Wednesday, May 10, 2006

If You Want to Make God Laugh Tell Him Your Plans

I love country music...I am sorry...don't hate me now. But there is a song that has a great line in it. It says, "if you want to make God laugh tell Him your plans." Obviously this is not a Christian song, but that one line really got me thinking.

God's ways are so infinitely beyond ours, we can't even begin to comprehend His ways. So when life is confusing, or my circumstances don't seem to make sense, I have to remind myself that God's plan is out of the scope of my understanding. I just have to trust Him and know that the outcome is from the hand of holy, righteous, loving, good, God. And I have to be thankful for ALL of the circumstances He's put me in.

It seems nothing ever works out the way we want it to or expect it to, but God is creating a beautiful portrait with my life and right now I can only see one color, but as time goes by and I look back, more and more of the picture will be revealed and the handiwork of God will be evident in my life for all to see and how thankful I will be for the way God is shaping me right now.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Go To Jesus (A Reminder To Myself)

Psalm 46:1

Covenant blessings are not meant only to be observed but to be appropriated. Even our Lord Jesus is given to us for our present use. Believer, you do not make use of Christ as you ought to do. When you are in trouble, why do you not tell Him all your grief? Does He not have a sympathizing heart, and can He not comfort and relieve you? No, you are going to all your friends, except your best Friend, and telling your story everywhere, except into the heart of your Lord. Are you burdened with this day's sins? Here is a fountain filled with blood: Use it, saint, use it. Has a sense of guilt returned upon you? The pardoning grace of Jesus may be proved again and again. Come to Him at once for cleansing. Do you deplore your weakness? He is your strength: Why not lean upon Him? Do you feel naked? Come here, soul; put on the robe of Jesus' righteousness. Do not stand looking at it, but wear it. Strip off your own righteousness, and your own fears too: Put on the fair white linen, for it was meant to wear. Do you feel yourself sick? Call upon the Beloved Physician, and He will give the medicine that will revive you. You are poor, but remember you have a kinsman, who is incredibly wealthy. What! Will you not go to Him and ask Him to give you from His abundance when He has promised that you will be joint heir with Him and has credited all that He is and all that He has to your account? There is nothing Christ dislikes more than for His people to make a show of coming to Him and yet not to use Him. He loves to be employed by us. The more burdens we put on His shoulders, the more precious He will be to us.
Let us be simple with Him, then,
Not backward, stiff, or cold,
As though our Bethlehem could be
What Sinai was of old.