To know the inscrutable
This is where my heart
To know Him near and wholly mine
This piece of clay the great Divine.
An awesome task with shudder
To with miry
Hands raise diamonds to
Sun, while mucking there the glassy
Cuts might make such brilliance brassy.
It is with trepidation
Men find station with
Before His word they groping ask
“Who is sufficient for such task?” Continue reading
Learned, but have I really learned
Hoped in God, yet other times
Treasures high, but also some
Desired God; not always,
But I must.
Hungry, thirsty, satisfied
Yet other times all empty
Reaching for His word I must
It’s there dry bones ignite to
Do His will.
Overcame, but still more fears
Surrendered all, I thought, but
To fortresses tall standing
In my mind.
Arrived- not ever, not yet
Perfected- not close, but press
Onward- to where salvation lies
Forward- straining for the prize
Upward- rising to His throne
Why? For Christ made me His own. Continue reading
2 Peter 2:20-21 “For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God. For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.”
How often have you considered that the manner in which Jesus Christ suffered and died has been recorded that you might follow His example? The cross is the apex of everything. It is humility pressed to the farthest extreme. Selflessness poured out in blood. Forgiveness in the face of false accusations, ridicule, and torture. Trust in God even when His presence is not felt, even when it feels He has turned His back. Resistance against all temptations to escape the Father’s will when it is tremendously costly. It is love, with every stumble beneath the weight of a cross, with every pounding of the nails, with all that He fulfilled like a lamb lead to the slaughter who did not open up His mouth(Isaiah 53:7). It is the pinnacle of obedience and faith; You will not find a better example. “He humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross (Philippians 2:6).” Where do we turn when we feel like the cost is too high? When we want to give up? We look “to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross (Hebrews 12:2).” We “consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that (we) may not grow weary or fainthearted (Hebrews 12:3).” Continue reading