Monday, June 8, 2009
Jesus wants to save all of me.
Day after day I carry my load. I don't mind too much, or I'd do something about it. But I'm used to carrying it. Most days I don't think it's too bad.
Then one day You added something to my load and suddenly it became way too heavy for me to carry. I turned to Jesus to take that added item off my load.
Frankly, Lord I only wanted help with the thing that was making life miserable. I never realized You wanted to show me how to lighten the whole. What I didn't know at the time was that You wanted to save all of me.
"Come unto Me all you who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls."
Lord, I am so grateful that You are not in the band aid business, but in the business of redemption. You're amazing the way You take the one thing I give to you and use it as leverage to grant me LIFE instead of existence. Thank You that Your burden is light.
Monday, June 1, 2009
If Your presence does not go with me ...
When the journey was resumed Moses begged God's presence to go with them. Ex 33:5 I AM said "if I go up in your midst for one moment I would destroy you." But Moses persisted "If your presence does not go with us, do not lead us up from here ... is it not by Your going with us ... that we may be distinguished from all the other people who are on the face of the earth?"
Isn't that so true for me today.
Lord, if You aren't going to be with me today ... if I can't meet with you today and enter Your presence, then what's the use of even starting the day at all? Help me to be so marked by Your presence that I will be distinguished from those who do not know You, dear God.
I am afraid that, as I say that, the "marking" may be through more pain and terror like I experienced when Josiah died. As soon as I say that, I am reminded that Moses asked to see Your glory. As he did, what You showed him was Your goodness. Your goodness is your glory. Help me to always have an unshakable faith in Your goodness. For as I believe in Your goodness I can face each day and the uncertain thoughts of tomorrow more confidently.
God, you are so good and trustworthy, and I am so thankful for that. If it weren't true life would have destroyed me by now.
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