1 Corinthians 2:9 NLT – That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.”
When I read this verse it makes me super excited about the eternal home God has for us. Just imagine for a moment what God has in store for us. We are His children, adopted into His eternal family and co-heirs with Christ. With that standing, God is not going to hold back any good thing from us. His goal is to give us His best as His children. As the verse above says, “No eye has seen or ear heard or mind imagined”, how great it will be. Our eternal home will be absolutely amazing!
Dear God, thank You that you have prepared an eternal home for those who love You. Thank You it will be a wonderful place that is too amazing to imagine. I look forward to spending eternity there with You. Amen.
I heard this saying this morning, “Caesar is now just a salad dressing, but Jesus is still King.” I know it is just a silly saying. But it is funny how history plays out.
Caesar seemed to have all the power in the world. He had the power to sentence people to death. Jesus proved He had all the power of eternity and the power to raise people to life.
Caesar is now the name on an ancient ruler. Jesus is the King of all kings and the Lord of all lords. He sits on a throne in heaven waiting to return to earth to consummate history.
Real power is not found in dominating or controlling people, but in humble service and sacrifice. Jesus showed us this in His death on the cross. It is the greatest act of power in all of history combined.
Thank You Jesus for Your great power. You came from heaven to live amongst us. You came to save us. You showed Your great power in humble service that sacrificed Your life for us. May we be always grateful. May we always understand that You have all power and authority, both for this life and all eternity. Amen
Several weeks ago I wrote a post about my solitary place where I go to pray. It was up on a Peak overlooking our town. Today I thought I would share an image of one of my other solitary places I have – on my bike.
As I have shared before, I have been cycling for more that 35 years. I really enjoy getting out in God’s creation to just ride. It is partly about fitness, partly about getting alone time and partly about stopping to spend time with God in prayer.
Today I just rode slowly around town on my single speed bike. I checked out the sport at the local park, had a look down the main street to see what was going on and paused at our local lake to sit and pray. This is the picture above.
For me I find cycling like this very relaxing. I can just roll my legs over slowly (10-20kph) and enjoy the scenery. Yes a level of fitness is involved, but as I get older it is more about stopping and taking time out to have a mental break too.
As someone who has worked as a Pastor, Chaplain and Companion Carer, I talk to a lot of people. I also listen a lot too. And being quite introverted, I find I need to build in to my schedule some solitary places and hobbies to recharge my mental energy.
How about you? Have you got any special places you go to? Or have you got hobbies that help you recharge your energy? My two places are walking up a Peak and riding around in God’s creation. Both things keep me mentally, spiritually and emotionally fit.
A number of places in the Bible we see that Jesus went off to a solitary place to pray. Mark 1:35 says He did it early in the morning. His desire was to go and be alone with His Father in heaven.
I have a few solitary places I go to be alone with God in prayer. The photo above is one of the places. It is up on a Peak that overlooks our town. Depending on which way I go to get there, it can take 15 minutes or 45 minutes to walk to it. One is steep and quick and the other one is slow and winding.
Sometimes I go to this place once a week and spend some time in prayer. This is usually in the cooler months of the year. At other times it is less often, but I go up there when I need space to hear from God, especially when I need wisdom (see James 1:5).
As it is up high I can see most of my town, farming land or a forrest depending on which way I look. Not only does it get me away from work, but it slows me down. It has a way of calming me and centring my mind on God. I find it easy to hear from Him in a solitary place like this.
Every time I go up the Peak I can see why Jesus did it. It has a way of stripping the external noise away and just making it about me and God, Him and me. Sometimes I pray. Sometimes I am quiet. Sometimes I just listen for an answer.
How about you? Have you got a solitary place you go to be with God? Do you have a Peak you go to? Or another place? If not, I wonder if that will help you to draw aside like Jesus did. For me, it really calms my mind and helps me to draw near to God.