith and trust in Him, if we let Him.

Even if we can never find any other reason for a trial, we know this one for certain: "That thy trust may be in the LORD..." (Proverbs 22:19). All the wisdom and understanding in the world will do us no good if we do not place our trust in the Lord. Sometimes God doesn't give us answers, because He wants us to simply trust Him--that He knows best. He wants us to know and realize with calm assurance that He is the Sovereign of the universe, and our lives--and anything that ever happens anywhere, for that matter--are in His hands. Our Heavenly Father will take care of us. We need not fear or worry about the future. In fact, we are told to "take no thought for the morrow" (Matthew 6:34). When we truly make this our mindset, and way of living, we can find perfect peace no matter the circumstances. Isaiah 26:3 says, "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee." Verse 4 goes on to say, "Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength:" 

When the burdens seem too heavy, we have but to turn to the Lord Jehovah, and cast all our cares upon Him, for He careth for us (1 Peter 5:7). We need only to abandon our cares at the feet of Jesus, and abide in Him. When we trust in Him we find that everlasting strength that carries us through the storm. 

I have found that joy no tongue can tell in knowing my faith and life rest securely in His hands. Who better to trust with everything than the One who loved me enough that He gave His life for me? At the end of the day, I have found, the message of God's grace still echoes true--and will for all eternity.

I can say assuredly now, more than ever, that I think I'll just keep on serving Jesus, for apart from Him I've not found a love and peace so deep and profound.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

What to do when you're Walking in the Dark

Have you ever been in a well lit room, and suddenly it went completely dark? What do you do? Immediately, you begin reaching for the closest source of light--something to illuminate just what is in front of you. At that moment, though you would like for the full light source to return, what you are mainly concerned with is just being able to see a few steps ahead of yourself. With each step you take, you see steps further ahead being illuminated.

At many points in life, we come into situations where the lights simply seem to go dark without warning. We find ourselves at a loss for words, and it can seem hard to even focus our minds on simple, every day tasks. We often even find ourselves asking, "God, why?" "What purpose could this possibly have for my life?" "What are you doing, and where are you taking me?" We find ourselves so desperately searching for the light that we often fail to see the lamp sitting right in front of us. Psalm 119:105 tells us that God's word, the Bible that we should hold so close and dear to our hearts, " a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." Though we may not be able to see the big picture, we can find light for each step that we take if we simply turn to His word.

This holy, infallible Word of God holds so many truths and promises that we as Christians so often fail to claim.

When you can't seem to see the light, could it be because He has you snuggled up close to Him in His shadow? Psalm 91:1-2--"He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust." I have never seen a shadow that contained much light, and though the shadows often carry with them uncertainty and fear of the unknown, the shadow of the Almighty is the safest place to dwell. The rest of this chapter continues on to say: "Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be they shield and buckler. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh unto thee. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come night thy dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands,  lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet. Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation." (Psalm 91:3-16)

Surely our God knows what He is doing. From Adam to Noah to Abraham, Moses, Esther and all the way through to Peter and Paul, we have seen His faithfulness. He has been a continual dwelling place for His children. Psalm 90: 1-2--"LORD, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God."

He is, present tense, God: the same yesterday, today and forever. Yet so often, we try to play God in our lives, making plans far into the future, and crumbling when we see our plans fall. We must learn to live by Proverbs 3:5-6, to not trust in what we understand, but to realize that His ways are much higher than our ways. "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you an expected end" (Jeremiah 29:11). "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." (Prov. 3:5-6)

He will direct our paths if we learn to fully trust in Him, and wait only upon Him for all of our directions in life. Psalm 62:5-8 says, "My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved. In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God. Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah." "The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms..." (Deuteronomy 33:27)

He has promised never to leave us, nor forsake us. He has promised to be our refuge, and our stronghold. He can never fail us, for He is perfect and everlasting. Furthermore, though, He has promised to be found of us if we will but seek Him. "And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. And I will be found of you, saith the LORD..." (Jeremiah 29:13-14) 

So when you're left with broken, aching heart, walking suddenly, seemingly alone, in the dark, turn to Him. Search for God--the Light Himself--in His word. He will be found, and He will guide you safely beneath His wing.