Well this is a first. I just composed a nice long blog and was nearing the end when I received a phone call and I have somehow lost what I had written. So I will begin again and see if I can recall much of what I have labored over and maybe I will say it better this time.
I wake each morning with scriptures on my mind. It seems the Lord graciously places exactly what I need in my thoughts for me to ponder throughout the day very early. This morning I woke with words from Matthew 12 which tells us out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks revealing the heart’s condition.
So many times I am surprised and disappointed by what is revealed to me by my own words. In Ephesians 4:29, we are admonished to “let no corrupt communication proceed out of [our mouths], but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. And then even more in verses 31 and 32 where we are told to “let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from [us] with all malice: And [to] be kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven [us.]” How many times must I miss my mark?
When I ponder the call we have as Christians to “crucify the flesh” and to “take every thought captive in obedience to Christ,” I recognize that I must, in order to be pleasing to my Heavenly Father, deny the will of my flesh that wants to make my case, to have my say, to defend myself, and instead choose to surrender to His good and perfect will for me to simply walk in obedience to Him, in the Spirit and not in the flesh, and trust Him to judge and declare truth and righteousness.
We can want what is right and still falter in our behavior. I thank Him for His gracious, unfailing love for me, and for a new day wherein He cares enough to call me to His Word; to lovingly teach me and encourage me and to remind me that He alone is God; He alone is able to change hearts and minds, to will and to do in the lives of all those He has made.
I am to live in obedience and surrender, but not in that alone. I am also to rest in His grace, to trust in His divine will that none can thwart! He has a plan for every life. He calls and yet he allows every person each day to choose to come to Him or not. I can only choose for me, and that is all I am to do, choose for me.
Oh I love the scripture in Isaiah that says “thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed upon thee (26:3).” And another one that so often comes to my mind when I’m listening to others who are not satisfied with life from Psalm 90:14 “O satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.” There are answers to every circumstance in life to be found within the blessed pages of scripture. It truly “is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” as 2 Timothy declares it to be.
How blessed we are to have His Word! How grieved I am that a lost world roams haplessly about in discouragement, disappointment, and apathy when there is a perfect Savior who stands ready to redeem them and give them a hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11) and can keep them in perfect peace and satisfy them with His mercy! May we all draw nearer to the God of all Grace and live abundantly the lives He offers to us in great love.