The Perfect Revelation of the LordTo the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. The heavens declare the glory of God;And the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech,And night unto night reveals knowledge. – Psalm 19:1 – 2 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm19:1-2&version=NKJV
There are times when my Christian walk feels like I am out in the middle of the ocean caught in a tumultuous storm, no boat, no floating device, just my body tossed to and fro by thrashing winds, waves crashing in on me, rain and thunder so loud I can’t even hear the sound of my own screams for help. But my God, He is so awesome! He opens my eyes and allows me to see His hand at work in my life-and He gives me peace. And the feeling passes. A momentary lapse of faith that comes when I focus on the circumstances in my life, and on my inability to change them… rather than trusting in the Living God… that He is working all things out for His purpose. It is not just a platitude. God really is working in the lives of those He has chosen, in those He knows by name. When I consider that God knows me and calls me by name…I am left speechless and in total awe that the Living God thinks about me all day long. Who am I, that the Living God would give me so much thought? I am no one special, but I am His child. I am the child of the King and if you are so blessed to be a child of the King…Praise God! Pity that Christian that sees a blessing only in material things, but rejoice with the one that finds contentment in the things of God.
There are many that call themselves Christians that He will turn away. The world mocks us because it refuses to believe in God, and rejects the love and salvation of Jesus. The things of God are foolishness to those that perish. I pray for those He calls by name, because…gosh…to be like Jesus and love like Jesus is not easy…but He never leaves us alone…Praise God!
Rich Mullins sang long ago…these lyrics…song titled “Elijah”
The Jordan is waiting for me to cross through
My heart is aging I can tell
So Lord, I’m begging
For one last favor from You
Here’s my heart take it where You will
This life has shown me how we’re mended
And how we’re torn
How it’s okay to be lonely as long as you’re free
Sometimes my ground was stoney
And sometimes covered up with thorns
And only You could make it what it had to be
And now that it’s done
Well, if they dressed me like a pauper
Or if they dined me like a prince
If they lay me with my fathers
Or if my ashes scatter on the wind
I don’t care…
This is one of my favorite Rich Mullins songs…Elijah.
Be still, and know that I am God;I will be exalted among the nations,I will be exalted in the earth! – Psalm 46:10 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm46:10&version=NKJV
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father and he will give you another Helper, that he may be with you for evermore, the Spirit of truth, whom the world is not able to receive, because it does not see him nor know him; you surely know him, for he abides with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. Soon the world will no longer see me, but you surely will see me; because I live, you also will surely live. In that day you will indeed know that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.”
The Word tells me I do not walk alone…but sometimes the trials of life…gosh…as purposeful as they are…it feels like God is only working on me. Still…I know that He is just working all things for His purpose.
Rich Mullins once sang…
“…There’s people been friendly
But they’d never be your friends
Sometimes this has bent me to the ground…”
Read more: Rich Mullins – Elijah Lyrics | MetroLyrics
bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. – Colossians 3:13 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Colossians3:13&version=NKJV
The Narrow Way “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. – Matthew 7:13 – 14 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew7:13-14&version=NKJV