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Monday, August 7, 2017

I Cry Out

The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are attentive to their cry. The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles—Psalm 34:15, 17 NIV

As I try to live a life that is worthy of Christ's love, I sometimes fail. It is in my failure that I realize how little I am without Him. Immediately I run to Him, and know His forgiveness the moment I ask. I know His redeeming love the moment I cry out.

No one is perfect. But I am called to live a righteous life. It is forever a journey and a commitment. It is forever a sacrifice of my personal feelings to the Savior who sacrificed His life for me. I am called to live in obedience to His purpose, just as He was called to obedience at Calvary. Is it possible to live a completely righteous life?  He sees me through the eyes of grace that withheld nothing. He knows I am righteous because of His sacrifice. He calls me to realize it. Surrender is my only option to understand. Whatever lies before me, I surrender all that I can never be in my own eyes for all He knows is true in my life.

He attentively waits for my prayer. He watches closely to see my need, and hears my cry for help. He rescues me from my trouble in the way He has chosen to deliver me—not the way that I decide I need to be delivered. Sometimes I don't understand His choice, but I know it is for my best. When I cry out He either rescues me from my trouble or gives me the strength to overcome what I face. Although it might not seem true at the time, His powerful strength to overcome what I face is also a great deliverance—and molder of my character.

“But he knows where I am going,” Job declared, “and when he tests me, I will come out as pure as gold” (Job 23:10, NLT). God knows my path. He listens and watches, but He more than listens and watches. He is involved in every aspect of my life molding me, testing me, growing me. He refines me as gold. The Lord changes me until righteousness is my life's anchor, and His constant reward. I am delivered from all that comes against me, because He is greater in me than anything that might try to destroy me. What I lay each day upon His altar, will remain.

Copyright © 2017 Lynn Lacher

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