2016: Page 314

Page 314 is a Wednesday which means it is one of my long workdays as I began with the early morning cleaning shortly after 6 AM and am writing this while I wait for the building to clear out so I can clean for tomorrow and be out of here around 10 PM tonight — hopefully.  Particularly on Wednesdays and Fridays, which are typically my long days, I try to get out mid-afternoon for an hour or so lunch break.  Today I grabbed my lunch and headed down to Potato Creek for a short hike and to take some photos.  The sun, sky, clouds, and water were stunning today and many of my photos turned out even better than I had hoped.  As I walked a trail along the lake and took in scenes such as today’s photo, I found my mind filled with songs of worship and praise.  Songs with words such as, “Behold He comes!  Riding on the clouds!  Shining like the sun!  At the trumpet’s call!  So, Lift your voice!  It’s the year of jubilee!  And out of Zion’s hill salvation comes!”  It is a song we would do in worship when I was dean of 5th & 6th grade camp and as I walked today, I could picture Jesus returning on the clouds proclaiming salvation has come.

The good news is that salvation is near and within reach of all who would call upon the name of the Lord.  Yes, there is a day coming when the fruit of that salvation will be made complete, but God has made a way through the blood of Jesus for us to receive that salvation in the here and now.  God has promised that all who have been buried with Christ will one day live risen with Christ.  We can experience the joy of salvation even as we await the return of Christ when He calls us home.  

After my walk and worship time, I returned to work to finish getting ready for tonight’s Bible study class.  Our lesson tonight was on not giving up and covered the life of Jacob.  As you read about Jacob’s life, there are probably times when you and I would have given up on him.  But God was faithful to His promises to Abraham and Isaac and would not give up on Jacob.  We also find times in Jacob’s life when he appeared to be uncertain of his purpose and direction but even in those times, he did not give up on God.  God promises that when we seek Him, He will be found when we seek Him with our whole heart.  As we draw near to God, we can be certain that He has no intention of ever giving up on us.  When we stumble and fall, we can be certain that He has no intention of giving up on us.  When we seem to have lost our way, He becomes the way for us so that we don’t have to give up.  When life become difficult, God calls for us to continue to cling to Him and never give up.

I pray that you and I would live lives that worship God at all times.  I pray that we would know, and live, the joy of our salvation each day.  I pray that we would be excited about the coming return of Jesus.  I pray that the excitement we have for the return of Jesus would compel us to share the good news of salvation.  I pray that we would be confident of God’s love for us that keeps Him from giving up on us.  I pray that we would grow in a faith that never gives up on God.  

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