HI everyone, how’s your day today?
Today is the 28th of January 2009 and we almost passed a month since the New Year festivity. We past already Presidential Inauguration, still in process for economic stimulus plan, Illinois Governor’s impeachment trial, and even the octuplet babies had born yesterday in Bellflower, California. Besides these headlines, I believe we had experienced so many blessings from God, and of course struggle in our works, education, social circle, etc.
In my morning devotion today, I read a very good book from Ellen White titled The Desire of Ages, God’s Greatest Gift, published by Review & Herald Publishing Assc. I came to this chapter, “The Passover Visit”, which based on the story of Jesus when He visit Jerusalem for the Feast of Passover with His parents (Luke 2:41-51), and I realized that there were few points that striking me. I really want to share this with you because I thought that these words are very good in order to encounter our everyday’s problems, especially with economic struggle nowadays. Below is the excerpt:
“If Joseph and Mary had stayed their minds upon God by meditation and prayer, they would have realized the sacredness of their trust, and would not have lost sight of Jesus. By one day’s neglect they lost the Savior; but it cost them three days of anxious search to find Him. So with us; by idle talk, evil speaking, or neglect of prayer, we may in one day lose the Savior’s presence, and it may take many days of sorrowful search to find Him, and regain the peace that we have lost.”
“In our association with one another, we should take heed lest we forget Jesus, and pass along unmindful that He is not with us. When we become absorbed in worldly things so that we have no thought for Him in whom our hope of eternal life is centered, we separate ourselves from Jesus and from the heavenly angels. These holy beings cannot remain where the Saviour’s presence is not desired, and His absence is not marked. This is why discouragement so often exists among the professed followers of Christ.”
“Many attend religious services, and are refreshed and comforted by the word of God; but through neglect of meditation, watchfulness, and prayer, they lose the blessing, and find themselves more destitute than before they received it. Often they feel that God has dealt hardly with them. They do not see that the fault is their own. By separating themselves from Jesus, they have shut away the light of His presence.”
“It would be well for us to spend a thoughtful hour each day in contemplation of the life of Christ. We should take it point by point, and let the imagination grasp each scene, especially the closing ones. As we thus dwell upon His great sacrifice for us, our confidence in Him will be more constant, our love will be quickened, and we shall be more deeply imbued with His spirit. If we would be saved at last, we must learn the lesson of penitence and humiliation at the foot of the cross.”
“As we associate together, we may be a blessing to one another. If we are Christ’s, our sweetest thoughts will be of Him. We shall love to talk of Him; and as we speak to one another of His love, our hearts will be softened by divine influences. Beholding the beauty of His character, we shall be “changed into the same image from glory to glory.” 2 Cor. 3:18.
Hopefully, we can learn something from these words, as I do.
My pledge is, as well as one of my resolutions for this year, I want to become more closer to Him, whatever happen. I want to feel His presence in my daily life. I don’t even want to miss a day walking with Him. Its not yet late to make a commitment, ask God now to guide you throughout this year. May God bless us all.