Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.
This morning, as I am writing this, I am dictating into my android phone and thinking about my own mortality.
You see, I’m 55 years old. Nowadays, that is considered to be middle aged, I know. However, the fact of the matter is as I’m getting older I’m realizing that life is unpredictable. As I sit here, one of my family members by marriage is losing her battle with cancer.
She is a wonderful young woman, who will be leaving behind three teenagers, a boy and two girls, and a husband who worships the ground she walks on. They are wonderful Christian people who, before we were married, asked my wife to come live with them, as she took in this young lady, her niece, to live with her years before.
This remarkable young lady was active in her church, sang on the praise team, home schooled her children, and kept the books for her husband’s business.
To say that the effect of her loss on her family will be hard, would be an understatement.
The thing is, just as sure as I’m sitting here, I know where she’s going.
Soon, she will be face to face with the Savior.
There will be no pain…no fear. She will be surrounded by Heavenly Glory, safe in His arms.
But, what about the family? It will be up to those of us left behind to comfort them and assure them that God loves them and we do too.
Of course, everyone has heard that God does not give us more than we can handle. Another member of my wife’s family, her 50 year old cousin said exactly that this week, after losing a leg to poor circulation.
She then proceeded to ask the poor young technician, who came to her room to tell her about her prosthetic leg that they were going to fit her with, if they were going to give her a “sexy” leg to match the other one.
God has gifted her with a indomitable spirit and a determination to go on living.
And, I guess that’s why I’m writing this blog this morning.
God gave us this life. He guides us through it. He presents with opportunities and gives us free will to make choices, right or wrong.
There are so many times I’ve seen Him move in my life .. so many times that he has made a way for me… so many times that He has shown His Gracious Love for me.
I know that I’m not the only person that feels this way. if you look back now and you’re around my age, you realize what I am trying to say this morning.
God wants us to be happy. God wants us to live and enjoy the life which is given to us
He wants the best for us. He also wants us to take advantage of the opportunities which He presents to us throughout our life, so that when we stand before Him, we can hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
But what does that mean? does it mean we have to live a life locked away in a monastery somewhere away from the temptations of the modern culture around us? Of course not.
However, we have to keep the main thing the main thing. We cannot sacrifice of Christianity for the sake of political expediency. Heaven is a far bigger tent than any political party could ever be.
I would rather find favor with God than favor with man.
Am I an extremist? You betcha.
God said it. I believe it. That settles it.
For in the end, like the popular Christian song from a few years ago, says,
And, when it’s all been said and when it’s all been done, He’ll ask me, ‘Did you find your way, child? Did you know my son?’ And, when it’s all been said and when it’s all been done, He’ll ask me, ‘Did you find your way within, my son’?
Perfect submission, all is at rest,
I in my Savior am happy and blest,
Watching and waiting, looking above,
Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long;
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long.