Light on The Daily Path

“For this is the way God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.”

[John 3:16 NET]

And all these things are from God who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and who has given us the ministry of reconciliation. In other words, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting people’s trespasses against them, and he has given us the message of reconciliation. Therefore we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making His plea through us. We plead with you on Christ’s behalf, “Be reconciled to God!” God made the one who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that in him we would become the righteousness of God. God is love. By this the love of God is revealed in us: that God has sent his one and only Son into the world so that we may live through him. In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, if God so loved us, then we also ought to love one another.

[2 Cor 5:18-21, 1 John 4:8-11]

Mornings With God

and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand here looking up into the sky? This same Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven will come back in the same way you saw him go into heaven.”

[Acts 1:11 NET]

The last glimpse this earth had of Jesus before He went away was as His hands were stretched out over His friends in the act of blessing them. That is always His attitude toward the world.

Jesus ever lives before God as our Intercessor. As such He has all our interests in His hands. He is also with us always, though we see Him not. Christ’s going away into heaven was not a loss to earth. His disciples stood gazing up after Him when He had been received up, but they were called away from this gazing. “Why stand ye gazing up into heaven?” Duty was waiting for them on the earth. They were summoned to prayer, and then presently, in answer to prayer, the Holy Spirit was given and the disciples went forth to their work.

We need to be diligent in duty, not wasting a moment in idle gazing. We do not have to climb to the stars to find Christ. He is ever near us, closer than our nearest friend.

Quiet Time

Jesus replied, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

[John 14:6 NET]

Heaven often seems distant and unknown, but if He who made the road thither is our guide, we need not fear to lose the way. We do not want to see far ahead only far enough to discern Him and trace His footsteps…. They who follow Christ, even through darkness, will surely reach the Father.

~ Henry Van Dyke ~

Streams in The Desert

Alone With God

So Jacob was left alone. Then a man wrestled with him until daybreak.

[Gen 32:24 NET]

Left alone! What different sensations those words conjure up to each of us. To some they spell loneliness and desolation, to others rest and quiet. To be left alone without God, would be too awful for words, but to be left alone with Him is a foretaste of Heaven! If His followers spent more time alone with Him, we should have spiritual giants again.

The Master set us an example. Note how often He went to be alone with God; and He had a mighty purpose behind the command, “When thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray.”

The greatest miracles of Elijah and Elisha took place when they were alone with God. It was alone with God that Jacob became a prince; and just there that we, too, may become princes—“men (aye, and women too!) wondered at” (Zech. 3:8). Joshua was alone when the Lord came to him. (Josh. 1:1) Gideon and Jephthah were by themselves when commissioned to save Israel. (Judges 6:11 and 11:29) Moses was by himself at the wilderness bush. (Exodus 3:1-5) Cornelius was praying by himself when the angel came to him. (Acts 10:2) No one was with Peter on the house top, when he was instructed to go to the Gentiles. (Acts 10:9) John the Baptist was alone in the wilderness (Luke 1:90), and John the Beloved alone in Patmos, when nearest God. (Rev. 1:9)

Covet to get alone with God. If we neglect it, we not only rob ourselves, but others too, of blessing, since when we are blessed we are able to pass on blessing to others. It may mean less outside work; it must mean more depth and power, and the consequence, too, will be “they saw no man save Jesus only.”

To be alone with God in prayer cannot be over-emphasized.

“If chosen men had never been alone,

In deepest silence open-doored to God,

No greatness ever had been dreamed or done.”

Days of Heaven Upon Earth

And, after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace who called you to his eternal glory in Christ will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.

[1 Pet 5:10 NET]

In taking Christ in any new relationship, we must first have sufficient intellectual light to satisfy our mind that we are entitled to stand in this relationship. The shadow of a question here will wreck our confidence. Then, having seen this, we must make the venture, the committal, the choice, and take the place just as definitely as the tree is planted in the soil, or the bride gives herself away at the marriage altar. It must be once for all, without reserve, without recall.

Then there is a season of establishing, settling and testing, during which we must stay put until the new relationship gets so fixed as to become a permanent habit. It is just the same as when the surgeon sets the broken arm. He puts it in splints to keep it from vibration. So God has His spiritual splints that He wants to put upon His children and keep them quiet and unmoved until they pass the first stage of faith.

It is not always easy work for us, but the God of all grace who hath called you unto His eternal glory by Christ Jesus after you have suffered awhile, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

Comfort

In the north when he is at work, I do not see him; when he turns to the south, I see no trace of him. But he knows the pathway that I take; if he tested me, I would come forth like gold.

[Job 23:9-10 NET]

God is invisible–and we cannot see Him. We know that He is working here and there, and we turn quickly to find Him–but our eyes get no glimpse of Him. We cannot lay our hand upon Him. We cannot see His face. Yet we know that while He is not visible to our sight–that He sees us always and knows our way where we are, what we are doing, what our circumstances and experiences are. “He knows!”

One evening Jesus sent his disciples out upon the sea in the boat, to go to the other side–but He did not go with them. In the night a great storm arose, and the disciples were alone. They were in sore distress–but they could not find their Master. Meanwhile, however, though unseen by them–He was looking down upon them in tender love from the mountain-top. He knew the way that they took, in the darkness on the sea.

In our experience, it may often be that we cannot find God; that we cannot see Him; that He shall elude our search, not answer to our cry, and not come when we call for Him. Yet it is a precious comfort that in all such cases–He knows the way that we take, where we are, and what we are suffering. We are never out of His sight! Always, “He knows!” and that is enough!