Wednesday, September 29, 2010

God's Promises Endure Forever!

Psalm 119:107 tells us the deep down feelings of the psalmist.

"I am exceedingly afflicted;
Revive me, O LORD, according to Your word."

The psalmist feels weighed down and lifeless, and yet his response is begging the Lord for new life. But not just any ordinary life. Life according to God's Word.

James 1:12 promises blessedness to "the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him."

The perspective we need when feeling so afflicted is that God is his graciousness has loved me so much to send me affliction that we might cry out to Him and see our dependence on Him. Jesus gives us the Bread of Life. Tender, life-giving words, that give nourishment for the starving soul.

Paul reminds us in Romans 8:38-39 that nothing can separate us from our Heavenly Father. So why do we worry and not trust? Why do we not cast our cares on Him? Why do we fear?

"For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord."

So often we look to other things to revive us. Oh, friend may that not be. May we run to the Father who will never leave us. May we run to the Son who gave His very life for us that we may acquire eternal life. May we run to the Spirit who brings all comfort and guidance.

The Words of Life are our only hope.

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