“No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.” John 6:44
“24 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;
25 Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;
26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;
27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:
28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.” Acts 17:24-28
Isn’t it fascinating how our thoughts can trek currents in that sparsely charted sea to which we refer as, “Our Knowledge of Him?”
I was having some quiet time today relaxing and reflecting on the beautiful way the Lord has cared for me as I once described it in a poem and devotion I wrote here a few years ago:
For a long time now this verse has surfaced in my mind quite often… whenever I take the time to consider the Lord’s steadfast love and the tender mercies that He has lavished on me:
“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.” Psalm 23:6
My thoughts about my “rose” devotion lead me to that Bible verse. I have clung to it often while praying this line from “The Lord’s Prayer”:
“And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.” (Luke 11:4b)
Then I thought about how I often exchange the word “us” for the word “me” in that line. This thought lead me to reckoning and to resting in the fact that I can pray these words the next time I am feeling a burden for my brothers or sisters in the Lord:
“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow them all the days of their lives: and they will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.” Psalm 23:6
The next thing I knew, I was pondering these words of Fanny Crosby that were surfacing in my mind:
I am Thine, O Lord, I have heard Thy voice,
And it told Thy love to me;
But I long to rise in the arms of faith
And be closer drawn to Thee.
Then I paused and thought of those people I have known who have professed that they do “not” believe in the message of the gospel, and felt sad and began to compose another verse. I like to think she wouldn’t mind if I shared it here:
There are those you’ve made in your image, Lord,
Who are still in unbelief;
Give them eyes to see. Grant them ears to hear
So they would abide in Thee…
Draw “them” nearer, nearer blessèd Lord,
To the cross where Thou hast died.
Draw “them” nearer, nearer, nearer blessèd Lord,
To Thy precious, bleeding side.
Will you pray these verses with me? ❤
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