At such a time as this has God
placed you where you are, to act
on behalf of his people. Many will scoff
and scorn you. Silence is not an option.
Speak surely and firmly, with love,
the Word of God on your lips, arising
from your heart full of goodness.
Jeremiah’s group has room for more,
a lonely prophet with meager results,
among a stubborn people with eyes wide shut.
The Lord may start again through you.
Doubt not his power. The Kingdom seeds will sprout
where least the world expects. An open heart,
a will of flint for God’s devoted service,
this fertile earth will bear a hundredfold.
Patience! Be whom you ought, do what you must,
and let the Spirit rain upon your planting.
He blows at will, you cannot see his work,
just when you think he’s left your field of sowing,
the ground breaks, the tender shoots appear,
harvest promise gladdens and strengthens faith.
God does not string you along,
but tests you, proves you, burns
away the dross, prepares your soul for better things.
Keep on, keep on, that day is coming.

Human beings disappoint, so we become wary and find it hard to trust. Politicians aren’t the only ones who fail to carry through with promises. Friends, colleagues, and family members also let us down.

For the latter groups, we need large doses of forgiveness and, sometimes, confrontation about their perfidy, in order to give them opportunity to change.

Looking inward, we discover we ourselves have also made promises that we couldn’t keep or that we decided to disregard.

So the following truth about God and his word provides us hope. Continue reading

What good does it do — what’s the point?
Why keep on doing what makes no sense,
What makes no difference? O God, what’s the use?

My child, just trust me.

I see no change, no results, no growth!
So where’s the power to make things happen?
Is something horribly wrong with me?

My child, all in good time.

When will we see something change?
When will somebody obey the gospel?
When will Jesus come for his church?

My child, when is the wrong question.

But can’t we see something happen
In the meantime, while we wait?
A sign that you are working now?

My child, open your eyes.

O God, here I am, send me.
Our Father, give us this day our bread.
Make me like the Lord Jesus Christ.

My child, that’s what I want to hear.
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When we understand that God gave His only Son Jesus to die for our sins, it should remove any worries we have about our daily life on this earth. If indeed God gives us eternal salvation through His Son Jesus, why would He then withhold anything we need to live in the world? (via [bibletalk] Freely Gives)

In his BibleTalk this morning, Steve Preston commented on Romans 8:32. Paul in this verse does what later has come to be called the icing-on-the-cake argument. Logicians might call it the argument from the greater to the lesser. We got what matters. The Son is in in the pocket. “Nothing else matters,” so goes the song. But even though nothing else matters, God gives more. God gives freely. The sovereign and omnipotent God will supply our shortfalls, care for immediate needs, if that is what they are, load us up in our sharp lacks. Continue reading