Burdened No More

At times the burdens of life can make you depressed. It can weigh you down and deplete your energy and enthusiasm for life. It can cause you to isolate yourself, and can make doubts grow to daunting proportions. God’s inspiring Word provides a shining light into a world filled with darkness.

Despite whatever you’re going through, choose to believe God’s promise is revealed in His indelible Word, with attributes of love, truth, and hope.

“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall, but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” –Isaiah 40:29-31

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” –Proverbs 3:5-6

There were days when the worries of life pulled me down.

Often, I felt burdened hoping for brighter days to come around.

Life’s been hard with nothing much to show.

I grew aimlessly tired in a world of turmoil and woe. 

I needed a spiritual lifeline to rescue me from despair.

God was listening intently, so I promptly knelt in prayer.

His awesome grace and mercy swiftly turned my life around.

I once was lost, but now I’m truly found.

Edward L. Wright © 2017

Don’t Wait Too Late

“Don’t Wait Too Late”

Don’t wait too late to develop a relationship with Christ. While reading several passages of scriptures, I thought about the value of our time on Earth. I thought about the importance of developing a relationship early in life with Christ.

One passage of scripture of particular importance is Ecclesiastes 12:1, “Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, “I find no pleasure in them.”

There aren’t any guarantees that we’ll reach our “golden” years. Our time on Earth is only for a short duration. Therefore, we should “prioritize” how best to utilize our time wisely. We’re not here, because we’re good. We’re here because of God’s goodness, through His grace and mercy.

Another passage of scripture paints a vivid picture of what will happen to us as we grow old. John 21: 18-19, “Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.”

Psalm 90:9-10, “All our days pass away under your wrath; we finish our years with a moan. Our days may come to seventy years, or eighty, if our strength endures; yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away.”

The world will pass away and everything in it. Therefore, the importance of spending quality time meditating on God’s word should have the utmost priority. Mark 8:36, “What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?”

We live in a “fallen” world filled with senseless and gratuitous violence. The world has become a “darker” place because of ungodly people. We need to continue to meticulously study and meditate on God’s precepts every day to maneuver through life.

I like what Psalm 73:25, says “Do I have anyone else in heaven? There’s nothing on earth I desire except you. My body and my heart fail, but God is my heart’s rock and my share forever.” We should have a desire to be obediently faithful by serving Him every day of our lives.
  

Distraction or Blessing

Is the use of social media smartphones, and the Internet, a distraction? How can it be used as an evangelistic blessing?

Are we diligently searching for wisdom and knowledge? James 1:5, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” Proverbs 18:15, The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge, for the ears of the wise seek it out.”

Are we utilizing our time wisely to study God’s inspired Word? His timeless and indelible Word, is our GPS, to successfully guide us through the storms of life. Much of what’s written is for our good, in order to shape and mold us, as a serviceable vessel for Him.

Many people waste “countless” hours on social media or other venues, and less time to invest in their own salvation. A person may have a thousand “likes,” on Facebook, or a million followers on Twitter, and it won’t mean a thing when you die, and face eternal judgment. Ephesians 5:16-17, “Making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.”

Our lives on this Earth should be in accordance with God’s precepts. James 4:14, “Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.”

Deuteronomy 6:5-9, And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.  And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today.  Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.  Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders.  Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”

Joshua 1:8, “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. then you will be prosperous and successful.”

Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you.” declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Proverbs 15:14, “A wise person is hungry for knowledge, while the fool feeds on trash.”

— Poetic Thought –

There are those who become obnoxious when separated from their smartphones and when they run out of cash 

Social media, cable television, smartphones, and the Internet can become a distraction, perhaps a blessing 

Therefore, efforts should be undertaken to eliminate irrelevant things we’re possessing

Many live as though tomorrow is promised, thinking they’re in control 

Often spiritually “ill-equipped” with a malnourished soul 

The use of social media can become a powerful tool to share the glorious news to the unsaved 

By evangelizing to the masses of how to be free and not enslaved

Edward L. Wright © 2018