"For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth." ~ Deuteronomy14:2

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Pleasant Stone Devotional Meditation: March 6

"And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever; ... I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you" ~ John 14:16, 18
Our "red stone" collection of verses speaks to me [Eugenia Price, the author] of the very life of God. For in His life we find His love and His wisdom and His redeeming power. All we need is in Him. And wonder of wonders, Jesus Himself promised in our radiant "red stone" above that He will not leave us comfortless. Not in time of sorrow, but also not in time of need for our work or our peace of mind. He said He would pray the Father for another Comforter who would abide with us forever. This is a great relief. But to me, it is an even greater relief that Jesus added almost immediately that He Himself would come to us. He died to cleanse us of our sins, to make us a fit place for Him to come. And then, when we receive Him in his fullness, He comes. No two ways about it. No questions asked. No theology to understand. No dues to pay. No written invitation needed. He just comes because He said He would. And although I have read and reread this, as you have, I love to write it again: He comes and fills us with Himself! He is enough. He doesn't rule out other things we need. He includes them. "By Him all things consist." By Him all things hold together. All we need for anything. Our part is to discover the riches in Christ Jesus. We don't need to struggle to put them there. They are there. "in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." All that God is, Christ is, and all that we can possibly contain of Him has come to live His very life within us in the person of the Holy Spirit. There is no end to the wonder. There is no end to the love. There is no end to the resources. No end to the joy.
"... the water that I shall give him shall be IN him a well of water springing up into everlasting life."

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