It is not enough to “seek” Jesus. Our motives must be right, and we must seek the higher things that Jesus is able to provide. From time to time, Jesus will provide “loaves and fishes,” but He desires to help us with problems much greater than physical hunger.
Our Heavenly Father knew we would need a regular means of remembering the sacrifice that made our forgiveness possible, and He has graciously provided this means in the bread and fruit of the vine that we partake of each Lord’s Day.
The time will come when the best of the good ideas that we’ve had will come true. We’ll find ourselves not merely thinking about God but knowing Him. And in God, what we’ve always wanted to be is what we actually will be!
God will not be misled. He is not looking for verbiage but for hearts willing to be transformed. And if our hearts are not willing to be turned toward Him, then no amount of “image management” will get us where we want to go.
My heart aches with an emptiness that nearly kills me. But this I know: the rightful King is reigning, and one day every bit of this darkness will be sent back to the hell from whence it came. Dark night once had me in its grip, but it has me no more. The dawn is breaking.
We can only imagine what it must have been like to live in Eden, prior to the pain. We live in a broken world, but we yearn for one that isn’t. To put it plainly: we suffer. But our suffering is not meaningless. A “birth” is coming.
To live in this world is to be a traveler. We’re all on a journey, and the road grows long. How glad we are to meet those whose hearts are like a wayside inn, with the doors open and a gentle voice saying, “Come in and be refreshed.”
In Creole country, there is a beautiful proverb which says, “Tell me whom you love, and I’ll tell you who you are.” Today, and every day, let’s meditate on those whom we love — let’s resolve to love them more purely, strongly, tenderly . . . and lovingly!
The “Daily Family Bible Studies” were begun many years ago, and various congregations that I have worked with have gotten bits and pieces, but now the whole project is complete, and I am excited about the number of people who will be able to use it for many years to come.
I am glad to announce that just a few weeks ago I passed the 1/3 mark in the number of pages written for the new book “Obeying the Gospel.” As of today, I have finished 131 (36%) of the 366 total pages in the book, and I hope to finish the rest of the writing in 2019.