Friday, October 3, 2014

Agate - The Red and White of Blessing (Excerpt)

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As usual, we start the month with an excerpt from the latest devotional book. This time, it's Agate - The Red and White of Blessing.  We look at the Sermon on the Mount, 14 days of verse by verse edification.

The red of agate flows into the colors of Fall, but also the red of the Blood of Christ.  And the white speaks to the purity of God.  In the Sermon on the Mount, we see those two things combine for the blessing of the believer.

Matthew 5:4 (KJV)  Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

We think of mourning as pointing to the loss of a loved one or an important object. But that can refer to a relationship, too. When we mourn the loss of a loved one, we’re including the loss of our relationship with that person. How we interacted with them was as important as their presence. The same can be said for how we relate to God.

Without salvation, there’s a sense of something missing that we may not understand. That sense of loss places us in a state of mourning, even though we may not realize that’s what we’re experiencing.  Once we’ve developed a relationship with God, it’s our destructive life of sin that initiates the mourning. It’s a recognition of a God sized hole in our life that needs filling. God wants to do that, but we get in the way.

There doesn’t seem to be much hope till we think about the second part of the verse. “They shall be comforted”. John 14:16-17a says, “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth;”. When our verse speaks of being comforted, it’s the verb form of the noun Jesus used to describe the Holy Spirit. Our spirit, our soul will be comforted and soothed. It will be lifted up. We will be blessed, even in our mourning.

Prayer thoughts for day 2: We want God to show us how to be comforted. We need that God sized hole filled. And we want to recognize that God never leaves us, it’s only our perception that makes it seem like He has. God is ever present and ever ready to draw us into a complete relationship. As long as we live, there’s always another chance.

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