A Glory Seed Devotional
Daily manna from the Psalms…
“You reveal the path of life to me; in Your presence is abundant joy; in Your right hand are eternal pleasures.” (Psalms 16:11 HCSB) This is a difficult verse for me to write about because the path God has revealed I need to follow is the path of Jesus and we know about the path that Jesus walked.
One of the advantages (if you want to call it an advantage) Jesus’ disciples had over us is they didn’t know all the details of what awaited Jesus at the end of this earthy path, we do and as you know it wasn’t pretty. However, there is one underlying theme running throughout the entire bible from the first verse in Genesis to the last verse in Revelations and it is found in various verses throughout the bible one such verse is quoted above. Another verse is found in Psalms 23, “Even when I go through the darkest valley, I fear no danger, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff — they comfort me.” (Psalms 23:4 HCSB)
There are times when I wonder why we allow the cross to overshadow the empty tomb. One of the most horrific movies scenes I’ve ever seen was in the “Passion of the Christ” and I really have to think hard to get past the scenes of Jesus’ trial, beatings, and walk to Calvary to the resurrection scenes.
I don’t think Easter is as much about what happened to Jesus as it is about what God done for us through Jesus! Choosing to walk the path of Jesus does not mean walking the path of the cross and all the horrible things that come with it. Walking the path with Jesus means walking side-by-side with him as we walk own unique path even if it takes us “through the darkest valley.” And it is God’s presence with us through the Holy Spirit wherein lies our “abundant joy.” One of the principles I live by, that I continually need to remind myself to do is the live in the present (One day at a time, sweet Jesus.) yet think eternally by visualizing myself standing next to Jesus outside an empty tomb.
Easter, it’s about Sunday not Friday (but it includes Friday)!
“I lift my eyes toward the mountains. Where will my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to slip; your Protector will not slumber.” (Psalms 121:1-3 HCSB)
Grace and PEACE,
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