‘Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know. – Jeremiah 33:3
God throughout the bible is practically begging us to come to Him. As I was looking for a text this morning I came across this gem above and it made me think about how much God wants us to rely on Him. The language that He uses throughout the book is powerful. The word is a lamp for thy feet and a light unto thy path. I will be your shield and your hiding place. It goes on and on and on and yet here we are walking with our feet in darkness and our path not illuminated because we want to do our thing. We are in a war yet we do not take the protection of the shield nor the hiding place. As the text says today we must call to God and He will answer. He will provide that which we need.
After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.
1 Peter 5:10 NASB
I still don’t know why we think we will not have trials in this life. Christ had trials and as His followers we should expect the same. We should be prepared for them so when they hit we are not surprised. However we are terrible at preparation, so I thank God for this passage today as it reminds us that God does not forsake us. Just like the story of Job who was restored after he lost everything, God restores us better than where we were.
But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells.14 Therefore, beloved, since you look for these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless, 2 Peter 3:13,14
What are we looking for, rather what should we be looking for? People are always looking. I find it interesting how Peter chose to write this that since you are looking for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless. So the question is, if you are not looking for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells, what are you looking for?
May we ever be looking forward to the kingdom and to do that we must keep our eyes on Christ Jesus.
How blessed are those whose way is blameless, Who walk in the law of the Lord. How blessed are those who observe His testimonies Who seek Him with all their heart. Psalms 119:1-2
Sometimes we don’t feel like we are blessed by God. Come on, let’s be real for a minute. When things don’t seem to be going well you don’t feel like you are blessed by God. That is because we have reduced blessings to things that are tangible, that we can touch, taste, feel, smell. We have forgotten that just taking a simple breath is a blessing from God. That having your right mind is a blessing from God. I stand convinced that God allows us to go through things so that we see who we really are and how much we need Him. And we truly truly need Him for everything. He is the source of everything we have and we need to remember that more often.
So when it doesn’t look like its going well we need to remember this passage AND remember not to boil blessings down to things that are tangible.
17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “But the righteous man shall live by faith.”
Living by faith. Even though this is not the immediate context of the text above, it is applicable to our lives today. What does it mean to live by faith? Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. So to live by these words means that we have evidence of things not seen. It means knowing that God is indeed real. You may not be able to prove it scientifically, but you have evidence (that being your life) that He is real. Also notice that the text says SHALL live by faith. Meaning that it is the only way for a righteous man to live. So if we do not live by faith one could then say that we are not righteous. And remember that your faith MUST be tested in order to be shown genuine. I pray that we will all pass the test when it comes.
13 Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Phillippians 3:13,14
What lies behind us? I find Paul’s word usage here to be particularly meaningful. We should be REACHING forward to what lies ahead. But far too often we find ourselves reaching backwards, trying to hold on to something trying to recapture something that God has told us we need to let go of. And I think this is what Paul means in this passage is that we cannot be holding on to the things of the past rather we should be willing to let them go to reach forward for that good thing that is coming in the future.
And that good thing is indeed eternal life and the return of Jesus Christ.
God is calling us to leave our pasts behind. So why are we so reluctant to do so? What is it about our past that has us holding on to it at the expense of eternal life? I think I understand mark 8:35 more now “For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it.”
Our lives without Christ have no meaning. So why are we holding on? Give it to the Master!