By shaunefc, Jan 3 2013 08:50PM
At the beginning of another year it is good to be reminded that “there remains”!
Almost at the very start of the Scriptures (in Genesis 8:22) there is a promise from God that “while the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and winter and summer, and day and night shall not cease”! And, despite what appears to have been quite a number of flooding “disasters” in various parts of the UK at various times throughout 2012, we have the linking promise from God to Noah that “never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth” [Genesis 9:11]. And so the earth remains … that is until the Lord Jesus returns to this earth!
In the meantime “there remains”, firstly, “very much land yet to be possessed”! “While the earth remains … day and night shall not cease” as we have just been reminded – and while it is day there is much to be done in proclaiming the Gospel message until our Lord returns to this earth. In John 9:4, Jesus is recorded as saying, “I must work the works of Him Who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work”.
And what is good enough for our Leader should be good enough for us! There are many, many people who still need to hear the message of the Gospel in order that they have the potential of being saved: “How then shall they call on Him in Whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of Whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?” [Romans 10:14]
And, of course, part of the message of the Gospel is the promise of an eternity spent in the presence of God for “there remains therefore a rest for the people of God” [Hebrews 4:9]. The following verse adds to this promise: “for he who has entered his rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His”.
As we start this new year of 2013 may we make the following words of part of the hymn by Frances Havergal our prayer:
Lord, speak to me, that I may speak
in living echoes of Thy tone;
as Thou hast sought, so let me seek
Thy erring children, lost and lone.
Oh, lead me, Lord, that I may lead
the wandering and the wavering feet;
Oh, feed me, Lord, that I may feed
Thy hungering ones with manna sweet.
Oh, strengthen me, that while I stand
firm on the rock, and strong in Thee,
I may stretch out a loving hand
to wrestlers with the troubled sea!
Oh, teach me, Lord, that I may teach
the precious things Thou dost impart;
and wing my words, that they may reach
the hidden depths of many a heart!
Oh, fill me with thy fulness, Lord,
until my very heart o’erflow
in kindling thought and glowing word,
Thy love to tell, Thy praise to show.
Oh, use me, Lord, use even me,
just as Thou wilt, and when, and where,
until Thy blessed face I see,
Thy rest, Thy joy, Thy glory share.