Saturday, January 31, 2015

The Road Leads Home, I Shall Not Fear

The Road Leads Home, I Shall Not Fear:

"Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning, For in You do I trust; Cause me to know the way in which I should walk, For I lift up my soul to You." (Psalms 143:8)

When the path ahead of me looks dauntingicy-cold anxieties frozen over a ghastly tundra? Pull me into Your warm and welcoming Presence. I can't face these fears with my own strength, for apart from You I am nothing but a fearful, panicked mess. I need Your wings to cover me. I need Your hands to guide me. I need Your peace to quiet me.

"My people will dwell in a peaceful habitation, In secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places" (Isaiah 32:18)

You speak Your words of wonderful mercy, and my whole heart sighs a breath of relief. Because of the goodness pouring out from Your Heart, I am held securely in Your hands. No one shall remove me from this sacred dwelling place.

"My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand." (John 10:29)

Thank You Lord for the promise of Your care. I shan't fear the uncertain road ahead, because I know You're leading me Home... Home into Your arms for an eternity of adventurous glory.

-The Introverted Evangelist

Photograph taken by my dear friend Kerrie. Thank you!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Speak Victory, Not Defeat

Speak Victory, Not Defeat:

"But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." (1 Corinthians 15:57)

Victory. This is where we stand. We walk a path each and every day paved by pierced hands. Those scars in His palms testify to His triumph. He's gained victory over deathtriumph over the grave, and power over sin. The dark defeat of death and Sheol could not keep Him contained. His glory and undeniable authority arose from the pitch-blackness, and now a banner of exultation waves exuberantly above our heads. His sacrifice and His overcoming are what give us hope and life. This is our freedom! This is our song! Christ our Lord gives us triumph all eternity long!

"In the Messiah, in Christ, God leads us from place to place in one perpetual victory parade." (2 Corinthians 2:14 MSG)

We parade the path of life! Not in fear and panic, but in perpetual peace and celebration! We needn't hobble through this life, when God has provided every means by which we should be dancing and rejoicing on the path of His Presence. How can we not overflow with joyful praise? Our exceedingly good Heavenly Father has blessed us with everything we need to live a life of constant victory.

God has promised to crush the adversary beneath our feet:

"And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen." (Romans 16:20)

We overcome this world and all the evil contained in it, because the Lord loved us so richly as to make us His very own dwelling places! He lives in us now! It's this power in us that protects and guards us from the dangers of this world:

"I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me." (Galatians 2:20)

"Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us." (Romans 8:37)

"You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world." (1 John 4:4)

Isn't His Word spectacular? In His Word, we find all we need to speak victory and triumph over every day of our lives! No day is too difficult that it cannot be revived by the power of His proclamations. No struggle is too trying that it cannot be redeemed by His peaceful provision. Look at all Jesus went through, and yet He remained committed and strong for God's will - ultimately for our good!

This is the same Saviour who walks with us every step of the way!

"For I, the LORD your God, will hold your right hand, Saying to you, ‘Fear notI will help you.’" (Isaiah 41:13)

Fear not. How remarkable! He is making a way for us; He is helping us at this very moment! What victory we have in Christ our Lord! Never allow the enemy to thieve away the joy and the benefits of living in this continual parade of triumphing! Speak glorious success and jubilee today, my friends. Don't be deceived by defeat, for the price is paid and the victory is already won in Jesus Name! Hallelujah!

-The Introverted Evangelist

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Embrace the Journey

Embrace the Journey:

"The way of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, which shines ever brighter until the full light of day." (Proverbs 4:18)

One thing the Holy Spirit has been showing me in particular today is this: slow down, enjoy the moment, embrace His wondrous grace, and don't panic when your schedule gets thrown out the window. He's got everything under control. He is the One planning our lives. Every day we're faced with a choice. We can either choose to toil away at trying to finagle a perfect work schedule and completely miss all the beauty around us and within us, or we can laugh at God's surprises.

We can choose to live lives of pure joyLives that yield to His pacebreathe in His graceand ultimately seek His Face.

"Grow in grace and understanding of our Master and Savior, Jesus Christ. Glory to the Master, now and forever! Yes!" (2 Peter 3:18 MSG)

"Let everything that has breath and every breath of life praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! (Hallelujah!)" (Psalm 150:6 AMP)

And as this perfectly joy-filled day draws to a close, I'm reminded of my purpose here in this foreign land. My mission is to make known His mercy. And what better way to spread His Light than to smile from my heart and with my eyes? To shout it out, "God is so good!" And to lift my hands to worship with all my soul and all my strength for all my days!

O Lord, may each and every day I wake be used for Your mighty Kingdom's sake. May all my days bring You all my praise... That all may see Your glorious ways. Hallelujah! O High King of Heaven, thank you for the journey in Your Presence!

-The Introverted Evangelist

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Christ in Me: This is True Life

Christ in Me: This is True Life:

"I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I that live, but Christ living in me. That life which I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself up for me." (Galatians 2:20)

Yes, yes, yes! God's love is better than life itself. God's love is what brings life - eternal life, abundant life. God's love is what makes us new, makes us whole inside, gives us vibrancy in our eyes, and fills us with irreplaceable, imperishable joy. Nothing can ever separate us from His love. Nothing can ever weaken His love. Not even our deepest, darkest sins or secrets can hamper God's unconditional love. God knows the very depths of our hearts, and still He chose to make them His home. We don't have to "clean up" for Him to come in. He says, "Come just as you are. I'll take care of the rest." This is Christ living in us! This is what true living is all aboutGod is Love and this Love is Life!

"By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvellous glory and excellence. And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires." (2 Peter 1:3-4)

Sharing in God's divine Kingdom and escaping this world's horrendous corruption - which so burdens us on every side - begins when we invite His Holy Spirit into our own souls. It's a beautiful gift and a glorious journey! My heart is forever changed for the better. I've never felt such deep joy and satisfaction. He takes us deeper, He leads us higher, He calls us onward. He is with us and for us. Would you invite Him in today? Imagine the celebration that should erupt in the Heavens!

O hungry souls, let His joy exude... Allow Him to plant in you the hope of joy that is the Seed of His Spirit. Come to the Wellspring of His exuberant life and Living Waters. Let Him breathe in You His Breath of Life...

"And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being." (Genesis 2:7)

Come breathe us to life O Lord! Come gives us a new purpose... Purpose to be captured by Your beauty... Held within the grasp of Your gentle grace... Selah...

-The Introverted Evangelist

Sunday, January 25, 2015

His Mercy Reigns, His Mercy Rains

His Mercy Reigns, His Mercy Rains:

"Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning, For in You do I trust; Cause me to know the way in which I should walk, For I lift up my soul to You. Deliver me, O LORD, from my enemies; In You I take shelter. Teach me to do Your will, For You are my God; Your Spirit is good. Lead me in the land of uprightness. Revive me, O LORD, for Your name’s sake! For Your righteousness’ sake bring my soul out of trouble." (Psalms 143:8-11)

My God, my Sovereign Lord, come empty me of all my fear and fill me with Thy Holy Word. I cling to Your promises and trust in Your mercy, for only You can save me - only You are worthy. My voice shall solely worship Your Great Name, God who makes runners from those who were lame.

Come touch these weak bonesmelt our heart-stonesMake us Your own people of lovemay we magnify our Father above.

Your mercy reigns in all the earth... Your mercy rains over our dry and crackled thirsty souls... Your mercy rainsYou've cleansed our stains, and forever we are changed. Oh how great You are, God we praise You!

-The Introverted Evangelist

(Photograph taken by my friends Aunt Kerrie and Uncle Todd. I love them to the moon and back. They take stunning pictures, and I wouldn't be able to post these images without their talent of photography. Uncle Todd, Aunt Kerrie, I am so grateful to have you as a part of this artistic team. I love you both! Happy Sunday!)

Friday, January 23, 2015

More of You Less of Me

More of You Less of Me:

"I pray to GOD —my life a prayer— and wait for what he’ll say and do. My life’s on the line before God, my Lord, waiting and watching till morning, waiting and watching till morning." (Psalm 130:5-6 MSG)

You hear my prayer, You're everywhere. You promise life, an end to strife. You're all I needYou're everything. May my life glorify You alone. I run to You, for You're my Home. I sit and wait for Your work in me. Come take this soul and set me free. Only Your freedom and joy will satisfy. So hear my prayer, my morning cry. I seek You God, for You're my desireCome lead me to Youcome take me higher. Amen.

-The Introverted Evangelist

Thursday, January 22, 2015

His Love Runs Far and Deep

His Love Runs Far and Deep:

"Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another." (1 John 4:7-11)

There are many times when I feel like I've messed up so terribly that maybe God's love for me is just a little weaker than it was on say, one of my good days. You know, the days when I get along with those around me and read His Word more? However, those days when I wake up, stub my toes on the bedside, forget to brush my hair or say a prayer, and enter the day with the haze of gloominess hanging over me? The enemy uses the inevitably fallen nature of our humanity - our day to day faultiness - to deceive us into believing things that are not true.

We mustn't get so overwhelmed by our all of our "badnessthat we forget about all of His goodness!

"The LORD is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy." (Psalms 103:8)

You see, it's easy to let failures discourage us and drag us down, but God has called us to be brave and bold. To live with courageous faith in all that He is! Not depending on our own abilities, we're invited by His gracious Presence to partake in this gift of His unfailing, unconditional love and mercy. God's love runs so deep... Far deeper than our deepest darkest defeats or disgraces.

This is where we stand in all of our confusion:

"LORD, don’t hold back your tender mercies from me. Let your unfailing love and faithfulness always protect me. For troubles surround me— too many to count! My sins pile up so high I can’t see my way out. They outnumber the hairs on my head. I have lost all courage. Please, LORD, rescue me! Come quickly, LORD, and help me." (Psalms 40:11-13)

But then, God comes swooping into our hopeless situation and makes a way, and He saves us with His heroic compassion:

"Sing for joy, O heavens, and be joyful, O earth, and break forth into singing, O mountains! For the Lord has comforted His people and will have compassion upon His afflicted." (Isaiah 49:13)

I love the way this verse begins with the proclamation to sing for joy. Joy. Joy feels so foreign to the suppressed soul. But when God graciously covers us in His comforting compassion, as He's promised He will, our spirits can break free from that cage of condemnation that sin imprisons around us.

"But you, O Lord, are a God of compassion and mercy, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness." (Psalms 86:15)

So whatever is burdening you this day, take it to God's Throne of Mercy. Receive from Him the gift that covers over every doubt: His unfailing love. He is faithful! He never goes back on His promises, and He's given us a sure fire promise of hope!

Let this hope anchor your soul in the vast ocean of His unending love. His love which runs so deep, it cleanses us from every single one of our burdensome iniquities. He's here with us now, and He's making us into His pure righteousness. Trust. Trust the relaxed and unhurried rhythm of His faithful love.

-The Introverted Evangelist

Photograph taken by my friend Todd. Thank you!

I Will Rejoice and Be Glad

I Will Rejoice and Be Glad:

"This is the day the LORD has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it." (Psalms 118:24)

As the sun peaks through the clouds and spills in through the windows, the day begins afresh again. Whatever yesterday held, and whatever today may present, all of everything is held in the hands of the Mighty One - He is omnipotent.

It's easy to fear when we don't know what the day will look like, but God assures us, "I know the plan. Trust Me. Stay close to Me, and I will guide you."

Each day contains ups and downs, highs and lows... Sometimes our lives may feel like a roller-coaster... Or perhaps a fractured vase about to shatter?

Whether the day be weathered by wind and waves or paved by peacefulness, may we always proclaim, "This is the day the Lord has made. Therefore, we will look beyond ourselves, beyond our circumstances, beyond our feelings, beyond our doubts, and unto the Father. Then, and only then, shall we find real peace and rejoicing."

Remember, no matter the seasonthe Saviour has a reason!

"For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest...A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance." (Ecclesiastes 3:1-2,4)

So if this day holds tears and pain? It is well with my soul, for I know that my God will make me whole. And if this day is flooded in favour and very much is accomplished? Still on my Saviour's breast shall I lean with intimate dependency.
Simply because You've made this day, God, we know we have reason to rejoice. Simply because the events that will occur are ordained by Your willwe know we can rest in trusting surrender. This is Your day, and this is our song. It is well, Lord God, it is well with our souls. We make the choice to rejoice, for it is good and pleasing to Your joy-filled heart to hear Your children singing songs of gladness and praise. No matter the seasonwe will always find reason for rejoicingrejoicing unending we sing.

-The Introverted Evangelist

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Remember That I am His Own

Remember That I am His Own:

"Let us then fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace (the throne of God's unmerited favor to us sinners), that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find grace to help in good time for every need [appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it]." (Hebrews 4:16 AMP)

When the day spins out of control, and my head thumps with frustration and fear, draw me near, O Lord. I'm so willing to worry, yet so hesitant to trust. My tightly clenched fists never want to release, but I must in order to receive Your peace. My anxious gaze darts back and forth from problem to problem, I shrink back at the uneasiness surrounding. I need to see it, the truth that You're the One leading the way.

"For this is God, Our God forever and ever; He will be our guide Even to death." (Psalms 48:14)

Help my eyes to turn from the discomforting disorder, and to be steadfastly fixed on You, my everlasting and unwavering Shelter of Shalom Peace.

It's so easy for me to lose sight and feel fright. Oh how desperately I need You, my God! How earnestly I long to be with You now, face to Face, Your hand in mine, and eternity our agenda... Selah...

"And the ransomed of the Lord shall return and come to Zion with singing, and everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away." (Isaiah 35:10)

You're my One True Love. My heart is surrendered to You. The soil in my soul, Lord, is Yours for the gardening. Come invade me with Your immeasurable grace. I thirst for You, O my Lord. My heart and soul cry out, "Only You, God, will satisfy. None else can fill this hungry void. Only You Lord, oh only You." May the plea resound for all my days, "Only You, Lord, only You will do for me..."

"And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me." (2 Corinthians 12:9)

You're all I needYou're everything. I will live for Youmy God. Only You provide the peace and joy my heart seeks.

-The Introverted Evangelist

Photograph taken by my friend Kerrie.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Thy Will Be Done

Thy Will Be Done:

"For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them." (Matthew 18:20)

May the cry of our united hearts resound in this place today. We're gathered here in Your house this day, O Lord, with one desire: to know You and make You known throughout the earth. We hunger to serve, to seek out those in need of Your saving grace. We're gathered here today, and with one voice we say, "YOUR Will be done, O Great Heavenly Father!"

-The Introverted Evangelist

I'm Overwhelmed by You

At times, our speechlessness is a song to the very heart of God. He loves the melody of our awe-struck adoration.

"I will extol You, my God, O King; And I will bless Your name forever and ever. Every day I will bless You, And I will praise Your name forever and ever. Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; And His greatness is unsearchable." (Psalms 145:1-3)

O, Heavenly Father, I am so overwhelmed by Your unending goodness. Thank You for all that You do. You're so wondrous, and I shall praise Your Name forever. Amen.

-The Introverted Evangelist

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Thankful for His Brightly Shining Goodness

Thankful for His Brightly Shining Goodness:

"Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations." (Psalms 100:4-5)

Looking up at the beautiful blue sky today, I'm reminded that God's faithfulness always transcends the trials. His light always shines brighter than the darkness around. In the times of trial and tribulation, we have a Strong Tower of refreshing, revitalizing hope.

" filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ" (Ephesians 5:18-20)

Oh how the music in my soul plays so melodiously this day... This gift of a sunny day is a true relief and blessing in every way! The rains have past, but they watered my soul. And now I sing, "Bless the Lord, O bless Him unending! His goodness has remade me; His mercy has flooded my life!"

"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning." (James 1:17)

"I will praise the name of God with a song, And will magnify Him with thanksgiving." (Psalms 69:30)

Just as the clouds opened up to reveal a brightly vibrant light, today I'm choosing to open up to the radiant goodness of the Lord. As He fills me, may His joy shine through my soul and onto every area of my life and all those around me... Just like how the sunshine came dancing in through the windows this lovely morn. How delightful!

-The Introverted Evangelist

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

He Has My Whole Life in His Hands

He Has My Whole Life in His Hands:

"For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist." (Colossians 1:16-17)

Nothing slips out of Your care. You know my every thought; You count my every hair. You've known me from the very start; O God, pull me closer to Your heart. You calm my fears; You dry my tears. You're with me right now; before You I bow. O take this soul, for only You can make it whole.

You've revealed Your pure and gracious heart to me in fragments flecked throughout each day of this gift called life. I have no need of grumbling through my difficult days when on You my eyes fixedly gaze. You're my unshakeable foundation. You're my unsinkable joy.

You're the God of lovelight, and laughternot of lawslegalities, and lethargy. You take the cold deadness of my heart and transform me into a living, breathing masterpiece of Your merciful grace.

"I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh." (Ezekiel 36:26)

You're the God of peaceful provision, not of panicked planning... Yet I still falter with fears, quake with my endless questions... Who will take care of me? So easily I lose sight of Your grand might... How quickly I forget that You, God, You will take care of me... Always, for all my days, and throughout eternity, You're here with me.

You'll never let me squander. You've given me a big heart filled with big dreams... Why? Because You're an infinite dreamer too. You have no limitations, You're capable, full of powerful glory, and Your ways are immeasurably wondrous.

"Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen." (Ephesians 3:20-21)

You're so much more than I can even imagine... You're unfathomably phenomenal. Even my most extravagant aspirations provide only a mere glimpse of the glorious future that awaits, and it's all for You, Lord. Won't You take my life and fill it with Your glory... Only Yours and not my own.

"For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us." (Romans 8:18)

The worry and anxiety lingering over my head and all around me must leave at the sound of Your Name. In light of the splendorous glory beginning to burst forth inside my soul, those troublesome threats surrounding me are absolutely powerless and incomparable to the triumphant and supernatural One within.

So abandon the tyrant of degradation and doubt! God has something much better in store for our lives than merely getting by. He made us ambassadors of His Kingdom! And His Kingdom is marvellously majesticjust like He is. We needn't fear that our lives will be lived as orphans who scrape barrel bottoms just to make ends meet, for He has a divine plan for our good and His glory.

There is no beauty in poverty, only painful cries for help and restoration... In Christ, our Hope and our Healer, we have all we need - more than enough - exceedingly above and beyond all we can ask or imagine... Remember? Our souls have a permanent and eternal home. Therefore, in this life and the one to comewe can trust Him in all situations.

No matter what appears to be the verdict, He is sovereign. He is our Good Shepherd, and He is the Great Redeemer of all things. Praise Him, trust Him, and come into His Presence this day with joy-filled expectation.

-The Introverted Evangelist

Photograph of Okanagan Lake taken by Douglas Drouin.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Death Has No Hold on Me

Death Has No Hold on Me:

"For our dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies. Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die, this Scripture will be fulfilled: “Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting? ” For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ. So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless." (1 Corinthians 15:53-58)

I just love this passage of Scripture! It fans the burning flames of hopeful anticipation for our eternal home in heaven. This life we live today shall not last forever, so take heart! If you're struggling and suffering, look up! Look up to the Lord and smile, because one day He will gaze upon you, lovingly in your eyes, Face to face, and say, "Well done good and faithful servant." (Matthew 25:21)

Eternity is coming. There will be a day when we throw off the limitations of our perishing mortal bodies and leap into the glorious realm of His heavenly courts. How marvellous!
We can live every day with this great hope secured as an anchor for our souls. We can, each and every morning, wake up, toss our hands up to the skies, and shout it out with triumphant victory, "O death where is your sting? Jesus is my victory! I am free from your chains, sin! I am free to live this life with joy, because I know I'm made clean and pure by the blood of the Lamb! Death has no hold on me!"

Are you read to conquer the day? If not, take a moment to express your neediness to the Father. He is here for us at all times. In fact, we can only ever find the necessary strength to endure by the power of His Spirit living within us.

Whenever we feel the weight of the world's woes wearing us down, we can cast those cares onto Him.

Trusting that He is good and more than faithful, we can place the things we care about in His hands. He cares for us. He cares for the things which buzz around our minds throughout the day. Let your souls, minds, and even bodies find relaxing rest in the Father. He has everything under control - His unfathomably perfect control. He is sovereignHe is graciousHe is our Lord. Amen.

-The Introverted Evangelist

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Freely Forgiven

Freely Forgiven:

"God’s raging anger won’t let up Until he’s made a clean sweep completing the job he began. When the job’s done you’ll see it’s been well done." (Jeremiah 30:24 MSG)

Hold up... That's not the kind of verse I normally put at the start of a devotional, now is it? Nope, not so much. However, this is because I was recently asked a question that brought me great revelation and an even deeper appreciation and awe of the true freedom and hope we have in Jesus Christ.

The question? How to explain verses like Jeremiah 30:24. How do we know for sure that we're forgiven, saved from death, and rescued from the punishment that all of our old messiness and shameful deeds would've brought on us?

I can recall that I would formerly have tried to rely on my own understanding to explain such things. But this time, my very firmly anchored soul did not jump to clutch whatever it could find to make me sound wise or like I have it all figured out. Let's face it: we're humans we do not know it all. Right there as perplexed thoughts echoed the walls of my heart, i quieted my soul and very expectantly, confidently, yet humbly asked the Lord, "God, how do You explain?"

It's okay to ask God questions. After all, we as little children have such a minute understanding in contrast to the ever-unfolding glorious mystery of God. As His disciples, we want to know more of Him and His heart, so He welcomes our awestruck inquiries. He awaits our inquiring of His courts...

"One thing I have desired of the LORD, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD All the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD, And to inquire in His temple." (Psalms 27:4)

We're ingrained to inquire Him. It's our searching souls that shall ultimately lead us back to His Holy Heart.

Sometimes we become so confused and we wander so far, that we find ourselves in dire need of a comforting and consoling that cannot be fulfilled by what humans offer. The only explanation is that we're wired to want, but the One whom we're honestly wanting is Him... Him alone.

We're made to come to our Lord when we're full of joy and gratitude, so that we can pour out the overflowing abundance of our thanksgiving on Him as an act of worship. In glad timeswe give Him praise.

However, we also ache for something more when times of hurt and distress come crashing on the shores of our souls... Wearing and tearing on our hearts... We were made to run into His arms for peace and restoration when we're broken. And when we feel lost and stranded? When the road ahead is clouded with confusion and we don't know what steps to take? He will lead us into a promise of hope. In trying timesgive Him your painand He shall guide you to healing.

But what about those Old Testament verses?

"You have also given me the necks of my enemies, So that I destroyed those who hated me. They cried out, but there was none to save; Even to the LORD, but He did not answer them. Then I beat them as fine as the dust before the wind; I cast them out like dirt in the streets." (Psalms 18:40-42)

Definitely not a verse you'd hang on the wall. Did you know that the word testament means covenant? So, then, we might say the Bible is comprised of God's Old Covenant and His New Covenant.

In the times of His Old Covenant, there was no Saviour, no Messiah, no propitiation for the massive mess of our unrighteousness. And the glaringly evident dilemma? God cannot have fellowship with that which is defiled, unrighteous, and stained with iniquity.

"But your iniquities have built barriers between you and your God, and your sins have made Him hide His face from you so that He does not listen." (Isaiah 59:2)

What does this mean for us? It highlights our desperation for the wondrous plan He had from the beginning: redemption. A New Covenant to bring God's creation back to His Heart - where we were originally made to dwell and have fellowship with Him.

"But He, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, And did not destroy them. Yes, many a time He turned His anger away, And did not stir up all His wrath" (Psalms 78:38)

Then as the silence inside my soul breeched a slicing severity... He answered my pining...

"With the arrival of Jesus, the Messiah, that fateful dilemma is resolved. Those who enter into Christ’s being-here-for-us no longer have to live under a continuous, low-lying black cloud. A new power is in operation. The Spirit of life in Christ, like a strong wind, has magnificently cleared the air, freeing you from a fated lifetime of brutal tyranny at the hands of sin and death... The law always ended up being used as a Band-Aid on sin instead of a deep healing of it. And now what the law code asked for but we couldn’t deliver is accomplished as we, instead of redoubling our own efforts, simply embrace what the Spirit is doing in us." (Romans 8:1-2, 3-4 MSG)

Freedom. Forgiveness. This gift so pure and radiant... How marvellous... This never-before-seen grace which bled so beautifully on that Cross... This is our redemption song. Oh Hallelujah! Thank You Jesus! Thank You for being our Atoning Sacrifice!

"He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?" (Romans 8:32)

Jesus... Jesus... Jesus.. There's power in Your Name, Jesus. There's forgiveness in the richness of Your blood. There's freedom in Your favour, favour that drove nails through Your wrists. Now we're made righteous... We're reconciled to Your high-standard, God. We now wear the cloak of Christ's offering. His mighty majesty none can surpass, and this is the King who calls us His very own beloved, chosen children.

This New Covenant promise in Christ, this costly freedom? He paid our price. That wrath so fiery it burned, but Christ our Lord, for us was scorned. God's anger and indignation on the Son, as He breathed His last... "Victory is won..." And now we see it, God's plan well done...

"...When the job’s done you’ll see it’s been well done." (Jeremiah 30:24 MSG; emphasis mine)

-The Introverted Evangelist