The Way of the Lord!
The masses rush without an aim in life, trying to enjoy ease and earn their daily bread, unmindful of death that waits for them. Only few people think of God, fear him and do their best to observe his ordinances, so that they may receive his guidance and truth.
The Creator of the universe does not forget his creatures. He loves them, thinks of them, speaks to them and searches their hearts. He desires to give them divine power out of his fullness, if they repent and turn to him.
When Adam and Eve disobeyed God, they were ashamed and hid from him, having realized the evil they had committed. Yet the Lord did not condemn them, but came looking for them saying,
”Where are you, Adam?”
The Creator looks for everyone and asks, ”Where are you? Where have you reached in your life?”
The Lord called Abraham in Mesopotamia, from the midst of his corrupt polytheistic society, and made him a restless traveler searching for a spotless eternal home. Are you too, dear reader, searching for the way of righteousness, seeking an eternal home for yourself?
Jacob was a clever conniver. He fled to a far away land and married there. After long years in a strange land, he came back to his homeland. But the angel of the Lord stood in his way to punish him for his past transgression. Yet Jacob believed in the great mercy of the Lord. He wrestled the Holy One saying,
”I will not let you go unless you bless me!”
Are you clinging to God until he saves you?
Moses fled from Egypt to the wilderness because, in his wrath, he had killed a guard who was beating a Hebrew slave. Forty years later the Lord appeared to him in a burning bush, and proclaimed: ”I AM” the One who never changes. He will be faithful forever. Did the Lord find you in the wilderness of life? Did your heart hear his frequent call to you? Have you felt the faithfulness of the One who does not change?
Samuel was a young lad when the Lord called him and appointed him to be a Judge of his nation. God does not choose only adults, but young people as well. We should teach children around us the word of God in their own language and lead them to Him. The Lord desires to reveal himself to young people today, using servants like you.
David committed adultery, then gave an order to kill the woman’s husband. But the Lord did not let him go. He sent him a prophet to expose his crime and to proclaim God’s wrath on him. David sincerely repented and began to urge sinners to turn from sin to their Lord. David found grace and forgiveness in the Lord. Read Psalm 51; learn it by heart and pray its verses in faith, so that you may find comfort and forgiveness as David did.
Isaiah, the prophet, saw a glimpse of the glory of the Holy Lord, and cried,
”Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.”(Isaiah 6:5).
He cried because the light of the Lord disclosed his condition to him as well as the condition of the people around him. Do you long to approach God to see his glory? Then you will discover that your sin separates you from the Holy One. Do you know that your sins prevent you from coming close to the Holy Creator and the barrier should be removed?
”We beg you, be reconciled to God”
(2 Corinthians 5:20).
One who wishes to satisfy God should keep his command-ments. Whoever unintentionally sins and disobeys his commandments, should confess his sin and ask the Lord’s pardon according to his promise,
”If we confess our sins,
He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins
and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”
(1 John 1:9).
He who lies, let him go to the Lord and confess that he had lied. He who finds something in his house that does not belong to him, let him take it to its owner and beg his pardon. He who works uncleanness with another person, let him confess his iniquity to God, repent and not sin again. He, who oppresses another, including his parents, spouse or children, let him ask their pardon and help them practically.
John the Baptist fulfilled the great promise of Isaiah the prophet repeating the revelation he had received,
”The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted and every mountain and hill brought low; the crooked places shall be made straight and the rough places smooth; the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together” (Isaiah 40:3-5; Luke 3:4-6).
John the Baptist declared that no man is righteous. We are all guilty and must be cleansed and transformed in meek humility. He who suffers and groans under depression should be encouraged and revived. He who has cheated others, let him avoid his dubious ways, walk straight, and compensate those he has wronged.
The following verses summarize the commandments of the Lord:
”You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength”
(Deuteronomy 6:5), and,
”You shall love your neighbor as yourself”
If you want to love God, keep his commandments. Ask the Lord to show you how to prepare his way so that he may come to you personally.
The Son of Mary was born supernaturally, for God’s spirit became a man in him. Christ came in the flesh into the midst of corrupt, sinful mankind. He proved his love for them by healing all the sick who came to him, and by spiritual authority, he delivered the possessed from their demons. Yet most of his nation did not recognize that the essence of his glory was pure love.
The merciful Lord opens his heart to all who try to prepare the way for his coming to them. This is why the Son of Mary took away the sin of the world, atoned for us, cleansed us from all sin, and justified us freely. We should thank him and love him because he opened the door to heaven to us.
The coming of Christ to our world is the unseen axis around which the history of mankind turns. God came to our world, so that the world would be able to turn to him. God forgives everyone who repents and turns to him. He who understands this secret is wise, and he who applies it will be approved.
Christ rose from the grave for he had overcome death, ascended to heaven, and is living with the holy God. He longs for his followers whom he loves. He knows their weaknesses and hopes. This is why he sent his Holy Spirit to them. Prior to his ascending to heaven, Christ said,
”I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Comforter shall not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you” (John 16:7).
God comes to us through the Holy Spirit, our Comforter, who dwells in Christ’s followers.
Have you opened your heart to the spirit of Christ? He wants to change you and fill you with his love so that his peace, joy, longsuffering and gentleness will dwell in you (Matthew 11:29, Galatians 5:22-23). The Lord knocks at the door of your heart. Will you open your heart to him? Do not harden your mind before him, but prepare the way of the Lord into you.
For your light has come!
And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.
For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth,
And deep darkness the people;
But the LORD will arise over you,
And His glory will be seen upon you.
Christ’s love guides all who are spiritually renewed to bring the good news of the gospel to their friends and neighbors and tell them that God is also willing to come to them. Do not merely turn around yourself, but follow Christ and search for those who are going astray.
If you do not know how to serve the Lord, pray and ask for his guidance and direction and he will show you how to reach others, perform good deeds, and offer charity to the needy. The Lord will open your mouth so you may speak to those who desire to hear about God’s love and holiness. The Lord strengthens you, goes with you and protects you. Submit the steering wheel of your life to Christ, then you will be filled with blessings. The Lord will arrange spiritual contacts for you.
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