Sunday, February 10, 2013

Faithful to What End?

"This I recall to my mind, Therefore I have hope.  Through  the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not.  They are  new every morning; Great  is  Your faithfulness. “The Lord  is  my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I hope in Him!” The Lord  is  good to those who wait for Him, To the soul  who  seeks Him.  It is  good that  one  should hope and wait quietly For the salvation of the Lord.  It is  good for a man to bear The yoke in his youth. Let him sit alone and keep silent, Because  God  has laid  it  on him; Let him put his mouth in the dust— There may yet be hope. (Lamentations 3:21-29 NKJV)

(photo: Moscow Times)

There are times we must wait on Him when there is nothing we can say; at least nothing that we should. Have we even a right to complain in our sorrow and suffering? When we are heartbroken, lonely, and hurt, dare we say we deserve better? By what word or thought or deed?   Trials come and we may not know what to say. Good! In our silence, God can be better heard.   

Nothing for which we ask is granted due to merit or favor. Every good and perfect gift comes down from the Father of Lights.  Whether despairing or depending, complaining or compliant, fearful or faithful, we are deeply loved and showered with mercies unending and unfathomable.

It is through His mercies "we are not consumed."  We are lucky to even be alive. What Grace! God owes us nothing. We continue to live and breathe because He still has a work to complete in us; a purpose for His good.  

HE is faithful.  It is we who are indebted. 

If we never receive anything more than 
His redemption in Christ we are Kings. 
Every single mercy received is a gift that is above and beyond the death we deserve.  

We cannot afford it. 

We cannot repay it. 

We cannot comprehend it. 

We cannot ignore it. 

We did not find it, and we cannot lose it.  

His faithfulness endures from generation to generation. 


What more could we ask for?

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation. (Romans 5:1-6, 8-11 NKJV)

Enough said. 

No comments:

Post a Comment