Eye Strain

EYE STRAIN

My eyes long for your salvation and the fulfillment of your righteous promise.  Psalm 119:123

Much of my life has been spent on the road.  I’ve driven a lot of late nights, waiting for a hundred miles or so to disappear so that the exit for my hotel would bring me much needed rest.  Mile markers go down slowly when you’re fighting sleep.  Have you ever noticed that?  The window is cracked a bit for fresh air, the music is blaring, and you pray you don’t fall asleep at the wheel.  Your eyes are straining to see each sign approach, just hoping that when they focus, the exit will reveal that you’ve arrived safely. Continue reading “Eye Strain”

God’s Mortgage Payment

GOD’S MORTGAGE PAYMENT

Give your servant a pledge of good; let not the insolent oppress me.  Psalm 119:122

            Those who have engaged in military battles can tell you that victory was never sure.  In the middle of the war, no one could tell who the victor would be.  The prospect of winning or losing changed with the day.  Oftentimes, the war would turn just before the end and the underdog would win.  Continue reading “God’s Mortgage Payment”

Putting Holy In Front Of God

PUTTING ‘HOLY’ IN FRONT OF GOD

My flesh trembles for fear of you, and I am afraid of your judgments.  Psalm 119:120

    In the missionary journal of Henry Martyn, this entry was found.  “In prayer, in the evening I had such new and terrific views of God’s judgment upon sinners in Hell, that my flesh trembled for fear of them … I flew trembling to Jesus Christ as if the flames were taking hold of me! Oh! Christ will indeed save me or else I perish.”  Not many writers, not many teachers, not many of God’s children speak this way today.  There is a lazy respect for God’s holiness.  As hymns have given way, almost entirely, to new worship songs (I love them as well), the heavy doctrines which have defined our Christian faith, even in song, have taken a back seat.  Continue reading “Putting Holy In Front Of God”