John 6:68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life”
Today has been a rough day and this verse is my consolation. Although I am getting better, not younger. My drive is to do what the doctor has told me, eat what I’m allowed to eat, and get plenty of rest. The diet is good, not tiresome. Apple Fritters do not equate with ‘good life’. We listened to Pastor Jack Hayford this morning about getting the ‘Egypt’ out of us. The ‘leavening’, the ‘yeast’, the ‘bacteria’, the deadly ‘mold’ of the world. After having plenty of tasty stuff for 400 years the Israelites didn’t take to 40 years of manna very well, BUT the Lord God was with them in a mighty way. A pillar of cloud and a pillar of fire, walking on the dry Red Sea and Jordan River beds, water from a rock, quail till it came out their ears and the defeat of their enemies, as long as they obeyed and followed. Moses said, “If your presence will not go with me, do not bring us up from here.” God kept His part of the deal. He always does.
Peter was positive of the ‘Words’ of Jesus and their content of eternal life. Moses was assured of God’s presence through the journey. Yes, it was longer than necessary, but that’s what it took to cleanse Israel’s attitude. It made me think of all the promises of God’s life abundant and eternal, light on the path, salvation, healing, guidance, deliverance, wisdom, shelter, protection, provision promised in the written Word of God. There are boo coo books published with just the promises and all that our sovereign God is on our behalf. His love, His care even when it doesn’t seem like He’s there.
I think of Malachi 3 and God’s ‘book of Remembrance’, I am encouraged and joy rises in my heart because He hears us and then writes it down. Not that He would forget, but for His pleasure. I image like a family album, His scrapbook, proud of His children for sending Him a card, some flowers, attention, thinking of Him with love and devotion… verse 6 Then those who feared the Lord spoke with one another. The Lord paid attention and heard them, and a book of remembrance was written before Him of those who feared the Lord and esteemed His name. 17 “They shall be mine, says the Lord of hosts, in the day when I make up my treasured possession, and I will spare them as a man spares his son who serves him. 18 Then once more you shall see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve Him.