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Monday’s Music Moves Me
The theme this week at 4M is in honor of Columbus Day and the journey to discover America. So, the music is to be about a journey or trip, physical, mental, emotional or spiritual. I suppose my journey will include a bit of each. Life itself is a journey and it is filled with physical, mental, emotional and spiritual trips and certainly a few surprises along the way.
As a teenager and into our early twenties our physical condition is usually at it’s peak but our mental and emotional conditions haven’t matured enough to handle much of the journey that is ahead of us. For me personally, it is the spiritual journey that has given me the most joy, peace and satisfaction. I accepted Christ as my Savior at the age of 9 and like the rest of the journeys mentioned here I have matured over the years. Things that I now understand about God and His word were not even on my radar as a younger man. How my relationship with Christ impacts the other aspects of my life were not a part of my understanding as a youth. At nine years old, I only knew one thing, I was in need of a Savior and Jesus Christ was that Savior. It is impossible to understand everything about Christ prior to salvation and some things about the Son of God will not be revealed to us until we meet Him face to face. One thing that has always helped me in this understanding of God is music. The hymns of the church and gospel music speak to me in ways that often shed light on and give additional understanding to Scripture. This is especially true as we grow older and this physical body begins to break down and we encounter aches, pains and diseases that we once thought were only for old people, not noticing that we have become one of those senior citizens in this world. I may not know what the future holds, but I know who holds the future and I have reached that point in life that I can understand what the apostle Paul meant when he said, “For me to live is Christ and to die is gain.” (Philippians 1:21)
Paul found his joy, purpose in life, and complete fulfillment in knowing Christ. Since the believer will spend eternity in heaven, even leaving this world through the process of death is an upgrade because Scripture teaches us that there will be no tears, no suffering, no dying, no pain in that place prepared us (Revelation 21:4). For the believer there is Victory in Jesus and it all begins with repentance.
Salvation is open to whosoever believes in the name of Christ. Scripture tells us that it is not God’s desire that any should perish but that all would be saved. The sad news is that many will reject the call of God and walk away from eternal life.
Christians are not immune to the problems of this world because we live in this world and it is a world that fell from grace when Adam and Eve disobeyed the Creator and decided that Satan in the image of a serpent was right and that God would not punish them for their decision. They were wrong. So we must live in a world of pain and sorrow, sickness, and natural disaster. Again the Bible tells us that God causes the rain to fall on the just and the unjust, so life happens to all of us and bad things happen to good people. The question is, where do we place our hope? I have placed mine In Christ Alone. My prayer is in the lyrics, “In Christ alone I place my trust, And find my glory in the power of the cross, In every victory let it be said of me, My source of strength, my source of hope, is Christ Alone.”
When life does deal us a difficult situation I have come to realize that things may not always turn out the way we wish. We may pray for the physical healing of a loved one or that a broken marriage will be restored and things just don’t work out to our satisfaction. Again, my prayer is in the lyrics, “I know You’re able, And I know You can, Save through the fire, With Your mighty hand, But even if You don’t, My hope is You alone”
I rest in the assurance that one day I will close my eyes for the last time and step into eternity. My Savior will have finished preparing my place in His kingdom and He will call my name…and when He does, “I will rise”. Have a blessed week.