“He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.” Isaiah 40:11 NIV
I love the way the NIV translates this verse. Here is the care and guidance, the gentleness, the comfort, and the affection of our Beloved Savior Jesus. When you feel a drift, know that you are not…you are under His care and guidance. When you feel assaulted by the world, your temptations, your sin and failures, know that He is there to gather you in His arms and comfort you, holding you close to His heart. This is such a beautiful display of the love of our Shepherd for His flock. He knows who are His. Rest in His arms today dear Christian. Rest from your striving. Rest from your fears. Rest from your cares. Rest in His arms close to His heart.
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“But I trust in You, O Lord; I say, “You are my God.” My times are in Your hand.” (ESV). The HCSB version says of vs15a, “The course of my life is in Your power.”
David makes a resolute pronouncement! First his trust, then, “You are my God.” Notice the period? No embellishment. Just resolute….You are my God, and as you can infer, “The only True God.” Then watch him acknowledge God’s sovereignty with acquiescent tone…”My times are in Your hand.”
This has been on my heart for a couple of weeks now. How easily do I rest in the sovereign providence of God? How about you? Since the true Christian is in process of being conform to the image of Christ (Rom 8:28-29), how does that transformation come about. I am convinced, as we rest in His providence daily, even moment by moment, He brings opportunities our way to either respond in the Spirit or in the flesh. He gets the glory with each response by our submission to the Holy Spirit, and by this our spiritual muscles are strengthened. In our failures by walking in the flesh, He gives grace to repent, an forgiveness to heal. Either way He gets the glory, and because all is for our good to conform us to the image of Christ, there is no need to fear. As David said, “My times are in Your hand.”
All love in Christ,
This might sound like an odd question to ask a Christian; however, I would encourage you to consider John 14:15, 23 and 15:10. While these verses certainly can be taken as a command, they also be considered as a matter of fact. In this way…if you truly love Jesus the verses read less of a command and more your delight and aspiration. Your heart will long to obey Him and be more like Him (Romans 8:28-29). He will be your delight and joy, and no matter your failures to obey Him, you still pursue holiness, allowing the Holy Spirit to do His work in you to conform you to the image and character of Christ. This is what theologians call the process of sanctification. We will never get it perfect here, but one day, when we are with Him, we will be like Him! What a day that will be!
So, do you love Him Christian? Do long to be more like Him? Do you pursue His holiness? Are you willing to humbly submit to His correction and the trials He brings to refine you?
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All love in Christ