Leight Hearted Babble

The Lamb
April 15, 2010, 10:19 am
Filed under: faith, scripture

The Lamb

4 Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. (Isaiah 53:4-6 ESV)


What will tomorrow bring?
March 17, 2010, 10:24 pm
Filed under: devotional thoughts, faith

13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— 14 yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. 15 Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.”

– James 4:13-15 (ESV)

What if tomorrow is the worst day of your life?

Better yet, what if tomorrow is the last day of your life?

This is a question that I ask my students sometimes. It’s a question that we need to ask ourselves every now and then because we all like to pretend that we know what tomorrow is gonna bring when, in reality, we’re not promised our next breath. And, even if the next breath comes it may not be pleasant.

I came home this evening to learn that a dear friend had passed away unexpectedly. He was only in his late 40’s and seemed relatively healthy. He left behind a wife and son who’s in college.

It’s times like these that I remember that I’m not in control and I’m not really sure what tomorrow will bring. I make my plans and prepare for life, but when it comes down to it, I can’t say with any level of certainty what’s around the corner.

So what do you do with that? How do we live life knowing that tomorrow could be the worst day of our lives?

All we can do is acknowledge that we are ignorant and weak, but God is all-knowing, all-powerful, and good. Let us trust in Christ who told his disciples in John 16:33, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

As we plan our days, let us do so with a humble heart knowing that God alone controls the length of our days. Let us also look to the future with the peace that comes from knowing that Christ has overcome the world.

Life, while uncertain, is not hopeless!

Spurgeon on…
March 13, 2010, 10:00 am
Filed under: devotional thoughts, faith, Spurgeon

…the weakness of the church and God’s ability to sustain the victory:

“You need not fret concerning the weakness of the church of God at any moment; there may be growing up in obscurity the valiant reformer who will shake the nations: Chrysostoms may come forth from our Ragged Schools, and Augustines from the thickest darkness of London’s poverty. The Lord knows where to find His servants. He hath in ambush a multitude of mighty men, and at His word they shall start up to the battle; ‘for the battle is the Lord’s,’ and He shall get to Himself the victory. Let us abide faithful to Christ, and He, in the right time, will raise up for us a defense, whether it be in the day of our personal need, or in the season of peril to His church.” Charles Haddon Spurgeon

I have to admit there are times that I shake my head in discouragement when I consider the state of the American church. And I confess that I am, at times, part of the problem.

This word from Spurgeon, and the truth behind it, gives me comfort and encouragement.