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Every day it seems to get a little harder

Routines are good and are something we should all have in our life. Elaine and I have a routine that every day we get our first cup of coffee and our Bibles and go sit down in the family room. The routine is that we read 4 chapters of the Bible. Tomorrow morning will be in 1 Samual 1 and we will read 4 chapters. We do this because we have found it is the perfect routine for us to start our day. By doing so, we are equipped with the Word of the Lord in our life as we will go about the day.

We all have routines like this and others in our life. Things that we do and that support our life and how we lead it. For us, we take supplements, eat healthy and stay active and busy. These are things we all should do but they are different for each of us. However, there are things that we all should and need to do.

I was reading a post recently and it spoke about how people seem to fear how they will die more than what happens after they die. We have spoken about this before. Listen, I don’t know when I will die. My prayer is that Jesus will come back and take us all to Heaven before I die. As a matter of fact, in Revelation 22:20, we read Jesus words-

...“Surely I am coming quickly.”

John’s response is Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

It has been over 2,000 years and we are still waiting for His return for the church. Yet it is important to note that Scripture says in 2 Peter 3:8 we- not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day

Putting this in the correct Biblical perspective Jesus is coming back and like John we want it to be sooner than later. However, as we know His time is not our time because from His point of view He has only been gone a couple of days. Of course, Jesus doesn't know when He is returning for the church. In Matthew 24:36 are recorded Jesus own words on this matter-

“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.

So with that said, Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

I am not trying to get out of anything but rather I know that it will be better with Him in His Heaven than here on this earth. As we see and read this old world is getting worse by the minute. You may be having a hard time with what is happening today. You remember that the Scriptures say that in the end there will be wars and rumors of wars. Well, that has always been the case and is probably no more so today than any other time. Yet, today we see and read it constantly because we are so much more connected to current events. Today, when this blog was written, there was a Russian invasion of the country of Ukraine. It is the 13th day of the war in Ukraine. The President has just said that the United States will no longer import Russian oil. Where will all of this take us? Only the good Lord in Heaven knows.

You remember that I quoted Spurgeon last week when he said- “God is too good to be unkind and He is too wise to be mistaken. And when we cannot trace His hand, we must trust His heart.”

Listen, my friend, I am tracing His hand every opportunity but when I cannot trace it I am trusting His heart. I have to or I could never live this life He has given me. None of us know how or even if God may use us. I am reminded and probably you are too of the story in the Bible of Esther. She was reminded by Mordechai that it may have been for such a time as they were facing that God had placed her in a particular position. None of us ever really think of ourselves as having those Esther moments. That is probably a very good thing. Because if we knew, we would probably mess it up and of course, God would have to step in and in some other way take care of the situation. Is it wrong to look at situations as maybe an Esther moment? No, and as a matter of fact, it would probably be better if we paid more attention to how God wants to use us than what we are getting out of life.

I know some of you may be saying right now that I just went to meddling. You know sticking my nose into your business. Well, that may be true but you need to know that I it did because that is the way God, through His Holy Spirit, has led me today. You may be facing an Esther moment in your life, This blog today may be what God uses to challenge you to consider what He wants and not what you want. It is all about trusting Him because “God is too good to be unkind and He is too wise to be mistaken. And when we cannot trace His hand, we must trust His heart.”

In God's Grace,

Elbert Nasworthy

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