…with great joy, because they now understood the words that had been made known to them. Nehemiah 8:12
Lord, make known to me Your Word, make me smarter than I am to understand and live it out! Your Word is like fire, ignite it within me so that it cannot be contained! (Jer. 23:29, Jer. 20:9)
Today I was challenged with the question: What’s your mast? I thought well, from the 16th century, vessels were often built of a size requiring masts taller and thicker than could be made from single tree trunks. On these larger vessels, to achieve the required height, the masts were built from up to four sections (also called masts), known in order of rising height above the decks as the lower, top, top gallant and royal masts. Giving the lower sections sufficient thickness necessitated building them up from separate pieces of wood. (Thank you wikipedia… see, God already answering prayers to make me smarter than I am!) So considering that a mast on a ship must be of great strength to secure the boats sails that will be thrust out into incredible forces of wind in order to drive its course… what is my life’s mast?
We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where Jesus, who went before us, has entered on our behalf. He has become the high priest forever… Hebrews 6:19-20
For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 3:11
We all already have an anchor for our soul and a sure foundation in Jesus that has already been laid for us… but we all get to choose whether we will accept and build our lives upon Him or not. In this world there is always something ready to fill our sails and pull us one direction or another. Why do businesses pay so much for ad space during the super bowl? The advertisers know if they can get you just a glimpse of something it could potentially hook you for good! What are we allowing to pull at our sails?
Joshua 24:15 But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods of your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD. We need to be intentional in fixing our eyes on Jesus because a double-minded man, (is) unstable in all he does. James 1:8 We cannot serve two masters (Matthew 6:24).
So how might we be intentional moment by moment to choose Jesus as our foundation, my anchor, the mast to which my sails are tied in a world that is so loud and influential?! Praise and worship. Psalm 106:1-2 says who can fully declare his praises? I will run out of moments before I run out of ways to praise Him! Psalm 106:13-14 But they soon forgot what he had done and did not wait for his counsel. In the desert they gave in to their craving; in the wasteland they put God to the test. Romans 1:21 For although they knew God, they nether glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. We were made to praise and worship!!
Joshua 4:21-23 He said to the Israelites, “In the future when your descendants ask their fathers, ‘What do these stones mean?’ tell them, ‘Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground. For the LORD your God dried up the Jordan before you until you had crossed over. Praise Him with “stones of remembrance” (Psalm 103:1-5). Praise Him in the big and the small ways He has shown His faithfulness and then share that with others!
I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth. 3 John 1:4 Of the million prayers we pray over our children the number one is that their hearts would receive Him as their personal Savior and Lord. Everyone want’s a savior but how many really want a lord? That’s why we need Jesus to ignite our hearts within us with the fiery passion He has for ALL of His children to know Him as both!
God turns the heart, not us, (1 Cor. 3:7) but we are called to love God and love people, (Mark 12:30-31) to go into all the world preaching His gospel. (Mark 16:15) He want’s none to perish. (2 Peter 3:9) We only see the underside of the tapestry He is weaving so when some receive the seed we sow the first time and the next one it takes ten times and another we have tried 100 times with no luck in seeing them receive Him we must continue to do so at every opportunity He presents to us – trusting the results to His Sovereign hand. Lord please grant us ever increasing trust!
As desperately as we want our children to receive Him as Savior we want them to receive and bow their knee to Him as Lord of their life too. He is the great I AM, all sufficient for anything they need. When they can’t find their way He says I AM the Way and the Good Shepherd. When they are trapped He says I provide a way out. When they are afraid He says I AM your peace, courage and confidence, shield and defender. When they have hit a dead end He says I AM the Creator of new beginnings. When they feel alone He says I AM El Roi, I see you and I AM Emmanuel, with you, I Am the Truth and the Light. When they are sick He says I AM your Healer. When they don’t have enough He says I AM Jehovah Jirah your Provider. When they are unsure of their circumstances He says I AM the Alpha and Omega the Beginning and the End, all things hold together in Me. When they have failed He says I AM your Redeemer. When they have questions He is the equal sign, the answer, I Am your Counselor. The list is endless and He says I AM the vine you are the branch apart from me you can do nothing (John 15:5).
We need You Jesus as Savior and Lord! Stir the up passion for You within us, empower us to reach out with boldness and a heart like Yours for not just our own children but for ALL of Your children, because You are that passionate for All of Your kids. Keep our focus in a highly distractable world tossed about this way and that. Jesus I want to praise and worship you in all things and with stones of remembrance so that You would create in me a strong mast able to anchor durable sails that will take me and as many as You will, along with me all the way to Your eternal Kingdom. Praise the Mighty name of Jesus!
Independent Read: Psalm 103:1-5, John 14:6, John 8:12, Exodus 3:14, 1 Corinthians 10:13, Psalm 91:1-2, Matthew 11:4-6, Revelations 22:13, Isaiah 9:6, John 10:11, Mark 10:45, Genesis 6:13-14, 22:13-14, Matthew 1:22-23, Colossians 1:17, John 3:16