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“Ere I Roam”

October 7, 2008

“and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen” It’s one of the most comforting truths in scripture, and, although very elemental, it warrants pondering. The fact that, regardless of circumstances, (even the self-induced ones,) Jesus is always as close as the mention of his name. For those who are born of the Spirit and placing their complete confidence in the creator of all that is, there will never be a moment in which they are journeying alone; even when they make a mess of things and must come before the Lord in repentance. The Lord Jesus Christ never takes a holiday, never fails to deliver, and never abandons those who come to him through faith. He is our High Priest and he ever lives to make intercession for us. The apostle Paul explained the omnipotence of God to the citizens of Athens in the following familiar passage:

Acts 17:27-28 “That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, though he be not far from every one of us. For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain of your poets have said, For we are also his offspring.”

The Creator of the universe is close at hand to all. Not only does he abide with those who are in Christ, he is in close proximity to those who have not received him; ready to make them whole the hour that they first believe and turn to him by faith. In fact, when we see the wicked who appear to prosper from their doings, we are witnessing the incredible mercy of God who could, at any moment, withdraw from that person the breath of life. For those who are in the household of faith, his presence is far more profound. He is a very present help in trouble and he knows how to deliver the righteous from even the most contrary of situations. Once this truth makes the journey from our mind, 18 inches south and into our heart, the prevailing peace is so complete that we become “forever ruined” to look at the temporal world the same as beforetime. Another blogger recently referred to it as a “light bulb moment” when a truth crosses over from a theological belief to faith. Psalm 139 has much to say regarding this topic and is one to commit to memory.

Psalm 139:1-2 “O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thoughts afar off.” He understands our thoughts far better than we do. This is sobering, but also very comforting. He not only knows our thoughts, he knows every aspect of our situation and we should be confident that all things will work our for good.

Psalm 139:7-10 “Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.” We had a teacher in high school who always stated “wherever you go, that’s where you are.” Equally true is “wherever we go, God’s already there. This is truly awesome beyond words. (This entire psalm is awesome, but for the sake of time, I’m only hitting a few passages.)

Psalm 139:15 -16 “My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did seemy substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.” He knew us before we were formed and given an earthly name. Let me divert for a second here. I’m convinced that judgment is in this land. Along with the rampant iniquity; fornication, sodomy, witchcraft, drunkenness, and what have you, one element stands out. Seventy million abortions. Seventy million children, fearfully and wonderfully made, that have a name and are currently in the presence of God. They are witnesses against a nation that has forsaken the ways of righteousness. Abortion is the contemporary equivelant to the nations of old causing their children to pass through the fire. (Where are those nations now?) This issue is not just a political football; it is murder.

Psalm 139:17-18 “How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when i awake, I am still with thee.” We are continuously in the Lords thoughts; even when we become wrapped up in whatever it is in this life that seems important.

These truths are life changing, when they reach our heart. When we grasp them, this world becomes like a cold alien landscape. It’s fleshy offerings and appeasments will do nothing for us as we are in fellowship with Jesus and our only desire is to be closer to him. One may think that such a state would make one unprofitable in this fallen world, but such is not the case. When we are in close fellowship with the Lord, our desire becomes the furtherance of the kingdom of God. We so desire that those around us would call upon the name of Jesus that we’ll work tirelessly to reach them. We’ll possess a willingness to “go wherever” and “do whatever” the Lord places in our heart. I love to go into the nearby cities, pass out tracts, and talk to anyone who will listen. I must juggle time slots around in order to do this, but it’s a desire that I cannot shake. When I’m out there, the joy of the Lord flows like a river and it’s as though all of my earthly cares are a million light years away.

We don’t know what tomorrow holds in store and we may not know where we will be in a year. The year 2018 is shrouded in mystery; despite the most cautiously laid plans. Nonetheless, we can be certain of the continual presence of the Lord, who determined beforehand, our allotment of days under the sun and sees the end from the beginning. And when our days are completed, whether our final moment is tomorrow afternoon or a few years off, (James 4:13-15) we shall abide with him forever. A dwelling place where sorrows are forever removed and time is no longer a taskmaster.

 

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4 comments

  1. These are encouraging words timbob, it’s a pleasure to read your ponderings.


  2. I like that even though it is evident you believe we are living in end times you are actively living in this world and doing what you believe in. That is rare and I appreciate that you have not given up on the world in which we live right now.


  3. Hi Timbob, hope you’re doing okay. Things are crazy busy but I am on holiday for 16 days, so I’m spending more time with God. 🙂


  4. Good evening to all who have stopped by. Things have been hectic and finding time to get out here has been difficult.

    Beyondbluestockings: Thanks for taking time to stop in. The peae of God is so complete that it surpasses all of the devices of this world. I’ll stop by when I can.

    Endithinks: I found your blog almost by accident, but really enjoyed it. Indeed understanding the times doesn’t cause a withdrawing from this world, but rather a more fervent desire to reach all that we can reach with the gospel, comfort those in need of comforting, visit the prisoners, and love our neighbor as ourself. Thanks for stopping by.

    Code: Great to hear from you. I’ve been wondering how things are going, understanding that you were out of the country for a time. I hope all is well with you and your family. I will keep all in prayer. If you happen to get a hold of Susan or Richard, please tell them “hi” for me. Our schedules don’t match up very well. Have a blessed evening in Jesus.

    Thanks again to all for stopping in.



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