Psalm 103:13-14,17 – As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion for those who fear him; for He knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust. But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord's love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children's children. (NIV)
Lately, I have had more trips to medical appointments, in turn resulting in more tests, even in a neighbouring city.
To find the distant places can be a challenge, but if instructions are given to ease the way, it is easy and non-problematic to find the registration desk where I am asked questions for the record of my being there.
I have learned to be ready for the routine, and usually, all goes well. I relax and wait to be seen, and when the test is done, I am told to go home and then keep the appointment with the doctor to hear the outcome.
I marvel about the machines and wires, and the MRI tunnels I have been in, and how they can find out things in my body in order to begin a treatment, if need be.
I can't help but compare all this to my spiritual health and all the tests before God in His health-care system, for my soul to live eternally in His kingdom. The first test, however early or seemingly insignificant, was the beginning of a lifelong examination before God and His conditions for my spiritual wellbeing.
Amid life's many distractions, we learn that only in Jesus do we have the right answers to pass the registration process into God's health-giving presence. We are told in the Scriptures that there is no other way to God. Jesus Christ was, is, and will be the only name given for us to enter into God's presence for this life and the next.
It is for us to keep steadfastly anchored in the Word of God and make the good news of Jesus known around us. That is what I emphasized when I met a young man who said that he does not believe in God. "Why is God not doing anything in this messy world?" he asked. I took it as his cry for help. I hope that my words to him were some consolation and that he will think more deeply about God and stand in a registration line of his own to meet God personally and come to the saving knowledge of salvation in Jesus Christ. May he be among the ones led from despair to the joy of life in Jesus Christ!
May there be many more who find it non-problematic to find Jesus Christ and come to the knowledge of salvation by the grace of God. God's invitation is simple: Come as you are! God knows how we are! It is no secret to Him!
Prayer: Oh, how I love Jesus! Lord, bless all who share their love for You with the hurting ones. They pass us every day. Give us a moment to care and show compassion and speak hope that registers in their hearts. Come, Lord Jesus, with Your power and might to the hearts of hurting ones. In Your name, we pray. Amen.
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