Without Excuse


As I stood before the rock wall many thoughts streamed through my head, each bearing an insight or question not of my own making. Spring water was seeping through cracks causing the rock face to glisten in the light from the sun in the eastern sky. Water and Light; always filling the dark voids of life. Ever persistent, Water and Light find a means to bring dramatic transformation. The telltale drilling channels were also obvious; relic signatures of man’s ingenuity and building efforts. Large slabs of sandstone not unlike those which comprise the base of our Capital remain for children and old men to climb, fanaticize and wonder.

God is alive and relevant. Knowing Him is to grasp the utmost source of contentment, confidence and joy. “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, let not the mighty glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches; but let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows me” Jeremiah 9:23-24.Indeed this is the supreme distinctive of the Christian faith; in-Christ we can know the Lord God personally. His Spirit eagerly waits to show us His face in every corner of creation, in history and in each new day. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. Romans 1:20.

Eternal goodness and blessing come only from trusting God; living in the awareness of His Presence.  We may boast in our prideful capacities; we may even make our marks on stone but earthly achievements soon pass away. How great is God—beyond our understanding! The number of his years is past finding out.“He draws up the drops of water, which distill as rain to the streams; the clouds pour down their moisture and abundant showers fall on mankind. Who can understand how he spreads out the clouds, how he thunders from his pavilion? Job 36:36-39.

We may hang on to many excuses today for not seeking the Face of God; I’m busy, there’s much about Him I don’t understand, I just don’t have the faith needed, I’m okay where I’m at, I don’t need Him right now. Still, Christ is faithful; in the depth of our need He asks “shall I come and bring you my healing?” When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.” Jesus said to him, “Shall I come and heal him?” The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. 13 Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that moment. Mathew 8: 5-8,13

Time out Today:

Father I hear You calling “COME TO ME”. As I stand before the stone walls in my life, help me to let go of pride. Help me to bring my remorse and repentance to You in simple faith. Today as I consider the current troubles in my life, I ask You Jesus to come to me with the refreshment of Your Living Water and the Light of Your Love. COME into me JESUS I ask for Your healing. Amen.

Without Excuse

My habit is to see the wall

Read the signs that say to all

No Hope Here.

But God desiring intimacy

Tender familiarity

Brings His Spirit; offers faith

With cleansing Water Living

Glistening Light forgiving

His purpose is made known.

How can I refuse?

I am without excuse.

Love reaches out to me.

Author: Fred Carlson

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