The Most Prescious Gift

A riddle:

(Try to solve it before the end!)

I want you to have me, ’cause I know I can help,

But you can’t hardly see me – I can only be felt;

When I’m nowhere around, all you have is despair,

Of the important in life, you no longer care;

But I come when you call me – I’m there in a jif,

Please God, don’t ignore me if you’re nearing a cliff;

The cure that so many have called on to cope,

Is the peace and the joy we receive when we hope.


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Look in the Pantry

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled” (Matthew 5:6)

Question: What would you do if you were really hungry?

You would get some food!

Food for the spirit is God’s Word.

Righteousness is found in Jesus alone, and one may only find it once they determine to follow Him.

To know what Jesus was like – what He thought, how He felt, how He handled difficult situations – peruse the Word!

When you are hungry, you get something to eat.

When you are thirsty, you get something to drink.

When you are confused, you get some advice.

When you are tired, you get some sleep.

You do these things because you need to.

God promises that if you truly want righteousness – you will not be left with a mere appetizer – you will be filled.

The proof is not in the profession of the desire for righteousness; it is in the action of acquiring it.

Pour your energy into it. Fill your heart and mind with God’s Word and look for ways to apply it to your life.

In so doing, you will enjoy the rich and righteous life God intends for you to have.

Amen!

Blessed Comfort

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”
(Matthew 5:4)

Attending the funeral of a loved one often produces much sadness and sorrow. The feelings of grief, of loss, of words left unsaid, can be overwhelming.

A person’s mourning can be loud and unapologetic. They are simply devastated, and are not afraid to show it.

That’s the attitude God has – and wants us to have – regarding our sin.

If we knew how much it hurt Him, it would be easier to mourn.

But today, we have grown more and more desensitized to sin; and sometimes worse – downright rebellious. (Romans 1:24-27)

The problem is that “the person who sins shall die.” (Ezekiel 18:4)

Yikes!

“But the gift of grace is life through the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 3:24)

It is a free gift – offered to anyone who wants it. (John 3:16)

The sad truth, however, is that many people simply do not care about their sin, or it’s effect on those around them, or it’s effect on their afterlife. Why accept a gift – even if it is free – if you feel like you don’t need it?

This causes people to grow calluses over their hearts. They do not care, thus, they do not mourn.

But the infinite grace and wisdom of the Lord is the simultaneous understanding that we need to mourn because our sin has condemned us to the grave, but that in mourning, we receive comfort!

Do not get carried away with unnecessary guilt tripping or spending too much time in the mourning phase. Because that isn’t the point.

The point is not to stay there, but to get there; and then to move on to the rejoicing phase.

“He has sent me to tell those who mourn that the time of the Lord’s favor has come.” (Isaiah 61:2)

Amen!