Saturday, November 22, 2014

One day...

“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.” (Psalm 116:15, ESV)

Life has a way of making us forget death. But God doesn’t want us to forget death.

Death’s presence puts daily life in its true perspective. The sweetness of your blessings is made manifest, the sharpness of your trials is dulled.

Death clarifies the path of faith. Why have difficult or awkward conversations with those you love? Because death fast approaches.

Why prioritize eternity over your to-do list? Because death can snatch whatever we haven’t given to the Lord.

There is no Gospel where there is no death. Death is the crisis that brought our Savior to the world. Death is the penalty that explains why our Savior paid so great a cost.

No, do not forget death. But do not forget the end of death either.

One day there will be no more death. One day death will be swallowed up by life. One day the precious saints will no longer sleep.

One day...

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

In Him

“For all the promises of God find their Yes in him...” (2 Corinthians 1:20, ESV)

My security is in Him, not in a paycheck.

My identity is in Him, not in a career.

My fulfillment is in Him, not in a relationship.

My rest is in Him, not in the weekend.

My hope is in Him, not in retirement.

My worth is in Him, not in my achievements.

My joy is in Him, not in this world.

My peace is in Him, not in the economy.

My solid ground is in Him, not in my will power.

Today, then, let me look nowhere else but to Him.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Thankful in the darkness

“I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to you among the nations. For your steadfast love is great to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds.” (Psalm 57:9–10, ESV)

What do you have to be thankful for?

It’s an obvious question for some, a daunting one for others.

For some, the blessings are abundant. They thank God for family and finance, for love and laughter.

For others, the blessings aren't so obvious. Some have lost loved ones and some have lost jobs. Some know more sorrow than love and more tears than laughter.

What songs of thanksgiving can the sorrowful sing?

Even in the darkperhaps especially in the darkthey can sing David’s song. They too know a God who is faithful, they too know the One of steadfast love.

Life stripped of smiling circumstance reveals life that circumstance cannot strip away. Life in Him and life for Him and life with Him are blessings no circumstance can steal.

Whatever else you have, rejoice in your faithful God.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

True love

“Whoever is wise, let him attend to these things; let them consider the steadfast love of the Lord.” (Psalm 107:43, ESV)

Consider how he loves us.

His love holds tight when we let go. His love endures when we give up.

How many times have we run from him? How many times in faithlessness or failure or fear have we sought to go back to that old life?

Yet every time he seeks us out.

How many times have we disobeyed him? How deeply have we wounded him?

Yet time and again, he responds with kindness, mercy and grace.

His love is what true love looks like. I compare my own love to his and I feel like I need to use a different word to describe whatever it is I do.

Thank God for the cross. Thank God for new life. Thank God for certain hope.

Thank God for true love.