It’s my 22nd wedding anniversary today. And I can honestly say that I love my wife Shae more today than ever. Of course, like any close relationship, we haven’t gone without our difficult days, but she has remained faithful to me, and I to her. Each day that I take the time to know her heart and listen to her, I find out more about her and enjoy being around her even more. And you know what? That’s exactly how it’s supposed to be. Not just in marriage, but in our relationship with the Lord, as well. Like any meaningful bond, it take time, honesty, faithfulness. The more time you spend with Jesus, the closer you will get to Him and the more you learn to trust Him. I assure you, He is faithful. You can place your life in His hands and He can handle any problem you’ve got…even a marriage that might be on the rocks. So grow a little closer to Jesus today.
Have you ever felt like God has forgotten you? Maybe you’ve been struggling with something for a long time and through your pain and years of praying it just seems like God has placed your life at the back of the shelf behind more important issues. I think we all feel that way sometimes, including David himself, the man after God’s own heart. “How Long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever?” he cries. But it is in these moments when we aren’t hearing from God, that we need to turn our heart’s attention to those things He has already done for us. That’s what David did in Psalm 13. He recalled the fact the God had given him salvation and he remembered all the many blessings in His life. Suddenly, what was a moment of lament, turned into a song of praise. Remember today the blessings of God in your life and will cause you to worship Him!
I simply love the first chapter of Colossians…especially verses 15-18. These verses place Jesus as the central figure in all of History. They place Jesus where He belongs…at the top of the pyramid of time and space and history and humanity. It is under Jesus that all things exist. It was by Jesus that all things were created. It is because of Jesus that hope abounds and grace is abundant. All things and all people are behind Him and beneath Him. He is the master and ruler over all of creation and stands at the head of the table of time. He is the first, the last, and everything in between. He is preeminent Savior and powerful King. Nothing and no one can is before Him. And one day, every knee will bow and proclaim Him as Lord. He IS worthy whether you choose to worship Him or not. But I suggest you do.
Most everyone is familiar with the classic hymn Amazing Grace. It’s the most popular sacred song of all time. The melody is simple, there is no chorus, and yet there is an unspeakable power in the lyrics. “Amazing Grace How sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost but now I’m found, was blind but now I see.” I think the reason so many people identify with this wonderful old hymn is because we all know what it feels like to be lost. Bad choices, broken relationships, and blown chances have haunted all of us at some point or another. The question is, what is there and who is there to save us from any of it? Grace. God’s amazing grace. Paid for in full on a hill called Calvary. Jesus is the only one capable of giving grace powerful enough to save us. So the least we should do is worship Him because of it.
How is your prayer life? I admit, mine has been quite poor at times. It seems like most of us pray only when times are tough and we realize we are in a weak state of being and we need God’s help. Or we pray only when we want something from God. But how often do you pray just for the sake of getting to know the Savior? Is Jesus your all in all? Or do think it His job to be provider of all things your heart desires? I do believe our concept of prayer changes when we simply take enough time each day to contemplate the complete goodness of God and the total sacrifice of His son Jesus. We will eventually be overcome by the power of His love and begin to delight in Him for who He is. Learning to delight in God will bring us to another level of our worshiping lifestyle.