Across the will of nature Leads on the path of God; Not where the flesh delighteth
The feet of Jesus trod. --Ter Steegen
I read this in A Chance to Die last night and thought it so appropriate for where I am right now. The Lord truly has been so faithful to confirm what He speaks and reveals…to help me divide my own tendency towards introspection and criticism from the conviction and correction of the Holy Spirit. I am thankful.
I am also thankful that it doesn’t stop there. He doesn’t just show me my faults and leave me there in the muck. He lovingly helps me out, cleans me off and shows me how to avoid falling in that muck again. He is too good.
Speaking of His goodness…this was today’s Daily Light:
His mercy is for those who fear him.
Oh, how abundant is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you and worked for those who take refuge in you, in the sight of the children of mankind! In the cover of your presence you hide them from the plots of men; you store them in your shelter from the strife of tongues.
If you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one's deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile.—The Lord is near to all who call on him . . . in truth. He fulfills the desire of those who fear him; he also hears their cry and saves them.
“Because your heart was penitent, and you humbled yourself before the Lord, . . . and you have torn your clothes and wept before me, I also have heard you, declares the Lord.”—“But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word.”—The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.
Reading that, I notice that this care and these promises are not guaranteed to the hard-hearted and unrepentant…the Lord is near to those who call on him…he fulfills the desire of those who fear him…he looks on those who are humble and contrite…who tremble at His word.
Oh, Lord, that I would be those things in your sight. That I might never know what it is to be turned over to the sin that dwells within me. Help me to be quick to repent and always humble before you, Lord!