Thursday, August 23, 2012
Pleasant Stone Devotional Meditation: August 23
“… it was revealed … unto us … which things the angels desire to look into” ~ 1 Peter 1:12a, c
The two simple steps shared in the last two meditations lead directly to a thankful heart “in all things.” And they were “revealed to us … which things the angels desire to look into.”
1. Give the heartache and the cause for it back to the Lord. “Pour it out” at His blessed feet as a love-offering. This is easier than a surrender. It is really the same thing, but the word “surrender” implies we are giving up to an enemy. I can pour anything out as a love-offering to One who is love Himself.
2. Accept it with the joy Christ left us. The joy that is “God in your blood.” God will always be in your blood. When you are laughing at a good joke or weeping beside a new grave. He will be there as joy. “I will never forsake your.” Accept this thing you can’t do, this criticism, that difficult person, the fiery trial, the temptation-flames across your heart, the loss, the weeping, the loneliness, the confusion, the new grave --- accept it in His strength and in His joy.
You cannot? I [Eugenia Price, the author] must disagree. “With God all things are possible.” And we can accept what has happened to us if we have really given it back as a love-offering. Not because of our action, but because of who Christ is! We can trust everything we know about the heart that broke on Calvary. When it is in His hands, we no longer have to cope with it. We can “accept it” and we will find that thanks come because of the character of the One before whom we have poured out our love-offering! He means us well.
“God is love … God is love.”