Good morning all-
When was the last time you thought about our Lord's character? I have started a year long journey in reading the bible and was blessed to read in several books today. As I approached the New Testament a Scripture jumped out at me and really made me think about character. My journey started with Adam and Eve and progressed to Paul. What makes all these characters so dynamic is their triumphs and trials and the lessons they learned from sin and faith. None of us is perfect and that is clear as you read the Scripture but have you ever wondered why God blessed Adam and Eve with Seth or why Cain was able to go unharmed? And later, why Paul became a great man of God even though he was responsible for killing hundreds of Christians. But what I found most intriguing was glimpsing into Christ's character. We know the stories; we know the results but do we realize the true meaning of what He did for us? I know for me that my trials sometimes take me away from the true meaning of Christ but it's in our trials we must look upon what God has done for us. Again, he spared a killers life, gave another child to a sinful couple and blessed a killer of Christians. Wow! When was the last time you thought about that?
I find myself thanking God for this time He has given me to slow down, spend more time with Him and really focus on the word. My mornings have been spent thinking about Him instead of rushing to the office. 2015 will be busy in my world but it will be important for me to believe in Him, to nurture my relationship with Him and to continue to gain access into His thoughts, feelings and direction. That's going to take dedication and a willingness to be still so that's my prayer this year.
I am going to leave you today with this Scripture. I think we should all read it and meditate on it for it holds the keys to our journey. May God bless you as you read His word.
Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:6-11 NIV)