Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Forever!

 15And he shall live, and to him shall be given of the gold of Sheba: prayer also shall be made for him continually; and daily shall he be praised.
 16There shall be an handful of corn in the earth upon the top of the mountains; the fruit thereof shall shake like Lebanon: and they of the city shall flourish like grass of the earth.
 17His name shall endure for ever: his name shall be continued as long as the sun: and men shall be blessed in him: all nations shall call him blessed. 

Forever!
As we continue our devotionals from Psalm 72, we recognize the "handwriting" of King Solomon, who was given the gold of Sheba when the Queen of Sheba visited him. Even though these verses speak of King Solomon, they are also speaking of the One of whom King Solomon is a type, the Lord Jesus Christ. 

Though the name of Solomon has endured even to the present day, it is truly the name of Christ that shall endure forever, for truly His name shall continue as long as the sun. Only in Him can we say, men shall be blessed in him; all nations shall call him blessed.

How amazing is it that these words, penned thousands of years ago, are so poignant in our day? As we see the world running as quickly as it can away from the rule of God, may we, as Christians, keep our faces steadfastly turned to God, our Rock and our Hope. Let us remember that our prayers should be made to Him continually; daily we must praise His name.

As we look upon the blessings that have been heaped upon us, let us remember that these are the blessings of God. We live in a time of great abundance, but it may not always be so. For while many of us sit in the lap of luxury, we must remember those who, because of their faith and trust in God, are being persecuted, living in poverty, and being torn from their families. Has God left them? Is not His arm of protection strong enough to keep them from evil?

No, God has not left them; He is still their Rock and Fortress. In Him they find hope, peace, joy, and comfort, for the things of this earth are just temporary, but the Word of the Lord will stand forever!  Let us continue to pray for these dear brothers and sisters in Christ that they will stand firm in the day of adversity.

Let us also be reminded that the abundance of blessings that are being heaped upon us will not last forever. Even in the supposedly Christian nation of the United States, the tide is continuing to turn against true believers. Let us fill our hearts and lives with God's Word while we can so that, when the day of adversity comes, we, too, will be able to stand against the rulers of darkness.

Only of God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ can it be said, His name shall endure forever! Go to Him today, put your faith and trust in Him, and pray that He will guide you and teach you in the way you should go. In Christ is no darkness, neither shadow of turning. In Him, alone, is the Light of Life!

God Bless You,
Linda



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