Sunday, January 15, 2017

NIGHT AND DAY

     We have some interesting (to us) discussions around the breakfast table at Christ Haven. Sleep patterns became the topic the other morning. Several mentioned they sleep a few hours, then waken and study. They may catch another hour or two of sleep before breakfast. Not me. He gives His beloved sleep. (Psalm 127:2) I'm His beloved and I receive this promise.

     Night and day, darkness and light, to Father God they are the same. (Psalm 139:12) Those who are spending time with Him in the middle of the night are definitely loved and blessed, but we need light. Natural and spiritual light are both essential.

     Everyone has tried to do something in a tight corner without enough light. Until we discover a way to shine light on that work space the job can't be done. In dim light we can see something. With proper light details show up. This also happens when understanding of information comes. The light comes on.

     Just now, for me. the light is focused on the precious truth that what I do or don't do is not what gives me favour with God. It's what the Lord Jesus did for me that has me nestled in Father's love. (Ephesians 1:6) 

     Each sunrise can be a reminder that God's children are called out of darkness into His marvelous light. (1 Peter 2:9) We are completely delivered from any power darkness holds. (Colossians 1:13) The word of God is a light giving direction to our lives. (Psalm 119:12)

     I'm thankful for refreshing sleep in the night and for health and strength for every day. At the same time the Apostle John's revelation is exciting. He saw eternity with no sorrow, pain or death and no night. The Lord God will give us light. (Revelation 21:4 and 22:5)

Sunday, January 1, 2017

WATCH

     Are there a multitude of things you need to check on continually? The list is different for each of us. Family, groceries, household supplies, bills and accounts...we avoid problems by paying attention. The slow leak of an essential fluid in a car could cause major trouble so we schedule regular service. We keep watch in many different areas of our lives.

     As the new year begins we remember how the Lord helped us through past months and look forward to the days ahead. Some join with others in a Watchnight Service on December 31st. Others meditate alone praying for guidance in the future.

     Like some vital substance that a car is losing, faith can seep from believers. What we see and hear can strengthen or weaken our faith. It is worth fighting for. (I Timothy 6:12)   The rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem illustrates this struggle. The enemy mocked and hindered the workers. Nehemiah encouraged the people of Judah. Each man held a weapon in one hand and worked with the other. They prayed and set a watch against their enemies day and night. (Nehemiah 4:9)


     In subtle ways Satan strives to undermine our faith in God. We are bombarded by information that is contrary to simple faith. The words people speak, things we read, hear or see in public media often do not build faith in God and His word, We need to be aware and make wise choices.

     Father, give us discernment and wisdom as we enter into 2017. We need to know what is of You and we need to be strong to stand for truth in the days ahead.