Lamentations 3:26 NKJV — It is good that one should hope and wait quietly For the salvation of the LORD.
It’s one of the most difficult things to do.
But in the case of our salvation, it’s a pleasure and privilege.
Because we don’t earn our salvation.
Hebrews 12:2 KJV — 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.
We can simply wait upon the Lord Jesus.
Because He provides all our needs.
He has given us His Word.
It’s a wonderful gift which brings us knowledge, understanding, and hope.
He has blessed us with salvation, when we believe and trust in Jesus Christ.
Psalm 68:19 KJV — Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.
We even have the Holy Spirit to guide and direct our hearts.
Acts 2:38 NKJV — Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
John 14:26 NKJV — “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.”
Thus, we can live unto the Lord, with confident expectation and quiet waiting.
2 Timothy 4:5 NKJV — But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
Our patient endurance will be rewarded, one day Christ will return!
Isaiah 40:31 KJV — But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Praise the Lord!
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for salvation! Lord, please continue to teach me how to walk in Your Word daily, waiting quietly upon You in all things. I know often I get distracted and worried by many things and I get tangled up in trying to do things on my own instead of humbling myself and waiting upon You. Lord, I do not want to continue in that. Please help me to recognize when I am, that I might return to trusting and waiting upon You. Thank You for Your love, Your mercy, Your faithfulness, and Your grace.
And when Jesus was in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, a woman came to Him having an alabaster flask of very costly fragrant oil, and she poured it on His head as He sat at the table. Matthew 26:6-7 NKJV https://bible.com/bible/114/mat.26.6-7.NKJV
This woman poured perfume upon Jesus.
And not a little, she saved none, but used it all.
Mark 14:3 NKJV — And being in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, as He sat at the table, a woman came having an alabaster flask of very costly oil of spikenard. Then she broke the flask and poured it on His head.
The Bible doesn’t tell us how much perfume this flask held, but it does include it’s value: very costly.
And this woman’s sacrifice was honored by Jesus.
Mark 14:6 NKJV — But Jesus said, “Let her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a good work for Me.
Mark 14:8 NKJV — “She has done what she could. She has come beforehand to anoint My body for burial.”
Throughout the next few days; the soldiers by night, the unjust trial and beating at the Priest’s home, the interrogation of Pilate, the mocking of King Herod, the cruel and disgusting scourging, and then the walk to where He would be nailed to a tree, the fragrance of the spikenard was still on Him.
Or if the perfume couldn’t over power the stench of the betrayal, lies, and undeserved punishment, the memory.
Mark 14:9 NKJV — “Assuredly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her.”
His body had been anointed by her selfless act; it was only a tiny hint of the anointing God was going to pour out through Jesus’s.
Because through His death and Resurrection, we have salvation and the Holy Spirit.
Acts 2:1-3 NKJV — When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them.
As we celebrate Easter, let us never grow weary of dwelling upon the enormity of the gift we have been given.
Nothing so costly has ever been nor ever will be comparable to His.
Truly, a fragrance far lasting, past death and into eternal life.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your sacrifice. Thank You for this woman’s anointing You. How full of joy she must have been to be able to give You something! Lord, the best and most costly gift I can give is my heart and life. I want to offer it to You spotless and perfect, but I can not. Please take my gift and make it beautiful through Your blood and Your Word. Please continue to hone my heart, that I might not sin against You. Thank You for forgiving me of my sin. Lord, I am so thankful for Your love and Your gift of salvation! I praise Your holy name, Jesus. Amen.
Now the chief priests, the elders, and all the council sought false testimony against Jesus to put Him to death, but found none. Even though many false witnesses came forward, they found none. But at last two false witnesses came forward and said, “This fellow said, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God and to build it in three days.’ ” Matthew 26:59-61 NKJV https://bible.com/bible/114/mat.26.59-61.NKJV
Here is the most embarrassing moment in all of history.
From the time of the serpent in the Garden, lies have been spoken about God.
Genesis 3:1 NKJV — Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?”
Genesis 3:2 NKJV — And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’ ”
Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. Genesis 3:4 NKJV
And so entered sin into humanity with the taking of the fruit.
Many heinous and deplorable acts of wickedness have occurred since that moment.
Yet, this trial of Jesus is the lowest point of mankind.
The creation was prosecuting their own Creator.
But lies wouldn’t stand, they couldn’t condemn Him on falsehood, no matter how much they tried.
So, instead they accused and convicted Him on the truth.
But Jesus kept silent. And the high priest answered and said to Him, “I put You under oath by the living God: Tell us if You are the Christ, the Son of God!” Jesus said to him, “ It is as you said. Nevertheless, I say to you, hereafter you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven.” Matthew 26:63-64 NKJV https://bible.com/bible/114/mat.26.63-64.NKJV
How ironic, God’s own creation, plotted and schemed, to accuse and convict God for being Himself.
Because our sinful nature wants to be God ourselves.
And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.” Genesis 11:4 NKJV https://bible.com/bible/114/gen.11.4.NKJV
Mankind wants to make a name for themselves, instead of being called by God’s.
People want to live lives unto their own desires.
Thus, when faced with God in flesh, mankind choose to crucify Him.
If one is honest with themselves, and observant of others, we can easily see the accusations and falsehoods have not stopped.
“If God is so loving why all these wars, famine, and death?”
“If there is a God, He must not care about anyone, look at the mess we are in!”
“If God is truly all knowing and all powerful why didn’t He stop that?!“
Since the beginning, we have blamed God for our sin.
But the incredible thing about this is what God did through the accusations.
Jesus allowed Himself to be convicted and punished for being Himself.
Then, after dieing for all sin, He rose again and gave us a way to be saved.
Genesis 50:20 NKJV — “But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.”
What a wonderful holy God, Who loves in such a way!
To turn lies aside and use the truth to set us free from sin and death!
2 Timothy 1:9 NKJV — who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began,
Romans 8:28 NKJV — And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
Praise the Lord!
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for being the Son of God. Thank You for Your sacrifice and for using our accusations to show us Who You are. Lord, too often our pride and rebellion towards You causes us pain, confusion, and misunderstanding. Lord, please help us to humble ourselves, confess our sins and be made new. Please help us to relinquish our own ideas, our desires, even our dreams into Your hands, that we might follow Your perfect will as the bond servants we are called to be. Lord, please help us to discern lies from the truth. Help us to walk with You daily in humility and in surrender. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.
Did you ever notice when Jesus forgave those who were responsible for His death?
It was in the midst of His suffering.
Luke 23:34 KJV — Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.
This truth struck me this morning as I was praying.
Jesus is the believer’s example in all things and that includes forgiveness.
Thus, we should be quick to forgive, even in the midst of the pain, right in the middle of the wrong, we need to forgive.
What about those things which happened already?
Yes, we need to forgive those who hurt us in the past as well.
Because Christ Jesus forgave us, we must forgive others.
Acts 5:31 NKJV — “Him God has exalted to His right hand to be Prince and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your forgiveness. Thank You for Your example, that You chose to forgive, even in the middle of the most horrific abuse You were experiencing. Thank You that it doesn’t matter how much we are hurt, it matters how much You are willing and able to heal the hurt. Lord, thank You for Your incredible sacrifice. Thank You for salvation. Amen.
Matthew 26:1-2 NKJV — Now it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, that He said to His disciples, “You know that after two days is the Passover, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified.”
There’s nothing which can really prepare someone for the death of a loved one.
But this is an even deeper shock.
The disciples had great expectations for Jesus and crucifixion wasn’t one of them.
Not to mention, that Jesus had done nothing wrong.
What would they accuse Him of?
How could an innocent man be allowed to pay the ultimate punishment?
Their minds couldn’t grapple the full truth of what was occurring.
The Gospels were written for those who came after.
So we might learn the truth as well as those who walked with Jesus.
Luke 24:15-17 NKJV — So it was, while they conversed and reasoned, that Jesus Himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were restrained, so that they did not know Him. And He said to them, “What kind of conversation is this that you have with one another as you walk and are sad?”
Jesus, Himself, explained all that had happened to His disciples, that they might share the truth.
It was why He came.
Luke 24:25-27NKJV — Then He said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! “Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?” And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.
As difficult as it is to realize that Jesus was born to die on a cross, all of scripture points to Him as the Redeemer.
It is truly wonderful that Jesus knew exactly what He was walking to and when He rose, He had made the way to salvation.
As we walk forward in this week before Easter, let us spend time meditating upon Jesus.
What He did.
Who He is.
And why He did it.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your sacrifice. Nothing I can do or experience will ever compare to Your wonderful gift of salvation. How great a blessing! What a wonderful, beautiful, priceless gift! Lord, I want to honor You and Your sacrifice. I want my life to reflect Your love and truth. Please help me to live daily, carrying my cross with joy. Thank You for Your promises. Thank You for Your love. I love You. Amen.
Philippians 1:21For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
Dear Lord Jesus, Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for teaching us so many things and giving us Your truth. Lord, please continue to open our minds to learning more about You each and every day. Help us to walk in Your ways, always. Please train our hearts to be humble, loving, compassionate, quick to forgive, quick to listen, and full of mercy and grace. Lord, thank You for salvation! Through the washing of Your Word, please purify our hearts and minds. Let us not look on evil, but instead focus on You. Lord, please shut off lies, deception, and trickery. Help us to put away anything which would hinder our walk with You. Thank You for Your faithfulness and amazing love. I love You, Jesus. Amen.
Psalm 101:6 KJV — Mine eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me: he that walketh in a perfect way, he shall serve me.
Dear Lord Jesus, Thank You for Your faithfulness. Thank You for Your mercy, grace, love, and truth. Lord, thank You for our daily bread. Please forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lord, please provide direction and guidance, help us to walk in Your ways. Help us to hear Your voice and know Your will. Lord Jesus, we want to serve You in spirit and in truth. Let lies be cut off and done away with. Let turmoil and strife be put away. Lord, please return the prodigal, save the lost, heal the sick and hurting. Please teach us unwavering faith in You, putting all our trust and hope in You alone. Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for Your Holy Spirit. Thank You for salvation. Thank You for the promise of heaven! I love You, Jesus. Amen.
It had been happening all night, but this time it wasn’t distant, it was loud and nearby.
It was a tree, falling and the branches hitting our bedroom window.
Last night was the second night in a row of freezing rain.
And the poor trees couldn’t handle the weight.
Power was lost during the night.
My husband didn’t sleep hardly at all due to the sounds of trees falling all around us.
This morning he and our son left to help move trees and branches from the roads.
Ordinarily, my husband wouldn’t have been able to cut down much as we no longer have a chainsaw.
Our son-in-law had left his in our garage just a few days ago.
So, my husband even has the tools needed to help.
I’m so thankful to the Lord for His provision.
Just yesterday I was saying to someone, “Only God knows what will happen tomorrow and I trust Him to provide for whatever that is.”
And He has.
Although, in floor heating won’t work, we have a propane topped stove, so I can still cook.
We have a propane fireplace, so it’s not too chilly.
The truck has gas in it, so my husband can drive.
We have a generator and plenty of gasoline.
Even the tree falling didn’t break the window.
Truly, we are so very well provided for.
And I know from experience that if something worse had occurred, God would have provided for that as well.
Because He is our provision.
Psalm 55:22 KJV — Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.
He provided a way for our souls to be saved and has not neglected our daily needs.
It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. Lamentations 3:22-24 KJV https://bible.com/bible/1/lam.3.22-24.KJV
Psalm 79:9 NKJV — Help us, O God of our salvation, For the glory of Your name; And deliver us, and provide atonement for our sins, For Your name’s sake!
The Lord is great and greatly to be praised, for His faithfulness and salvation is everlasting.
Psalm 145:3 NKJV — Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; And His greatness is unsearchable.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for providing so much for us each and every day. Thank You for walking with us and providing for all our needs. Lord, thank You for keeping us safe from the storm. Lord, may we never allow the things of this life shake our steadfast trust in You and Your salvation. Lord Jesus, You are amazing and we praise Your holy name. Thank You. Amen.
To the Chief Musician. On an eight-stringed harp.[fn] A Psalm of David.
Help, LORD, for the godly man ceases! For the faithful disappear from among the sons of men.
They speak idly everyone with his neighbor; With flattering lips and a double heart they speak.
May the LORD cut off all flattering lips, And the tongue that speaks proud things,
Who have said, “With our tongue we will prevail; Our lips are our own; Who is lord over us?”
“For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, Now I will arise,” says the LORD; “I will set him in the safety for which he yearns.”
The words of the LORD are pure words, Like silver tried in a furnace of earth, Purified seven times.
You shall keep them, O LORD, You shall preserve them from this generation forever.
The wicked prowl on every side, When vileness is exalted among the sons of men.
Psalm 12 NKJV
It is easy to think the times we are in are unique, never before seen.
In many ways this is a unique time, but it is not never before seen.
God has seen the ways of mankind from the very beginning and although we may be coming up with new ways of doing old things, the heart of man is the same as of old.
Wickedness and evil are still here.
The poor and the needy are still here.
There are oppressions, slaves, and wrong doing happening around the world.
It happened in David’s day, our day, and all the days in between.
He knew at the fall of Adam and Eve that sin would wreck His good creation and He promised at that point in history to provide a way for us to be saved.
After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” Revelation 7:9-10 NKJV
Although, these days are unique to history in the way people are suffering and striving, but God knew this would be the consequence of our stiff-necked rebellion and He loves us so much He saves us from these things.
Our God is Mighty and able to save.
He came Himself as a humble man to endure suffering and to walk among those who strive to bring hope, peace, and salvation.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You so much for all You have done and all You are doing each day. Lord, thank You that these things we are seeing and experiencing are not outside Your abilities. Thank You that You have already brought us salvation and now we are able to rest in You, knowing our soul is safe when we believe upon Your name and what You have done. Thank You for all Your compassion, mercy, and long suffering. Thank You for reaching out to each sinner, loving us before we loved You. Please help us to be devoted to You in all things. To walk in the paths You have given that we might bring glory and honor to Your name. I love You, Jesus. Amen.
Matthew 26:48 NKJV — Now His betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “Whomever I kiss, He is the One; seize Him.”
When they had twisted a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand. And they bowed the knee before Him and mocked Him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” Then they spat on Him, and took the reed and struck Him on the head. And when they had mocked Him, they took the robe off Him, put His own clothes on Him, and led Him away to be crucified. Matthew 27:29-31 NKJV
Mark 15:15 NKJV — So Pilate, wanting to gratify the crowd, released Barabbas to them; and he delivered Jesus, after he had scourged Him, to be crucified.
Just three portions of scripture, but they contain such incredible pain.
He was betrayed for money by one of his closest friends.
Jesus was beaten after being questioned by the religious leaders. Luke 22:64
He was scourged and beaten by the Roman guards.
He was hanged on a tree and yet had done nothing wrong.
Jesus knew pain and suffering.
And incredible as it is, the truth is He chose it to save mankind.
Thus pain and suffering was the short term cost, but the long term gain was life eternal.
For those who are called by His name, let us take heart when dealing with pain and suffering.
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. Romans 8:18 NKJV
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 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 has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-2 NKJV
Pain and suffering are part of this life and Jesus experienced an enormous measure.
But the hope we have in heaven is sweeter by this understanding of the cost to Christ.
Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the Lord delivers him out of them all. Psalms 34:19 NKJV
And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” Revelation 21:3-4 NKJV
Dear Reader, whatever pain, suffering, or fear you may be walking in or struggling with this day, I pray you realize this world is not the end and for those who put their trust in Jesus Christ there is a marvelous hope, heaven and eternal life.
Pain is difficult, but it doesn’t have to be permanent.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your sacrifice. Thank You for being our payment for sin and death. Lord, thank You for suffering and experiencing pain to save us. Lord, please continue to help each one of us to look to You in all things. To realize nothing is beyond Your touch if we will simply surrender it to You. Lord, no matter the future, or the ways of this world, thank You for being our rock, our shelter, our provision. You alone are worthy of praise. You alone are the One Who saves. You alone are the security for both this life and eternity. Thank You. Amen.