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Able to Comprehend

March 18, 2018

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Able to Comprehend

When I can’t find something  and spend all sorts of time searching  for it  —  only to finally find it  just where I put it  and had previously looked  —  my reaction is,  “Aaaugh!!!     Blind in one eye  and can’t see out the other!”

We tend  to be that way  with God also.     We can really want  to know the love of God  and the peace  that He longs  to give us,  but we seem to be searching  in vain.     Paul fervently prayed  that the Ephesians would find God  and realize His continual nearness.     In his prayer  in Ephesians 3:16-19,  Paul says,

…that He would grant you,  according to the riches of His glory,  to be strengthened  with power  through His Spirit  in the inner man;  so that Christ may dwell  in your hearts  through faith;  and that you,  being rooted and grounded  in love,  may be able to comprehend  with all the saints  what is the breadth and length  and height and depth,  and to know the love  of Christ  which surpasses knowledge,  that you may be filled up  to all the fulness  of God.

That may be a mouthful,  but God’s love  for each of us  is far beyond  our sinful ability  to “comprehend”.     Nevertheless,  our salvation depends  on coming to find  and know that love  for ourselves.     It is one thing  to realize  that so-and-so believes  in Jesus’ love  —  but it is a totally different thing  to understand  that God’s love  really includes us,  too.

It is so easy  to be fooled into feeling  that God doesn’t love us  because of our sinfulness.     But,  that feeling is nothing but Satan’s way  of keeping us away  from salvation.     We can know that for sure,  because Romans 5:8 says,

But God demonstrates His own love  toward us,  in that while we were yet sinners,  Christ died  for us.

Christ did not die for us  because we’re so lovable  and endearing.     We are grossly ugly  in our sins.     Our pride and rebellion  does not “deserve” being treated  so lovingly.     And,  therein is the love of God.     It is special  —  and it is aimed  straight at us.     We just need to see that  and humbly accept  God’s gift of grace  for us.

We don’t need to be “blind in one eye  and can’t see out the other”  all of our lives.     God is setting His love  right in front of us every day  in ever so many ways.      Accept it.

For every time  in our lives  that there is the tiniest hint  of God’s power  in our lives,  that is God,  seeking to give us another chance  to draw near  to Him  in repentance.     God is the one  who is always setting His truths  right in front of us.     We might choose to ignore Him  or even defiantly  turn away from Him,  but,  He still looks  to save us.

That is why Paul says  in Romans 2:4,

Or do you think lightly  of the riches  of His kindness  and forbearance  and patience,  not knowing  that the kindness of God  leads you  to repentance?

When the young preacher,  Timothy,  needed to preach  to all sorts of people,  who were still lost  in their sins,  Paul encouraged him  with a letter,  saying in  2 Timothy 2:24-26,

And the Lord’s bond-servant  must not be quarrelsome,  but be kind to all,  able to teach,   patient when wronged,  with gentleness correcting those  who are in opposition,  if perhaps  God may grant them repentance  leading to the knowledge  of the truth,  and they may come  to their senses  and escape  from the snare of the devil,  having been held captive by him  to do his will.

When God is looking  to help us come back  to our senses  and escape every sin  that ensnares us,  He is the one  who opens our eyes  to our sinful condition,  so that we can repent.     On our own,  we will never be able  to see our need  for repentance.     But,  God keeps on reminding us  that we always need  to be turning to Him,  if we want any hope  for our eternal life.

That is exactly what King David knew  when he sinned so terribly  with Bathsheba.     Through the prophet, Nathan,  David finally came to the point  of realizing the horror  of his sins,  and he learned  to repent again  —  something he was in denial about  for a long time.     As he confessed his sin,  David pleaded  with God in Psalm 51:10-12,

Create in me  a clean heart,  O God,   
And renew  a steadfast spirit  within me.   
Do not cast me away  from Thy presence,   
And do not take Thy Holy Spirit  from me.   
Restore to me the joy  of Thy salvation,    
And sustain me  with a willing spirit.

Only God can create  a clean heart  for us.     Only He can renew”  a steadfast spirit  within us.     None other can restore”  the joy of salvation  to us.     And,  no one else can sustain” us  through this life  with a willing spirit  that gladly lives  according to the will of God.

With a God  that loves us that much,  it is good  to turn to our LORD  the way David did,  so that our Savior  can do all things  for us,  and mold us  to be His own dear children.     As we see God’s love wanting  to guide us,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  Your love for us is so faithful.     Let us live for you  all our days.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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