May 8 Sweet Is The Road

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Photo by Laura Jostes

Devotion taken from Streams In The Desert compiled by Mrs. Charles E. Cowman

“Walking in the midst of the fire.”

Daniel 3:25

The fire did not arrest their motion; they walked in the midst of it.  It was one of the streets through which they moved to their destiny.  The comfort of Christ’s revelation is not that it teaches emancipation from sorrow, but emancipation through sorrow.

O my God, teach me, when the shadows have gathered, that I am only in a tunnel.  It is enough for me to know that it will be all right some day.

They tell me that I shall stand upon the peaks of Olivet, the heights of resurrection glory.  But I want more, O my Father; I want Calvary to lead up to it.  I want to know the shadows of this world are the shades to an avenue–the avenue to the house of my Father.  Tell me I am only forced to climb them because Thy house is on the hill!  I shall receive no hurt from sorrow if I shall walk  in the midst of the fire.  ~George Matheson

“The road is too rough,” I said;

“It is uphill all the way;

No flowers, but thorns instead;

And the skies over head are grey.”

But One took my hand at the entrance dim,

And sweet is the road that I walk with Him.

* * * *

“The cross is too great,” I cried–

“More than the back can bear,

So rough and heavy and wide,

And nobody by to care.”

And One stooped softly and touched my hand:

“I know. I care.  And I understand.”

* * * * *

Then why do we fret and sigh;

Cross-bearers all we go;

But the road ends by-and-by

In the dearest place we know,

And every step in the journey we

May take in the Lord’s own company.

Lord, hand in hand we walk with you through sunny days and dark.  You have promised to never leaves us nor forsake us.  Your compassion comforts us and gives us strength to carry on.  Thank Lord God!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

December 9 “Even So”

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Image by Zach Fonville

Joel 1:1-3:21;  Revelation 1:1-20;  Psalm 128:1-6;  Proverbs 29:18

“Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail (mourn) on account of him.  Even so.  Amen.

 

“I am the Alpha and the Omega” says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”

Revelation 1:7-8

For we who believe and are assured of Salvation, Christ’s coming in the clouds may cause us to weep for joy.  But for so many others, their words of denial will come back to haunt them.  Saying ‘no’ to Jesus in this life through unbelief means ‘no’ to eternal life–and seeing the one they’ve denounced will be great cause for mourning and wailing.  

Imagine the sound that day.

We may weep for joy when our Lord comes, but we may also shed tears of sorrow to see people we work with, live with, enjoy football games with, fishing with, scrapbooking with, running with, cooking with collapse with overwhelming grief at the realization that it’s too late for them.

“The time is near.”  Jesus is coming back in all His glory to judge the living and the dead. 

God grant us a fervent desire to see all those we know–and don’t know–saved by your Grace, that when Christ comes again in the clouds we may all cry with tears of joy and praise.  For Jesus’ sake, Amen.

“To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever.  Amen.”  Revelation 1:5-6

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If you don’t know him as Lord and Savior, bow your head and pray this prayer:  Lord God, I know that I am a sinner.  I am not perfect.  Please forgive my sins.  Come into my heart by faith.  I believe that Jesus died for my sins and can make me new.  Fill me with the Holy Spirit so that I may grow in faith and love towards you and towards others.  In Jesus’ name I pray,  Amen.

And rest assured that “all who call upon the name of the Lord will be saved.”