“Your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear.” Who among us can read these words and not think of penitent steps that we need to take so that God can show His love to us?
Whether we’re “living in the past” or “daydreaming about the future” or we’re just too busy with trivia to savor the present moment, the end result is often the same: life gets away from us without our having thought about it as it went rushing by.
Let’s grow in our appreciation of the eternal life that is available in Christ. To know that we are bound for heaven gives us a meaning and an importance to life that we could not have by any other means. This is a treasure not to be taken lightly.
If we’re not satisfied with what is being brought in from the fields of our personal endeavor, now is a profitable time to consider what it was that we sowed to produce such a crop. Now’s the time to commit ourselves to a better kind of sowing.
There is great comfort in knowing that God is above and beyond time, that time is within His control and subject to His sovereignty. Whatever problems the passage of time may present for us, nothing that has to do with time is a problem for God.
Some things are not revealed to us, but what God has revealed to us is the truth about His character, His heart, and His values. He patiently waits for us to become more interested in these things and less interested in what the future may hold for us in this life.
Communication between human beings is a marvelous thing. When we communicate honorably, lovingly, and openly we do a greater good than if we just lived a good life. As powerful as our deeds and our example may be by themselves, we still need to communicate.
In addition to praising our friends directly, what about the importance of praising them to other people? If we’re going to talk behind their back, why can’t we focus on the good things that can truthfully be said about them?