He Commands All Things

I’m still a couple of chapters away from reading the verse as part of my reading plan, but I’m reminded of the verse as I hover what I have read this morning.

But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things.”

(Luke 10:41 ESV)

That’s the verse that I’ll get to in a couple of weeks. But it’s the reality of what’s gripping me now. Anxious and troubled about many things. Partly because of how I’m wired. But also, partly because of what’s on my plate. Don’t think I’m anxious and troubled about trivial matters or inconsequential things. The stuff which, as they say, keeps me up at night is stuff worth paying attention to. Important stuff.

Yet, something I read this morning puts all that stuff into perspective.

As I read in Luke this morning, while I might have stuff that keeps me up at night, Jesus was sleeping. After a long day of preaching and teaching, He gets in a boat with His disciples, and they head for “the other side of the lake.” They all set out, but He falls asleep. And then a windstorm kicks up and the boat starts to fill up and they were, legitimately and actually, “in danger.” We’ll let Luke finish the story.

And they went and woke Him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” And He awoke and rebuked the wind and the raging waves, and they ceased, and there was a calm. He said to them, “Where is your faith?” And they were afraid, and they marveled, saying to one another, “Who then is this, that He commands even winds and water, and they obey Him?”

(Luke 8:24-25 ESV)

He commands even winds and water, and they obey Him. That’s what I needed to hear this morning. That’s what I needed to chew on. That’s what I need to believe. “I believe; help my unbelief” (Mk. 9:24).

He commands even winds and water. He commands all things. He is the Sovereign. He is the Sustainer. If we are in the boat going across the lake because He has told us to get in the boat, then despite winds and waves, we’re right where we should be. Right where we ought to want to be.

We’re right next to the One who commands all things. Trusting that what Jesus begins He completes. That we’ll get to where He says we should go. Despite the choppy seas, the dark clouds, and the howling wind, we are in the center of His divine will. And the One who commands even winds and waters is with us.

He commands all things. And they obey Him.

We can take that to the bank (or at least to the other shore).

By His grace. For His glory.

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Bear Fruit with Patience

Noticing this morning that one of these things is not like the other.

Hovering over Luke’s account of Jesus’ telling of the parable of the sower. Pretty familiar story. Easy to skim because of the familiarity. But for some reason (a Holy Spirit reason?) two words catch my eye at the end of Luke’s record of Jesus’ words. So, I go back to the other gospel accounts to refresh my memory of how Matthew and Mark relay the parable. And what do I notice? One of these things is not quite like the other.

Here’s how the three gospel writers record what Jesus said about the good soil:

“As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.”

(Matthew 13:23 ESV)

“But those that were sown on the good soil are the ones who hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.”

(Mark 4:20 ESV)

“As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience.”

(Luke 8:15 ESV)

With patience. Oh man! The “P” word again. That’s what caught my eye and is exercising my heart.

I can get pretty jazzed by the prospect of thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold. Let’s do it! Lord, You plant the word. Spirit, water it through illumination, instruction, and conviction as you lead me into truth. And Father, according to Your abundant grace, give it the increase. Let’s reap a harvest for Your glory. Thirty, sixty, maybe even a hundredfold.

But be patient? Endure? Persevere? Wait steadfastly? Sigh . . .

The “good soil” is an “honest” heart, a noble heart that openly receives the word. Of such a disposition that it is ready to agree with the word rather than force the word to agree with it. Ready to be encouraged by the word, corrected by the word, even cut by the word. Willing to be shaped by the word. It is a “good” heart. Upright, ready to fulfill duty, free from guile. It is the new heart of regeneration. The heart of Christ beating within the souls of men and women redeemed by His blood. That’s the heart that bears much fruit from the sown seed of the word.

But it is also a heart that “holds fast” the word. Not only taking possession of the word and owning the word but holding on for dear for life when circumstance or season would tempt one to let go of the word. A two-fisted determination to cling to the word. Wanting to bear fruit. Ready to bear fruit with patience.

Honestly, I’d like things to be easier sometimes. I’d love for me to be more sanctified sometimes. I’d love to see more of the fruit sometimes. But I’m not called to count the crop, I’m called to bear fruit with patience. To be faithful.

Faithful to pursuing the word. Faithful to keeping clear the clutter of sin and distraction so the word can pursue me. Faithful to engage in the “sow and reap” economy of the kingdom of God by the word.

. . . the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

(Galatians 6:8b-9 ESV)

Hold fast to the word. Be patient and you’ll bear fruit according to the word.

Yes, Lord.

By Your grace. For Your glory.

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The Prayer of Battle

It ain’t no prayer of Jabez (1Chron. 4:10). But it is a prayer. And it is buried in the genealogies that fill the opening chapters of 1 Chronicles. And, while I don’t think I’ll be able to convert it into a book that sells millions, I do think it’s worth chewing on for the profit of this individual. It’s the prayer of battle.

The Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh had valiant men who carried shield and sword, and drew the bow, expert in war, 44,760, able to go to war. They waged war against the Hagrites, Jetur, Naphish, and Nodab. And when they prevailed over them, the Hagrites and all who were with them were given into their hands, for they cried out to God in the battle, and He granted their urgent plea because they trusted in Him.

(1Chronicles 5:18-20 ESV)

There’s an old adage which says “there are no atheists in foxholes”, suggesting that in the most desperate of situations, like being pinned in a ditch under heavy enemy fire, everyone is going to find a belief in a “higher power.” But I’m guessing the adage might have been coined by a wishful believer. The Scriptures indicate that the heart of man can be pretty stubborn in the face of God — even when fire is raining down (Rev. 16:9-11, 16:21).

But there is something about being in the heat of battle, something about having your back against the wall, something about reckoning with a desperate situation that reveals at the core what, or Who, we’re depending on to get through the harder seasons of life.

These valiant men of 1 Chronicles 5 cried out to God in the battle. As they confronted the enemy, they called to heaven for back up. As they were pounded, they petitioned. As they struggled, they supplicated. As they were under pressure, they offered up urgent pleas.

And what did it reveal about them at their core? They trusted in Him.

God wasn’t their “go to” because they had nowhere else to go and might as well give Him a try. It wasn’t a “we have nothing to lose so let’s try prayer” sort of thing. It was a faith thing. A belief thing. A knowing and kneeling before the promises of God thing.

When the going get’s tough, it’s where we find ourselves going which so often reveals in what we’re trusting. Where do we look for a lifeline? Who’s the first one we think of when we desperately need to use one of our “call a friend” cards?

In the midst of the battle, though they carried shield and sword, and drew the bow, and were expert in war, these mighty warriors had HEAVEN-911 on their speed dial. Because they trusted in Him.

Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.

(Psalm 20:7 ESV)

Like I said, no prayer of Jabez, but prayer in the battle is going to be a pretty good indicator in Whom we believe.

This too is the fruit born from His abundant grace. Fruit evident in the battle for His all-deserving glory.

Amen?

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Surrounded

During this month, I’ve had a couple of opportunities to hang out with a bunch of pastors. None were flashy leaders of mega-churches. Instead, all were faithful shepherds of modest flocks. Most I had never met until having the privilege of “crashing the party” and joining their retreats. And, as strangers are wont to do when they find themselves together over a meal, they look for things in common with which to begin a conversation. “How’s the last two years been?” was one of those conversation starters.

If nothing else, the last couple of years have brought a shared experience. Details differ slightly, but the themes are much the same. We were shut down. Then we weren’t. We innovated. Some of us separated. It’s been hard, real hard. But, in so many ways, we’ve not only survived, we’ve actually thrived. Even those emerging most battle-scarred testifying to God’s faithfulness and goodness.

And these tenders of the flock came to mind this morning as I hovered over Psalm 125. In particular as I chewed on a single lyric. One word running through my head and providing reassurance for my soul. Surrounded.

As the mountains surround Jerusalem,
so the LORD surrounds His people,
from this time forth and forevermore.

(Psalm 125:2 ESV)

Jerusalem, the city on a hill surrounded by hills. From a military point of view, this is a good thing. Sentinels can be posted about the holy city, on guard against unwanted intruders. Armies can man the high ground, owning the advantage as they defend against hostile forces. Nothing enters Jerusalem without someone knowing about it in advance. Protection is afforded Jerusalem when protection is required. Behold, in this image, our God!

. . . the LORD surrounds His people from this time and forevermore!

Surrounded. That’s us. During the past two years. During the past two decades. Surrounded before the foundations of the world according to the purposes of God.

Surrounded. For the next two years. For the next two million years. And, perhaps most importantly, for the next two hours. Surrounded, even now, by the presence of God.

Surrounded. Nothing gets into our world apart from Jehovah knowing about it. Much is repelled by His powerful protection. Some is allowed according to His permissive will. Some orchestrated for His divine purposes. Regardless of season or circumstance, what is unchanging is the reality that, as God’s people, we are surrounded.

That’s what provides strength for today and hope for tomorrow. It’s what fuels the fight. It’s what sustains the weary. It’s what keeps us keepin’ on.

That, it seems to me, is a promise to claim. A truth to own. A reality to know.

By His grace. For His glory.

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Assuming God

Would it be a fair statement that for some of us followers of Jesus (for many of us?) we might tend towards assuming God? After all, God is a given. If we didn’t believe in God we wouldn’t be following His Son, reading His word, or trying to discern His will. If we didn’t believe in God we wouldn’t trust, we wouldn’t have hope, we wouldn’t be mindful of storing up treasures in heaven. Yeah, we believe in God. So, let’s move on and figure out how to live for God. Do you think that some (many?) might assume God? Hmm . . . I’m wondering.

What sparked the question? Something I read in Colossians this a.m.

And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.

(Colossians 1:9-10 ESV)

There it is, in verse 9–what tends to be our focus, and rightly so–be filled with the knowledge of His will and walk in a manner worthy of the Lord. That’s what we want to do.

But what caught my attention this morning is what Paul specifically lists as evidence of a worthy walk. I’m not saying it’s a comprehensive list, but I am saying that whatever a worthy walk looks like, Paul’s given us at least three indicators in verse 10. A worthy walk is:

  • A walk that is fully pleasing to Him
  • A walk that bears fruit in every good work
  • A walk that increases our knowledge of God

Chew on that last one–increasing in the knowledge of God. I am.

If a worthy walk is a knowledge-increasing walk (and I don’t think the original word is about “experiential knowledge” as much as it is about “precise and correct knowledge”, of “divine knowledge” or, “knowledge of the divine”), then what do we miss, what do we leave on the table, when we assume God? When we read our Bibles and skim past the familiar “theological stuff” so we can get to the “what’s it mean for me” practical stuff? When the notes we take during the sermon are the points of application and not the details of magnification? We’re leaving a lot on the table. Dare I say, we’re in danger of hamstringing the “worthy walk” a bit?

Assume God? Think we know all we need to know? Worse yet, think we know all there is to know? Of course not. Ridiculous. But really, what’s our thirst level for increasing in the knowledge of God — not just experiencing God, but knowing the essence, nature, character, and mind of God, as much as He’s been pleased to reveal it to us? Isn’t that, after all, what eternal life is all about at it’s core? I’m thinkin’ . . .

And this is eternal life, that they know You the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” ~ Jesus

(John 17:3 ESV)

As is our measure of thirst, so will be the measure of living water supplied to satisfy that thirst. A perpetual thirst? A perpetual increasing in the knowledge of God.

Oh, to walk in a manner worthy of Jesus. To be fully pleasing to Him. To bear fruit in every good work. To increase in our knowledge of God.

Only by His grace. Always for His glory.

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These Things

This morning I’m chewing on a command with a promise. Actually, as I look at it a little deeper, it’s two commands with a promise. Both commands centered on these things.

But what’s weird is that, at least at first, as I hovered over these things, I had forgotten who was writing about these things?

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me —  practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

(Philippians 4:8-9 ESV)

These things. Think about these things. Practice these things. That’s what caught my eye, filled my mind, and stirred my heart this morning.

Things which are true, honorable, and just. Things which are pure, lovely, and commendable. Excellent things. Praiseworthy things. Things that have been learned and received, heard and seen. Consume yourself with these things. Be marked as one who is habitually busy with these things.

I know Paul wrote this letter; I should have known that it’s Paul writing about these things. Yet, for some reason as I read “in me”, I instinctively reached for my blue colored pencil–my color for Christ–and shaded “for me”, as in “for Me.” And it became a passage about Jesus speaking. Jesus who is true, honorable, just, pure, and lovely. The Son of God as the one who embodies excellence. The risen Savior, alone worthy of praise. Think on these things, think on Jesus. Things learned and received and heard and seen IN JESUS. Be like Jesus, by the power of Jesus, through the indwelling of Jesus, and practice these things.

And the passage, for a few moments, became a command to be so enraptured with Jesus that, by His grace, I emulated Jesus. To be so taught at His feet, and a witness of His works, that it influences how I direct my steps and carry out my duties. Think about Jesus. Learn from Jesus. Live like Jesus.

And then I realized that the “me” in the passage isn’t actually He. It’s Paul.

So, what was that about? Did I totally miss the point of what Paul was saying? Maybe not. Another verse then popped into my head.

Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.

(1Corinthians 11:1 ESV)

Would I be stretching it to suggest that at least part of thinking about Jesus things and practicing Jesus things is spurred on by seeing Jesus things in other believers? Not perfect people by any means, nevertheless people who have been crucified with Christ and who have Christ living in them and through them (Gal. 2:20).

When we rub shoulders with those people, we see things that are true, honorable, just, and pure. As we fellowship with other “new creations” in Christ (2Cor. 5:17) we’re exposed to what is lovely, commendable, excellent, and, to the glory of God, worthy of praise. Hanging with the family of God can prime the pump of thinking about these things.

Moreover, as we learn from one another, receive from one another, hear one another, and are close enough to see one another in action as they do life as children of God, it encourages us to live like one another and thus, practice these things as well

True, it is all about Jesus. But isn’t it also about Jesus in others so that it can be about Jesus in us? I’m thinking.

Hmm . . . shaded it in blue. Weird.

But perhaps also Spirit led? Could be.

Only by His grace. Always for His glory.

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He’s Seen Our Tears

This morning I’m hovering over the first part of 2 Kings 20 and the diagnosis of Hezekiah’s terminal illness. Parts of the story I can’t relate to at all. I’m no king. Never been sent a prophet with a “thus says the LORD” to put my house in order. But I can relate to being the recipient of bad news. To realizing that, apart from divine intervention, there’s no hope of a favorable outcome. To praying desperate prayers. To weeping bitterly.

And here’s the other ground I share with the dying, distraught king. God’s seen my tears.

“Turn back, and say to Hezekiah the leader of my people, Thus says the LORD, the God of David your father: I have heard your prayer; I have seen your tears.”

(2Kings 20:5a ESV)

It’s the first mention of tears in the Bible. And they are from a man who, by the Spirit’s inspired testimony, “did what was right in the eyes of the LORD” (2Ki. 18:3). A king who “trusted in the LORD” and who stood out from every other king of Judah, save David, as one who “held fast to the LORD” (2Ki. 18:6). He had walked before his God “in faithfulness and with a whole heart” (2Ki. 20:3a). And now, as he faced certain death, he was shattered by the prospect of that walk on earth coming to an end. He had been wired by his Creator for life. He had lived that life for his Creator. And the prospect of that life coming to a close crushed him. And so, he prayed. And so, he “wept bitterly” (2Ki. 20:3b).

Guessing we know a lot more about life after life than Hezekiah did. More attuned that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord (2Cor. 5:8), and that while to live is Christ, to die is gain. But death is still an affront to the life we were created for. And so, in the face of death, we too weep. And often, we weep bitterly.

But God sees our tears. The One who commands the floodgates of heaven is aware of the water that falls from our eyes. Should He choose, He could collect them in a bottle or record each tear in a ledger (Ps. 56:8). He is not unaware of our sorrow and pain. He has known our suffering (Heb. 4:15). He has even wept Himself in our suffering (Jn. 11:35).

What comfort in knowing that God has seen every tear I have shed. What confidence, knowing that He will see every tear yet to be shed.

Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

(Hebrews 4:16 ESV)

Grace to be appropriated through every tear. Glory to be ascribed to the One who has seen our tears.

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My Surety

Wasn’t expecting it. Don’t think I’ve ever noticed it. But there it was. In the last verse of the longest song in the Psalms. When I read it, I wasn’t sure what to do with it at first as it seemed out of place with the 175 verses before it. Or is it? As I chew on the songwriter’s words, I see how they are actually wonderfully in place.

I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek your servant, for I do not forget Your commandments.

(Psalm 119:176 ESV)

I have gone astray like a lost sheep. I read that and instead of immediately grabbing my black colored pencil to underline it (the marking for sin), I questioned it. Did he mean what he seems to mean, or was it astray as in I’ve lost my bearings? I didn’t recall reading other confessions of sin by the songwriter in Psalm 119, so I quickly scanned back through the psalm looking at where I had previously underlined in black.

Certainly, the songwriter speaks of the sin of those who “wander from Your commandments” (v.21) and of “the wicked, who forsake Your law” (v.53). He calls out the sin of his enemies, “the insolent” who have dug “pitfalls for me” and who “do not live according to Your law” (v.85). And he has sung of his eyes shedding “streams of tears, because people do not keep Your law” (v.136).

But when it comes to sin and the songwriter himself, the underlined lyrics I see have to do with avoiding sin. He stores up God’s word in his heart, “that I might not sin against You” (v.11). He “holds back” his feet “from every evil way” and resolves to “not turn aside from Your rules” (v.101-102).

So what’s up? After 175 verses of glorying in the precepts of God, after 175 verses of declaring their worth and his desire to know them and to live according to them, why end on such a sour note? ‘Cause, it seems to me, he’s being real. And, at the end of the day, it’s more about a God who seeks sheep gone astray than about sheep who never go astray.

I am humbled by the humility of the songwriter. While he has set his face to knowing and following the word, he knows the propensity of his feet to wander from the word. While he has earnestly asked of the LORD to be taught, shown, and directed in the way of God, he has to admit that sometimes he heads off in a way that “seems right to a man” (Prov. 14:12).

Yet, rather than trying to justify himself before God, rather than trying to hide it from God, rather than just ignoring it before God, he confesses the reality that he is prone to stray as do sheep. While he purposes to ever keep God’s word before himself, he also knows of the reality that there are times when he doesn’t keep himself before the word. And so, as he closes this grand ode to God’s revealed truth, he does so on a bit of a minor key. I have gone astray like a lost sheep.

So where does his hope lie amidst such realization and confession? It’s not in his resolve to double-down, buckle-up, and try harder to get back on track. His hope is in knowing that His God is a seeker of lost sheep. That the heart of the Sovereign God is the heart of a Shepherd God who will leave the ninety-nine to pursue the one that is lost until he is found and returned to the fold (Lk. 15:3-7).

And the lifeline that forever tethers the sheep to their Shepherd? It’s the word of God — the last words used in this epic psalm. The songwriter was confident that, though he might stray, His God would faithfully rescue and return him to the way everlasting “for I do not forget Your commandments.”

His word is my light. His commandments are my confidence. His promises are my peace.

The Scriptures are my surety.

According to God’s grace. All for God’s glory.

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The God of the Land

In the ninth year of Hoshea, the king of Assyria captured Samaria, and he carried the Israelites away to Assyria and placed them in Halah, and on the Habor, the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes. And this occurred because . . .

(2Kings 17:6-7a ESV)

2 Kings 17 is a chilling postmortem of Israel, the northern kingdom. Since the twelve tribes of split into Judah and the rest, Israel; since the first king of Israel, Jeroboam, built golden calves in the north to worship so that people would not go to worship where the glory of God dwelt in the south, king after king in Israel did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, following Jeroboam’s lead. And as goes a peoples’ leaders, so goes the people.

And so, the cause of death of a nation is listed in excruciating detail:

  • they had feared other gods
  • they had walked in the ways of the nations
  • they did secretly against the LORD things that were not right
  • they set up for themselves pillars of worship
  • they served idols
  • they did wicked things
  • they would not listen to the prophets
  • they would not believe in the LORD their God
  • they despised His statues and commandments
  • they went after false idols thus becoming false themselves
  • they sold themselves to do evil in the sight of the LORD
  • and so, they provoked the Lord to anger

As Dane Ortlund points out in his book, Gentle and Lowly, because God’s mercy is “pent up, ready to gush forth” and “ready to burst forth at the slightest prick”, you never read of God being “provoked to mercy” or “provoked to love.” But when it comes to being angry, because God is slow to anger (Ex. 34:6) “it takes much accumulated provoking to draw out His ire.” And that’s what Israel did. Thus, because of their persistent rebellion, eventually God uses the king of Assyria to remove them from the land of promise.

But here’s what struck me this morning. Even though God removed a people from the place where He said He would dwell in their midst, He didn’t move out Himself.

After removing the people of Israel from the land, the King of Assyria populates it with people from a variety of other lands. And immediately the lion population so increases in number and aggression that the “cause” of this “effect” is clear.

So the king of Assyria was told, “The nations that you have carried away and placed in the cities of Samaria do not know the law of the God of the land. Therefore He has sent lions among them, and behold, they are killing them, because they do not know the law of the God of the land.”

(2Kings 17:26 ESV)

The God of the land. The people of the God of the land had been exiled because of unfaithfulness, yet the God of the land remained. They had been redeemed to testify to the nations concerning the God of the land, now God would make Himself known directly. The nation may have died, but the presence of the eternal, immortal God remained. While Israel might be forgotten for a time, He would make Himself known always.

And so, the King of Assyria sends priests of Israel back to the land to “dwell there and teach them the law of the God of the land” (17:27) and they “taught them how they should fear the LORD” (17:28).

Behold the God of the land. Slow to anger, yet righteous and just. Faithful despite a fallen people. Making Himself known to all those made in His image if they would have eyes to see and ears to hear. Offering to all the opportunity to know Him, for “the fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge” (Prov. 1:7).

A God who has always acted in grace. A God who has always sought to show men and women He alone is deserving of glory.

Behold our God.

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Give Me Life

The plea has been scattered 6 times thus far throughout Psalm 119. But in the eight verses I’m hovering over this morning it is repeated three times. Chewing on the songwriters concentrated request to “give me life.”

Plead my cause and redeem me; give me life according to Your promise!
Great is Your mercy, O LORD; give me life according to Your rules.
Consider how I love Your precepts! Give me life according to Your steadfast love.

(Psalm 119:154, 156, 159 ESV)

Given life almost 64 years ago on the day I was born. Given new life about 45 years ago when Jesus responded to the feeble prayer of a seeker in darkness who was beginning to see the light. And still, the repeated plea to “give me life” seems more needed today than ever.

Not that I need to be birthed again — impossible. Not that I need to be born again again — that’s a done deal for eternity. But that, as the NKJV puts it, I need to be revived.

Weariness needs to give way to wakefulness. That which binds needs to be broken. The sense of being harassed and oppressed replaced with a song of hope and optimism. (Sure, the blues are just smart thinking if everyone and everything seems against you, but if God is for us, really who can be against us!)

Give me life. Bring refreshing. Revive us again!

And within this triumvirate plea is a wonderful equation, a connecting of the dots tying God’s word to God’s love.

If A=B and A=C and A=D
then
B=C=D

so

If LIFE is according to GOD’s PROMISE and
LIFE is according to GOD’s RULES and
LIFE is according to GOD’S STEADFAST LOVE
then
GOD’s PROMISE
is integrally connected to
GOD’s RULES
is integrally connected to
GOD’s STEADFAST LOVE.

Life, revival, renewed vigor is found in God’s word, according to God’s ways, fueled by God’s promises, as a reminder of God’s unfailing love.

Life sourced in the Son. Life infused by the Spirit. We flourish when we feed on God’s word.

So, when the weight is weighty and the get-up-and-go seems to have got-up-and-gone, we remain in God’s word. Reminded of God’s promises. Rejuvenated by God’s ways. Revived and refreshed through God’s steadfast love.

Only by God’s grace. Always for God’s glory.

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