"Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee:
I trust that this little line from me finds you and your loved ones well and safely tucked away from Covid-19.
Who would have thought right at the beginning of this year that just weeks into the future here we would all be either locked down or severely restricted in our movements because of this horrible pandemic!
Life is surreal! It's like being in a film set or a dream, only each morning when I wake up, life is still strange, very strange indeed! Industries have ground to a halt, buying and selling is only permitted for absolute necessities, the roads and freeways are almost empty, and the sound of children playing in the streets is but a memory. Here, as in other places worldwide we are in lockdown!
It feels as if the world has stopped spinning and we are suspended in another dimension. I can never remember a time like this when everything was so quiet! I open my windows and there is only the sound of the wind passing through the trees and birds calling to each other.
However, this crisis hasn't completely had the upper hand over everyone because although most of us are locked down, I believe some of those old fashioned principles once suffocated under the pressure of fast paced living are beginning to emerge once again. Now everything has slowed down, people are gradually appreciating the value of home and family again, and are rightfully appreciating those who serve us, and are more compassionate towards the less fortunate and the vulnerable. AND of course, people are more conscious of their mortality ... there's nothing like a crisis to turn the hearts of the people to God, who is our only hope.
I get the feeling that He is trying to get our attention!
Of course, those old fashioned principles are God like in character and being conscious of our mortality has been put there in our heart by God Himself. Covid-19 is a wakeup call for all of us! Perhaps it will be the last one everyone gets before events on God's timetable take place shortly. Jesus is coming again as He promised! He will come suddenly for those who are waiting for Him - Don't be left behind!
God in His loving and merciful heart doesn't want anyone to perish but that all should come to repentance, fully trust in Him and allow Him to save them. And He doesn't want His people to have a saved soul and a lost and wasted life either, so He is using a situation brought about by this virus to create a 'silence' that has rarely happened in human history.
These are unprecedented times and believe it or not we are a very privileged people; for although there is the concern that comes packaged with Covid-19, the eternal God who loves us has got us all locked down and quiet to allow the possibility to hear him speak ....
"... And after the fire a still small voice."
"Be still, and know that I am God."
Now that the fire and fury of fast paced living has been dissolved for a while and we have no choice but slow down or stop completely in some cases, now it is quiet enough to hear the 'still small voice of God' ... if we're listening! Humble yourself before Him, and open up your Bible; because He has a promise especially for you: "Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you." James 4: 8.
Please know this, that God doesn't waste afflictions or a crisis like this one, and it would be a great loss to miss what He wants you to know right now in the midst of all the suffocating uncertainties.
First of all there is one thing of which we can be sure ...
Why not use the concern about tomorrow and the future to drive you to the One who knows the beginning from the end. This is the One who cares for your soul more than you do and wants to give to you a certain future, an unshakable faith and a hope that is unquenchable.
He sent His precious Son into the world over two-thousand years ago to do something we cannot do for ourselves. Sin is a greater foe than Covid-19 because it separates people from God robbing them of a personal relationship with Him and a hope for the future. But the death of Jesus on the cross eradicated the problem, satisfied an offended God about our sin and provides hope, forgiveness, and cleansing. This precious rose from the dead on the third day and is now a living Man in heaven. Soon His people are going to be taken up to be with Him where He is.
Living in a time of so many uncertainties, God's remedy for our dilemma is something certain, steadfast and sure. Now, doesn't that sound like something we all need?
Treasure the silence while you can. Lift your heart to God in prayer and search for Him with all your heart. Until this crisis you perhaps would never have thought of doing that before. But wouldn't it be a wonderful thing to look back one day and be grateful for the lockdown order, because perhaps there in the silence you found Hope in the God of mercy, the unspeakable joy of sins forgiven and the precious promise of a home in heaven.
Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:
A week or two ago someone sent to me the above comical little video to put a smile on my face. A light hearted exchange followed and while we were in 'conversation' I thought how life can be rather like that of the unfortunate squirrel at times.
'Aha!' I thought, 'I think I have an inspirational thought for Rest a While's next Blog.'
After a little search and finding the video again I noticed the first comment from a viewer expressed the same sentiment I had intended to use. The commenter wrote: "A perfect metaphor of our life in the modern world." And so now, if I am able I would like to elaborate a little on that sentiment from a Biblical perspective.
"My people have committed two evils;
they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters,
and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water."
All around me it seems there are people attempting to climb 'greasy poles' in a frantic attempt to attain the prize at the end of all that effort. (Whatever they feel the prize might be!)
Perhaps the prize for them might be acquiring more money to buy the things they think they need. Perhaps it's getting more 'friends' on social media to boost their self esteem. Climbing the corporate ladder until they reach the top just might satisfy the ambition that burns in the breast. Some just might even get to the top of the 'greasy pole' and enjoy the prize, but the satisfaction will only be short lived. Why is that?
It is because we were never made to be satisfied with anything other than the living God who made us. God has declared that it is a sin to forsake Him who is the source of all that which satisfies the longing soul, and attempt to try another way. All that effort only to produce something with holes that cannot retain the thing that we think we need.
It is pure folly to attempt to live without the living God.
No matter how good and viable the reasoning might appear to be according to human reasoning, the Bible tells us: "There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death." Proverbs 14: 12. In fact this is so important to grasp this fact, the Bible tells us the very same thing a second time in ch 16: 25! And when the Bible mentions something twice we need to pay attention; for this is important!
And so sadly I look out at the people around me, both near and dear and those further afield, and watch them pursue something that is going to hurt them while ignoring the encouragement to turn to the Lord, 'the fountain of living waters'.
The Lord Jesus once said:
"Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:
But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst;
but the water that I shall give him
shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life."
John 4: 13-14.
This He said to a woman who wasn't afraid or too proud to admit before Him her dire need.
If you were to read the account of this conversation the Lord had with this Samaritan woman beginning from verse 3 you will see that the Lord didn't point an accusing finger at her. Simply by allowing Him the time to speak with her she soon understood that the life she had been perusing was causing her to 'thirst again' and He was the One able to quench that thirst forever.
Nothing has changed you know, and neither has He!
The Bible tells us that:
"He satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness."
Psalm 107: 9.
If only folks, perhaps even someone like you would be prepared to turn to the living Lord Jesus, the only source of 'living waters', and trust in Him fully, they would soon find out that He is indeed true to His word ...
"If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.
He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said,
out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water."
John 7: 37-38.
Now that sounds like a picture of absolute soul satisfaction to me, so much so that the life and the joy inside cannot be contained and overflows for the benefit of others in the near vicinity. Those who know this for themselves quickly discover that 'greasy pole' climbing is no longer necessary, and very much a thing of the past. :)
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The alarm was set as it usually is to wake me up early so I can have some precious alone time with the Lord before I tackled my duties of the day.
Something stirred me from my sleep but it wasn't my alarm! An uneasy feeling swept over me and I opened my eyes to see the sun had risen. This could only mean one thing ... I slept through my alarm and I wasn't sure how late I was! Did I still have a few moments in which to gather my thoughts, pray and read my Bible?
The answer ... not much time at all! I had soundly slept well past the time I had allotted for my quiet time and now I had to launch into the day feeling unprepared! O dear!
Somehow this effected my mind set all the daylong because I love those moments alone with the Lord before my busy days begin. I had missed out on something I deem essential and an integral part of my living. Missing out on being alone with God seemed to have a greater impact than missing a meal or some other important part of daily living.
I later discovered that when I had set my alarm the night before I had accidentally instructed the alarm to sound in the evening instead of in the morning. Well, that wasn't very helpful but it was very good to know that I hadn't slept through all the noise my phone alarm makes :) It just didn't sound at all!
Thankfully, now I knew it wasn't my fault, and I knew the Lord understood I was comforted and looked forward to stealing some time with Him in the evening instead.
I suppose something like this happens to almost everyone from time to time but it made me think about all the 'alarms' around us alerting us to the time in which we are living. We are living in the very end of the end times and all the craziness we witness on a daily basis verifies this fact.
Everything in current affairs as they are presented to us daily in the media point to the fact that -
Something is about to happen any minute now!
Globalism appears to be the up and coming new world religion. The truth according to the Bible is rejected, and those who stand for it are hated with passion. The life of a baby in the womb is not the precious thing it out to be. Confusion reigns since the question of genders has arisen. Anti Semitism is growing at an alarming rate. The enemies of Israel are at their borders! And what are the world leaders trying to negotiate in their meetings together? Peace and safety! I hear those words mentioned frequently and when I hear them I am reminded of the words of the Apostle Paul who wrote:
"For when they shall say, Peace and safety;
then sudden destruction cometh upon them,
as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day:
we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.
For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.
But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love;
and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.
For God hath not appointed us to wrath,
but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ."
I Thessalonians 5: 3-9.
May I gently remind all who are reading this today to wake up out of your slumber, the alarm bells are ringing, our redemption is drawing near, the promise of the coming of our beloved Lord Jesus is nearer than what we thought, and to use the words of someone I heard on YouTube the other day: 'Soon we fly'! Soon we will hear the call to rise up and come away from this sad old world and system that has rejected the only One who can give them hope.
The wrath to come will arrive not long after all of God's people will have been removed and transported into His glorious presence. We will not be here when this world goes through suffering and tribulation the likes of which has never been seen on earth before. As quoted in the verses above: 'God has not appointed us to wrath but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ.'
But what about those who have been left behind? Who are they?
If you haven't yet trusted in the Lord Jesus, you are at great risk of being among those who are left behind to suffer the wrath of God that is to be unleashed upon this world in a soon coming day.
Bless God, that there is the opportunity to escape and be counted in among those who have the 'blessed hope' to look forward to. But don't waste a moment of time, because He is coming soon, very soon.
Everyone who escaped God's judgements in past ages came to a place of safety the same way people must do today. They escaped by trusting in God's remedy for their dilemma. All of God's remedies in the past looked forward to the ultimate remedy when Jesus went to the cross as the substitute for lost sinners. His precious blood was shed in payment for the tremendous debt we owe. The work He accomplished has bridged the gap between the sinner and the living God. The work is finished. Nothing to do but trust!
"What must I do to be saved?
Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved ..."
Acts 16: 30-31
It is as simple as that! But remember, though the work is done, and all we need to do is simply trust or believe on Him, let us never forget that it was never simple for God.
It cost Him everything to save you from the wrath to come.
It cost Him His Son.
It cost the sinless Saviour broken fellowship with God for the first time in eternity while bearing our sin in His own body on the cross. He bore the wrath we deserve because God is not willing that anyone should perish. This is the work that He has already done for you to completely trust in, lean heavily upon and be associated with.
Wake up, dear friends, Jesus is coming soon, the hour is late, and you need to be ready!
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The world has never been so dark as I have found it to be in the past year. No matter where we look, to the left, to the right, the world has felt like quicksand that no one can lift themselves out of. Those ruling our countries are in turmoil and no one can actually get all that much which is worthwhile accomplished. The environment in which we live feels rather like a big boiling pot about to blow its lid! And all the while living here makes us feel like groaning under the weight of it all.
Don't you ever feel like this is not our home anymore? I don't know about you but I am really looking forward to going to my real home - I just long for "the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and our Lord Jesus Christ." Titus 2: 13. I absolutely can't wait to see the One "who loved me and gave himself for me." Galatians 2: 20. The desire in my heart to see the fulfilment of His promise to come and take us to "the Father's House" increases with intensity as each day passes.
Well, this world might be a dark place, but the darker our surroundings are, the greater our joy ought to be in anticipating that bright and blessed day. Whenever I write to folks I usually find an occasion in which I can insert a 'Perhaps Today!' phrase, but actually, in reality His coming is so close it could actually be within this next hour - it is that close!
The question is ... are we ready?
As you can tell I am a great fan of the promised coming of our beloved Lord Jesus, (I always have been,) and I understand from Scripture there are crowns given to those who love His appearing, so when it comes to rewards in heaven, I'll have at least one crown to lay at the feet of my beloved Lord Jesus one soon day :)
A little while ago I was listening Online to a broadcast about the imminent return of our beloved Lord Jesus. At some point in the conversation between the presenter and his guest, the lady called Jan Markell said: "This is called 'the blessed hope' for a reason, and ought to be a comfort to every believer. And every time we see a dark headline we need to realise that this is nothing but a harbinger of His return."
So let this be a comfort to you, especially if perhaps you are battle weary and longing for the promised victory. It won't be long now, keep on keeping on, soon you will hear the call: "Arise my love, my dove, my fair one, and come away." Song of Solomon 2: 13.
I trust that the video below will be a great encouragement to you concerning this great event about to take place at any time - Perhaps sometime in 2020, or ... Perhaps Today!
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Here we are again, another Christmas season has descended upon us and now that most of all the hard work is done it is good to sit back and reflect for a little while.
The crazy rush reminds me a little of what it might have been like when our beloved Lord Jesus came into the world all those years ago. The rush and squeeze of the crowds to seek lodgings in Bethlehem during the introduction of a new taxing system. Travellers had arrived from all over the place along with a young couple expecting a baby at any minute.
'No room for them in the inn' the Bible tells us, which sounds very familiar when I look around and see that nothing's changed after all those years!
The world doesn't have time or space for this precious One but for those who do, He has in store a whole host of blessings that the heart is hardly able to contain.
"... Prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts,
if I will not open you the windows of heaven,
and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it."
Malachi 3: 10
He came on a mission the first time to do something for us that we are unable to do for ourselves and it meant a trip from the crib in Bethlehem to the cross at Calvary in the space of only thirty three and a half short years. The life He lived in sinless perfection in between revealed to us the heart of His loving heavenly Father.
Here we are in all our need and God has made full provision for that need in His beloved Son. The debt our sin stacked up, in Him has been paid for in full. That which has separated us from God has been removed forever. And the fear and uncertainty of the future has been removed; the promise of a home in heaven awaits us.
All this was already provided for and all the work was done while we were in an unfit state: "God commendeth his love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us." Romans 5: 8.
In order to come into the benefit of this wonderful provision, one essential requirement is needful. And that is complete childlike trust in the work that has already been done. No fancy prayers are necessary. No special works are needed. Just an honest heart before an all knowing God who already knows your need for forgiveness, and the faith enough just to hand everything over to Him and trust in Him with all your heart.
The world might not have changed in its rejection of heaven's best but God hasn't changed either, and this is something for which we can be truly thankful. The expression of the Father in the Son remains the same for all time and eternity, because the Bible tells us that: "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever." Hebrews 13: 8.
So, why not make this the best Christmas season ever by accepting God's unspeakably wonderful gift and receiving Him as you very own personal Saviour? The moment you do with true sincerity you will begin a path you will never regret.
Happy Christmas everyone - see you soon ♥
Saying 'Hello' from my little corner to yours with love
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