Lift up your eyes to the heavens, And look on the earth beneath. For the heavens will vanish away like smoke, The earth will grow old like a garment, And those who dwell in it will die in like manner; But My salvation will be forever, And My righteousness will not be abolished. (Isaiah 51:6)
As the world faces the COVID-19 pandemic, anxious world leaders try to find the best solutions and policies, and nothing seems to work. Mankind realizes the fresh reality of death. We are not forever on this planet and our time on earth is ticking by...
However, God's salvation and righteousness will be forever. He is full of grace and full of truth. Full of truth about mankind's sin and inner corruption, and full of grace to those who confess their sin to receive forgiveness and everlasting life.
Awake, awake! Put on your strength, O Zion; Put on your beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city! For the uncircumcised and the unclean shall no longer come to you. Shake yourself from the dust, arise; Sit down, O Jerusalem! Loose yourself from the bonds of your neck, O captive daughter of Zion! (Isaiah 52:1-2)
This time we are living in, is a time where Christians can be captive by many things, loose their power and fall asleep spiritually. As with the enchanted ground where Christian and Hopeful need to travel through (Pilgrims Progress of John Bunyan) shortly before they reached their destination. They had to make every effort to be on the alert. They did this by discussing God's things and the lessons they had learned. Within this text God calls on His church, His bride to arise and to get ready. He warns that the unclean will soon no longer be able to enter God's Holy city. Therefor loosen bonds of sin around your neck, as He has paid for your salvation through His Blood, shake off the dust of laziness and despondency and arise! Jerusalem, those that has hearkened His call and prepared themselves may sit down at His tables, are you one of them?
And Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do" (Luke 23:34)
These remarkable words, Jesus uttered when hanging on the cross for atonement to all who would draw close to Him for salvation. Some scholars suggest that He uttered these words continuously as He underwent the crucifixion. As those around Him became more and more inflamed with devilish hatred toward's God's only Son, Jesus in answer being filled with His Father's compassion for a lost world, would not allow bitterness, pain or self-pity to draw Him away from His Father's will. As this spiritual battle was raging between good and evil, with all hellish hosts set to oppose the good, He answered against it...interceding before His Father for all mankind again and again. Within His own darkest hours, His words brought life to so many: "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do".
Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy. Mat 5:7
There is a saying that, that which we give away, often finds its way back again. If we sow seeds of kindness, kindness will sprout and produce a multitude of seeds of its own in due time. Those that are merciful, soon will find themselves the beneficiaries of mercy. Whatever we sow, according to the flesh or spirit, will be revealed during harvest time. May we carefully consider what we plant in the hearts of others.
Out of the depths I have cried to You, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice! Let Your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications. If You, Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with You, That You may be feared. (Psalm 130:1-4)
Within this portion lies a spiritual secret. David found himself in great depths of despair, with no one to help, and no way out. However, he had one hope. He lifted up his voice to God, and cried to Him. Doing so, David acknowledges his own iniquities before God. Then he acknowledges God's own goodness and mercy. David is known as someone after God's own heart. Could be that you find yourself today in a deep pit of despair as well, with no one to turn to, possibly because of your own wrong choices. However, there is a way out. It is to cry out to the Lord. To acknowledge your own iniquity and then to acknowledge His Son's atoning sacrifice on the cross. There is no hole to deep where His forgiveness can't reach, as He paid the ultimate price for the worst of sins. Peter found God's forgiveness. You could too. Will you draw close to Him today?
He does not delight in the strength of the horse; He takes no pleasure in the legs of a man. The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him, in those who hope in His mercy. (Psalm 147:10-11)
Within these words, God reveals in what He delights. So much different than the survival of the fittest, or to be the strongest, the Lord takes pleasure in those that fear Him and know their own weaknesses. Because they know their shortcomings and are well aware with their own iniquity, they cling to Jesus, as they hope in His mercy. What a precious thought that God takes pleasure in those that do not trust in themselves but in Him, and His salvation work and atonement on the cross!
"Whosoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life." (John 4:13-14)
Many try many things in life to quench their thirst. There is a thirst for money, for power, for position, for attention... Yet all these thirsts are being satisfied with what God has to give. He satisfies exceedingly. Creating a fountain deep within, with life giving water also to others. Whoever thirst may come, and without money buy from Him. He has paid the ultimate price, that we might quench our thirst and live.
"every word of God proves true; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him" (Prov 30:5)
We live in a time of fake news, where much are being said on twitter and social media. Lies proliferates daily. There is a saying that lies travels two times around the world before truth gets its boots on. However, God's words are tried and trusted, proven to be true every time. There lies an invitation to all those seeking truth in this text. We can trust Him. We can take refuge in Him. His words are full of truth and grace. Full of truth about ourselves and mankind's helpless state to redeem himself. However, also full of grace to those who dare to trust Him for salvation. Every word of God proves true. Would you take refuge in Him?
And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. (Rev 22:12)
When Jesus comes, He will do so quickly to award each one according to their work. He comes at an unexpected hour. We need to make sure that all is ready. Are there still things you would like to rectify? Do so, as when He appears, there will not be time left.
And He said to them, "Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father's business?" (Luke 2:49)
Many people seek Jesus, but in the wrong place. Jesus is busy with His Father's business. His business is to seek and to save those that are lost. His Father's business was the center of His business. If we place ourselves actively within the center of His business, then we will find Him there.