Wednesday, January 8, 2014

the sweet victory of love

"But it was because the Lord loved you and kept the oath he swore to your ancestors that he brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the land of slavery, from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments."   
-Deuteronomy 7:8-9

It can take a while for the details of life in this fallen world to work themselves out. Wisdom is proven by her children, and children take many faithful days to mature. We all have seasons of time that seem idyllic and perfect and seamlessly good. We all have dark days when death seems to sit just outside our door, waiting for an opportune moment.

Nightmares can happen in the broadest of daylight. Terror can seem to reign heavy and mightily in even the most faithful person's life.

Even when complete and total despair appears to be the most logical response to our circumstances, God's love will always redeem the lives of His children.

And so we learn to wait. We learn to endure. We learn to let broken, loose ends hang there, awaiting our great God's faithful hands.

May we never forget that we are promised light and love and might and power. Let the hope of salvation crown our lives and the word of His great plans for the world slash away at the terror that looms.

For we are a mighty group of waiting hearts, and we are actively pursuing the King who loves us. They say that heaven comes to those who wait, but I say that heaven comes to those who love Him and keep His commandments as they wait for His mysterious plan in their lives to unfold.

And His plans for us are good. They are glorious plans full of love and light. They are worthy of the fight and worthy of our hope. When the time has come for Him to unveil His glory we will not regret one day that we stood in faith, telling the darkness that it will not be victorious.

Yes, sweet victory is at the end of this winding path. The Lord has loved us, and He will come for us.

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