Saturday, 6 February 2021

Strong to Meet the Day

I was meditating on this anonymous quote. It comes from that great E. Stanley Jones devotional, Abundant Living (p.239). While there are no doubt many great devotionals out there, this has to be one of my favourites.

Every morning, lean thine arm awhile upon the window-sill of Heaven. Not that I have done this perfectly, for I haven’t, but an early morning daily devotional routine is something that I strongly believe in. Before the sun rises to meet the day, before the rest of the house stirs, a quiet time.

And gaze upon thy Lord. A quiet time in the Scriptures and in prayer, meditating on the things of God, is something that my heart craves. There is a hymn that says, “More about Jesus would I know, More of His grace to others show, More of His saving fullness see, More of His love who died for me.” Yes, I want more of my Lord.

Then, with that vision in thy heart, Turn strong to meet the day. It is a fact of my life, that when I do not have that quiet time, my day is often all out of sorts. With the quiet time, I am much more likely to have the strength I need to meet my day. “Each day has enough trouble of its own,” said Jesus (Mt.6:34). It only makes sense to find the strength we need to meet that trouble. I know of no better way.

I wrote another related little piece you may be interested in called The Quiet PlaceYou can find it here.

Peace and Blessings, friend; God is good. 😊

Photo Source: I took this picture early one morning as I was leaving home. The semi-clouded full moon and the silhouette of my neighbour’s house caught my interest and further reminded me of the hand of my God. 

Tuesday, 26 January 2021

What Does the LORD Require?

I am at a point in my life where, if it doesn't come from GOD, I am not really interested. Does that sound harsh? I hope not. 

The older I get the less interest I seem to have in the things of the world. There are a plethora of things that seem to rile people up and consume all their energies these days; politics, pandemic, conspiracy theories, perceived violation of personal rights and freedoms. Even (false) prophecies stemming from questionable hermeneutics and done under the guise of Christianity can be ungodly and suspect. After all, Jesus himself cautioned, "Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves." (Matthew 7:15; NIV).

Now that I am north of sixty years of age, I guess my outlook on life has changed somewhat. No, I don't view myself as "old" per se. Maybe with the years I've become a little more enlightened as to what really matters in life. Politics? No! Family? Yes! Career and workplace drama? No! Personal peace? Yes! Maybe with the seemingly increased frequency that we change calendars I've mellowed out a bit. Where years before I also got caught up in the web of politics and aspired to continue climbing the corporate ladder, I no longer have those interests. They have strangely become unimportant to me.

So as the world goes about chasing its tail, buying into media fear-mongering and political double-speak, lost in its chasing of that which is here today and gone tomorrow, I choose to take a step back. What is God saying in all this? What is He really saying? Do we hear Him? If not, could the reason be that we've become a little too wrapped up with the things of the world? Hmm, I wonder some times.

The prophet Micah said long ago, "He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God" (Micah 6:8; NIV). In these modern times, has God changed His mind on that? No, of course not! God "does not change like shifting shadows" (James 1:17; NIV). What was considered "good" in God's eyes then is still considered "good" in His eyes today.

I am reminded of the old Helen Lemmel hymn, The Heavenly Vision. The chorus went like this: "Turn your eyes upon Jesus, Look full in His wonderful face; And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, In the light of His glory and grace."

On what or whom are our eyes focused? Yes, I am at a point in my life where, if it doesn't come from God, I am not really interested. Rather, I choose to focus my energies first and foremost on trying to hear that which God would say to me today. Where is Jesus in all this other stuff? I am certainly not saying that I have it all figured out, but it's the path I find myself on these days.

Peace and Blessings, friends. God is good. 😊