Transformation!

 

candle_light_evening_237086 God has commanded us not to conform to this world but to be transformed. (Romans 12:2) Do you ever think that change is impossible? That it is too hard? God assures us we can be transformed into the image of His dear Son. But how does this happen? Where does it begin?

The first step is to ask yourself if you truly desire to change?  At times we only think we desire something because we know we are supposed to desire it. So, look inside your own heart and see if you truly desire to change. If you realize that you have been lacking in desire, ask God to forgive you, and renew your desire in Him.

What is your motivation for change? Our motivation for change should be that we want to bring glory to God. It is not to earn our salvation or have other Christians admire us. We seek to be transformed into the image of Christ so that we may reflect Him in our lives so that He will be glorified. We were created to be His image bearers in this world. Since sin entered into this world, the world has become a dark place. Christ came into the world as the Light of men (John 1), and as we are transformed into His image, we reflect His light to others. We are not the LIGHT but reflections of His light, and oh, how this dark world needs to see our light which points them to The Light.

The Scriptures reveal that this transformation begins with the renewal of our minds.

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2)

How are our minds renewed or made new? By the Word of God. There is no way to discern the will of God, to know what is good and acceptable apart from the Word of God. This world teaches us to be worldly, to seek worldly success and fortune, and to put ourselves on the throne of our hearts. The Word of God teaches us how to be transformed to the image of Christ, to reflect Him, to seek after eternal things rather than the temporal glitter of this world. The Word of God reveals the true treasure–God Himself. Seek the highest treasure-seek God.

Second Corinthians 3:18 reveals more insight into how this transformation takes place.

And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. (2 Cor. 3:18)

The only action attributed to the believer in this passage is the beholding of the glory of the LORD with unveiled face. The act of transforming us is attributed to Christ and His Spirit. The Holy Spirit directed Paul to use the passive form of the verb which indicates “we are being changed”. Changed into what? Changed into His image. How are we changed? By beholding the glory of the LORD. How does beholding the glory of the LORD change us? It is quite simple. We become like what we admire and focus our minds upon. We become like what we love. What we love, admire, and worship is what we will become like. Thus, if we love, admire, and worship The LORD, we will become like Him.

How can we behold His glory if we spend most of our time admiring the things of the world and only a few minutes thinking about Him and spending time with Him? We can’t. It is not possible to spend most of our time and to focus most of our attention on the world and become like Christ.  We must spend time with Him. We must mediate upon His Word (Psalm 1), and mediate upon His works. (Psalm 19;Isaiah 5:12) He must fill our thoughts throughout the day. We should make Him our first thought in the morning and our last thought at night.

Let us desire to be transformed into His image. Let us behold His glory so that we can become like Him. Let us reflect His light to others. We have been given the tremendous blessing of becoming like Him, and the serious task of leading others to Him.  If you are anything like me, reflecting His light to the world can sometimes be easier than reflecting His light within the walls of your own home. Let us never fail to remember that we should first reflect His light to those nearest to us…it always begins at home. May God bless you in your desire to reflect His light at home and then out into this dark world of sin. May God be glorified by the way we live!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blessed Are Those Who Mourn

tears   Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted said our gracious LORD. ( Matt. 5:4)  The character of God revealed in this verse is absolutely astounding.

We serve a God of all comfort (1 Cor. 1:3). Our God comforts us in all our trials and troubles through His exceeding and precious promises. (2 Peter 1:4) Paul was inspired to write that our “light afflictions” are but for a moment. You and I may feel burdened and weighted down with problems, and we may not think of them as “light.” But compared to the eternal weight of glory-eternity with Deity-all afflictions here are indeed light and temporary. We should do our best to remember how brief this life truly is…therefore, how brief the present trial truly is. Weeping endures for the night, but joy comes in the morning. (Psalm 30:5)

But the context of Matthew 5:4 is not truly about God comforting us in our troubles, trials, and earthly griefs. Jesus issues this promise immediately after His remark about those who are poor in spirit  inheriting the kingdom of heaven, those who see themselves as they are–spiritually bankrupt. Those who realize they are in spiritual poverty (utterly bankrupt) will mourn over their sins. They will be heartbroken that they have sinned against the loving Creator. They will mourn and God will comfort them.

Do you see how astounding those words are? We sin against an All Powerful Holy God, and He comforts us…Isn’t that utterly amazing? Jesus doesn’t say “after berating you and reminding you how bad you really are, then you will be forgiven and comforted.”  No, that is not our God.

Be sure you truly see the amazing picture Jesus paints of Deity. Picture a  person bowed low, weeping in sorrow over their sins because they know they have sinned against their Creator. Where is God the Creator in this picture? He has His arms around the person, assuring them of His love and forgiveness. Jesus vividly illustrates this truth  about Deity in the parable of the prodigal son, or as a one preacher refers to it, the parable of the Father’s love (Luke 15:11-24). What an amazing God!

We are told to imitate the character of God when a fellow Christian sins and repents with godly sorrow. In the letter to the Corinthians, Paul wrote the church to  “forgive and comfort” the one who had sinned but repented. (see 2 Cor. 2:7-8 )

We as parents would also do well to imitate this character with our children even when they are quite young. When even a young child who commits a wrong (not a sin for young children are NOT sinners) comes to you with downcast eyes, confessing that wrong to you: imitate the Father. Take them in your arms and show them love and forgiveness. It is a teaching moment–but not with words of reproach but of love. Your actions and loving words will give them a picture of their heavenly father.

The next time you find that your feet have slipped from the path of light and you have sinned: do not think it is not a big deal. Face up to the seriousness of it… grieve over your sin and confess the sin to the Father. Then accept the truth that God has forgiven you through the blood of Christ and know the truth that in Christ you are loved by the Father. As this truth sinks into your heart, you will surely cry out that there is no one like our God who is merciful and forgiving….NO ONE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did You Worship Today?

05_02_21_thumb  Today is the first day of the week. Today I came together with other Christians to worship the King of kings and LORD of lords. The following thoughts came to me tonight as I was thinking about worship.I am searching my own heart in the words I write.

Worship comes naturally to man. Man will worship something or someone. People worship money, pleasure, power and others–but ultimately it is self that they have placed on the throne of their hearts.  But the One True Living God is the only true object of worship and the only One who deserves to be worshiped.

Worship is the response to the holiness and glory of God revealed in His creation and in His Holy Word. We cannot properly worship Him if we do not know Him. We cannot truly know Him apart from His revealed Word. Knowing Him will cause us to seek Him more and more. Truly seeing Him as He is will cause worship to flow forth from our heart. To see Him in His majestic holiness and glory is to cease from speaking of Him in a joking casual way. There is no way we can ever refer to Him as “the Man upstairs.” His Name can only cross our lips in praise and adoration.

How do you view worship of this glorious King of kings? Is worship scheduled on your list of things to do on Sunday? Is that all it is–a scheduled activity or a wonderful opportunity and blessing to come together and worship the King of glory?

When you came together to worship, did you truly sing with the heart or did the words simply come from your lips? Did your mind see the Christ of the cross lifted up as a sacrifice for sins as you partook of His supper? Did your mind engage with the Word of God as it was proclaimed or were you wondering when the preacher would quit speaking so you could get on with other things? Did you worship today or go through the motions only? Did you leave praising God for Who He Is and for the opportunity to worship Him or did you leave complaining the preacher was long winded? Where was your heart?

Do you take some time to worship daily because you just can’t imagine not worshiping Him each day?

Have we allowed the world to claim more of our heart than the King who became poor for our sakes and gave His life for us? Has the world more of a hold on us than the One Who overcame sin and death?

Did you worship today?

 

To See Ourselves

05_02_21_thumb To see ourselves, if we are truly honest, is to see someone who needs Jesus Christ as Savior.

A sentence from a book by Haddon W. Robinson caught me by surprise today. He wrote admiringly of his father who came to live with him and his family when he got older. His father became senile and began to lose track of time.  He wrote “He was a child, and I became a parent to him.” Mr. Robinson tells of a day when his father wanted to go outside. He got his father ready; but it was a cold day, and his father quickly came back inside. Then he went out and in several times. Mr. Robinson writes that he became very frustrated with his father. At one point, his father stood in the door and would not go in or out. After several attempts to get his father to either go in or out, Mr. Robinson became so furious he hauled off and swatted his father. He admitted that he could have punched him in the mouth. He was that frustrated and angry.

I was quite surprised by his openness but that was not what really caught my attention. What did was this: “It is a horrible memory because of the ugliness inside me that day. I wish he were still here, but I couldn’t honestly tell him that I didn’t mean it. I meant it that day. We can excuse my behavior and say, “Old people get that way; they can be irritating.”

The words “I meant it that day” caught me completely off guard. I realized that when I am forced to see the ugliness in my own heart, I want to think that somehow deeper down I didn’t really mean it…that I can somehow make an excuse for my thought or behavior by kidding myself that I didn’t really mean it.  But at the moment I meant the unkind thought or the unkind word that I allowed to pass my lips. Yes, I really did. I might have been reacting from anger, lack of sleep, or any number of things…but at that moment I really did mean it.  Ah, to see oneself -to truly see oneself- is to see someone who needs Jesus Christ as Savior.

Do you recall the tax collector (Luke 18:13)  who could not bring himself to raise his eyes to heaven but beat his breast and prayed, “God be merciful to me a sinner”?  Here was a man who truly saw himself as he was and realized his deep need for God’s forgiveness.

As Christians, we have been forgiven of our sins, and made right before God in Christ. But there are moments when we need to see ourselves….and see our great need for Christ. We need the grace of Christ–the grace of our wonderful forgiving God. We need the poverty of spirit that will cause us to throw ourselves at his feet and cry out for mercy.

“Bow low, man, bow low, the door into the kingdom is low”….Samuel Rutherford.

To See Jesus

05_02_21_thumb  For those in Christ, to see Jesus is to hope in a future. We have hope of eternal life through Jesus Christ. In fact, the only God the New Testament knows is a God of resurrection. Our enemy death is a defeated enemy-defeated by our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ. Death will not be able to hold us. Christ will call and we will come forth from the grave. For those in Christ immortality will become a reality. Christ is the only way to immortality.

To see Jesus is to have hope for today. All people, Christians and non-Christians, face troubles from time to time in life. Even when we are not actually going through a major problem, we often experience fears and uncertainties. We fear diseases, old age, loneliness, a sense of usefulness, and uncertainties about the future among other things.

What does a Christian have to say to this that makes a difference? God. God is added to the picture and the whole picture changes. Ahead of the Christian is God. He is our future no matter what else that future may hold. Beside the Christian is God. God has promised to never ever leave those who belong to Him.

Hebrews 13:5 :  Be ye free from the love of money; content with such things as ye have: for himself hath said, I will in no wise fail thee, neither will I in any wise forsake thee.

Philosophy books, insurance companies, and health clinics can’t offer this assurance. Only God. The  Psalms tell us of David and others who found themselves facing trials and troubles in life. But the LORD was there and they knew it. And even if there were times when “for a while” He “turned His face from them” by permitting them to be tested by the troubles and trials, they were certain-absolutely certain-that things would turn out right in the end.  (see Psalm 3; Psalm 22; Psalm 27; Psalm 33; Psalm 42 and others)

Are we sure? Do we have a peace and a comfort knowing that God will walk with us each step of each day if we are diligently seeking Him with our whole heart. No half-hearted seeking will suffice. He must be the One we treasure above all else.

To see Jesus is to see One Who is faithful…He is a faithful High Priest to those who draw near to Him for help and mercy. (Hebrews 4:14-16) He is faithful. He cannot be otherwise.  (I Thess. 5:24; 2 Timothy 2:13)

He has given us the promise of peace, the assurance of His love, and the assurance of His presence through all times. He is faithful and He cannot lie. The promises are ours in Him if we but seek Him and trust Him. But He cannot give us these promises if we trust in things or circumstances to make us happy.

He offers assurance in trials and troubles not immunity from trials and troubles.

We must decide. Who or what are we going to place our trust in?  As Christians we are going to face troubles. We can count on that…but we can also count on our God to see us through and never forsake us. We need to decide now that we will follow Him no matter what knowing He will never abandon us in our darkest trials, but will provide the strength and help we need if we ask Him. Do we truly trust Him to see us through? We can!

To see Jesus is to see the One of infinite worth.

 

What is Happiness?

05_02_21_thumb    Is happiness the same as enjoyment or pleasure? I think many of us confuse happiness with pleasure or enjoyment. But if we stop and think for a moment, we will realize the two are not the same. Have you ever enjoyed a great movie or book, or maybe listened to beautiful music and felt a stirring of wonder and of pleasure? How long did the feeling last? Did the sadness, loneliness or emptiness you were feeling before you experienced that moment of pleasure return?

Pleasure and enjoyment can be quite fleeting. Igor the poet expressed it this way: “Pleasure is frail, like a dew drop. While it lasts, it dies.” The Scottish poet, Robert Burns, compared pleasure to falling snow upon a river…white for a moment, but then it melts forever.

C.S. Lewis wrote that we were made to enjoy some object that is never fully given here or experienced in this world. He saw glimpses of joy as being gifts from the Creator to awaken desires in pagans (us) for the Creator Himself. Every gift should lead to thoughts of the Creator.

In the sermon on the mount Jesus teaches us what it means to be blessed. He uses the word “blessed” eight times. Some of our English translations use the word happy instead of blessed.

But our English word for “happy” has something to do with chance and circumstances. We even say at times that if something would happen then we could be happy. Some of us believe if we could just change our circumstances, then we could truly be happy. There is a story told of a man who continually thought just that…he would be happy when he turned sixeen and had a car. That came to be but he still was not happy. He then thought if he could only get a job and get married, then he would surely be happy. But the happiness he sought was not there. Next he thinks that he will be happy when the kids are gone and he retires from work. When that happens, yes, he just knows he can truly be happy then. The last we see of him he is sitting on his front porch complaining about his aches and pains…and if only his body was not getting older, then, why yes, then he could be happy. Get the picture? But this is not the way the Greek word translated “happy” or “blessed” is used.

The Greek word is “makarios” and in secular Greek the island of Cyprus was called the “makarios” island. Why was this island called by that name? The thought was that the people who lived there did not have a need to leave the island for it had all they needed to be happy or blessed. It was a beautiful island with natural resources, good fruit and beautiful flowers. It was a self-contained island. There was not a need for the people to look for their needs or wants anywhere else.

God is said to bless us, and the Old Testament speaks of our blessing God. When God is said to bless someone, He approves of them. When men bless God, they are appreciating and honoring God for Who He Is. He is worthy of all our praise and adoration.

When God blesses us or approves of us, there is a sense in which our happiness is self-contained…in that it does not depend upon the approval of others, or upon our circumstances. We are not seeking to look anywhere else for our happiness outside of God our Great King. Our happiness is due to the approval of Our Creator, the Great King and Ruler of all.  Seeking God’s approval above that of men will free us to be content in life, and to experience a joy, though not complete until the King returns, that is not fleeting nor momentary.

Yes, there will still be days that feelings of loneliness or emptiness overtake us. There may be days when we fall back into the old habit of thinking if only our circumstances could change… But these times should be fleeting and brief as we bring our focus back on Him and seek His approval and seek ways to glorify Him in our lives.

Seek Him! Find blessedness  in Him! Go and study the beatitudes only if you are not seeking the approval of men but of the King, the beautiful King who we shall see in the fullness of His beauty one day, the day our joy will be truly complete.

 

What Are You Wearing?

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Ladies, if we belong to Christ the King, then we are to dress in a way that reflects our relationship to the King. Each morning we have a choice as to what we will put on.

What did you choose to put on this morning?

Are you wearing pride or humility?

Pride is a sin. Proverbs 21:4 A haughty look, a proud heart, And the plowing of the wicked are sin

We are to be clothed with humility.

1 Peter 5:5 …… Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.”

Are you wearing kindness?

Proverbs 31:26:  She opens her mouth with wisdom, And on her tongue is the law of kindness.

Did you put on complaining and whining or did you choose to clothe yourself with gratitude to the Lord? Are you wearing a frown or a smile?

Phil. 2:14 Do all things without complaining and disputing

The Lord was very displeased when the Israelites whined and complained instead of having hearts filled with gratitude. In Numbers chapter 21, the Lord sent fiery serpents among them because they complained and murmured. A preacher that I know and respect reminds me quite often that I should look around for fiery serpents if complaints are allowed to cross my lips. The Lord has blessed each of us with His Son and the gift of His love and the gift of salvation. Trials and sorrows will come. These will darken our path at times but even amid trials and sorrows, we can still give thanks to God for the unspeakable (indescribable) gift of His Son. (2 Cor. 9:15)

1 Thess. 5:18:  in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

This verse does not teach that we are to give thanks for everything that happens to us, good or bad. I have heard it used that way, and when I do it makes me cringe inside because God does not want us to close our eyes to the fact that this world is not perfect. Christ has overcome sin and death, and will one day return for His bride, and set the world right. His resurrection is the new beginning of the new heavens and earth, but we are still waiting for His return when all will be made new and we will dwell in the new heavens and new earth with Him where righteousness dwells as He has promised. God is on His throne. The wrongs shall fail….the right prevail.

This verse does teach us that no matter what happens to us there is still reason to give thanks to God…in Christ Jesus. In everything that we go through we give thanks to God in Christ for the blessings that we have in Him alone.

And because He is always near:

Phil. 4:6-7 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.


Counting our blessings is the best cure for ridding ourselves of a bad attitude. Counting our blessings will cause the sun to break through the dark clouds of doubt and fear. The Lord is good and He is good to us. Focus on Him instead of our troubles. He must be at the center of our lives in order for our lives to truly reflect Him and His beauty.

First Place In Your Heart

The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof,
All the land, and the sliver, and gold;
The cattle and sheep upon thousands of hills,
And all the wealth, and the riches untold.
God giveth us richly all things to enjoy
From out of His bountiful store;
For “every good gift cometh down from above,”
And daily He blesses us more.
He gave unto us the unspeakable gift,
Of Jesus, the Son of His love.
To ransom our souls from the bondage of sin,
And bring us to glory above
Such wonderful love! ‘tis the least we can do,
And a very small thing on our part,
To render the worship and praise due to Him,
And grant Him first place in the heart. — author unknown

Did you clothe yourself with love this morning?

The love the Bible commands that we have for one another is a love that seeks the highest good of the other person, a love that does not seek to tear down but to build up, a love that reaches out with a helping hand and a forgiving heart.

Col. 3:12-14 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.  And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.

So, what are you wearing? Do you need to change your apparel? Choose each day to clothe yourself God’s way and you will find His way is the best way…

And don’t forget the best way to start your day is to look up in the morning! Psalm 5:3 My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord; In the morning I will direct it to You, And I will look up.

God
There is an Eye that never sleeps
Beneath the wing of night;
There is an Ear that never shuts
When sinks the beams of light.

There is an Arm that never tires
When human strength gives way;
There is a Love that never fails
When earthly loves decay.

That Eye unseen o’erwatcheth all;
That Arm upholds the sky;
That Ear doth hear the sparrows call;
That Love is ever nigh. —James Cowden Wallace

 

 

 

 

His Compassions Fail Not

05_02_21_thumb   HIS COMPASSIONS FAIL NOT

The destruction of Jerusalem in 586 B.C. was the most significant event in the history of the Jewish people since the LORD brought them out of Egyptian bondage and made them a great nation. The writings of Moses in the book of Deuteronomy foretold what would happen to the nation if it forsook God and broke covenant with Him. ( Deut. 28:15-68)

God sent prophets to warn the people of Judah to repent or He would remove His hand of protection from them, and bring judgment upon them for their sins. The nation of Judah chose to ignore these warnings, choosing to believe the false prophets who told them lies– that all was well.

There was also a popular notion among the people that Jerusalem would never fall prey to their their enemies, that the city was secure. However, God’s judgment did come upon them as He had warned. The LORD used the Babylonians to destroy the city and to take captives from among the people– to bring judgment upon the nation for their evil ways.

The Babylonians, under King Nebuchadnezzar, laid siege to the city for 18 long months.

The prophet Jeremiah wept as he saw young and old lying dead in the streets, slain by the sword. His tears flowed as he beheld children crying and begging for bread. He even witnessed the horror of mothers committing the unthinkable act of eating their own children. (Lam. 2:11-12, 21; 4:10) Sin brings a people very low and even young children suffer because of the sins of their parents. Sin hurts all people– even the innocent.

The book of Lamentations is basically a funeral dirge over the city. The prophet Jeremiah is often referred to as the weeping prophet because of the tears he shed. Though his heart was broken over the destruction and misery he witnessed, he understood why the LORD had brought judgment upon his people. He did not foolishly question either the goodness or the justice of His God. In Lamentations 3:39 he asks: “Why should a living man complain, a man, about the punishment of his sins? ” He knew the great mercy and compassion of the God he served, but he also understood the justice of God when people refuse to listen and rebel against Him. Instead of complaining, Jeremiah points out that the living man should examine himself and his ways. He should learn from the punishment and turn back to God with a heart full of repentance for his sins, and dedication to God.

In the midst of the destruction of his beloved city, Jerusalem, the prophet finds reason to hope. A much loved Scripture comes from the book of Lamentations. Many people are familiar with the following Scripture:

But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope:

It is of Jehovah’s lovingkindnesses that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” (Lam 3: 21-24)Why does Jeremiah find reason to hope? He was not consumed because of the lovingkindness of the LORD. The wages of sin is death. (Romans 6:23a) Jeremiah was keenly aware that the whole nation had not been consumed in the destruction due to the great lovingkindness of the LORD. He humbly acknowledged his life was spared because God’s compassions never fail– they never come to an end. What a tremendous thought. The prophet realized he was alive– not consumed because of the mercy bestowed upon him by God. God’s mercies never come to an end for those who remain faithful. God had preserved a faithful remnant as He had promised. The nation would not be utterly destroyed. The Messiah would still come forth from the nation.

The prophet Jeremiah proclaims that the LORD’s compassions or mercies are new every morning. How are His mercies new every morning? Is Jeremiah proclaiming that God runs out of mercy by the end of the day and gets a new supply of mercy every morning? No! Of course, not. It is only from our perspective that His mercies are new every morning.

Jehovah’s compassions are new every morning in the rising of the sun, in the air that we breathe, in the food on our tables, in the faces of our family and friends. His compassions are new every morning for the tasks that lie ahead, for problems we encounter, or for the trials we are going through.

Jeremiah saw the promised Messiah in the LORD’S compassions. Now the Messiah has come. He reigns. He is our High Priest and King. The LORD’S greatest compassions are found each new day in Christ, our Great High Priest, and our true treasure.

We have all heard the saying: Live one day at a time. There is much wisdom in this saying because it is based on the words of Jesus.

Mat 6:34 Be not therefore anxious for the morrow: for the morrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

God gives us grace sufficient for each new day. Don’t try to live your tomorrows in the grace God grants you today. With each new day that you are granted life, open your eyes to the compassion of the LORD. Then, no matter the trial we face, we can confidently say with the prophet Jeremiah, “His compassions are new every morning– His compassions fail not”

How did Jeremiah see the faithfulness of God in the destruction of Jerusalem? God cannot lie. He was faithful to His Word. He had sent His Word by the mouth of the prophets that if the people continued in their wickedness and refused to repent, and to turn back to the One true God, He would bring punishment upon them for their sins. What Jeremiah witnessed was proof that God can always be depended upon to keep His Word. God is faithful to His Word.

God was also faithful to His Word by preserving a remnant. He had promised to bring a Saviour into the world through the Jewish nation, through the tribe of Judah. If God had totally destroyed the nation of Judah instead of preserving a remnant, He would not have been faithful to His Word. Recall the words of Jeremiah? It is because of Jehovah’s lovingkindness that we are not consumed. Great is the faithfulness of Jehovah!

Jeremiah says that the LORD is his portion, therefore, he would hope in Him. What does it mean that the LORD is his portion? Portion carries the idea of enough.When we take our portion of something it is enough to satisfy us and to sustain us. The LORD was enough to satisfy and sustain Jeremiah. Having the LORD is enough– He fills us and satisfies us because of His Infinite Worth. He is enough– more than enough. As the Psalmist declared, “my cup runneth over.” (Psalm 23:5) The word portion can also mean inheritance. Jeremiah could hope in the LORD because Jehovah was his inheritance! What a tremendous thought!

What does this mean for you and me? We serve a God who is Loving and Kind, and provides compassions for each day. Live in today. Trust tomorrow to Jehovah. If you and I have a tomorrow here….God’s mercies are there. Never forget that Jehovah keeps His promises. If we belong to Him, those promises are precious and exceeding great in Christ. (2 Peter 1:2) (2 Corinthians 1:20)

Make Him your portion….be satisfied in Him, and find your ultimate delight always in Him. He is always enough– more than enough. He will never fail you.