Wednesday, October 15, 2014

NO WORRIES

     On our own in the natural scheme of things, we are vulnerable. Like the dry grass in the fields, people are fragile. The Lord Jesus needed food, clothing, shelter, the same essentials that concerned those He taught. But, He knew the love of His Father. He told these anxious ones to think about the birds, the lilies, the grass of the field, all dependent on God's provision and receiving what they needed. And, He reminded them that each individual was loved and valued more than they could imagine.  (Matthew 6:25-34)

     We can't see how things will work out looking ahead, but our hindsight is perfect. It helps to remember situations that perplexed in the past... resolved in ways far better than the solutions we suggested as possibilities in our prayer times.

     Jesus lived to show us our Father's love. To understand love that is not deserved and cannot be earned is beyond our natural ability. We're free to refuse His care just as a child can turn his back on his natural family and walk away from all that is his as a member of the household. The enemy's deceptions have persuaded many to do just that in the spiritual family.

     How awesome to know from the moment we choose to claim the position and relationship He offers, His arms are open to welcome and receive. Every good thing He planned for each of us before we were born, knowing and loving us even then, is ours.

      When I think He reserved this little bunkie for me to live in, before I had any thought of attending school in Colorado this year, I have another glimmer of His great love. With each new bit of revelation of that love I gradually know Him more. Trust tag teams with that knowledge. Why not leave all our care with Him? The birds and the lilies are doing well and we're way above them in Father's priorities.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

LET IT SHINE

     "This little light of mine, I'm going to let it shine." On a dark Friday evening the teacher at Good News Bible Club turned off the lights and struck a match. Children saw the wee flame's ability to dispel the darkness and they were not curious about the shadows. Their eyes focused on the tiny light.

     The aspens are ablaze on the hills of Colorado. Until the leaves on the aspens began to turn yellow, from a distance you could assume the mountainsides were covered with pines. No longer content to blend in with the evergreens, they show their true identity at this gorgeous season and our eyes are drawn to their brilliant colour.

     Light is powerful and it is attractive. In Matthew 5:14 Jesus told His disciples, "You are the light of the world." (NKJV) He told them to let their light be seen. People may assume the world view they hold and which is generally accepted is accurate until a believer in Christ expresses a truth from God's Word that challenges their thinking.

     With continual reports of troubles throughout the world, words of hope are welcome. When things look dark globally or in people's individual lives, we can share good news. The Lord Jesus said, "I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life." (John 8:12 NKJV). The abundant life Christ offers is a precious alternative to the black outlook the enemy presents. 

   Through His life, death, burial and resurrection the Lord Jesus secured victorious eternal life for each one who chooses to receive Him as Lord. May the light of this truth shine brightly through the lives of believers.