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!
The Lord looks from heaven; He sees all the sons of men; psalms 33:13
He sees all the sons of men. So that means He sees you. And what is He seeing when He looks at us? Yeah….we need to give our hearts to God so that He can change our ways. Cause He looking at you and me.
A simple thank you is good. A sincere thank you is better. Its not a long devituonal today, buy a simple reminder that we should say thank you to God for all that He does for us. Every breath we take is a blessing from Him. We should spend more of those breaths praising Him and thanking Him for His goodness to us.
As I was reading the lesson today I came across this passage that made me think. “As Christ was sent by the Father to save the world, He in turn sends His disciples with the words “as the Father has sent me, I am sending you.”” And the passage referenced John 3:17 which got me thinking some more. Why as Christians are we judging, when Christ sent us as He Himself and He did not come to judge the world but to save it?
Maybe this is the reason why people choose to turn away because we on some level have judged them. That’s not what we are to do as Christians. We are to love and encourage. Judgment comes later.
Oh give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples. 1 chronicles 16:8
Man we have not even come close to doing this. And why do we not give thanks to God? Cause we are trying to take credit for things that we know we didn’t do. I won’t even start on the call upon His name or making his deeds known.
Give thanks to God first and the other two points will happen.
Do not say, “I will repay evil”; Wait for the Lord, and He will save you. Proverbs 20:22
Wait. That single word causes more frustration for me than I want to think about. Its because it’s hard. Wait. Be patient. Its not that you doubt God will come through, on the contrary you KNOW He will come through, but you want Him to come now. Its as if we forget who is God and who is man. And though He serves us, He is not bound to our beck and call as some would want.
So He says wait for it. Wait for your change to come. Wait for your spouse that I have prepared for you. Wait for the opportunity that I am preparing for you. Wait on the Lord. You’ll be glad you did.
Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch forth Your hand against the wrath of my enemies, And Your right hand will save me. The Lord will accomplish what concerns me; Your lovingkindness, O Lord , is everlasting; Do not forsake the works of Your hands. Psalms 138:7, 8
The psalmist speaks the truth. Probably because no one understood hard times like David. Look at what he says here. Though I walk through trouble….now it doesn’t say HOW you ended up walking in trouble, it just says that when you do God will revive you. God will give you the strength to continue AND He will stretch His hand out against your enemies (someone needs to hear that today).
But we must not lose sight of what really matters in the end and that is salvation. That’s what David means when he speaks of not being forsaken. That is the true end game. To spend eternity with God. And on that point God will definitely not forsake us.