“Blessed art thou, O LORD: teach me thy statutes.” Psalms 119:12
Have you taken time this week as we come to the celebration of Easter to really think about Who God is and what He has done for you? I hope so.
The thoughts Christians have had about Calvary and the Resurrection have produced some of the greatest poetry and hymns known to man. The emotions a child of God feels as they look at their sin and how God loves them anyway are profound and life changing.
Like the Bible teacher William Newell who wrote the hymn “At Calvary”. Read the lyrics and tell me the words didn’t come from a man who knew God and what God had done for him:
Years I spent in vanity and pride,
Caring not my Lord was crucified,
Knowing not it was for me He died
Mercy there was great, and grace was free;
Pardon there was multiplied to me;
There my burdened soul found liberty,
By God’s Word at last my sin I learned;
Then I trembled at the law I’d spurned,
Till my guilty soul imploring turned
Now I’ve giv’n to Jesus everything,
Now I gladly own Him as my King,
Now my raptured soul can only sing
Oh, the love that drew salvation’s plan!
Oh, the grace that brought it down to man!
Oh, the mighty gulf that God did span
This past week my son, who is a Junior in college, was struggling with God’s moving in his life. He wasn’t sure what direction to take and wether or not he should stay in school. I could have filled his ears with a lot of words, but I knew it was time for him to learn of Christ on his own as a man. As we both wept over the phone I sent him to go seek out God in prayer by himself. I told him to pour out his heart like King Hezekiah did and ask God for help. A few hours later my phone rang again and this time the voice on the other end didn’t sound weighed down. He asked me if I had put money on his school bill and I laughed because I had like 32 bucks in my checking account. He said, “I’m serious mom, did you?” I assured him that I had most definitely NOT put any money on his school bill. He said the balance was at 0. On March 19th we owed $1500 on it, and Wyatt had paid $800, so we should still have owed $700. Neither of us knows where the money came from, but I asked Wyatt, “Son, do you have your answer?”
I knew God wanted him to continue his education and I knew God could provide, but Wyatt needed to see it for himself. When he turned to God, God heard him and Wyatt was so thankful. (So am I)
When we look at God through the eyes of thankfulness in meditation on His works and His Word, we will beg Him to teach us more. We will welcome His presence in our daily life and have a desire for His guidance.
If you are struggling today with a problem, a need or a burden, may I suggest that you get somewhere by yourself and take a few moments to let ALL your thoughts rest on God. Think about Who He is, What He has done and When He changed your life. Worship Him. And then ask Him to teach you more.
Until Next Time, Lord willing,
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Today’s reading: Numbers 3 / Isaiah 27-28 / Psalm 86 / Romans 4