Thursday, April 19, 2007

The Amen

The word AMEN solemnly confirms that which went before; and Jesus is the great Confirmer; immutable, for ever is "the Amen" in all His promises.  Sinner, I would comfort thee with this reflection.  Jesus Christ said, "Come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."  If you come to Him, He will say "Amen" in your soul; His promise shall be true to you.  He said in the days of his flesh, "The bruised reed I will not break."  O thou poor, broken, bruised heart, if thou comest to Him, He will say "Amen" to thee, and that shall be true in thy soul..."  - Evening by Evening - C.H. Spurgeon c. 1928

I have been feeling the need to write something in my journal, but was struggling to find something significant to say.  My heart has been heavy and I haven't really felt as though I could articulate any thoughts.  But, something happened today that helped me to put things into perspective so that I could formulate a coherent sentence.

I have a friend and former co-worker, Andrea, who has suffered a great loss.  The loss of a daughter and son-in-law to a very violent domestic crime, and this has left Andrea with three very traumatized grandsons because both of their parents are gone.  I don't have children, so I can't imagine the amount of grief she must be feeling, and my heart just breaks for this family situation.  The Lord is completely at work on behalf of Andrea and her family and I will report more on this in the coming days as I witness the Lord's goodness showered upon them.  

In the midst of searching for words, the Lord led a co-worker to show me a devotional book from 1928, written by C.H. Spurgeon called, "Evening by Evening."  Today's devotional was just what I needed. [See above.]  "The Lord will say 'Amen' in my soul."  In my soul, not to my soul.  "In," because He resides IN my heart and IN my soul.  "Amen," a solemn confirmation of His love and His promises to us.  What more comfort can I receive at a time when I don't understand this world at all. 

The Lord speaks to me daily, reminding me that it is He, and He alone, that I should be seeking for my dependence.  HE is my Provider.  HE is my purpose! 

We will experience trials.  We will experience sickness.  We will experience heartache.  The Lord has made allowances for these in our lives in order that we may see Him at work in us and through us.  These seemingly negative situations that we experience are a perfect way for us to show our dependence on, and love and devotion to Him. 

My Lord is right beside me, resides in me, holds me up, and carries me. 

My Precious Father, I praise You for all that You are to me and in me.  Thank You.  Thank You.  Thank You.  I lift my hands to You in praise and thanksgiving.  May You be glorified.  I lift Andrea and her family up to You.  Cover them.  Protect them.  Fill them afresh with Your Spirit that they may be able to witness all that You are doing, and have done, on their behalf.  Reside in them.  Carry them.  Comfort them.  In Jesus name.  Amen.

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