The Lord is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot. (Psalm 16:5)
The Lord is my portion and my inheritance. What a most wonderful blessing this is! For all those that seek to keep his commandments and walk in his statutes, an eternity of bliss awaits them. Time and time again, Father God instructs us concerning the condition of this world, what we are to engulfed in our daily lives and what will happen when we are called home to glory (heaven).
As I think back on all the years of my pilgrimage, my involvement with Jesus; it seems that the pages of time are continually being covered over with new events. I can hardly remember last year's involvement with the things of God, let alone 15 years ago. However, true as this is, it will in no way exempt us from the living of God's word day by day. The way we serve God today will be the building blocks of our relationship with our tomorrows. No one can fool God! You will either want Jesus to show you the path that leads to life or hide your ways in the pages of time. The choice is yours. Praise the Lord!
Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. (2 Corinthians 1:4)
As our hearts are being prepared to reach out to our neighbors, inviting them through our informational cards, perhaps they are hurting physically, financially, emotionally or even seeking more of the kingdom of God. What will we give them? This Scripture we have just read affirms that we have been comforted by the same remedy that the world at large is lacking. So just what is this remedy? Could it be a simple dose of something or someone? A one size fits all.
In the Gospel of John 14:26, Jesus tells us that the comforter is the Holy Ghost. Then again in John 15:26, the Lord Jesus establishes the fact that the comforter will testify of him. Again in John 16:7 – 14, Jesus affirms that the Holy Ghost will guide, reveal, judge and bring to light all the issues of this life.
So as we prepare to be that special harbor in the storms of life, our lives have to reflect the same. "Be ye holy; for I am holy." (1 Peter 1:16) This will achieve our goal in comforting others. For there is no better advice that our Heavenly Father can give. Praise the Lord!
Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, Saying, "The son of man (Jesus) must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again." (Luke 24:5-7)
Yes! He is risen! Glory, hallelujah! But where now? The Scriptures tell us that Jesus is seated at the right hand of God. And Jesus said, "I ascend unto my Father, and your Father, and to my God, and your God. (John 20:17) Can Jesus be seen today yet a little closer than the immeasurable heights of heaven?
Once I read about a man, while serving in the military, passed away. His toe was labeled and his earthly remains placed in the proper housing, awaiting burial. He still being alive, yet without a body, had the most amazing visit from the Lord Jesus. He then found himself once again living in his earthly body.
Some time later he was injured in battle and needed medical repair. As the medic ministered to his wounds, this man once again felt the presence of Jesus, as he did at the time of his visitation. To no surprise, he found that the medic was a professed Christian. Jesus' presence was emulating from this medic.
Take a look around today; do you see him? When you gaze into the mirror, do you see him? "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock; if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in!" (Revelation 3:20) Have a blessed Easter holiday!
And the people believed: and when they heard that the Lord had visited the children of Israel, and that he had looked upon their affliction, then they bowed their heads and worshipped. (Exodus 4:31)
As we were preparing to come to God's house today, our thoughts seem to leave all the busyness of this life; taking on the wings of true worship. The gathering up of our Bibles, car keys and so on, began to give way to the splendor of worshiping in the house of God!
Look at the above Scripture. Thousands of years ago the Hebrew people welcomed the good news and worshiped. This has always been God's desire and rightfully so! God should be worshiped! Most prevalent today is our worship to Father God for sending Jesus our Lord and Savior; not only to the cross, but into our lives especially. His love and kindness that he bestows on us daily, reaches to the heavens.
In the Gospel John, chapter 4:23, we find this jewel of revelation; "if you worship Father God in spirit and in truth, he will seek you!" Can you imagine that? Praise the Lord!
Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands. They shall perish, but thou shalt endure; all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou out change them, and they shall be changed; but thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end. (Psalm 102:25- 27)
Sometimes when we see a most beautiful sunset or become engulfed with Father God's intricate details of this present life, it is almost unthinkable that all of this will pass away. Sometimes, even our own physical appearance seems to express a feeling that we could go on forever. Then as if a little bell goes off, we realize that all things in this life will come to an end. What a dilemma! What to do?
Some years ago, while visiting a hospital in the country of England, I met a young fellow named Joseph. He was in need of a kidney transplant. As I talked with him, my thoughts were all about his eternal soul. Seeing his condition and knowing the success rate of such an operation; I needed to convey to him that his soul was eternal. I flooded his mind with the gospel, God, Jesus, heaven, my journeys around the world and so on. It was a most wonderful afternoon! A few days later, Joseph went the way of all flesh. His vesture was changed and his spirit return to God.
Beloved, as your journey continues in this world and life's events seem to devalue the heavenly program; embrace Jesus! Then, and only then, will the picture of this life become much clearer. Praise the Lord!
Dr. Thomas Snyder