For July 15, 2020
Musing over the majesty and splendor of our wonderful God and Savior is truly a refreshing and invigorating change of pace to what bombards us each day: Wars and rumors of wars, political/social unrest, coronavirus fact and fiction, political/social animosity, ruthless gun violence, political/social rhetoric, random and senseless murder, condemnation of the President of the United States for what did (or didn’t do), angst over saving the planet, business closings, shelter in place, state shutdowns, country shutdowns, which elicit widespread panic and fear.
Oh, if only we would apply the principles of Isaiah 26:3-4 (NKJV). How much more tranquil and peaceful our lives would be,
You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You. Trust in the Lord forever, For in Yah, the Lord, is everlasting strength!
God is watching us, and He sees everything. He created us, and He knows everything about us. We are finite while He is infinite; we are powerless while He is all power; we have limited knowledge while He has all knowledge; we are flawed while He is perfectly holy. He alone is accomplishing His perfect work in all of us, moving us toward His consummation of all things revealed in His glorious return with a new Heaven and Earth,
Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” Revelation 21:1-4 (NKJV)
Ultimately, Jesus Christ left glory, not because of what we could do for Him but because we needed Him to pay our sin debt at Calvary, and to give us His Holy Spirit to comfort, secure, guide, and sustain us throughout our earthly journey.
The Lord loves us more than we could ever comprehend. It is not our works but our faith in His works that restores and secures our eternal fellowship. We don’t rely on our capricious will and finite human ability to hold on to Christ while facing life’s uncertainties. Instead, we rely on His infinite power and providence.
It’s up to Him to hold on to us and renew us as we press forward,
Have you never heard? Have you never understood? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding. He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:28-31 (NLT)
Our focus should always be on Christ, our Good Shepherd, whose providence watches over us, and His power keeps us. In Him, we find hope, strength, perfect peace, and victory as we progress through this life toward our glorious reward: Heaven.
Our endurance is more about God’s omnipotence and faithfulness than it is our finiteness and inadequacy. Abundant life now and eternal life later are both certain and secure—through Jesus Christ. Our faith begins and ends with the Him because He is our hope, peace, expectation, and great reward, now and forever.
No one but Jesus Christ loves us so deeply, gives of Himself so freely, and keeps us so completely throughout this life and into the next…Rest in Him,
Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen. Jude 24-25 (AKJV)
Jesus Christ is more than mere “fire insurance” because He is the embodiment of all God’s promises. He’s got it, and He’s got us as well. Thus, we trust Him always, because He delivered us from a life of sin and He presents us before God as forgiven and righteous. Won’t you trust Him today?
What a Wonderful Savior!