Goes Without Saying; They cried unto thee, and were delivered: they trusted in thee, and were not confounded.
A good father is there for his children. When they cry out in the middle of the night, he rises from his bed to see about them. When they become teenagers and they find themselves stranded with a flat tire by the side of the road, he answers the phone and rushes to their aid. No matter how old we get, our fathers are our heroes. No request is too big or too small for “Daddy.” Children who are blessed with a good father believe that if they call, daddy will come. There is no hesitation. They ask and they are never disappointed. So it is with our heavenly Father. When we call on Him, He comes. We trust Him to heed our call and He never disappoints. He is a good Father, who loves His children and knows how to love them. And they know they can depend on Him, as well.
Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.
In regions that get deep snowfalls, it is sometimes treacherous to walk any distance. Before the days of snow plows and snow mobiles, people had to “break trail” in order to get anywhere, whether it be to the little one room school house or just out to the barn to feed the animals. It was always incumbent upon the adult or the oldest child to break through the icy surface of the deep snow and create a trail for others to follow. The leader picked a safe route and the followers would be safe, too, as long as they walked in the footprints made by the trail breaker. It is much easier, and safer, to walk in the tracks of someone who has “broken” the trail. This is what God does for us. He breaks the trail so that our travels will be easier and safer. If we but trust Him and follow in His footsteps, He will guide us faithfully through the path He has chosen for us.
Father, I thank You for breaking the tough trails in my life. Your footsteps guide me as You teach me to walk in Your way. Keep my path straight and help to stay on it. I will trust in You because You have proven Yourself to me. Amen.
MARCH 3, 2022
So that you come short in no gift, eagerly waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 1:7
Recommended Reading: Titus 2:11-14
“It goes without saying.” This phrase refers to something that is so obvious that it doesn’t need to be mentioned or explained. For example, it goes without saying that most people look forward to their vacation days from work. Who doesn’t love a vacation?
The New Testament portrays one aspect of the Second Coming of Christ almost as an aside—something that goes without saying. And that is the eager anticipation of believers for the return of Christ. In other words, we are not told to eagerly anticipate the Second Coming. Rather, we are told about things that should characterize our lives while we are “eagerly waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 1:7). Titus 2:11-14 describes the behavior of those who are “looking for” the return of Christ. Our looking for, our eager anticipation for, is assumed; it goes without saying. What is said is how we ought to live as we eagerly await His appearing.
Today, are you eagerly anticipating the Second Coming of the Savior? May our lives reflect the reality that we long for His appearing.
The certainty of the Second Coming of Christ should touch and tincture every part of our daily behavior.