by John Doyle
A scripture needed at this time: Psalm 46:10 – 11 “Stop the fighting, and know that I am God, exalted on this earth, Yahweh of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our STRONGHOLD.”
We know as Believers where our final destination is and we know its a journey of Faith and trials and struggles will come but knowing that one day we will be in Glory with Jesus we need to Press On “UNTIL THEN”
There is a life right in front of us all that is ready to be lived. It might not be the life you always dreamed of, and it might be missing a few things, or a few people, especially lost loved ones, but Gods Word confirms your life still matters. And taking the time to delight in the present doesn’t take anything away from the future. Even when your hopes for the future are sincere and filled with good intention, you are being called to live this way on a daily basis.
Its not that easy especially in these days of Lockdown and you might feel like you are coming short, but the truth is, this moment, this day, this life is what God has given us. And the more we can accept this truth the more we will find that there is more to the present moment, than you can ever imagine.
Perhaps a new friendship can be cultivated this month. Since moving up from Cape Town, Barbara and I have made some amazing friends at our Church. We are so thankful to the Lord.
Perhaps also in the time you spend alone during the day you can find the time to journal in your Bible, or write a poem or song, or just send a message to someone that needs encouragement at this time. There are seeds to be sown here. There are plants that are already growing that are waiting to be watered. There is so much that we are longing for, but UNTIL THEN then, we have what we need by the Grace of God to take this day and Glorify the Lord with the words we speak and actions we take that may be such a blessing to others.
Let this time leading up to Christmas and the New Year, where we take each day and open our hearts and minds to what God shows us and teaches us through His Word. For through all of the things that we have gone through and the changes that has affected so many lives we have stayed strong in our Faith and have learned to keep pressing on knowing that God has it all in His Hands.
Hold on to the Promises of Gods Word. Do not give up. Even on the days when you feel burdened or discouraged your life is to be lived in Honour and Glory to God. You may have to wait for Gods perfect timing to fall into place and it will, but UNTIL THEN stay strong in your Faith, be a testimony to others who may also be struggling physically, emotionally and spiritually.
The future will fall into place according to the plans of God. Things that used to keep you up at night and wake you up in the morning will change over the years. You will find peace in unexpected places. You will find hope for a sunrise amidst even in the heaviest of storms. You will find that all along, you were filled with life and a hope that came through your Belief in Jesus as Lord and Savior of your life. No amount of darkness or uncertainty could take that away from you and the joy you have in being a child of God.
But don’t wait UNTIL THEN to find JOY and PEACE. Spend time with the Lord in prayer, Spend time with Believers, Spend time Fellowshipping at your Church and feasting on Gods Word. This will enable all of us to stay faithful to our Lord UNTIL we see HIM Face to Face in Glory. What a Day that will be when our Jesus we will see.
But *UNTIL THEN* “Clap your hands, all ye peoples, shout to the Lord with a jubilant cry, For Yahweh the Most High, is awe-inspiring” Psalm 47: 1 – 2
Time to sing with me:
TAKE MY LIFE
Take my life and let it be consecrated Lord to Thee
Take my moments and my days, let them flow in ceaseless Praise
Let them flow in ceaseless Praise
Take my hands and let them move at the impulse of Thy love
Take my feet and let them be swift and beautiful for Thee
Swift and beautiful for Thee.
Take my voice and let me sing always, only for my King
Take my lips and let them be filled with messages from Thee
Filled with messages from Thee
Take my will and make it Thine, it shall be no longer mine
Take my heart, it is Thine own, it shall be Thy royal throne
It shall be Thy Royal Throne
Take my love, my Lord I pour at Your feet, it’s treasure store
Take myself and I will be, ever, only, all for Thee
EVER, ONLY, ALL FOR THEE.
In the Love of the Lord Jesus,
John and Barbara
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Thanks for sharing this devotional Pastor Graham.