You’re right this may not ever get past first base, but on the other hand if it helps me through this period that is giving me more suffering than I can graciously stand, so be it! It has always been true that a person who has gone through a period of unpleasantness (I am being nice) often comes out learning something from it, but I have to admit to asking our Lord just why He ever created this beast. It is also true that we don’t do too well when we have never experienced the outcome of standing at the end of a test. I am sure that most of us do not have a clue as to what real suffering is or even if we could stand. Surely the Lord does not expect us to follow Him to the cross – or does He?
Realizing that this scenario is unlikely to face most of us, we all will have our mountains to climb. How will we fare and will we be changed? When God first created this earth we live on He knew how time would affect us as our world struggled and failed and rose again. He knew what He desired and He knew we would fail time and time again, but He also knew what the end would be – the cream would always rise to the top.
I am sure that most of you have friends of either description; there are those you know who love the Lord with their whole heart and those who have heard of Jesus, but actually know very little about Him. Whose job is it to reach these people; obviously the disciples no longer walk this earth? Do you think most of us are doing a very good job of leading those we recognize as not knowing our Creator? I have an awful feeling that most of us would not get very good grades.
I know many who do not feel themselves teachers, myself included, and yet one of God’s early commandments can be found in Deuteronomy – And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up…You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates (6:6-7,9). The Psalmist also left us his words of wisdom – So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom (90:12).
We are such busy people these days and living in a world that is surely spinning out of control. Is there any hope for tomorrow? I feel sure most of you reading this devotional will admit, even as much as you hate to, that we are not adequately making the best usage of our time, in both learning and serving. Is it too late for us to change our thinking and our habits?
What would you say if someone you know and love were to ask you what is it that drives you, what gives you your strength, courage and lasting joy? Is it expensive, how do I go about obtaining what you have already found and enjoy? Would you stutter and stammer, not knowing how to explain the energy that comes from your heart? There are so many in today’s world that have heard of our Lord Jesus and yet don’t really understand how He can be the gas that fills your tank and pushes you forward to share with those you love and many others the wonder of His love for His children and His desire for them to grow and live in the abundance life has to offer. It’s not too late, you know, for any of us who choose to reach the top of the mountain and survey the richness and beauty of this world the Father created for us and then to share it with those less fortunate than ourselves. Why don’t you just give it a simple trial period and see what it can do for you?
Let the king of my heart be the mountain where I run, the fountain I drink from, oh He is my song. Let the king of my heart be the shadow where I hide, the ransom for my life, oh He is my song. Let the king of my heart be the wind inside my sails, the anchor in the waves, oh He is my song. Let the king of my heart be the fire inside my veins, the echo of my days, oh He is my song