How Sweet is the Light

 

“Light is sweet and it pleases the eyes to see the sun.”

Ecclesiastes 11:7.

Oh, how we love the light after the bleak and after the dreary! When skies are clouded with grey, oh yes, how we love the light then! Oh, how we cherish the rays of the sun when they win and fight their way through tough clouds and how we remember those rays of sunlight with favour in the storms and in the darkness of our lives. Yeah, in those desperately, dark days sometimes we just want to throw in the towel and cease to run and forget to stand, don’t we?

Yeah, those just ‘give up” kind of days where we, for some reason, just can’t even stand on the promises of God! Some days and some seasons, It’s difficult to stand for the Truth, to stand for what’s right, to stand for the Light, or to stand for anything at all, isn’t it? No light, no sun, no hope, no motivation and who cares anyway? Just give it all up and dissipate into oblivion. It seems so much easier and safer that way!

Victory In The Cross

Beautiful soul, are you ‘standing’ strong still or has uninvited trouble sideswiped you off stance, off course, run you off-track and mislead you out of whack? Has your world spiralled downward with all manner of distractions, and taken you along for the plummet? Yes, even when the sun shines and the days are good, we don’t see the light of it always, because too much stuff is in the way of our belief and too much dark covers our insight and blinds our pathway.

“They have eyes, but they see not, ears, but they hear not”

Jeremiah 5: 21.

We cringe, we fear, we recoil and withdraw because even in the sunlight the mind is bleak and dreary some days. Well you and I and we and us ~ When we can’t find the sun, it’s crucial that we look to the Son and the Savior to find His love gracing us even in the dark. Find His care watching over us, even in the night. Find His awesome grace sustaining us over the hard places and the difficult challenges. Find the Truth in His Word to light our way and His protection to guard our minds, our hearts and our souls.

Yeah, in the dark, when the sun isn’t shining for the time, we must seek Him, find Him and follow Him! We dare not wait for life to be perfect and light before we determine to see the sweet, sweet light of Jesus’ face in the inclement weather of life itself.

The writer of Ecclesiastes wisely states in 11: 4,

“Farmers who wait for perfect weather never plant. If they watch every cloud, they never harvest.”

We truly have a need to look beyond the cloud and see the Son even in our darkest hour because when we see the Son, the sun will shine again and once again hope will rise up within our souls.

~k
“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”

Psalm 119: 105

The Resurrected Power

I get it that some days we clearly don’t feel like the resurrected people that we are. Yeah, we’ve been transformed, renewed, forgiven and made righteous through Christ and now the old is gone and the new lives on with Christ’s resurrected power in us, but yet we fail to live it out where the rubber meets the road.

So, we’re in a slump and a snag? So we fail, we fall, we feel all in but our shoelaces, however, we have important choices to make and so we do. We either choose badly or we choose wisely. We can choose to spiral down the ‘sin’ slope farther with a bitter spirit, and revenge, or we can choose to wise up, rise up, stop blaming others, and take responsibility for our actions. We can choose to move ahead, beyond the guilt of failure! I love how Peter rose up after his failure and denial of Christ, don’t you? Where Judas fell under the weight of his guilt and ended his life in remorse, Peter went on with Christ, with sins forgiven, and preached 50 days later.

Peter chose life after his failure, where Judas chose death out of remorse. We have the option to do the same. Christ’s resurrection power dwells in us and His forgiveness empowers us to keep shining even after a fall. Yeah, so make wise decisions even in the consequences of bad choices and choose life. Choose the resurrection power of Christ in us, the hope of glory!

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His Protection Over Us

Oh, couldn’t we all just use a heaping dose of God’s grace today~ right now ~ this moment? A tight wrap-a-round of His protective arms just covering us in our vulnerabilities strengthening us in our weaknesses and cheering us on in our insecurities?

Oh yeah, we need to go deeper with Him today. Go deeper into His ever-loving love and know that he cares even for the littlest of the little. All those fears that tug at the heart and all those insecurities that well up inside? He’s what we need for all that stuff! Those protective arms of our Almighty and Sovereign One stretched out over the cross for you, with a love so great no one can fathom it! No one can understand it! But you can know it was for you, just as you are, with no strings attached.

So today, reach out to the One who can take it all and speak peace into those dark corners of your world. Those places where anxieties lurk and rejections haunt and yeah those insecure places where any strengths go unnoticed. Today, right now,

“Come let us worship and bow down, Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker, for He is God. We are the people He watches over. The Flock under His care.”

Psalm 95: 6, 7.

Our Psalmist knew the Great King’s care. He was assured of His protection much like a shepherd protects his flock. The great creator of heaven and earth is our maker, so beautiful soul, in all of our vulnerable states, with all of our inadequacies and our insecurities and in those trying moments and fearful issues, sing with the Psalmist today as he sang in

Psalm 95:1, 2, 3, 4,

“Come let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come to Him with thanksgiving. Let us sing Psalms of praise to Him. For the Lord is a great God. A Great King above all gods. He holds in His hands the depths of the earth.”

Yeah, so you can know today, right now, this moment, Those same hands took the nails and those same arms outstretched the cross to reach you, to hold you, to protect you, to carry you, to love you and to grace you. So lets you and I and we and us go deeper today into His presence and saturate in His most amazing grace!

k

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Be Still

Yeah, I get that it’s a hard day of just plain nothing but “All gone wrong” and everything seems so misshapen and outta sorts.

Where’s the joy when the world’s in a mess and your world follows close behind in its messed up footsteps? The joy you knew yesterday took a dive into the deep and it kinda seems like it’s gone forever.

Here in this dreadful “now” moment, you’re emptied of even emotion and the pain of the heart can’t feel the hurt anymore because it’s just too weary to feel anymore. Where do you go when worries have numbed your spirit and hung your soul out to dry? Where is your refuge when your world hangs by a thread, and the thing you feared most has taken its position up front and center?

The Psalmist in Psalm 46 tells us, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.”

Beautiful soul, when all is lost, the Psalmist goes on to bring words of hope to the reader,

“There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the Holy Place where the Most High dwells. God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at the break of day…Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

Life happens! It’s just a long time to hold it all together, isn’t it? To do it right? To make it work? But there is comfort for your crumpled spirit and your misshapen world. If you make our Sovereign God your fortress, He’s in charge and He will be exalted in your situation and in your circumstances if you rest “Still” in Him and know that He is sovereign overall. Rest then today ~ right now ~ you who are broken, and in your brokenness just be still in Him.

“Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” The LORD of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our stronghold. Psalm 46:10