Some thoughts that come to me having experienced more river flooding in these past two months than I have in a lifetime before. At times it happens, but as a routine it’s unpleasant and keeps me running for shelter to the High Rock. Good. Very good. Anything that keeps me running to, and wrapping myself within folds of His garment is good. It is good to be in the shelter of the Most High God!
The only description of eternal life found in the words we have from Jesus is:
“This is eternal life, that they [his disciples] may know you, the only real God, and Jesus the anointed, whom you have sent” (John 17:3).
This may sound like mere head knowledge. But the biblical “know” always refers to an intimate, personal, interactive relationship. I have found this relationship with Him not only personal, but very intimate and interactive as well. I find it interactive in prayer, reading His word, and daily life. You too?
Our heavenly Father, how grateful we are for Your Son, Jesus. Where would we be without Him? How could we manage our lives without firm confidence in Him?
It is sweet to trust in Jesus, to take Him at His word. And we willingly do that, our Father. We release to You the pressures of the home and the work-place, our changing environment, the unexplained events that are mysterious to us at this moment, the mysteries that remain unsolved.
We still trust You. For answers that we have not yet experienced, we trust You. To bring about the desires of our hearts which we are unable to do for ourselves, we trust You, Father.
We take You at Your word. What You have promised, You will fulfill. What You have written, You will keep. And You have made your Word known to us in our own language so that we can read it, not simply black and white printed pages but as truth to live by and, if necessary, to die for.
May our children remember us as parents who loved You, and as parents who brought them up in a way that pleased You. Help our children to grow and learn to respect You, to have a deep and abiding trust in You, just as we have. Help us to bridge for our children what it means to live for Christ in a world that has long since lost its way.
It’s sweet to trust in Jesus, and we do, Father, with all our hearts. In His loving name. Amen.
“How blessed is the man who has made the LORD his trust,
And has not turned to the proud, nor to those who lapse into falsehood.” (Psalm 40:4)