Behold the Lord's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear. ( Isaiah 59:1 )
The longer I live in this world and continue to read the word of God, my heartfelt conclusion is always the same. You must believe the word of God exactly for what it is, "the word of God!" Take the above Scripture. As I travel through this side of eternity, people will come to me whom I have never met. They are seeking a touch from the God of the Bible. Although, I know nothing about them, other than my visual observation; they will demand results! So you see, if I did not believe that the Lord's hand is not shortened or that his ear will hear, why would I even pray?
What makes this all possible is the greatest of all communicators, Jesus! He is the author and finisher of our faith. The shepherd's voice that leads us. The gift giver and the confirmer of God's word. After all has not Father God himself said, " that he would bring his word to life if we live by it." That man doth not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live. ( Deuteronomy 8:3, Matthew 4:4 ) See what I mean. Praise the Lord!
Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. ( Matthew 11:28 )
The world we live in seems to be ever increasing with labors, responsibilities and pressures. The one attribute lacking in increase is "peace." A peace the world cannot give! A resting in the arms of eternal life, that sparks more contentment then the gain of the whole world. Think about that. It doesn't matter your age, wealth, gender or social appeal. One-size-fits-all.
However beloved, you must take time to, "sup with him," the Father and the Son. ( Revelation 3:20 ) As you hear him standing at the door of your heart knocking; perhaps it's when you are stressed out or feeling alone. Maybe great joy has apprehended your heart and you realize it's all because of Him. The reasons are endless, but the "rest" is always the same; eternal life in the loving arms of Jesus. You only need to open the door of your heart when you hear Him knock. Praise the Lord!
Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 1:13)
I can never find myself not being moved by the "word of God." Every subject matter
that you or I could ever experience
concerning this life or the one to come are perfectly placed in God's storehouse, "the Bible." Although some are well hidden, intended to be found only by those who have decided to fervently seek the truth, all can be found!
Take for instance this Scripture in 1 Peter 1:13. The key that unlocks its worth can be found in Hebrews 6:19. There we read, "which hope we have for an anchor for the soul." Your soul is your eternal you. Some people call it our conscience. Others say it's the ability to know right from wrong. However, the Bible says that your soul is, "the breath of God." The eternal part of our earthly makeup. ( Genesis 2:7) If God can be destroyed, then so can your soul. See what I mean? The real you, the eternal you, which cannot be destroyed only to be placed in heaven or hell after leaving its earthly home.
What value do you or I put on our soul? Father God surely puts the greatest of values on your soul. "What profit a man if he should gain the whole earth and lose his soul; or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul." ( Matthew 16:26) It is a part of father God himself. So, what is the anchor of hope for the soul
that's talked about in Hebrews 6:19? Jesus! As you and I navigate the seas of this life, storms will come, "anchor in." You will always find in the word of God a pleasant cove and a beautiful sunny day, "anchor in." This will hold your soul steadfast in all the graces of God.
And Jesus said unto him, "Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise." ( Luke 23:43 )
Paradise! This word in Greek means, "a place of future happiness." It's getting so today that with lifestyles what they are, along with the constant cares of this world, many hardly have any time to ever think about a place called "Paradise."
With only 24 hours in a day to get the job done, time seems to be at a premium. Then, there is the need to feed our fleshly desires. You know, the things we want to do. Some are habits, some just make us feel good, while others are engaged in, simply because of present or future plans.
In the above Scripture, Jesus spoke these life changing words to one of the malefactors who was crucified with him. First, Jesus revealed that such a place called paradise exists. That He and He alone could grant access. A place that Jesus called home-paradise!
I pray we are all fixed to go there someday. Knowing this that for all of God's favored children who are truly mindful of this eternal home; the life they live today will truly reflect the paradise of tomorrow.
Dr. Thomas Snyder