Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Seeking the Son Light

"The Lamb is the light thereof."—Revelation 21:23. 

Whatever darkness has passed across your way, “the Lamb is the light thereof.”  Just as the cloud stands between us and the light of the sun, the cares and troubles of life can keep us from the light of The Lamb.  The light forever remains, we have just entered a place where we can no longer receive it.  The darker the cloud, the heavier the gloom; the larger the veil, the longer we can remain in its shadow.  Step into the Light! 

Jesus does not seek to look on our pain as insignificant.  He does not chide us for encountering trouble, rather He tells us we will have trouble in this world.  (Jn. 16:33)  He promises us that He has overcome this world’s malaise, malfunction, perverseness, and shadows.  He tells us to take courage; take courage because if we are in Him, we too have overcome these things.  We should be living in victory over the clouds of this world that seek to keep us hidden from the light of The Lamb!

Are you dealing with a spouse who can no longer seem to overcome her addiction?  Whose behaviour is taking its toll on every aspect of your life?  Are the responsibilities of family life falling squarely on your shoulders as you struggle to find and save the bride with whom you are still so deeply in love?  Jesus has light for your fearful and broken heart.

Have your beautiful, innocent grandchildren been torn apart by a hateful divorce?  Have they been used and manipulated by one parent against the other?  Does your heart break for them?  Have you been denied the right to bring them with you to church?  The light of The Lamb exposes the darkness of Satan's lies and the work of his demons.

Has your sister betrayed the trust of your aging parents?  Has she seized control of their assets, your inheritance, and family memories?  Has she adopted a sense of entitlement that leaves you baffled, and misused your parents' kindness in a way that has left them penniless?  Run toward the Light!  Jesus holds your parents today; He loves them and cares for them when it is beyond your ability.

When darkness looms over your head, when it holds you in its dispassionate and calamitous grip -- Jesus, the Lamb is the light.  Trust in Him.  Abide in Him.  He is faithful to lead you and prosper you when there seems to be no hope.   Do not fix your eye on the cover overhead, but search in earnest for the light that pierces through even the darkest of circumstances.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

A Page from Spurgeon

This one from Spurgeon again: (with my two cents in green!)

And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me. (Psalm 50:15)

Here is an urgent occasion—"the day of trouble."  It is written for the cloudy day.  (We all have those!)

Here is [the] advice, "Call upon me." We ought not to need the exhortation: it should be our constant habit all the day and every day.  (Why does He have to remind us of the great treasure of power, comfort, help we have at our disposal in Him?  Who could forget that?!  A sinful, foolish and stiff-necked people.  That's who.)

Here is reassuring encouragement: "I will deliver thee."  We believe it, and the Lord honors faith.

Here is an ultimate result: "Thou shalt glorify me."  When He has delivered us we will loudly praise Him; and as He is sure to do it, let us begin to glorify Him at once.  (Already.  Before we see the results; before we even see any sign of His working -- Glorify His work!)