Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord.
My inspiration was last night's devotional reading from Charles Spurgeon's Morning & Evening.
Isn't God good to use a book written over 100 years ago to bring me to a scriptural sense of what God says to and about me? And--this is critical--Spugeon points out what I need to determine in my heart to do about it! Ponder the following:
It is exceedingly beneficial to our souls to mount above this present evil world to something nobler and better. The cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches are apt to choke everything good within us, and we grow fretful, desponding, perhaps proud and carnal. It is well to cut down these thorns and briers, for heavenly seed sown among them is not likely to yield a harvest; and where shall we find a better sickle with which to cut them down than communion with God and the things of the kingdom?
He goes on to paint a picture of the residents of a deep valley gorge in Switzerland, who are sickly because of the stagnant misma that settles in the trapped, heavy air. If they would only climb up out of their marshes to the top of the mountain, they would join those hearty, healthy inhabitants who thrive on clean, fresh air. Be encouraged:
It is to such an exploit of climbing that I invite you to this evening. May the Spirit of God assist us to leave the mists of fear and the fevers of anxiety, and all the ills which gather in this valley of earth, and to ascend the mountains of anticipated joy and blessedness. May God the Holy Spirit cut the cords that keep us here below, and assist us to mount!
How I needed that word of encouragement after a day of crushing disappointments--99.9% disappointment with myself; any contributions from others was negligible. Of course, the devil happily and diligently blew up my actual shortcomings into gargantuan proportions and tried--but failed--to make me stop all constructive activity for the day. Get behind me, satan, in the Name of JESUS! Because even in a deep valley, I still believe and consummately trust my Savior!
So I took wise counsel to heart and am applying it. And most significantly of all, I carried on despite my emotions. God was more than able to help and heal me!
- God led me as I took some personal time in the afternoon to check out a senior care village for possible one-day respite care I might want to utilize for Steve. It took a mountain of paperwork, but if I need that option, I'll have it.