A Step in the Dark

“Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses. – Alphonse Karr
(BrainyQuote)

The word of the day, from Dictionary.com, is doughty, which means, “steadfastly courageous and resolute; valiant.”

Today is Mint Julep Day, and yet another year has gone by without me having one of those. Someday . . .

Today, of course, is also Memorial Day, which is the day of the year set aside to remember and honor all servicemen who lost their lives in the service of our country.

We were going to have R & J come over today, but C is not feeling well, a bit worse than yesterday evening, so we’re just going to rest at home today. I’ll probably go to the grocery store after I finish up here, then bring some lunch home for us all. Other than that, there are no plans.

The Red Sox beat Toronto 5-3 yesterday, keeping their one game lead over the O’s. The Sox and O’s begin a series together today, which is possibly the most important series of the season, thus far. The Rangers beat the Pirates 6-2, while the Twins beat Seattle. Right. The Twins beat the Mariners. Every dog has his day, right? Well, this dog’s day helped the Rangers, because they are now in first place, a half game up on Seattle. The Rangers begin a series with the Indians today.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL

(From Praying With the Psalms)

May he have dominion from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth!
May desert tribes bow down before him, and his enemies lick the dust!
May the kings of Tarshish and of the coastlands render him tribute; may the kings of Sheba and Seba bring gifts!
May all kings fall down before him, all nations serve him!
For he delivers the needy when he calls, the poor and him who has no helper.
He has pity on the weak and the needy, and saves the lives of the needy.
From oppression and violence he redeems their life, and precious is their blood in his sight.

Psalm 72:8-14

When we pray the words from the prayer model that Jesus gave us in Matthew 6, “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven,” we are “looking for and participating in the complete establishment of what is only hinted at in human government.” All government and authority will be, finally, in Jesus Christ.

“‘Blessing and honor and glory and power, wisdom and riches and strength evermore, give ye to Him who our battle hath won, whose are the Kingdom, the crown, and the throne’ (Horatius Bonar, ‘Blessing and Honor’). Amen.”

(From My Utmost For His Highest)

“Yes–But . . .!”

“I will follow you, Lord, but . . .”
Luke 9:61

Once again, Chambers deals with that thing we so lovingly call “common sense.” What do we do when God tells us to do something that “is an enormous test” to our common sense? Do we hang back? Do we jump on it? Until we come to the place where we “abandon resolutely,” we will turn back every time. “Yes, I will obey God if He will let me use my common sense, but don’t ask me to take a step in the dark.”

If I am going to do anything worthwhile, there are times when I must take a leap and take serious risks, and this is true in the spiritual domain, as well. “Jesus Christ demands that you risk everything you hold by common sense and leap into what He says, and immediately you do, you find that what He says fits on as solidly as common sense.” His demands and statements may seem insane, but if we “bring them to the bar of faith,” we will be awestruck and find them to be the words of God.

Dallas Willard says that the thing we need to do is to begin to put into practice the words of Jesus Christ, and find them to be true.

Father, bring me to that place where I can abandon all that does not fit into the words of Jesus. Teach me your ways, that I may know you more, and find favor in your sight. Let me walk in your kingdom and be one who brings your kingdom a little closer on earth.

Come, Lord Jesus!

The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

Grace and peace, friends.

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