Almighty God, as this day comes to an end, we thank you for all the blessings you have bestowed upon us. Sometimes we let the challenges and concerns preoccupy so much of who we are that we fail to see You. For the kind word with a stranger, for a group in prayer, from the sounds of voices in songs of praise, you have blessed us. Now as we rest, surround us with peace that we make wake ready for your calling and leading in our lives. In the powerful name of Jesus. Amen.
Daily Archives: May 10, 2022
Psalm 43 (ESV)
Send Out Your Light and Your Truth
43 Vindicate me, O God, and defend my cause
against an ungodly people,
from the deceitful and unjust man
2 For you are the God in whom I take refuge;
why have you rejected me?
Why do I go about mourning
because of the oppression of the enemy?
3 Send out your light and your truth;
let them lead me;
let them bring me to your holy hill
and to your dwelling!
4 Then I will go to the altar of God,
to God my exceeding joy,
and I will praise you with the lyre,
O God, my God.
5 Why are you cast down, O my soul,
and why are you in turmoil within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
my salvation and my God.
John 3:31-36 (ESV)
31 He who comes from above is above all. He who is of the earth belongs to the earth and speaks in an earthly way. He who comes from heaven is above all.32 He bears witness to what he has seen and heard, yet no one receives his testimony. 33 Whoever receives his testimony sets his seal to this, that God is true. 34 For he whom God has sent utters the words of God, for he gives the Spirit without measure. 35 The Father loves the Son and has given all things into his hand. 36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.
When you hear the word “ration,” what do you think? You may imagine times of war when food and gasoline are scarce, or certain products are set aside only for special groups of people. Or maybe you picture times of economic hardship when people stand in long lines waiting for hours to purchase their necessities. There’s always a little uncertainty and anxiety when something has to be rationed, because you never know when it may run out.
What a relief to know that God does not ration his gifts! No matter how tight we are economically, no matter how much stress we are under, the one thing we can count on is the abundance of the gift of the Holy Spirit! He is poured out on us without measure. God does not hold back his Spirit only for special people. He does not hoard the Spirit in case supplies get low. In fact, he’s always ready – even eager – to give us more. So let’s take him up on the offer!
Sometimes it’s good to think about how much the Spirit can do in our lives. He testifies in us to the things of heaven. It’s only through him that we’re able to recognize that Jesus is Lord. He convicts us of sin and enables us to repent. He assures our hearts that righteousness has triumphed over evil and that Satan has been condemned. And he gives us the power to proclaim the gospel – the same power he gave the apostles at Pentecost.
Have you called on the Holy Spirit lately? Maybe you’re facing a difficult decision and need some spiritual insight. Perhaps you are struggling with confusion and doubt, and your faith needs a boost. Maybe you want to be bolder at evangelism, but you don’t know what to do or say. Or maybe you are dealing with the chains of addiction or a sinful pattern that seems impossible to break. It’s not hopeless! You can always call on the living water of the Spirit! With his power, you can overcome any obstacle. He is always ready to help.