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Our Lord is so good, He grants us many blessings. We can see Him in the daily course of events, in our homes, our jobs, our lives. I pray that these words help you to grow in your faith and recognize His hand in even the most mundane circumstances.
The picture to the right is of a Celtic Chapel located in Cornwall England. This building is approximately 1700 years old, and contains a holy well known for its healing powers.
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“Blessed is the man who doesn’t walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand on the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in Yahweh’s law. On his law he meditates day and night. He will be like a tree planted by the streams of water, that produces its fruit in its season, whose leaf also does not wither. Whatever he does shall prosper. The wicked are not so, but are like the chaff which the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For Yahweh knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked shall perish.” Psalm 1, WEB
Spring in Texas is time for wildflowers. I have taken three trips this year, each to a different region, and each with a different type of display. I do this every year, sometimes following the same roads, sometimes veering off on an unknown trail. I am less likely to get lost if I follow the roads I know, but sometimes the best surprises are found off the beaten path. Unfortunately, that also often means getting lost, if only for a little while. One year I turned onto a road that seemed to be going in the direction I wanted to go. I knew it was going to be a small road, but it quickly became little more than dirt, rocks and holes. It twisted and turned so many times I lost which direction I was going. When I finally found a way out, the next road was blocked by road construction. Meanwhile, I had ended up miles from where I meant to be.
On another occasion, I followed the advice of someone from the area, but unfortunately, the road was not the one I thought it was. Instead of going west, I was headed northeast. I had plans to meet a friend on that trip, so I was in a time crunch. It would not have mattered otherwise. The wrong road meant I would not have time to stop and photograph the flowers, at least on my way to the café. I tried to take a detour, but the road was another of those tiny country roads that twisted and turned. I made it to lunch on time, but spent most of my morning finding myself.
We had similar experiences in England. We learned very quickly that the best way to see the country is to get lost. Of course, there was always a roundabout to get you going in the right direction, and you might just discover something beautiful along the way. I had one such experience. I was lost because I had taken the wrong exit off a roundabout. I went a few miles and came to another. It was then I realized I wasn’t going the right way. I followed the exit I thought would get me headed toward home, and it took me past the most beautiful manor house. I didn’t have time to visit then, but I went back as soon as I could. While I did make the right choice on that roundabout, I made a few other wrong choices. My trip home took me much longer than it should have, but I enjoyed the journey.
Unfortunately, those wrong turns can be dangerous. On another trip I ended up in a gully. Luckily a nice man pulled my car out. On another trip I ended up in a very dangerous part of a big city. I have struggled around road construction, one way streets and other obstacles. It is stressful and frightening sometimes.
Our Christian life is a journey. We travel on well worn roads and into unknown places. The most important thing for us to remember as we walk in faith daily is to be careful in our Christian walk to follow the right path. When we love the Lord, we will live according to His promises and obey His commands. When we obey God’s Word, in the name of Jesus, then goodness and mercy will shine through our lives, and the fruit of His Spirit will be produced abundantly. When we keep our eyes on our Lord, we’ll end up where we belong, doing what He is calling us to do.
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“Come to me, all you who labor and are heavily burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-29, WEB
I am pretty strong. I can usually open my own pickle jars. I can lift and carry heavy boxes. I am usually the one to shop at the kitty store, to buy the big bucket of kitty litter and the huge bag of food. I lift them into the cart from the shelves and from the cart into the trunk of my car. I have to admit that the kitty litter is a struggle, those buckets weigh thirty-five pounds, but I can do it. I am the person that can get out to the kitty store, so I do what I have to do, right? I will also admit that I don’t carry those heavy items from my car into the house; I leave it for one of my boys. While I am pretty strong, they are stronger and struggle less with the burden.
Our walk with Christ is often filled with worries and cares that we would just as soon not carry. When we see hungry children and lonely widows, our hearts break at their pain and suffering. Yet we often feel it is impossible for us to do anything to help so many. As pictures come from third world countries and we see dozens of children dying in the streets, we long to provide everything they need but feel so overwhelmed with the burden of responsibility. The need is so great, we don’t even know where to start and in our frustration we tend to do nothing at all.
An even greater burden we bear is that for the lost in this world, particularly our friends and family members who do not know Jesus Christ or have rejected His mercy and love. We grieve at the thought that we will not see them in heaven. When they die, we find no comfort in the usual words and promises, because they did not have the hope of eternal life in Christ. The burden we carry is guilt, for not doing more to take care of our loved ones and convince them to know the Lord.
Yet, this is a burden our Lord did not want us to carry. The yoke of Christ is light and it is in that very place where we will find rest. The gift of faith is from Christ Himself and we cannot see the heart of any man, to know the work of the Lord in His life. We can live in the hope that God is faithful to all His promises, and trust that our Lord Jesus Christ loved all of His creation. With that hope, the Gospel is not a burden, but a gift and we can share it whenever we have the opportunity. We don’t have to worry about whether the hearers are saved; Jesus will take care of carry the burden at that point.
Once someone has died, there is nothing we can do to change their fate, it will not do any good to live a life burdened by guilt. It may even hinder our ability to share the Gospel with others. Too often during our Christian journey we take on burdens far too heavy to bear, and in the process we do more damage than good. We are determined to be the ones to give salvation to our loved ones. If we do not see proof when they die, we feel we have failed and carry a burden of guilt.
Jesus Christ has given us the Great Commission to go out and make disciples of all nations, but it is not a burden that we carry alone. We may be overwhelmed, but there is One there to help. He has promised to be with us and it is by His power that the nations will be saved. We rest in the promise of hope that comes from faith in Christ, and trust that He will be faithful. We don’t know who we will find in heaven, so let us stay on the solid foundation that is Christ. He will carry all our worries and cares, so that we will be free to be witnesses to His grace and invite others to dwell in His rest.
The following links provide some specially chosen scripture that tell the stories of the Birth and Passion of our Lord as Saviour Jesus Christ, as well as a fictional perspective of the Crucifixion. Spend time in God's Word, read about His life and learn of the wonderful gifts He has for you. Know Jesus Christ and honour Him today. Thanks be to God.
When researching, I use several versions of the bible, including the New International Version and English Standard Version. Due to copyright restrictions, I have not included quotes for the scriptures on some of the archives, but highly encourage you to open your own bibles to read the scripture passages for yourselves. Where scripture is quoted, it is usually the American Standard Version or World English Bible which belong to the public domain. Any other versions used in quotes are identified.
The devotion posted on Wednesday is based on the Lectionary texts used by millions of Christians each Sunday. The Lectionary consists of four texts: an Old Testament passage, a Psalm, a passage from one of the Epistles and a Gospel text and follows the church calendar. Archives for these writings are found at Midweek Oasis.
You are welcome to use these words to share the Gospel of our Lord Jesus. Please remember to give credit to the Author who has given you these gifts, and keep in remembrance the vessel which He used to bring them to you. We pray that this site may be a blessing to you and anyone with whom you've shared it. Peggy Hoppes