Anchoring Your Soul

The God of Christianity is not a frivolous God. He is not given to caprice or arbitrary acts of violence. His actions are not irrational expressions or whims. We do not know why at a given place or a given time natural catastrophes take place. Easy equations of guilt and disaster are ruled out by statements in the book of Job and the ninth chapter of John’s gospel. When inexplicable disasters occur, we must say with Luther, “Let God be God.”

When Job cried out, “The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord” (Job 1:21b), he was not trying to sound pious or give superficial praise to God. He was biting his lip and gripping his stomach as he sought to remain faithful to God in the midst of unmitigated anguish. But Job knew who God was and cursed Him not.

Whatever else this world is, it is fallen. Suffering is inseparably related to sin. That is not to say that all suffering is a direct result of sin or that there is a measurable ratio between an individual’s suffering and his sin (Job and John 9 militate against such thinking). However, suffering belongs to the complex of sin. As long as this world suffers from the violence of men, it returns such violence in kind. Scripture often personifies nature as being angry with its human master and exploiter. Instead of dressing, keeping, and replenishing the earth, we exploit it and pollute it.

The world is not yet redeemed. We look for a new heaven and a new earth. We yearn for a land without tempest, flood, or earthquake. Such yearning provides a hope that is an anchor for the soul.

Coram deo: Living before the face of God

Is your soul anchored to the biblical hope of the future, the new heaven and earth, where there will be no more sin and suffering?

-R.C. Sproul

LOOK UP!

Dear Jesus follower,
I can post all of the injustices, suffering and evils that are happening not only in our communities, but all around the world all day long. It is not only to remind us to choose love, be love and to advocate to uplift and encourage those who are being persecuted daily on so many different stages… but I also hope that by our awareness of these wicked injustices against our fellowman that we are not apathetic in the face of those who suffer deeply from unwarranted abuses.

I pray that when we see posts depicting the injustices and sufferings of others that if we do nothing else, we’ll pray. I hope mostly that we’ll share with others that hope is not lost… that God in His Wisdom and Glory still reigns amidst the chaos of mankind’s making. Now is the time to share God’s Salvation plan.

I will not stand silent or idle. In God’s strength by His Spirit I will work while there is still light. God willing we’ll continue to expose the present darkness by His marvelous Light enduring in us, not to stir our anger to hatred… but to ignite the passion of His love in us and that it be the measure of love we mete out to a lost and dying world.

I’m not unaffected by what I see continually in this world… and when it seems overpoweringly futile, the very Spirit of God reminds me that what seems bleak to the human eye is in reality cause to worship God and praise His unfathomable Wisdom.
*Don’t be afraid… LOOK UP, YOUR REDEMPTION IS NEAR.

Will You Lay Down Your Life?

I really love Oswald Chambers’ messages. This one asks the question that I’ve seen many Christians struggle with. In laying down or lives we believe it to mean, “Would you die for Jesus?” Well when you give that notion any thought you must admit that it’s ludicrous. He’s already in fact died for us and has risen victorious that we may live.

I guess if the question of death is a component of this thought, then the truth is, “Are we willing to lay down our past ways? Are we willing to lay down your old sinful lives?”

The following is a message written by Oswald Chambers it is an expository, if you will… on the question.

“Jesus does not ask me to die for Him, but to lay down my life for Him. Peter said to the Lord, “I will lay down my life for Your sake,” and he meant it (John 13:37). He had a magnificent sense of the heroic. For us to be incapable of making this same statement Peter made would be a bad thing—our sense of duty is only fully realized through our sense of heroism. Has the Lord ever asked you, “Will you lay down your life for My sake?” (John 13:38). It is much easier to die than to lay down your life day in and day out with the sense of the high calling of God.

We are not made for the bright-shining moments of life, but we have to walk in the light of them in our everyday ways. There was only one bright-shining moment in the life of Jesus, and that was on the Mount of Transfiguration. It was there that He emptied Himself of His glory for the second time, and then came down into the demon-possessed valley (see Mark 9:1–29). For thirty-three years Jesus laid down His life to do the will of His Father. “By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren” (1 John 3:16). Yet it is contrary to our human nature to do so.

If I am a friend of Jesus, I must deliberately and carefully lay down my life for Him. It is a difficult thing to do, and thank God that it is. Salvation is easy for us, because it cost God so much. But the exhibiting of salvation in my life is difficult. God saves a person, fills him with the Holy Spirit, and then says, in effect, “Now you work it out in your life, and be faithful to Me, even though the nature of everything around you is to cause you to be unfaithful.” And Jesus says to us, “. . . I have called you friends. . . .” Remain faithful to your Friend, and remember that His honor is at stake in your bodily life.