The end of May is an exciting time in life. The weather’s warm, the days are long and there are so many great outdoor activities to enjoy. The school year is ending, the kids are all abuzz about summer, and vacations plans are being drawn up. Man, sometimes it just feels good to be alive!
excited about our church’s block party coming up on Friday night, June 1, from
5-8. That’s next Friday! This will be my first taste of what I’m told is quite
a community event. Let me just say, you’re invited to come and enjoy the fun.
We’ll have free food, live music, children’s games and activities, the big
inflatable bounce house and games, a cake walk and much more. Bring the whole
family and let’s have a party!
speaking of end of school stuff, let me again say congratulations to the Class
of 2012! I had the honor of speaking at this year’s Baccalaureate service at
PORTA High School last Sunday night. What an outstanding group of young men and
women representing the school and the community. It was humbling to be able to
address them and pray for them, and I’m grateful for the experience.
the Lord gave me for the students came from Psalm 1. This psalm highlights the
blessings God pours out upon the one who follows His ways, while warning the
wicked of the disastrous outcome of their way. And when it comes down to it,
there’s really only two ways to live: the way of the righteous or the way of
Verse 6 of
Psalm 1 says this: “For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the
way of the wicked will perish.” Friend, let me assure you that the Lord indeed
watches over the way of the righteous. He’s got His eyes on them, guarding
their way and guiding their steps. He never leaves them nor forsakes them. He
provides for their needs, comforts them, cares for them, protects them and
satisfies the longings of their souls.
God is not
stingy in His blessings toward His people, but generously showers them with
mercy and grace all the days of their lives, while assuring them of His promise
that they will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
And let me
add that these “righteous” are only made righteous through Jesus. The Bible
clearly says that there is no one righteous, not even one (apart from Christ).
You can’t be nice enough to be righteous. You can’t give enough money to the
church or charity. You can’t volunteer at the food pantry or teach Sunday
School or do anything else to become righteous. That’s why we need a Savior!
Jesus did what we are incapable of
doing – living a perfect life. That’s why His atoning death on the cross and
His triumphant resurrection from the grave provide the only means of our
salvation. “For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the
unrighteous, to bring you to God” (1 Peter 3:18).
The question is this: Whom will you
The one the Lord blesses is the one
who does not follow the ways of the ungodly world. He does not follow the
foolish advice of godless people. He does not follow the rebellious road of
those who reject God’s commands. Why would he? The way of the wicked will
perish. It is a useless path that leads only to destruction and death.
Rather, the one who receives the
blessings of the Lord finds his delight in the Word of God! He can’t get enough
of it! To him the words of Scripture are treasures far more valuable than
silver or gold. Because that’s where we encounter the Holy One of God, whose
word brings abundant, victorious and eternal life.
richest blessings await those who delight themselves in the Word of God and in
the God of the Word. May those blessings be yours as you follow Christ Jesus!