Friday, July 31, 2009

The Lord Will Take Care Of You

So my thought for moment of praise for His mercy and goodness to all, even those who do not care for His words... His truth.

Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

I spoke with a friend this evening with whom I have been trying to help clean out a house she needs to sell. An accumulation of many years of all things which "I just have to keep because I might need that someday" was overflowing and abundant. The "stuff" in this house was unbelievable...

Anyway...I spoke with her on the phone and she mentioned that her brakes went out on her truck on the way home. I offered to try to fix them as best I could, enough to at least get the truck to a garage. I do not think she will need us for that.

In her thankfulness though, she spoke of her gratitude for the help we have been to her since we met. She said that she just doesn't know how she could have gotten thus far without us.

I spoke just a few words which simply and surely gave God the glory, though my flesh and my pride would have liked to grab tightly onto that moment and steal the glory from God and keep it all to myself.

I just said, "Well, if we hadn't been there for you the Lord surely would have supplied for you. He may even have supplied better. I'm just thankful that He let me help."

It's truly a wonderful thing to hear the gratitude of folks when you do something nice for them. Perhaps even more wonderful is the encouragement gained from knowing that if only for a moment the Lord has put me to work for Him. Knowing that being not weary in well-doing (Galatians 6:9) has its rewards in encouragement and thankfulness.

But as I later pondered the exchange that took place on the telephone I realized that I have often been down-hearted because I have failed to see God's hand guiding me moment by moment so that I might have an opportunity to serve others and glorify Him in so doing...

Yes, even my need to be thankful, to be not down-hearted, but joyful...even that need has been met before I ever could have realized it was fulfilled.

My God is good. Thank you, Jesus.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Let the Madness Begin

Acts 26:24-25 And as he thus spake for himself, Festus said with a loud voice, Paul, thou art beside thyself; much learning doth make thee mad. But he said, I am not mad, most noble Festus; but speak forth the words of truth and soberness.

The great apostle had just finished preaching the christian gospel, the good news of the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:1-4) to the noble Festus. And was thus rebuked...with the fateful words...Thou art mad!

How often have I felt as Paul must have felt at that moment..."I'm not crazy! It's the truth! The truth of God! The truth of His words!" Yet so often it seems as though thier ears are shut, their minds closed...or worse, their understanding is clouded by some religious darkness, whether it be theistic or atheistic which causes their understanding to be darkened, their hearts hardened to the simple truths of the words of God.

Though my posts here may be heart and mind are willing, but my flesh is weak, I think you will either be intrigued...or will likely shout..."Surely this man is quite mad!"

So...I suppose it is time...Let the madness begin.....

Unless otherwise stated, all scripture passages will be from the King James Version of the English Bible.