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While I’m waiting…

30 Aug

If you have kept up with this blog for any amount of time, then you know that we are in a season of waiting to find what the next step in ministry will be for our family.  It has been a tough summer for us to go through, but it has been a great summer at the same time.  I hope that makes sense.  While it stinks to be unemployed and not having a permanent church home to serve in, it has also been an incredible growing experience for both me (He-wood) personally and our family as a whole.  I have come to a better understanding of who God is and how He provides for His children.  I have come to a better understanding of the fact that I do not have to know what the next step is ahead of time, because God already knows what that step is.  And ultimately He has my good in mind.  Now I also understand that my understanding of what “good” means is not necessarily the same as God’s understanding of what “good” means.  To say it another way, humanly speaking, good usually means that I am comfortable, happy, and independent, but in God’s economy good means that I am in a position that I can bring Him the most glory by being completely dependent on Him.  Needless to say, it has been an incredible summer.

This morning I have been greatly encouraged by both a psalm and by the words of Charles Spurgeon.  Psalm 27 is a great psalm of King David.  It begins with that great verse, “The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”  Such great words of encouragement.  But the psalm ends with a great promise and mindset that I plan on adopting in my own life.  Verses 13-14 read, “I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living! Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let you heart take courage; wait for the LORD!”  WOW!! What encouraging words especially when you consider that most scholars believe this psalm was written during the rebellion of David’s son Absalom.  I was greatly encouraged by these words this morning.

I also read through Spurgeon’s Morning by Morning as a part of my devotion time in the mornings.  Today was about waiting as well.  I can totally identify with his words.  Spurgeon writes, “There are hours of perplexity when the most willing spirit, anxiously desiring to serve the Lord, does not know what role to play.”  How true have these words been for me over the past couple of months?  I have such an incredibly strong desire to serve and be in a place where I can invest in the lives of people, but, as of yet, God has not revealed the place where I should do that.  It is somewhat frustrating at times.  However, I have resolved myself to a position that I had not phrased as Spurgeon did, but from now on I will say it this way. “Believe that if He keeps you waiting even until midnight, He will still come at the right time; the vision will come and not delay.” (I love his nod to the book of Habakkuk!)  I will wait “in prayer…with simplicity of soul…in faith…and in quiet patience.”

I know that God is good and that I am an object of grace for Him as one of His children.  And as the song says, “While I’m waiting, I will worship.”

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I wanna be in the light…

4 Aug

Hear these great and encouraging words from Charles Spurgeon.

“The joy of the saints in heaven is comprised in this: Jesus chose us, loved us, bought us, cleansed us, robed us, kept us, glorified us…Nothing of beauty is left when the light is gone.  Without light no radiance flashes from the sapphire, no peaceful ray proceeds from the pearl; and so all beauty of the saints above comes from Jesus…In heaven our knowledge will be perfect, but the Lord Jesus Himself will be the foundation of it…Whatever there may be of transcendent splendor, Jesus will be the center and soul of it all.”

What awesome and encouraging words from an amazing man of God!  After reading those words yesterday morning, I found my thoughts clouded by them for the rest of the day.  I am fascinated by the thought of living in the presence of a living Savior whose own glory is so radiant and bright that there is no need of a sun or moon.  In Revelation 21:22-25 John writes, “And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb.  And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb.  By its light will the nations walk, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it, and its gates will never be shut by day – and there will be no night there.”  I simply cannot wait to get to that point in eternity.  How amazing will it be to experience that kind of intimacy with our Savior?

Let the imagery of Revelation 21 captivate your mind and thoughts today.  If you are a Christian, let it encourage and uplift you; excite and enthuse you.  If you are not yet a believer, let it intrigue and challenge you; move and salvationcompel you.

Grace grace God’s grace…

30 Jun

Charles Spurgeon once said, “The limitless fullness of His [Christ] all-sufficiency is as free to the believer as the air he breathes.”  What a great way to describe the grace of Jesus that He gives to us.  It is a completely free gift that we are given if we will only receive it.  Jesus is so good to us in the since that we are freely offered this all-sufficient grace when we in no way deserve it.  This fact should inspire us to worship each time it enters our mind.  Jesus is worthy of everything that is within us, because He gave us everything within Him.

One thought that enters my mind, however, as I think of Spurgeon’s quote is how easy it is to take Jesus all-sufficiency for granted.  When was the last time that you intentionally thanked God for the air you breathe?  Not that we are ungrateful for it, but we just don’t acknowledge it.  And the fact of the matter is that Christ’s all-sufficiency, just like air, is too big and great of a gift not to intentionally thank God for.  I say this simply to remind us all, myself included, that everything about Jesus is a catalyst for worship.  I not only talking about singing songs of praise, but rather we can worship Jesus by showing others the grace that we have been shown in Him.  We can worship through service for the Kingdom of God.  We can worship through writing about God’s grace.  It is important to open your understanding of worship past simple songs.

Therefore, today let Jesus’ all-sufficient grace compel you to worship, and let that worship take on more facets than just songs.