St. Paul wrote to the church at Rome words that speak to all the Church through the ages: "For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, so that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope."
It is to that concept, that the Word of God brings encouragement to the heart of those who will believe its message, this blog is devoted.
Saturday, June 7, 2014
The Spirit and the Bride say,
“Come.” (Revelation 22:17)
When God says something once,
we do well to pay attention. But when He repeats what He says – I think that means He really, really wants to make a point.
That’s what I thought when I
recently read again His invitation to me – and, of course, to anyone who cares
to hear it: The Spirit and the Bride say,
“Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty, Come.
Let the one who wishes to take the water of life without cost [Come]
As I laid the Bible on my lap,
I remembered what God said several hundred years earlier, through the prophet
Isaiah: “Come, everyone
who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come,
buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money
for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not
satisfy? (Isaiah 55:1-2a).
text came to mind, “Come to Me, all who are weary and
heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.Take My yoke upon you and learn
from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your
souls. For my yoke is easy and My burden is light." (Matthew 11:28-30).
At that point
my memory went into overdrive as scores of similar invitations across the
length and breadth of Scripture floated through my thoughts. And I wondered why
some think there is a better offer waiting for us from elsewhere.
I can tell
you from four decades of experience, there is
no better offer. We can live a hundred lives over, even ten thousand lives
over, and we will never receive a better or more genuine appeal.
On December 24, 1972 I responded
to God’s RSVP with a simple, “Yes, Lord, I come. With all my dark past, with all
my hunger, and with all my thirst – Oh, Lord, I come to You. Quench the longing
of my soul.”
Indeed, since that day in
1972 I have repeatedly, perhaps hundreds of times, reminded myself of my RSVP. Our
Father’s invitation is too gracious, too abundant, too life-giving – and too
important – that I do not want to forget how badly I need Him day by day.