Hello dear friends. It was so good to read your comments from my last post. Good to know you think of me as you do.
Do you know deep, deep in your being that our Father thinks of us also? And that His thoughts are for our good and never our harm? I have begun reading The Treasury of David by Charles Spurgeon and oh, what eye-opening truths are contained in its pages! Like these words, found in Psalm 1, verses 1 & 2: "Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in His law he mediates day and night" ... And then this question is asked: 'Is your delight in the law of God? Do you study God's Word? Do you make it the man of your right hand - your best companion and hourly guide? If not, this blessing belongeth not to you.'
I had to honestly answer No when I read this. God's law has not been my delight. I've been preoccupied and busy with other things. I've been looking outward, not inward far too much lately. I also had to answer No to the other questions ... I haven't been studying; it hasn't been my best companion and hourly guide.
Thank the precious Lord for His care of us! Even when we deem ourselves unworthy, He calls us back to Himself and allows us to pick up and begin again. Where would we be without His mercy and His grace?
Farther down in the first chapter of this book, these words waited for me:
"Our worst things are often our best things. As there is a curse wrapped up in the wicked man's mercies, so there is a blessing concealed in the righteous man's crosses, losses and sorrows. The trials of the saint are a divine husbandry, by which he grows and brings forth abundant fruit."
We serve a risen Savior; Jesus is LORD to the glory of God; Greater is He who lives in me than he who lives in the world; I have been bought with a price and I am not my own ... we say those words and for most of the time, we believe them. Then why, in the name of all that's worthy, don't we act like it? That's the question I posed for myself as I stood looking into a mirror the other evening. And that was a difficult thing for me to do ... look at myself and ask questions that beg honest answers. Answers that only I could give.
I am not a failure, regardless of how I see myself right now. I am a child of the most high God and He sees me and He knows what I shall be when I enter glory and He loves me in spite of myself. He loves me because of Christ. He loves me. He allows me to call Him FATHER and He loves me.
May the truth of these words pierce my soul and become the fiber of my being. May my actions be modeled after the One who bought me and made me His. May I delight in His Word. May I act on what I see written in God's precious Word and be the 'doer' He desires me to be.