This refrain has been with me all morning, “God is so good, Alleluia! God is so good, Alleluia! God is so good, He’s so good to me.” ATN 54 and so I know I am on the mend, but slowly.
And I can continue to heal, gain strength and enjoy the warmer weather after our refreshing winter rains have washed the dry earth and given an abundance of spring growth (especially the weeds).
So, as we are coming to the end of the biblical calendar year, we may be sure that our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ is in our lives, covering us with his love. We can therefore reach out in love to our friends, neighbours and family, who have not heard this wonderful news that we have been justified and saved by his grace.
I remember one of our former ministers who preached on the end of the age with much ‘fire and brimstone’ in his sermon. I was a much younger, impressionable, person and was more afraid than comforted by this service, (but it is one that has remained in my memory, many others I have not remembered). We know that Christ will return and will separate the goats from the sheep and so we will need to be on our guard as the devil, his friends, and the world, may try to entrap us in their web of deceit.
As we look to God’s Word in the Bible, we can see that there are many wonderful promises to all those who walk in these words. We look at Paul’s letter to Titus and we see that the renewal in our lives is a gift from God; Titus 3:4–7: But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Saviour appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in rightness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and the renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Saviour, so that, being justified by his grace, we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
So, we are not alone in the struggle, but we have the perfect Saviour who has won the battle for us, and we can have eternal life with him.
As the prayer for today, we can sing LHS 377, as these two verses are a gift from God, and we can sing it back to him.
Take my life, and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee;
Take my moments and my days,
Let them flow in ceaseless praise.
Take my will, and make it Thine;
It shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart: it is Thine own;
It shall be Thy royal throne.