Affliction Succeeded by Glory
Our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.
~ 2 Cor 4:17
All trials and sorrows the Christian prepare
For the rest that remaineth above;
On earth tribulation awaits him, but there
The smile of unchangeable love.
Jeremiah 9:23; Ezekiel 28:5; 1 Corinthians 4:7
In Jesus’ Name, I Pray God’s Will for You
I pray that you will always be humble so that God’s grace may be abundant in your life. I thank God that, in your humility, you always allow the Holy Spirit to search your heart and show you areas that are not pleasing to Him. May you ask the Lord to remove any hint of pride. Knowing that God will call you to give an account, I pray that you will guard your heart and not allow your skills or wealth to make you proud. May you not boast of your own wisdom or strength. I pray that you will continue to humble yourself before God.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Divine, Ever-Living, Unchanging
But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.
~ 1 Pet 1:25
All human teaching and, indeed, all human beings shall pass away as the grass of the meadow; but we are here assured that the Word of the Lord is of a very different character, for it shall endure forever.
We have here a divine gospel; for what word can endure forever but that which is spoken by the eternal God?
We have here an ever-living gospel, as full of vitality as when it first came from the lips of God; as strong to convince and convert, to regenerate and console, to sustain and sanctify as ever it was in its first days of wonder-working.
We have an unchanging gospel which is not today green grass and tomorrow dry hay but always the abiding truth of the immutable Jehovah. Opinions alter, but truth certified by God can no more change than the God who uttered it.
Here, then, we have a gospel to rejoice in, a word of the Lord upon which we may lean all our weight. “For ever” includes life, death, judgment, and eternity. Glory be to God in Christ Jesus for everlasting consolation. Feed on the word today and all the days of thy life.
Humility Should Rule
Do not be conceited.
~ Romans 12:16 [NIV]
Conceited, self-serving Christians are a serious contradiction. If we would follow Christ we must be submissive to God’s will as contained in His Word. Any confidence you have in yourself, your own wisdom, or your natural talents must be subordinated to the Lord’s commands.
In no way should you be conceited, or in any respect consider yourself better than fellow believers. Instead, God wants you to accept and embrace every member of the body of Christ: “Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others” (Phil. 2:4).
When Jesus Appears
“Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
~ Matthew 14:27
I was on a hike a few years ago with my kids and some other family members. It was late in the day, and although it was early summer, the weather was questionable where we were, high up in the mountains.
We were quite a ways into our hike when the wind suddenly picked up, clouds rolled in, and the temperature dropped. I was kicking myself because I had not packed as I normally would for a hike like this. We didn’t have food, warm clothing, a fire starter, or any critical supplies. I was scared. But just when things began looking really bad, the storm shifted, and most of it passed by. Later the sun even came out. I’ve rarely been happier to see the sun.
Jesus’ disciples were out on the lake at night. The wind and waves had picked up considerably since the disciples had left the shore. No doubt a little bit of worry had settled over them. And then they saw Jesus walking on the water toward them. They didn’t recognize him at first, and they were terrified, thinking he was a ghost. But then he called out and assured them that it was him and not to worry. When Jesus shows up, our worries become less important.
There are so many things to be afraid of and to worry about in life. But when Jesus comes into our lives, all of those things can take a back seat. He can push them away and help us be rid of them. Look for Jesus in your life. Ask him to take away your fears.
Lord, fill our lives today, and take away all our worries and fears, we pray. Amen.
For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.
~ Romans 6:4 [NLT]
Jesus came to Earth to prove God’s love in a way that we would understand. If He had come down just as a deity in all his glory and power then we may be able to dismiss Him not being able to truly know what it is to be human. His humanity is what makes his willingness to give his life for us so compelling. His actions are a model for what our lives as Christians should look like. When we become Christ-followers we give up our old lives and begin living new God-inspired lives!