September 13, 2020

Bob Maas
"This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob."
Deuteronomy 30:19-20
"Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls."
1 Peter 1:8-9 NIV

In the beginning of my walk with Jesus I frequently sang a hymn that was really a prayer of surrender. I confess that I didn’t fully understand what I was singing, but it always seemed like the right thing to do. Now, over fifty years later, it is more meaningful to me than ever as it describes my greatest desire which is to live in His presence. There really isn’t anything more important than living every moment in the awareness of the Lord’s grace and mercy. I used to live for worldly pleasure but it was always fleeting. No matter what I desired, if and when I got it, the joy I wanted was never enough. It was like chasing a phantom. At last I have discovered in Him the real peace and joy for which long I have sought. The contentment and ease I have in every situation are because of the reality of His glory which is becoming increasingly more delightful. I pray that God will help me love Him with more abandonment than ever before.