From Where Does My Help Come?

Where do we turn when the chaos of life seems unbearable? Observing my 18-month-old reveals a great deal about my own heart when trying to answer this question. When she is hurt, sick, uncomfortable or hungry, she doesn’t look to herself or any other physical thing for remedy or comfort. She immediately cries out for her mother or me to find peace that is otherwise lost. Do I have child-like faith that abandons hope in things and even people and runs straight to Jesus? Psalm 121 delivers this reminder:

“My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber…The LORD will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life.” (vs. 2, 3, 7)

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Be Still

I can still hear my parents recalling my childhood hyperactivity and relentless pursuit of attention.  Through their stories, it is clear to me that during my younger years, my “OFF” switch was broken and that I remained “ON” unless I was sleeping.  My memory of these things fails me, but now that I have a toddler of my own, I have to say I believe them.  My daughter is constantly moving – taking in the sights and sounds around her, taking hold of literally everything she can reach (whether she is supposed to have it or not), dancing in circles around our kitchen island.  She never stops.  When I look at my life as an adult, I realize that it’s pace is similar to that of a toddler.

My life is filled with work and family responsibilities that occupy most of my time.  Where is there time for Jesus?

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Sanctifying Christ in Your Heart

By those who come near Me, I will be treated as holy (sanctified, KJV),
And before all the people I will be honored”
Leviticus 10:3

The question before us is “what does it mean, practically, to be sanctified or ‘to sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts’” (I Peter 3:15). Many times over in the Old Testament, men are sanctifying themselves before the Lord.  In I Samuel 16, Samuel sanctifies himself before the awesome and fearful task of identifying Saul’s successor, David.  In the first chapter of Job, although Job did not hear of any notorious abuse of his sons in their “feasting”, Job was still afraid lest they should sin.  He knew how dangerous it was to have so much satisfaction in the flesh and not to transgress bounds.  So, Job went out to his sons and their families and sanctified them.  Sanctifying and preparing one’s self for worship is one and the same in Scripture.  It is one special thing that God requires, in our drawing near to Him, to make a full and right preparation.

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