We are to trust the Lord in all areas of life and follow His leading
wherever it may take us. The Lord knows how to use us in ways that we
have never imagined, but we must be willing and obedient to take direction
humbly and without question. When we trust the Lord to lead our life, He
will be faithful to lead us on to the best path as He sees fit. The Bible
tells us in Isaiah 30:21, "And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee,
saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and
when ye turn to the left." I encourage you to be willing to follow the
Lord's direction because your obedience will not only bring a blessing to
you, but to others as well. (Proverbs 3:1-6) (1 Peter 3:11-12) (Isaiah 55:8-9)
I hope you are encouraged by today's message to follow the Lord always and
know that in doing so you will be abundantly blessed.
LOOKING TO THE CROSS
One cold early evening many years ago my wife Bartie and I set out in our
cabin cruiser boat for a picnic dinner on South San Francisco Bay. We
waved to a college crew team heading out for a practice row, then proceeded
down the channel toward the San Mateo Bridge. The choppy water soon
turned into huge waves.
At the drawbridge, I signaled to the bridge tender to let us through. He
shook his head, pointing to the whitecaps on the water ahead. We were
about to take our pitching craft home when, in the distance near some mud
flats, we saw a ruby-colored light glowing, shimmering in the shape of a
cross. Bartie and I were mesmerized. We turned our craft in its
direction. It was irresponsible of me -- in shallow muddy water our
engine might suck up mud that can destroy it -- but still I felt compelled
to follow the cross.
Now mud was coming from the exhaust pipe, and the temperature of our
engine had risen into the danger zone, but the light drew me on.
Then we came up to it, only to find that the light was merely a buoy
reflecting the red sunset. Bartie and I felt foolish; we had actually
risked our boat to chase a mirage.
"Look, the water is full of coconuts," Bartie said. But they weren't
coconuts at all; they were the men from the rowing crew, whose shell had
crashed into the bridge and sunk. One by one we pulled them aboard. They
had been in the water for over an hour.
Facing death, gulping the icy salt water, they had come to a point of
desperation and had prayed together for rescue. And that was when the
cross began to shine for me.
Be encouraged and know that it is to our own benefit that we follow the
leading of the Lord. The safest place for any believer to be in is the
will of God for their life. Through our obedience in following the Lord's
leading, blessings unknown will come to us as well as others who we come
into contact with. If you have not followed the leading of the Lord for
whatever reason, I encourage you to be sensitive to that still small voice
and know that is to your betterment that you do what the Lord asks of you.
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
2 Chronicles 16:9 "For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the
whole earth, to shew Himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is
perfect toward Him…"
James 1:22-24, 27 "But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only,
deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a
doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he
beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what
manner of man he was. …Pure religion and undefiled before God and the
Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction,
and to keep himself unspotted from the world."
Isaiah 6:8 "Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send,
and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me."
Isaiah 1:19-20 "If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of
the land: But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword:
for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it."
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today's Selected Poem: JESUS AT THE DOOR
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Today's Selected Testimony: GOD HAS BEEN FAITHFUL
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In Christ's Service,
Gods Work Ministry