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Water Under the Bridge

February 20

 "Hear, O Israel: Thou art to pass over Jordan this day, ..."  Deuteronomy 9:1






"Wonder will cause HIM to pass by, while we neglect to pass over."







It is humbling to consider that the eternal CREATOR is focused on "this day".  Oh, what power and confidence is demanded from the knowledge of an infinite and blessed scrutiny honed upon our lives "this day".  We must capture the moment for HIS glory or it will prove to our shame.  Where is the disgrace, in this our day, when so many find themselves on the wrong side of the river?  Joshua, David, Nehemiah, Hezekiah, Esther, Ruth, and a host of others have all passed over.  To ignore their footprints, or sit and memorialize their passing, is tantamount to denying the(ir) faith.  What blush there must be amidst the Hebrews 11 section of the great grandstands of faith, as the brunt of our professing generation is pinned down on the beach of Cowardice.

"JESUS CHRIST the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever."  Our tendency is to romanticize the past, dream of the future, and wonder in the present.  Beloved, that just won't do for the child of GOD!  Wonder will cause HIM to pass by, while we neglect to pass over.  Wonder in the place of obedience is naval-focus, Far Eastern, ... not Biblical and not Christian.  We have stationed HIM like a Cigar Store statue at the entrance to the church while denying HIS immutability.  We endure HIS presence and disregard HIS voice.  We sit burning the wood of past feats of faith and pray for the rapture, counting the rolling current of "this day" as so much water under the bridge. 

Of eternal significance, "this day" holds many challenges and opportunities, will it be:

  • A day of dependence (Matthew 6:11)

  • A day of determination (Joshua 24:15)

  • A day of denial (Luke 22:34)

It is very likely that paralysis on the East side of the river is attributable to "this day" never becoming "the day" in your life.  If so, humbly receive HIM Who alone can make "now" that reality.
"(For HE saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)"  If "now" salvation is yours, keep moving, for "the day" of time will soon dissolve into "today" of eternal paradise where all crossings will forever pass for the saved.

"And JESUS said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, today shalt thou be with ME in paradise."

For Love of Country
Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933)
(30th President of the United States)
"The foundations of our society and our government rest so much on the teachings of the Bible that it would be difficult to support them if faith in these teachings would cease to be practically universal in our country."

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