The house is quiet. It is too early for other members of my household to be up, but I have already been awake a couple of hours. I have been reading my Bible and now I sit listening to praise music, magnifying the Lord with song. My heart is filled with joy, a joy I want to write down, because I know the Master. What a privilege! What a miracle!
And since neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small storm was assailing us, from then on all hope of our being saved was gradually abandoned. (Acts 27:20, NASB)
Most of the world lives without any hope of being saved because they don’t know Jesus.
"Therefore, keep up your courage, men, for I believe God, that it will turn out exactly as I have been told." (Acts 27:25, NASB)
- I don’t just believe in God. I believe God. I believe that what He says is true.
- I believe that whatever God says will happen, will happen. It will turn out exactly as I’ve been told by the Lord. That’s a secure place to be when the seas are high and the ship is crumbling apart and everyone else is saying, "All is lost."
How thankful I am for the privilege of reading and studying and knowing God’s word. How blessed I am to live in a country where I can freely do so. God protect us from those who would strip away our right to do so. God protect me from laziness in my pursuit of Him.
In Just Like Jesus, Max Lucado writes: "One translation renders Hebrews 11:6: God…rewards those who earnestly seek him" (NIV). I like the King James translation: He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him." Diligently — what a great word. Be diligent in your search. Be hungry in your quest, relentless in your pilgrimage. Let this book be but one of dozens you read about Jesus . . . . Step away from the puny pursuits of possessions and positions, and seek your king. Don’t be satisfied with angels. Don’t be content with stars in the sky. Seek him out as the shepherds did. Long for him as Simeon did. Worship him as the wise men did. Do as John and Andrew did: ask for his address. Do as Matthew: invite Jesus into your house. Imitate Zacchaeus. Risk whatever it takes to see Christ."
Oh yes, Lord. Let me risk whatever it takes to see You. Let me hunger for You above all else. Let the petty concerns of this world and all the silly quests for more of anything else fall away. I want to see You, Jesus.
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in Thy sight,
O LORD, my rock and my Redeemer.
Let my meditation be pleasing to Him;
As for me, I shall be glad in the LORD.
O how I love Thy law!
It is my meditation all the day.
Thy commandments make me wiser than my enemies,
For they are ever mine.