Posted by Jerry White on Aug 8, 2016
“What is the enjoyment of heaven? Not merely exemption from trial, freedom from sorrow, rest from toil, and release from conflicts—oh no! It is the presence, the full unclouded presence of our Father there. To be with Christ, to behold His glory, to gaze upon His face, to hear His voice, to feel the throbbing of His bosom, to bask in the effulgence of God’s presence—oh, this is heaven, the heaven of heaven!
The twilight of this glory we have here on earth. ‘I am not alone,’ each sorrowful and banished soul can exclaim, ‘because the Father is with me.’ Yes, beloved, your own Father; thou shall call Him your Father. In Jesus, He is your reconciled, pacified Father, whose thoughts that He thinks of you are all peace, and whose ways that He takes with you are all love. The presence, the voice, the smile of a parent, how precious and soothing, especially when that presence is realized, that voice is heard, and that smile is seen in the dark, desolate hour of adversity.
God is our heavenly Parent. His presence, His care, His smiles are ever with His children…. He is with you to cheer your loneliness, to sweeten your solitude, to sanctify your sorrow, to strengthen your weakness, to shield your person, to pardon your sins, and to heal all your diseases. In your deep solitude, listen to His own touching words: ‘Fear thou not; be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee: yea. I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness’ (Isa. 41:10).”
Octavius Winslow (1808-1878)
Morning Thoughts, 399-400
Posted by Jerry White on Aug 1, 2016
“We live but once. The years of childhood, when once they pass, are gone forever. It matters not how ardently we may wish to live them over; it avails us nothing. What is gone is gone.
So it is with other stages of life. The past is no longer ours. It has gone beyond our reach. Regardless of our social standing, bank accounts and investments, education, or anything else—we cannot reach back. What we have made of our past days shall remain. There is no power in heaven or on earth that can change our yesterdays. The record of our past stands forth in bold and ineffaceable characters, open to the all-seeing eyes of God. There it stands, and one day we shall give an account of it.
The present moment alone is ours. Today is a day that we never had before, which we shall never have again. It rose from the great ocean of eternity and again sinks into its unfathomable depths.”
Thomas DeWitt Talmage
Fill Me With Hope, April 11
Someone has said that the apostle Paul had two dates on his calendar, today and that day. He lived today for that coming day before the Lord. It will be our eternal loss if we do not live today for that day in our Lord’s presence. The Lord Jesus lived each of His days for the eternal day. Our motivating motto can be: DOING EVERYTHING WITH ETERNITY IN VIEW.
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.
2 Corinthians 5:10 (ESV)