The Real Celebration

bloggratitude-1201944_960_720Today celebration rings in my heart. Hopefully, you will share it with me. It may not seem a great thing but it has taken me a long time to get here and that’s why I celebrate. For in this,

“I sought the Lord, and he heard me…” Psalm 34:4.

On 3 matters:

  1.  Yesterday, you may have noticed we have reached the end of the Journey with Jesus through the Old Testament. It’s been a long time coming but we made it. Thank you for sticking with me through the stops and starts. I pray you were blessed in the journey. You are one of the reasons I celebrate. Your words of encouragement and faithfulness in stopping by have blessed me and helped me keep going forward.
  2. The Lord, also, heard my prayers for help and guidance in learning to use zoom and posting videos for my 1 Corinthians bible study group. I definitely still have much to learn but we got through the first lesson without too much trouble. And, yes, I ask the Lord to help me in everything, hopefully, at the beginning and not after I’ve gotten frustrated by trying to do it on my own.
  3. Finally, I am celebrating the completion of my first novel. No, I don’t have a publisher, yet. I’m just beginning that process but I have finished my personal edits. I have had several short stories, devotions, and other publishing successes but had never completed a book. I wasn’t sure I could. This journey too has been a long one, probably 3 or 4 years in the making.

I feel like the Psalmist when he said,

“My heart overflows with a good theme; I address my verses to the King; My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.” Psalm 45:1.

During the time of research and writing there were times it may have looked to others that nothing was happening. Through what appeared to be little if any progress, the Lord also was doing a work in me. Life continued with its ups and downs. The end elusive. In that time the Lord taught me more about faith, which is the subject of the non-fiction book I’m working on, about loving others and  how to put that into writing, and about perseverance.

As we have come to the end of the Old Testament journey, I’m made to wonder, how the people of Israel living at that time handled the silence of God between the testaments. In fact, His glory had left them to their own devices for they had no room for Him in their lives. (See Ezekiel 9-11).

“Then the glory of the LORD departed from off the threshold of the house, and stood over the cherubims…And the glory of the LORD went up from the midst of the city, and stood upon the mountain which is on the east side of the city.”

During the 400 years of silence, the noise of kingdoms rising and falling filled the lives of Israel. Men could not see God’s glory among them, nor did they hear from any new prophets. This did not mean God was not working. He prepared all things for when the fulness of time arrived, and Jesus would usher in God’s glory among them.

“But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son…” Galatians 4:4

“For unto you is born this day in the city of David

a Savior, which is Christ the Lord…

Glory to God in the highest,

and on earth peace, good will toward men…

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us,

(and we beheld his glory,

the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,)

full of grace and truth.”

Luke 2:11,14; John 1:14

The sad reality, the majority missed the glory among them. Never again would the glory of the Lord reside in a temple made with hands, but it would reside in His temple.

“What?

Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost

which is in you, which ye have of God,

and ye are not your own?

For ye are bought with a price;

therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit,

which are God’s”

1Corinthians 6:19,20

“the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:

To whom God would make known

what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles;

which is Christ in you, the hope of glory;”

Colossians 1:26,27

Today, the glory of the Lord is as near as a prayer;

  • “This poor man cried,
  • and the LORD heard him,
  • and saved him out of all his troubles.” Psalm 34:6

As Jesus’ first coming drew near, the people didn’t recognize God working among the world bringing it to pass. Today, we wait for His second coming and are told,

“And when these things begin to come to pass,

then look up, and lift up your heads;

for your redemption draweth nigh…

And that knowing the time,

that now it is high time to awake out of sleep;

for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.”

Luke 21:28; Romans 13:11

It’s time to cry unto the Lord. September 26th many across our nation will lift their voices to the One who saves. May we join our hearts and minds as one, and invite the Lord back into our lives, our nations, our schools, and our families. May we recognize His glory among us. Then the real celebration can begin.

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