SATURDAY REFLECTION

Saturday Reflection – 03 August 2019

God who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else?   Romans 8:32

As we reflect on today’s doctrinal text, we are reminded that it was God who first loved us, embraced us and invited us into a relationship with him. Through his death on the cross and his triumphant resurrection, our sins had been washed by his blood and we have new life in him. We now have redemption and peace through him. By this, we now have the assurance that God will give us what we need for life and for service.

Paul, as he writes to the Roman church, reminds us that Christ paid in the ultimate price, that he as he said to the disciples, possessed the greatest love, and Paul says on another occasion that he demonstrated this love to us, in that while we yet sinners, he died for us. Having demonstrated this great love, Paul asks us, is there anything that he won’t do for us?

Sometimes, my brothers and sisters, we forget that we serve a great, big, wonderful God, we may sing it, or read about what he’s done or his promises for us. But on our journey through life, we sometimes forget to exercise our faith. It may be like the disciples on the boat, who when the storms were brewing, tried all the other ways to keep the boat afloat. Only when the boat was about to capsize, did they remember that Jesus was on the boat, and that he was sleeping. Only then, did they recognize the power of the presence of God. Only then did they come to terms with their faith and the authority that they had been given. Therefore, through our constant dialogue, meditation, worship will connect with Jesus and we, in turn can better exercise our faith, our trust and our authority in him. He is truly our Saviour and friend, who has plans to prosper us, that when we love and follow him, all things work together for our good. David puts it this way “I was young, and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.” (Psalm 37:25)

It could be that God is calling us in many different ways, to new heights or to serve him in many different ways in his vineyard, and we may nervous or anxious about our own frailty. With the live coal put on Isaiah’s tongue, with the words put in Jeremiah’s mouth, or the mouthpiece for Moses, God had prepared them for service, and so empowers us that we have the strength and courage to go out and labour in his vineyard as he has called us.

The truth is, my brothers and sisters that God loves us with an everlasting love, we are his, by creation and by redemption and he tells us that if our earthly fathers can give good gifts, imagine the good gifts that he, our Heavenly Father can give. We are called then, to seek him with all our hearts, love him with our mind, strength and soul, trust him, and obey. Our God never fails and this gives us the confidence to step forward in response, either to kindle or rekindle our relationship with him, to brighten the light that shines, to step out in faith, trust and in service to our God. God has promised that we will not be alone, that he’ll reach out to us. We won’t regret making the step and we’ll never be the same again.

Until next week, since all things will work together for our good, how will we respond to God’s great love and his amazing promise that will never fail?May we respond as Isaacs Watts did when he wrote the following:                                                                                                                          Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.
That were a present far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.

Dominic J. Blair