Monday, January 26, 2015

Sleeping Bethany

Last Sunday, as we were leaving Sunday School, we noticed the baby of some friends of ours fast asleep in her car seat.  I joked with her father, Steve, that I would love to sleep like that just for one night.

"Yeah," he replied, "I'd like an adult sized car seat."

I replied to him that it wasn't the car seat which caused her deep sleep, it was the fact she had nothing to worry about, all her needs were taken care of by her parents and her only requirements were to eat and sleep.

Our heavenly Father would have us to be just as relaxed and peaceful as beautiful little Bethany.  He would have us just as trusting in Him for all our needs as Bethany is in her earthly parents.

"Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you." 1 Peter 5: 7

When Peter went walking out on the water to Jesus, he was fine as long as his gaze was fixed upon the Lord.  It was "when he saw the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and began to sink," (Matthew 14:30.)  When our gazed is steadily fixed upon the Lord Jesus, then we can say like the Apostle Paul, "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." (Philippians 4:13.)

Looking at our apparent needs, looking at the problems in our lives, or in the lives of others, looking at the turmoil in our world will only lead us to sink beneath the boisterous waves of life.  We must continually be "Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God."  (Hebrews 12:2.) He is the author, He is the finisher and what He sets out to do, He always finishes.  He is completely faithful and true.

So whatever need you see  in your life, you can completely trust Him with it.  What ever need you see in the lives of those you love, He is worthy of the task.  What ever need you see in our world, He is the only One able to truly deal with it.  In fact, He is already working in all those areas to bring about His Father's eternal purpose.  All our concerns are safe in His hands, because He cares for us.  He is totally and completely worthy of our trust, so let us rest in Him.  As my husband loves to say, "No one has ever trusted in the God and Father of our Lord Jesus and been disappointed in doing so."

"And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; 
and He that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, 
and in righteousness He doth judge and make war." 
Revelation 19:11

Faithful and True
Words and Music by Glen Davis

There is a heart, so faithful and true,
It bears a scar for me and for you.
And we can know for a lifetime through,
It's faithful and true, faithful and true.
Faithful and true, faithful and true.

There is a grace that makes all things new,
born in that valley our Lord passed through.
Where He was smitten for me and for you,
So faithful and true, so faithful and true,
Faithful and true, faithful and true.

Forever draws nigh, we'll see His face soon,
Shining in glory, so lovely the view.
And the glad anthem of our hearts will ensue,
Faithful and true, faithful and true.
Faithful and true, faithful and true.

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