Almighty God, grant your people boldness. And help us to stand up for what we believe, without any strings attached. Remind us daily that our yay should be yay, and our nay should be nay. Rip out every root and branch of wishy-washiness from within us. And give us the power to face our giants with strong confidence.
Goad us to take the spotlight off ourselves and direct it at You. For without You, we are weak and feeble. But with You, we have the power to do amazing things. Amen.
When you have done wrong, and family, friends and close associates deserted you. And it feels like you are on an Island by yourself, rest assured that your heavenly father will not leave you or forsake you. He is waiting in the wings with open arms to comfort and console you. Confess your sins and ask his forgiveness and he will make you whole just like he did for David.
The Bible tells us that David was a man after God’s own heart. But David messed up. He cried out to God with a contrite spirit, and God forgave him.
Psalm 51 For the director of music. A psalm of David. When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba. 1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. 3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. 4 Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight; so you are right in your verdict and justified when you judge. 5 Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. 6 Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb; you taught me wisdom in that secret place. 7 Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. 8 Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice. 9 Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity. 10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. 11 Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. 12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. 13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways, so that sinners will turn back to you. 14 Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God, you who are God my Savior, and my tongue will sing of your righteousness. 15 Open my lips, Lord, and my mouth will declare your praise. 16 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. 17 My sacrifice, O God, is[b] a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise. 18 May it please you to prosper Zion, to build up the walls of Jerusalem. 19 Then you will delight in the sacrifices of the righteous, in burnt offerings offered whole; then bulls will be offered on your altar.
The acronym, WWJD, short for “What Would Jesus Do?” was on the tongue of every Christian on earth in the nineties. Today, WWJD is almost forgotten. And rightly so.
Every Christian knows Jesus always do the right thing, regardless of the situation and we can as well.
With that settled, it seems the central question Christians everywhere should be asking themselves daily, or as they reflect on their Christian journey is this: “Is it well with my soul?” At the end that’s the only thing that matters.
Revelation 21:1-4 Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also, there was no more sea. 2 Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God, Revelation Himself will be with them and be their God. 4 And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”
The Church is the training ground for those who hope to meet with the Bridegroom.
Our schools, kindergarten to the institutions of higher learning, are training grounds for the men and women who will one day oversee the affairs of their respective countries and the world. Likewise, the Church is the training ground for Christians, who hope to sit at the table with our heavenly Father. But we must follow God’s curriculum.
And while nobody has a clue of what it must be like to occupy the same physical space as His maker; the Holy Scripture provides us with plenty of examples of what we should not expect. For example, tardiness is a no-no. And human beings are prone to showing up late for important meetings. We often get complacent after a period of familiarity.
Tom Paige got laid off from his well-paying job. And for two years Tom had to do odd jobs to help make ends meet. Then the tide suddenly changed. Tom got another well-paying job that he was excited to do. Tom Paige was always punctual and never misses a day from work three years in a row. But that would soon change.
After learning the ins and outs of his job, Tom began to notice that most of his coworker never showed up for work early. But instead of being an example for others, Tom decided to follow suit. He would eventually lose his job for tardiness.
Tom Paige’s predicament reminds me of the parable of the Ten Virgins Jesus tells in Matthew 25:1-13. The five foolish virgins lose out on their chance to meet with the bridegroom because they failed to plan according to God’s blueprint.