Archive for February, 2006

Pray to Understand

Michael W. Smith’s composition, “Open the Eyes of My Heart”, assists me as I pray for better understanding. I have to remind myself that this prayer is a prelude to action.

While singing the song I will open my Bible.

While singing this song I will fall to my knees.

Open the eyes of my heart, Lord
Open the eyes of my heart
I want to see You
I want to see You

To see You high and lifted up
Shinin' in the light of Your glory
Pour out Your power and love
As we sing holy, holy, holy

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Get Ready for Your Future

Leaders expect at least two things—not only that the necessary miracle will occur, but that people must first act to prepare for the miracle.

And Joshua said to the people, “Sanctify yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do wonders among you.” (Joshua 3:4)

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Honor Your Past

The Children of Israel had been carrying the bones of Joseph around for a generation, but they didn’t even know where Moses was buried. That’s because God buried Moses Himself—a very private internment.

How many people do you think will attend your funeral? Does it matter?

“So Moses the servant of the LORD died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the LORD. And He buried him in a valley in the land of Moab, opposite Beth Peor; but no one knows his grave to this day.” (Deuteronomy 34:5-6)

God knew that the Children of Israel would enshrine Moses and forget about moving forward. The best way to honor your past is to move on from it.

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Run to the Cross

Unexpected tragedy has a hypnotic effect. You can’t take your eyes off it. You can’t stop thinking about it.

If it’s global, we watch hours of endless TV coverage. If it’s personal we lose sleep. And our appetite.

Until we begin, little by little, to turn our attention to the cross. Calvary is the worst tragedy ever. Children hear about Jesus, and His wonderful life, and when told of His death they ask “Why?”

It’s an unlikely conclusion. It shoves “happily ever after” out of its way.

And Calvary is the tragedy that we can put in the place of all other tragedies. It releases me from the trance. That is because the cross-tragedy has triumph connected.

The cross stands in the shadow of the resurrection.

“…that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.” (I Corinthians 2:5)

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Will We Ever Learn?

Well, actually, no.

At least not as a whole.

It’s like the words of the Preacher in Ecclesiastes 1:11: “We don’t remember what happened in those former times. And in future generations, no one will remember what we are doing now.”

Humanity is ever learning the same lessons. You pick up a few pointers to pass along to your kids but by then they are involved in the throes of figuring life out without you.

There is a simple solution: Calvary.

Calvary is God invading and subjugating the futility of human existence.

But, alas, Jesus says to that, “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” (Matthew 7:13-14)

Run to the cross and cling to it. It hails the end of despair.

And by all means, live, without waiting for someone else to lead, praying that someone will follow.

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