Look, Listen, Feel. Something we have ALL heard…
What bible verse sums this up?
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”
Look upon the LORD, watch and learn (another tidbit, commonly said, used in the right context? We do not see Him but read of Home, Hear of Him, know of Him.)
There are so many Scripture verses about looking and watching. Who are the happiest, most joyful in your immediate surroundings? I was hoping you would say “Me!” Are you? Why not? We have an example, The Example, not only joyous but Jesus wept. There are so many emotions we have as examples: https://www.christiancourier.com/articles/20-emotions-of-jesus-the
Two passages in the Gospels and one in the Epistles (Hebrews 5:7) teach that Jesus wept. In the Gospels our Lord wept as He looked on man’s misery, and both instances demonstrate our Lord’s (loving) human nature, His compassion for people, and the life He offers to those who believe. When Jesus wept, He showed all these things.
John 11:1–45 concerns the death and resurrection of Lazarus, the brother of Mary and Martha and a friend of our Lord. Jesus wept (John 11:35) when He gathered with the sisters and others mourning Lazarus’s death. Jesus did not weep over the death itself since He knew Lazarus would soon be raised and ultimately spend eternity with Him in heaven. Yet He could not help but weep when confronted with the wailing and sobbing of Mary, Martha, and the other mourners (John 11:33). The original language indicates that our Lord wept “silent tears” or tears of compassion for His friends (Romans 12:15).
If Jesus had been present when Lazarus was dying, His compassion would have caused Him to heal His friend (John 11:14–15). But preventing a death might be considered by some to be a chance circumstance or just a “minor” miracle, and this was not a time for any doubt. So Lazarus spent four days in death’s grave before Jesus publicly called him back to life. The Father wanted these witnesses to know that Jesus was the Son of God, that Jesus was sent by God, and that Jesus and the Father had the same will in everything (John 11:4, 40–42). Only the one true God could have performed such an awesome and breathtaking miracle, and through this miracle the Father and the Son were glorified, and many believed (John 11:4, 45).
In Luke 19:41–44 the Lord is taking His last trip to Jerusalem shortly before He was crucified at the insistence of His own people, the people He came to save. Earlier, the Lord had said, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, just as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not have it” (Luke 13:34). As our Lord approached Jerusalem and thought of all those lost souls, “He saw the city and wept over it” (Luke 19:41). Here, wept is the same word used to describe the weeping of Mary and the others in John 11:33, so we know that Jesus cried aloud in anguish over the future of the city. That future was less than 40 years distant; in AD 70 more than 1,000,000 residents of Jerusalem died in one of the most gruesome sieges in recorded history.
Our Lord wept differently in these two instances because the eternal outcomes were entirely different. Martha, Mary, and Lazarus had eternal life because they believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, but most in Jerusalem did not believe and therefore did not have life. The same is true today: “Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies’” (John 11:25).
To listen in truth, we have to be still. Are we ever? Yeah, yeah when you sleep, take an exam, concentrate. But are we ever ‘truly’ still?
There’s just too much noise! There’s just too much movement! Have you ever wondered how some Christians can be going through the worst pain and suffering and still they have joy? It’s because they are being still. They put all their worries in God’s hands.
Instead of listening to the noise of your worries, listen to the voice of the Lord. We are not to let our joy come from our circumstances, because circumstances change.
The Lord remains the same. The Lord remains loyal, omnipotent, and loving. Allow your joy to come from Christ. Be still, stoppaying attention to the storm.
He has already proved that He can calm any storm. Sometimes God allows trials so you can learn to be more dependent on Him. God is saying, “I’m in control.
I can do all things. Stop fearing and trust in me instead.” When your thoughts are running rampant, don’t seek temporary help by watching TV, going on the internet, etc.
Go find a lonely place. A place with no noise. When you stop and focus on the beauty of Christ, you will receive the peace that He has promised you. When you cry out to Him in prayer you will feel His comfort.
Be still and relax in the Lord. He is in control. Remember the times that He has helped you, other believers, and people in Scripture. God promises to help you and never leave you. Talk to Him, trust in Him, be still, and you will hear His calming voice and rest upon His strength.
“The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’
“Therefore since we are God’s offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone—an image made by human design and skill. In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead.”
When they heard about the resurrection of the dead, some of them sneered, but others said, “We want to hear you again on this subject.”
The BIBLE is one. No matter how we read it, it all points to the same exact thing. We NOT being in The original family of God, are now believer and co-heirs to The Kingdom. “The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.
Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in His sufferings in order that we may also share in His glory.”
We so much hope that this is a ‘cush’ existence! Yes, walking with Christ it is. So much has been laid aside for us, but we must learn first our position here. A millionaire here is not a millionaire in the ‘after-life’s, yes we are escorted by the actions we perform an. These will show where we will be. When you pass, you leave this ALL behind; the pain, the sorrow, the accolades, the gain. We start again.
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.
But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
How do we store up pure wealth? We are given abilities. Your talents are different from others. I. Sports, we have all different divisions from individI to team events. The best are known, to get there, there were innumerable attempts at success. We have a journey to run. Run tirelessly, keep a key thing in mind, our Example, The Example. Quite a few things to share: “Poverty, his adopted dad as Joseph, a carpenter in these days. If that good, there would still be products that he or Jesus made. I am in shock that there are save few, if any. Products a history making linegae created should or would go for billions! Think of it…Time is based on Him, the spreading of The Word is based on Him. Where is what he made? Yes, He,came to die for us to take away the original sin, what He or His stepfather made?
I will leave that well alone.
Each day is made beautiful because we are Loved. Remeber being in love? The giddiness, the rainbows. By God’s grace most or all of you still are. God Loves You! Just as He did when He labored to make you in the likeness of Him.
So much lie as examples oh his trials. Baboons, monkeys, orangutans? Finally, Man. Yes, there are similarities but essential differences speech, knowledge, the qualities that make us individual. We each have a gu ardian agel, I challenged that we get to know it. This Angel, like it or not is your constanr companuon. I pointed out that we are on a stage, stage of life. We are watched, known. Weaknesses, facilities. But, and that is a great big but, there is always a way! Amen.