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Morning and Evening 8/13

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Morning: “The cedars of Lebanon which He hath planted.” – Psalms 104:16

A few years back I had worked in a lumber mill and I can remember when I received an order for cedar wood to be cut, it was always my favorite. The look, the feel, weight and smell was quite different than any other type of lumber we had stocked in the yard. We Christians, like the cedar in the lumber yard should stick out from the crowd and this is precisely what Spurgeon was bringing to our attention with the cedars of Lebanon. For they owed their life, sustenance and protection to Him and to Him only. No earthly task or hand could do what God had done for the cedars of Lebanon.

As we go about our days in the work place, among family and among friends we need to look more joyful as Christ has given us eternal life and feel lighter with our burdens than others, as the weight of sin has been lifted of our shoulders. He had planted the cedars of Lebanon and would make sure that they were taken care of completely and perfectly according to His will, it is the same with the believer in Christ Jesus.

The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I hope in Him!

Evening: “And I will remember My covenant.” – Genesis 9:15

Immutability immediately comes to mind and we can thank the Lord that it is so.

You are the same, and your years will have no end – Psalm 102:27

We know from various parts of scripture that we as a human race are covenant breakers while He is a covenant keeper. His promises are everlasting, His purposes do not bend, His prophecies are fulfilled perfectly and His character will not fade away.

The unbeliever is very disturbed by this truth and they look at it with hate and defiance. “If I am a good person” someone will say “then God will surely let me enter into the pearly gates, He will make an exception for me”. But we know that if they do not have faith in Christ, but base their righteousness upon earthly works there is no chance for him to enter in. God has spoken that only by faith in the blood of Christ as our perfect atonement is the requirement to have eternal life and there is no other way. He will not change for anyone, for His perfection cannot be improved upon. We can be joyful to know God will keep His promises and will see to it that each one of His elect will make it safely into His arms.

Oh! it is not my remembering God, it is God’s remembering me which is the ground of my safety; it is not my laying hold of His covenant, but His covenant’s laying hold on me.

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