Friday, June 8, 2012

“The Care of Our Hearts”

     I could not guarantee the man, “God will change your circumstances, your conditions, and the people who trouble you.”  I could say, and did, “God will take care of your heart as you trust Him.”
      The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise Him” (Psalm 28:7).
    We rejoice when our Heavenly Father delivers us from our troubles.  We may rejoice even more when He delivers us in them.  The Apostle Paul sought removal of a thorn; he received a particular grace he never would have known had the source of his pain been eliminated (II Corinthians 12:8-9).  Furthermore, his story shines through the ages to illuminate us in our own experiences of God sometimes giving sufficient grace rather than salving of our wounds.
    In our present existence, our Father takes special care of that part of us “hid with Christ in God” (Colossians 1:3).  He takes care of our hearts.  The man I mentioned, a trusting born again believer, will discover this in days to come more than ever he has in the past.  As he said to me, “I am calm right now, and I don’t see how.”  Sufficient grace is the answer, or more accurately, abounding grace that assures us of the underlying theme we seek to express in every devotional, sermon, lesson and opportunity to share with a listening and needy heart.  Namely, no one has ever trusted in the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, and been disappointed for doing so.  And no one ever will.  Yes, our Lord takes care of our hearts.

“Thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds.”
(Psalm 36:5)
“The name of the Lord is a strong tower.  The righteous runneth into it and is safe.”
(Proverbs 18:10)

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