Seems my hearing has faded
The sounds of life are dulled
The rippling streams I’ve waded
A distant memory so cold
There used to be a crispness
In every sound I heard
now I strain to even guess
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Seems my hearing has faded
I listened for God and heard Him say “It’s not odd, that you should seek after my face. For I put in your heart from before you did start, to seek after Me in this new place. On obedience you did stand to fulfill what is grand, as you yearned for My unfailing grace. Others have heard Me call and wondered if I was real at all, but then chose to wander in the old familiar pace. So now that you’ve come though is seems strange to some, I’ll reveal my desires as oil poured from a vase. Hear me well my child who has turned from all worldly wild, to know My Holiness and embrace. No cleverly worded prose can declare Sharon’s sweet rose, like a heart who obeys reserving not a trace. Fully committed to know my good pleasure is living on earth in heavenly treasure, and this is my mission for your race.”
He is Able. The goodness of God leads us to repentance. The scriptures clearly state that it is so. It is not our sorrow for our misdeeds nor the acknowledgement of our short comings when comparing ourselves to the standards and laws of God’s written word. It is rather God’s declaration of His love for us, His profession of His own kindness toward us which draws us to the place of turning from our selfish choices. When we should have been forever the object of His wrath we became the recipients of His love.
We then find delight in walking in His ways. Not because of the threat of His divine and Holy wrath, but because of His example and demonstration of His loving character of kindness toward us. We choose Him because He first chose us. We love Him because He first loved us. We die daily to sin because His first died for all our sin. We live for Him because He lives evermore for us. He has given to us eternal life and we shall never perish.
We dishonor Him and disgrace His Holiness and promises when we claim that we can lose life eternal through our sin. His death is sufficient for all sin. His forgiveness is greater than all sin. His gift is received by those who choose to believe He is. That He is God Almighty. That He is Savior to all who believe. That He is able to keep that which He has committed. That He is the very kindness which leads us to repentance. To profess otherwise is to deem Him as insufficient, unworthy, unfaithful, untrue and incapable of securing the promise of eternity without our direct and pitiful intervention.
He is ABLE. And I am His.
There has been an extended absence of new content on this site since I began working at the small Christian University in central Ohio. Over the last two years the opportunities and successes have been amazing to be a part of. Not my successes, unless you count me hanging on for dear life as God changes things. Still not much writing on my part. The whys are many and the results are fantastic. Between the teaching, preaching and treasury responsibilities at church, including our dying Pastor, finding a new Pastor, being a part time caretaker for our ninety-year-old mother in law, mentoring impressionable college students and loving my wife, time may be reason number one. Continue reading