It was there
In the distance was seen
A saviour crucified for me
Where a father's wrath was satisfied
And sinners set free
Where the penalty was gone
Leaving righteousness in it place
Surely this was truly grace
After watching a biography of Hudson Taylor I was astounded and praising the Lord in his work of drawing people. People like Hudson Taylor, Andrew Murray, George Whitfield, George Mueller, and David Brainard counted their life as loss. American Christianity has comforts, distractions, entertainments, that may take one's attention from the plow. We must look to Christ. We must live in the truth of the Gospel. Everytime I watch a biography of believers long ago I want to have a faith like they did. May I and my brothers and sisters in the faith continue to grow and mature in our walk with the Lord.
There is a hymn I like among many songs I like called "Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus".
"....to take Him at His word."
This is a struggle sometimes because I like certainty.
But in God's word it does not have conditions it just says. "Trust in the Lord."
It also asks one's soul to rest on the Lord.
So that is what I am seeking today.
Those who are believers are in a battle for faith each day but I rest upon this His promises are not idle, He shall not leave or depart from his bride.
When darkness veils His lovely face,
I rest on His unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale
My anchor holds within the veil.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.
I love this song, it points so poignantly at His immutability. He does not change. He is steadfast and thusly when we are abiding in him we will be unmoved as the home whose foundation is built upon the rock.
Matthew 7:24-25 NASB
"Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock.
I will by the work of the Holy Spirit hold fast to the Lord Jesus Christ through whom one is adopted by the Father who holds fast those who are called, and predestined to be conformed to the image of Jesus. They shall not be shaken, through all life's circumstances.
John 17:25-26 NASB
"O righteous Father, although the world has not known You, yet I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me; and I have made Your name known to them, and will make it known, so that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them."
How great is the love of the Father for us that the Son would pray such a thing for us. God listens to the righteous so then those who are born again according to the Spirit have this promise. We know that He came from the Father. So he will make known the Father's name to us and the love of the Father will be in us.
They will know us by the love we have for one another it says in 1 John, it will be because our love will not be as the world loves with its conditions. The love is patient and kind it does not boast or demand its own way, love bears all things, love never fails.
God is faithful, he will do it.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 NASB
And He has said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness." Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ's sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.
As I go on this life with the Lord, I see my weaknesses. I see more and more His grace upon me. What He is making of my life I do not know. Who knows but him the finished product but right now but I am hoping.
That I will lean on Him for repose
That I will meditate upon Him at night
That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection
That I will count everything as loss
And be found in Him having a righteousness not of my own but that which comes through Jesus
I am aware of my shortcomings, my sins, my folly and trust upon His sufficiency for all I need for life and godliness.
For a long time I have been seeking to become that Proverbs 31 woman. In all honesty I am not. But who I desire to be is that woman with a quiet and gentle spirit. At peace because God granted me reconciliation through the work of Jesus Christ. I want to be that person who though her eyes are set on God is able to share God's love that has been shed abroad in my heart. I want to be that person who fights the fight of faith. I want to pray for my brothers and sisters in the faith, seeking their good. I want to encourage and exhort my spiritual family. I want to know Him and the power of His resurrection. To be found in Him. To dwell in His courts all the days of my life. To remember Him in the watches of the night. To keep His ways and not depart them. To die to myself and live in the light of His Son. He is forever and I am finite. God knows my length of days on this earth, the grass withers and the flower falls but the Word of Our God remains forever.
To Him who is able to keep His people until the end. Be Honor, Glory, Power and Dominion forever and ever. Amen.