So it begins! Another whole new week with a lot of “What If’s’? What For’s? How Come’s? Why Now’s? Could I’s? Should I’s? I Will’s, and I wont’s! Oh yeah, the questions come a calling don’t they? .. Just parading through the beginning of a new day, a new week, a new start, like they crave attention and like they seek a stage to act on, just like they always do! ~ They leave us guessing on the next move, the next step, the next moment and the next turn. The why’s and the wherefore’s can be so daunting really, can’t they? They can be so overwhelming for our, oh so human, frailty and fragility. The thing is when they overtake us, they just out-right rob our precious joy right out from under our noses and take control of our hearts. Oh but beautiful you, our Lord delights in direction. He delights in giving it and He delights in our seeking his face for help on that next step. The Psalmist in Psalm 32: 8 knew it all to well didn’t he, when he penned our Lord’s words?
“I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.” Psalm 32:8
“Psalm 37:23-24 – “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.”
So yeah, He truly does set us stepping off in the right direction and oh He wants so much to dole out extra grace for those steps and wrap us up tightly in His ever-loving love. So, rather than looking at the obstacles then, let’s look into His gentle, tender face and into tender eyes that saw you from the cross and beyond.. Caring, sovereign eyes that stamped His approval on you before your creation. That’s why you’re here. He delighted in you and saw the potential and said it was good. So for all your daunting questions and thoughts, for sure, He’s got those too. He’s got your tiredness, your weary bones, your aching heart, your lonely soul, your rejection and he’s got all those relentless questions.. He’s working them out, so let’s seek His advice on our new beginnings, new days and new weeks and let’s find healing in the sweet name of Jesus and in His sweet presence let’s find peace for new beginnings.
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
1 Peter 5: 7
“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
So you and I and we and us, some days we can feel all beaten up, bruised and used and then other days we can feel so unused unneeded and unnecessary. Isn’t that the truth? Both feelings so the same but yet, so at different ends of the spectrum yet very real and leave us feeling not important for this life. Ahh, but you are valuable. Remember beautiful you, that not one of those moments say who you are or define your character. Not one of those moments go unnoticed by our all-knowing, all present God and Creator, Our Ancient Of Days, who knows our end from our beginning. Yeah, not one of those ‘life’ moments catches Him off guard. Not even for a moment. He has them all. He holds them all tightly in battered, nail-scarred hands! Our Lord, Himself was beaten up, used up and still today many find Him useless and unnecessary as they go about their busy lives of searching for pie in the sky. Yeah, He was rejected, beaten, tortured, accused, and used up! But dear one, He didn’t let that stop Him. All of those moments were all part and parcel of the salvation plan and so He took that horrendous treatment all the way to the cross and gave it up for victory when He shed innocent blood as a sacrifice for the sins of the world; yours and mine and everyone in between. Yeah, that’s what He did and how he handled the sin problem! Giving in to the Father’s will was mandatory for the ultimate victory of our Lord. His victory over death and ruin, rejection and pain was culminated in his glorious resurrection and that resurrection power is our grace, our victory over all the unfair treatment, all the used up, beaten up moments of our lives ~ of our journey!! Don’t forget it! He’s been there! He’s got this for you!
So beaten, broken, bruised and beautiful you, say with Psalmist in Psalm 27: 1b, 3, 5b, 6, “The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble?…Though a mighty army surrounds me, my heart will not be afraid. Even if I am attacked I will remain confident. He will hide me in His sanctuary. He will place me out of reach on a high rock. Then I will hold my head high above my enemies who surround me. At His sanctuary I will offer sacrifices with shouts of joy, singing and praising the Lord with music.”
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“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”
The truth that God loved the world is basic to Christian understanding, and the basis for our salvation (1John 4: 9,10). Most of us have some kind of an idea of a God of love, somewhere out there, yet we choose to ignore the thought. It’s time to face it, acknowledge it and see it for what it really is. It’s unconditional and the vastness of His love has no limit, no boundary and no prerequisite. We can’t earn it, buy it or work for it. It extends beyond all race and nation and yes, even to those who oppose Him. Take a closer look.. Contrary to what unbelievers think, God’s Son came to save those who embrace the darkness, not “condemn” them to judgment. When we live in spiritual darkness we have no desire to come into the enlightenment of Christ but if we see His light of Truth and truly recognize the tragedy of our own situation, we do have a responsibility to believe. Glorious reality check here! Think about it and bask in the hope of it! There will be no judgment for the one who comes into the light of the knowledge of Christ and accepts God’s plan of salvation for his/her life. When you meet Him at the Cross, you are freed from the condemnation and the bondage of your sin and the chains that bind you.
John 8:36, “If the Son therefore shall make you free, you shall be free indeed.” Have you been delivered from your sin? If not? Why not? Deliverance and forgiveness brings deliverance from the penalty and the condemnation and judgment of sin. Christ didn’t come to condemn you but to save you! If you’ve received His salvation, then, my friend, you are free indeed.
Oh the sweetness of it…….
So today, wrap yourself in God’s love! Go on, Go ahead!!
At this joyous season of lights, and twinkle and magical moments of Christmas and Advent and peace, and joy and love and yeah ~ hurt, and pain, and sadness and rejection, and emptiness and loneliness! Oh the Wrapping and gift giving and fun, and family and gingerbread houses and cookie exchanges and sweet treats, and coffee breaks and last minute shopping and stuff and things and did I say heaviness of heart and fear and worry and panic and… ahhh ~ yes ~ Just Breathe!! Get all wrapped up in God’s love. It’s of the highest quality! Will never tarnish, break or wear out! It’s the most valuable gift you’ll find in these hectic, busy and uncertain days of so much to do and so much on your plate. Remember, that celebration of our Saviour’s birth in the manger so long ago is love for us right where we are in these hectic and tattered days of our lives.
So just now, Come away! Go on ~ just close your eyes, breathe slowly and let His love wrap tightly around you, much like a newborn securely nestled in the warmth and security of its swaddling wraps. His love is beautiful and awesome and comes wrapped with an unconditional bow of astounding grace and it’s right there for you in that gift exchange of love and in that difficult place and in that painful place and yeah, in the exciting nooks and crannies of a busy Advent season! There’s peace there too and joy and isn’t that just what you need right now ~ at this overwhelming moment of everything? So ~ When you’re too busy to catch your breath, catch yourself and take time out for a gift exchange with God. Get tightly wrapped in His unconditional gift of love and then beautiful soul, you become God’s gift, and wrapped in His love, give yourself back over to Him, both for your own well-being and for those in your circles of influence. ~ k
Romans 8: 35 – 39
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Psalm 103: 11
“For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;”
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