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Sun will Rise!

Some days the hurts of the world–and the sin that causes those hurts–darkens my view of God.  This morning was one of those days.  That is always a time to chase God hard.

There is so much joy in simply taking the time to seek the face of God.  He faithfully reveals what blocks our view–if we seek Him.  The truth for me is that I get in the way…or rather, sin in me gets in the way.  Seeking Him means humbling accepting my failings. It isn’t about the sin I am seeing in others.

The sweet admonition the Father led me to this morning is in Malachi:

Set your heart to honor my name.

When I fix my eyes on the stuff of this world and allow it to interfere with giving holy awe to the King of Kings, I dishonor His Name.  God is not uncaring or inattentive.  He is on the throne and working out great good.  Malachi reminded the children of God that the covenant of life and peace calls for reverence.

There is a companion admonition to this that God gave me this morning:

Let none of you imagine evil against his brother in your heart.  Zechariah 7:10b

We are all impure in this world.  None are righteous.  Christ gave Himself for the Church and is busy bringing it to maturity.  At the last supper, Christ said he would not drink of the fruit of the vine until He drank it new in the Kingdom.  We can and need to fellowship with Him as individuals all the time, but there is a glorious fulfillment of the Kingdom coming.  He is the vine; our lives produce fruit.  He is waiting until the fruit is ripe; who am I to do less.  As we drink of the fruit in this life, we are to remember Him.  His purposes.

My prayer is that this restores YOUR view of the Lord as it did mine.  As I wrap out and head out to enjoy the day, I leave you with this promise and a video to encourage you to leap and frolic for the King is on the throne!

“But for you who fear my name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in his wings.And you will go free, leaping with joy like calves let out to pasture. On the day when I act, you will tread upon the wicked as if they were dust under your feet,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.

 

Another Name you know well: LIFE

Jesus Christ said, “I am the way, the truth and the life.  No man comes to the Father but through me.”  John 14:6

Nature Walk, Marla Reyes-McDavis (flickr.com)

Nature Walk, Marla Reyes-McDavis (flickr.com)

As LIFE, Jesus is the way we find God.  From conception to the death bed, there is LIFE.  Jesus Christ is life.  Faith sees HIM in every detail of life.

Oswald Chambers says the “natural becomes spiritual through obedience.”  A life of faith does not mean we live in a wacky, spiritualized version of ‘real life’–it means we seek reality–LIFE–Jesus–in the midst of our days.  Faith is the substance of things not seen but faith is lived out in the nitty-gritty of every day.

Look at Life.  Enjoy Life.  Celebrate Life.  And remember, Life is Jesus Christ, the way to the Father.

My Song – full of joy

Jesus says He came that our joy would be full.  We need to sing a song of joy to this hurting world that is starved .  God and Christ are joyful–not mindless mirth but abiding joy that knows the depths of grief as well.  Scripture uses the metaphor of

Tristan Martin, Flickr.

Tristan Martin, Flickr.

“Song” to describe our God.  Isaiah 12:2 and Exodus 15:2 are a couple places to soak in.  These words from John Piper convey the beautiful complexity of the song we sing when we live in the joy of God.

Indomitable joy does not mean there is only joy.  Was he then divided, torn between joy and sorrow?  Can an infinitely glorious soul be troubled?  Yes, troubled but not torn and disunited.  Christ was complex but not confused.  There were divergent notes in the music of his soul but the result was a symphony.

Sing of the King who loves with passion and paid the price to deliver us from pain, won’t you?!

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