Closing Thoughts.

In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.”  John 14:2 

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A long, wooden table.
That was the only thing on the list.
But sometimes, even that has to go back on the wishlist.

‘Not the first two,’ was the answer.
But the answer over all of this was, “You have a home more beautiful than you can ever imagine. It is being prepared for you now.”

The most glorious temple did not last.
The homes here do not last forever.
But your eternal home, that is secure.
You have a home. Eternally.
He has gone to prepare a place for you.

And a better promise than deeds and treaties:
“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” John 14:3

And what other response have I but this:
“But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me.”Psalm 131:2

“Peace that passes, my understanding
Love that conquers, my fear and regret
Joy unending, eternal pleasure
In your presence, my risen King
I will seek first, your kingdom
I will seek first, your righteousness
Everything I need, you will provide for me
My heart is to seek first, your kingdom”
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I Count on One Thing

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Today, He spoke to me of His unchanging nature.
When the world seems to spin a little faster… 
When everything seems to be at stake and I am tempted to hold on to security, what or who am I counting on?

I was reading Lamentations 3 today for devotions. I wasn’t expecting a message of hope, but in the midst of a passage about great sorrow – physical affliction and inward turmoil, we read these words of comfort and hope: 

Remember my affliction and my wanderings,
    the wormwood and the gall!
20 My soul continually remembers it
    and is bowed down within me.
21 But this I call to mind,
    and therefore I have hope:

22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; 
    his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness.
24 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
    “therefore I will hope in him.”

 

25 The Lord is good to those who wait for him,
    to the soul who seeks him.
26 It is good that one should wait quietly
    for the salvation of the Lord.
27 It is good for a man that he bear
    the yoke in his youth.

 

28 Let him sit alone in silence
    when it is laid on him;
29 let him put his mouth in the dust—
    there may yet be hope;
30 let him give his cheek to the one who strikes,
    and let him be filled with insults.

 

31 For the Lord will not
    cast off forever,
32 but, though he cause grief, he will have compassion
    according to the abundance of his steadfast love;
33 for he does not afflict from his heart
    or grieve the children of men.

 

I count on one thing
The same God that never fails
Will not fail me now
You won’t fail me now
In the waiting
The same God who’s never late
Is working all things out
You’re working all things out
Yes I will lift you high
From the lowest valley
Yes I will bless your name
Yes I will sing for joy
When my heart is heavy
All my days, Yes I will

 

We’ll find out in a little over a week. 
You know, Father, more and better than I do, all the factors — the hopes and fears.
You know the heart that is prone to be an ‘idol-factory.’
Rather than counting on psychology and market trends, LORD, let me count on Your Chesed, Your lovingkindness which never changes.