Bright Shining!

I serve a living Savior, He’s in the world today
I know that He is with me, whatever men may say;
I see His hand of mercy, I hear His voice of cheer,
And just the time I need Him, He’s always here.

I realize this is not the way devotionals normally start; they usually end with capsuling and that will probably come, but this is where it all began.  I don’t consider myself a complainer, but lately I have had the need to talk to my Father quite a bit.  However, this morning I felt that He told me to sit quietly and listen, so that is what I am doing. 

I know my Creator loves me and will fill my needs if I let Him, but you will agree that most of us strive to be our best so that we are deserving of being helped when we really need it.  However, it  has been impressed on me that that is not what our Lord really wants.  He wants to share our lives with us, both our ups and downs, and many times show us what the easiest route to take will be to get to where we honestly want to go.  So many times we have written up a master plan to follow and then it seems to get lost in the shuffle because something will come along the way to distract us from our goal.  It would appear that our old enemy is trying very hard these days to do exactly that.  Is there anyway to shut him out of our lives forever?  I believe there is – we simply have to carry with us 24 hours a day the “knowing” that we are not alone. 

John tells us that He who sent Me is with Me.  The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him (8:29).  As we look at our days before we go to bed do we ever think about whether or not we have pleased our Creator?  Paul would have us know to let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another (Galatians 6:4) and James tells us without pulling any punches that faith by itself, if it does not have works is dead  (2:17).  Well it seems to me that you can’t get any more specific so why do we keep trying to come up with excuses?  Have they just become part of our human nature because it is easier to not think?  Shame on us!

I can think of one big thing that is different in our world today that gets in the way of what God intended and that is ego.  We all have a tendency to believe that there is something specific in our path that we will be able to do well while no one else can do so good.  It is true that the Father did not create us all alike, but my heart tells me it is not because I can do something better than anyone else.  I believe it was because He wanted us to learn to work together for a common goal.  Can you imagine what our world would be like if we could throw jealousy out the window and accept the fact that our work, whatever it might be, is just as important as theirs.  It is in unity that we get our strength and can come together as a family, each with his own part to accomplish.  Why did we ever feel the need to resort to tearing someone else down; it doesn’t make us any stronger.  Actually we continue to get weaker and weaker, both in actions and beliefs.  Is it too late for us to change and for the world to become what it was intended to be?  I have the awful feeling it is, but we, as individuals, are not the world and each of us can make the effort to be more like what we were created to be, children of a loving Heavenly Father.  I have to believe you are not any different than myself when it comes to that desire.  Let’s try to shine brightly!

He lives, He lives, salvation to impart;
You ask me how I know He lives,
He lives within my heart.