Friday, November 22, 2013

On the Horizon

     Whether bright sunlight glimmers on the horizon or storm clouds loom, the greatest reality always involves the One who awaits us in every possibility and contingency.

He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: He that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold, He that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand" (Psalm 121:3-5).

    Our Lord has promised to be everything we will ever need, in every type of circumstance or condition we will ever face.  Even worst case scenarios glimmer with the light of God for those who trust in the Lord Jesus Christ.  The Scriptures promise His keeping and overcoming presence in every "What if?"  No prospect is excluded from the assurance, and no tempest or wave will ever swamp our ship as we remember the One of whom the disciples marveled, "Even the winds and the sea obey Him!" (Matthew 8:27).  They are His winds and sea, and we are His children to whom He promises complete devotion, attention, and safekeeping.  "Stormy wind fulfilling His Word" (Psalm 148:8)

    In days of blessedness, our Lord graces our joys with the realization of His boundless generosity and favor. "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights" (James 1:17).   In days of buffeting, He draws especially near in heart and promised assurance.  "
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof" (Psalm 46:1-3).  Whatever the horizon promises or portends, we shall find our Lord awaiting us when we arrive.  We often quote King David's confidence in such matters regarding days of brightness and darkness to come, and this seems another opportunity to rejoice in the Psalmist's confidence...

"My expectation is from Him."
(Psalm 62:5)

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