Streams in The Desert

Exodus 33:14

Two painters were once asked to paint a picture illustrating their own idea of rest. The first chose for his scene a quiet, lonely lake, nestled among mountains far away. The second, using swift, broad strokes on his canvas, painted a thundering waterfall. Beneath the falls grew a fragile birch tree, bending over the foam. On its branches, nearly wet with the spray from the falls, sat a robin on its nest.

The first painting was simply a picture of stagnation and inactivity.

The second, however, depicted rest.

Outwardly, Christ endured one of the most troubled lives ever lived. Storms and turmoil, turmoil and storms—wave after wave broke over him until his worn body was laid in the tomb. Yet his inner life was as smooth as a sea of glass, and a great calm was always there.

Anyone could have gone to him at any time and found rest.

Even as the human bloodhounds were dogging him in the streets of Jerusalem, he turned to his disciples, offering them a final legacy: “My peace.”

Rest is not some holy feeling that comes upon us in church. It is a state of calm rising from a heart deeply and firmly established in God.

~ Henry Drummond ~

My peace I give in times of deepest grief,

Imparting calm and trust and my relief.

My peace I give when prayer seems lost, unheard;

Know that my promises are ever in my Word.

My peace I give when you are left alone—

The nightingale at night has sweetest tone.

My peace I give in times of utter loss,

The way of glory leads right to the cross.

My peace I give when enemies will blame,

Your fellowship is sweet through cruel shame.

My peace I give in agony and sweat,

For my own brow with bloody drops was wet.

My peace I give when nearest friend betrays—

Peace that is merged in love, and for them prays.

My peace I give when there’s but death for thee—

The gateway is the cross to get to me.

~ L. S. P. ~

Evening Prayer

I pray that you will always be in faith. May you be excited about all that God has promised you. Even at times when situations do not go your way, may you not waver through unbelief regarding the promises of God. May your faith continuously strengthen you. May you be fully persuaded that God has the power to do what He has promised. I pray that you will have the faith of Abraham, for this too will be credited to you as righteousness. May God bless you with unwavering faith in His promises today.

In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Jesus Calling

WORSHIP ME ONLY. Whatever occupies your mind the most becomes your god. Worries, if indulged, develop into idols. Anxiety gains a life of its own, parasitically infesting your mind. Break free from this bondage by affirming your trust in Me and refreshing yourself in My Presence. What goes on in your mind is invisible, undetectable to other people. But I read your thoughts continually, searching for evidence of trust in Me. I rejoice when your mind turns toward Me. Guard your thoughts diligently; good thought-choices will keep you close to Me.

PSALM 112:7; 1 CORINTHIANS 13:11; PSALM 139:23-24

~ Sarah Young ~

Evening Devotional

Discovering Truth

…and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

[JOHN 8:32]

Dr. E. Stanley Jones has said that mankind is on the verge of a spiritual renewal ushered in by the scientific method. What is the scientific method? In pedestrian terms, it is the belief that truth is revealed by experiment. In other words, it is proven deductively. Prior to the age of science, truth was determined philosophically—by debate. But the scientific method has brought the search for truth out of the lecture hall and into the laboratory. I happen to agree with Dr. Jones that this turn of events is conducive to revival. Why? Because we have a God whose presence and precepts stand up to investigation and experiment. Our God became flesh. And the Lord Jesus invited (and still invites!) men and women to take Him into the laboratory of life and prove Him.

When we do, we will discover that Christianity is real. It is true. Chesterton said, “If there is a story….then there is a storyteller.” The Gospel is the truest story ever told. And God Himself is the storyteller. Are you a skeptic? Trust Christ. Try Him. Prove Him. He can withstand the fiercest intellectual investigation you can muster. But be warned: Some of the most powerful apologists this world has ever known discovered truth by experience, and began the journey as doubters.

~ Dr. Ed Young ~

Live Loved

Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven.

[Psalm 119:89]

Unchanging Truth

God’s truth never wavers.

Would that we could say the same. We’ve learned to season our words with salt, we eat them so often. Our opinions change like Rodeo Drive fashion trends. (Weren’t your convictions about child rearing stronger before you had kids? Do you know any Republicans who used to be Democrats and vice versa?) Our convictions tend to change.

Good to know God’s don’t. His view of right and wrong is the same with you and me as it was with Adam and Eve. “The word of our God shall stand for ever” (Isaiah 40:8). “For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven… All thy commandments are truth… Thou hast founded them for ever” (Psalm 119:89, 151–152).

Your outlook may change. My convictions may sway, but “the Scripture cannot be broken” (John 10:35). And since it can’t, since his truth will not waver, God’s ways will never alter.

He will always hate sin and love sinners, despise the proud and exalt the humble. He will always convict the evildoer and comfort the heavyhearted. He never changes direction midstream, recalibrates the course midway home, or amends the heavenly Constitution.

[It’s Not About Me]

Blessed Father,

Your words are the light we need to see how to walk on the path of life. Your words are a place of quiet retreat where we find rest and renewal. Your words are permanent and unchanging. Your truth is always the same; it is eternally right. We can rely on it and trust it as the pattern for our convictions and our decisions. Thank you for giving us this firm foundation for our faith,

Amen.

“If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.”

[John 14:23]

Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

[Ephesians 6:11]

“He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me.”

[John 14:21]

~ Max Lucado ~