A living Christ

This devotional spoke to me this morning, in my sleeplessness:

The women were terribly frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? — Luke 24:5 NET

A DYING Christ alone, will not satisfy your heart. While you praise the love that was crucified for you–you crave love from a Savior who lives. Memories of a friend who has died, may be very sweet. The fragrance of ‘departed love’ stays in a home, like the perfume of sweet flowers, when the flowers have been borne away. But how unsatisfying are the mere memories of your friend–when your heart hungers for love’s real presence, and touch and tenderness! No more will the mere memories of the Love that died on the cross for you–satisfy your cravings for Christ. You must have the living One for your friend!

“My soul thirsts for God, for the living God!” cried the psalmist, and cries every redeemed soul. It is only as we realize the truth of a living Christ–that our hearts are satisfied. We crave love—a bosom to lean upon, a hand to touch ours, a heart whose beatings we can feel, a personal friendship that will come into our life with its sympathy, its inspiration, its companionship, its shelter, its life, its comfort. All this, the living Christ is to us, if we but learn the blessed truth of his resurrection. “I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever!” Revelation 1:18.

He will be faithful

Not a KJV ancient-language type of person, but this short piece spoke to me powerfully.

Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. (2 Timothy 2:19)

Never fear while trial and hardship assail you, for there is a strength on your side. Neither lose courage nor hope as the curse upon life draws its noose tighter upon you, for there is a river of life that overflows on your account. Fear not. Worry not. Fret not. For the Lord knows all those who are His. He will keep His children from the force of His wrath and ever will He protect them from their enemy, Satan. He will be faithful to tend their needs and salve their wounds. We who believe and have departed the way of iniquity are secured in the mercy, peace, and fatherly love that abounds in His family.

He will quiet us

Part of a devotional thought on Zeph 3.17:

Further, it means that He will quiet us with His love. We are excitable creatures. All the cares and concerns of life can upset us. We are prone to fear and worry. Our faith tends to dissipate under pressure and we may emphatically express our fears and worries frantically. God, however, quiets us. He quiets us with His loving presence. Although our problems may remain for a while, His loving presence comforts us and quiets us down.