Love Divine

But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine (Isaiah 43:1 KJV).

Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people . . . (Luke 1:68 KJV).

Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith (Galatians 3:13-14 KJV).

He created us.

He formed us.

He redeemed us.

He called us by name.

We are His.

We have a reason to hope and rejoice. Blessed be His name!

Truth From the Garden

On the way to the barn one morning, I spied plants growing next to the wall of a raised bed. Taking a closer look, I immediately recognized the flower my late MIL had given me. But the other plant looked a little iffy.

Brushing the fallen leaves from around it, I uncovered a yellow bloom and knew it was a weed. I also found the plants were intertwined, making it impossible to pull one without disturbing the other. I didn’t have time to transplant the flower that morning, so I left both.

I thought about the wheat and tares parable and how the servants instantly recognized the difference between the two. As a teen, I worked as a cashier. We didn’t have special markers to let us know if a twenty was a counterfeit or not. We had to look at it and recognize it. I’ll never forget the instructor’s advice. “Study the original until it becomes second nature, and you’ll have no problem spotting a forgery.”

In our world, it’s necessary for us to weigh everything we are hearing, feeling, doing, and seeing by the Word of God. Seeds are being scattered daily. Like the servants, we must recognize what is growing in our spiritual field. Truth or lies? Can we tell the difference?

If you struggle, study until it becomes second nature. That means to become a student with a mind to learn. Daily Bible study has many benefits.

Truth Sets Us Free

Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free (John 8:31-32).

Adam Clark has this to say about the truth.

“It is not only according to the truth of God that ministers are to be set apart to the sacred work; but it is from that truth, and according to it, that they must preach to others. That doctrine which is not drawn from the truth of God can never save souls. God blesses no word but his own; because none is truth, without mixture of error, but that which has proceeded from himself.”

Adam Clarke

To witness to others, we must know the truth. The truth sets us free.

Truth Lights the Way

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path (Psalm 119:105).

So many are looking for answers. The Bible can give us light and direct us in the ways we should go.

I love what Charles Spurgeon writes about this scripture in The Treasury of David.

“Having no fixed lamps in eastern towns, in old time each passenger carried a lantern with him that he might not fall into the open sewer, or stumble over the heaps of ordure which defiled the road. This is a true picture of our path through this dark world, we should not know the way, or how to walk in it, if the Scripture, like a blazing flambeau, did not reveal it. One of the most practical benefits of Holy Writ is guidance in the acts of daily life; it is not sent to astound us with its brilliance, but to guide us by its instruction. It is true the head needs illumination, but even more the feet need direction, else head and feet may both fall into a ditch. Happy is the man who personally appropriates God’s word, and practically uses it as his comfort and counsellor, – a lamp to his own feet. . . . Ignorance is painful upon practical subjects; it breeds indecision and suspense, and these are uncomfortable: the word of God, by imparting heavenly knowledge, leads to decision, and when that is followed by determined resolution, as in this case, it brings with it great restfulness of heart.”

Charles Spurgeon

Truth is Necessary for Our Spiritual Well-being.

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones (Proverbs 3:5-8).

Here’s another quote from Adam Clarke.

“It is well known that it is by the umbilical cord that the fetus receives its nourishment all the time it is in the womb of the mother. It receives nothing by the mouth, nor by any other means: by this alone all nourishment is received, and the circulation of the blood kept up. When, therefore, the wise man says, that “trusting in the Lord with the whole heart, and acknowledging him in all a man’s ways, etc., shall be health to the navel, and marrow to the bones;” he in effect says, that this is as essential to the life of God in the soul of man, and to the continual growth in grace, as the umbilical cord is to the life and growth of the fetus in the womb. Without the latter, no human being could ever exist or be born; without the former, no true religion can ever be found. Trust or faith in God is as necessary to derive grace from him to nourish the soul, and cause it to grow up unto eternal life, as the navel string or umbilical cord is to the human being in the first stage of its existence.” 

Adam Clarke

How can we we learn truth and understanding without studying the Word?

Points to Ponder

Paul said, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17).

If we are to grow, we must read the Word. Another way to mature is by listening to the preaching of the gospel. Both will . . .

. . . strengthen our faith and trust in God

. . . define evil that we may depart

. . . give us insight for decision making

. . . help us recognize the truth.

Have you had your daily dose of the Word?

Rekindling Trust by Sandra Ardoin

After her husband’s death, Edythe is penniless and dependent on her domineering and abusive father for the sake of her three children. At first glance, Edythe looks weak, but inside is a vein of strength ready to be mined. Good thing! When her eldest child, Andrew, gets into trouble with the police, Edythe finds the courage to stand up for herself and her son.

Barrett Seton is a lawyer looking for justice. Or is it revenge? When he returns to Riverport to care for his ailing brother, he is determined the past will not be repeated. Judge Danby won’t bully him or his brother. Mrs. Edy Westin will not break his heart. He will have the upper hand and the last say.

Edythe and Barrett must put aside their pain and anger to work together for her son’s sake. Along the way, they rediscover the truth and the lies of the past.

Y’all, I love this book. The characters are diverse with flaws and wounds, making them relatable and memorable. The story is a second chance tale of justice, forgiveness, love, hope, and restoration. I felt the pace was perfect, and the romance sweet and enjoyable. The plot kept me anchored in another time and place.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Another reason why I like this story is the characters. I cheered Edythe on her newfound strength. I enjoyed the twins’ conversations, especially Timothy’s. I smiled over Sarah Jane’s love for animals. I hurt for Andrew and rooted for Barrett to get the bad guy. And finally, I hoped for Judge Danby to get his just desserts. He really needed that smirk wiped off his face. 😉

I highly recommend Rekindling Trust. But I warn you, like any decadent dessert, you must pace yourself to savor every delicious morsel.

I received a copy of this book from the author but wasn’t required to post a favorable review. The opinions are my own.