July 17, 2014
Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it;
Unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman keeps awake in vain.
It is vain for you to rise up early, to retire late, to eat the bread of painful labors;
For He gives to His beloved even in his sleep.
Most believers live with a nagging suspicion that God doesn't like them very much. If we were to dissect that thought and its origins we would realize that the great Liar, the Arch-Enemy of God, has been propagating that deception for centuries. And also, the ever-present-ness of our sin adds fuel to the fire. How could God like me when I keep failing?
But then we read the Bible and, if we read it fully, we realize that God is overwhelmed with a mad love for His children. You've met people (I hope you're one of them) who are insanely in love with their kids. They lavish things upon them. They talk about them incessantly. They try to give them all the best opportunities. They do everything they can for them.
It is hard for us to fathom because of our preconditioning, but that is God's affection for us, and more. Think of it this way: His is a PERFECT love, not bogged down by any sinful inconsistencies.
This is why David says that we do not need to worry about our provision and protection for God ""gives to His beloved even in his sleep."" While you were sleeping He was giving. He was thinking of you last night even when you were completely comatose and not thinking of Him at all. That is the 24-hour love of the Father for you. And He is not only loving you, but providing for you.
My wife came to bed last night at 4 am. The reason? She was up making preparations for one of her children who is leaving on an overseas trip. She was washing clothes and thinking through things that this teenager would not think of to help prepare her for her mission adventure. Why? It is because her mother's love knows no time clock.
We waste time in worry about the reality of God's affections for us. If you are one of His beloved children you can rest soundly. He's providing, even while you sleep.
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June 08, 2019
June 07, 2019
… with most of us modern Christians is that we are stoppable. A little discomfort, a turn from our desired daily routine, or a little resistance from those to whom we’re witnessing throws us off. We have not settled the issue that our greatest joy and highest purpose comes from our witness, and so we are unwilling to push through in sharing Christ with others every day, even in the mildest environments. Even when persecution is not present.
June 03, 2019
These all with one mind were continually devoting themselves to prayer (Acts 1:14)
Prayer is the foundation for all of life. Imagine the emotions and sense of fear and expectancy when Christ had been resurrected, appeared to His disciples, and then ascended. They were instructed to merely wait for the coming of the Holy Spirit who would endue them with power to be witnesses to Christ all across the world (Acts 1:8).
So, what did they do?