Focus on the light

While David struggled during his life in the Old Testament, what stands out is his faith. Despite the trouble he encountered, David knew God would be there to keep him from swerving too far off course, and the Lord’s guidance would be the lamp unto his feet.

In Psalm 27:11, David prayerfully sought the Lord as he dealt with his enemies whose goal was to do him harm.

Teach me your way, LORD; lead me in a straight path because of my oppressors.

The only thing that can protect us from evil darkness on our road through life is to keep our focus on the light. When we make the wrong turn or become mesmerized by the dazzle of worldly lights, which beckon or entice, that’s not necessarily the right kind of light to follow! It’s more likely a warning of snares ahead. Be discerning.

We may never have such a trial as someone like David, who feared being murdered. Our struggles are often more subtle than someone lurking around the corner with a spear. Although, in the scheme of things, Satan lurks like a lion and wishes to consume us just the same. Keeping our eyes, ears, and whole body prepared for the insidious nature of the evil one, we are more likely to err on the side of caution than fall headlong into the trap.

 

Be still before God

Our earthly foes come in all forms, all guided by the prince of the power of the air. They seek to destroy, but they have no power in our lives to fulfill their objectives when God is at the helm and steering the ship.

To be silent before God and to wait on Him… to hear his still small voice is to empty ourselves of worldly noise and distraction. To allow our Creator to take prominence in our hearts and minds, as we struggle to silence the worldly chatter, is a sure balm for whatever ails us.

In a world where many man-made remedies are so easy to obtain, the first thing to reach for is prayer and the healing arms of Jesus—our prescription for life. In the midst of a sin-filled world where evil doesn’t seem to quit, there’s no better joy than knowing the Lord is on the throne, and he will lend the wisdom, aid, and guidance.

Holding onto the rock of our salvation is the only fortress against the battles. When we cling to our Lord and Savior, there is nothing else to fear for we are in capable hands. What can mere man do to remove us from the safety of Jesus?  When the uphill roads of life are under foot and when we feel we’re losing our traction, keeping our faith strong in the Lord through meditation and prayer is our only defense. Our hope remains steadfast as we dwell in Him and his Word.

 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint” ~ Isaiah 40:31

 

A marvelous grace

 

The grace of God is so unfathomable, it may take an eternity to comprehend it. With our finite minds, there is so much about our gracious Lord that escapes us—even as God’s elect.

Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God ~ 1 Peter 3:18

Sadly, the unfathomable opportunity to have our sins separated “as far as the east is from the west” and no longer held over our heads in judgement, will not be the legacy of some. That they choose not to receive the free gift of salvation, offered through none other than God’s grace, is also unfathomable. But even Jesus himself does not force himself upon an unwilling, closed heart.

At best, the Lord gently calls us and woos us unto himself. He knows who are his and his patience with us knows no bounds. But it will not endure forever. There will be a Judgement Day.

 Now, what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach… love the Lord your God…walk in obedience to Him…choose life ~ Moses, Deut. 30:11

Our finite minds cannot begin to comprehend the depth of God’s grace to mankind. However, Jesus’s finished work on Calvary says it all.

 

Got life?

Sin is a horrible thing. Both in life and even death, the results of sin will have an immeasurable impact on our lives for we reap what we sow. When an unrepentant man dies, he dies under the weight of his own sin. Who can pardon one’s own accursedness? Certainly, not that man.

But Jesus took all that away. His trip to the cross on our behalf paved the way to life everlasting. Rest assured, when a believer dies, his soul does not decay through death; it remains untarnished. It’s alive—shiny and bright—in the presence of our Redeemer.

 “There is now no condemnation for those who believe” ~ Romans 6:14

 All of God’s faithful, through the redeeming power of Christ, are united with him in life and also death. The first Adam brought death but Christ brought us life. By faith, we are united to Christ, and by his resurrection we are assured of our own. Through the sin of the first Adam, all men became mortal. Through Christ’s resurrection, we have been given immortality.  For us, death means we enter a glorious rest and a new life that is everlasting. Not by our own moral fortitude but through the grace of Messiah Jesus.

 

Where’s your true strength?

No other stronghold is needed to keep a believer steady in the face of a storm than when we grab a hold of the rock of our salvation—our blessed Lord Jesus. The winds of defeat may rage all around us, but the buffeting blows can only threaten; they cannot take us down.

When a frightened David cried out for protection from the threats of Saul, he said, “You are my Lord…apart from you, I have no good thing.” In the midst of his situation, David knew that through his adversity, the only sure thing to keep him safe was his Lord.

When we place our trust in our Lord’s care, we know that we’ve entered a sacred place amid enemy territory. While the battle rages, we can be as sure as David and say, “My heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure because you will not abandon me…”

There’s nothing that can separate us from the Lord, his love, and his protection. Though our worldly foes—the flesh and the devil—would wish it otherwise, their efforts cannot stand up to the Lord’s plans and purposes for us. Should we go through hard times in the midst of keeping with the Lord, it is all part of his honing and refining to make us into the image of his beloved son. There is nothing to fear.

While on earth, there will be trouble, but Jesus tells us to take heart because he’s overcome the world!