“Amen, Come Lord Jesus”…

I long for the day when the Lord will come. As the old hymn says, “What a day that will be, when my Jesus comes for me, when I look upon His face, the one who saved me by His grace, when He takes me by the hand, and leads me to the promised land. What a day, glorious day, that will be!”  Many time in this valley of shadows, I can see God’s hand. Others, I must find it enough to trust His heart. Yet there are also those days, or even seasons, when it seems my faith is spent, and I look in vain for the development of the fruits of His Spirit at work within me. His love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control seem sadly lacking from my life, and from the lives of those around me. Though I physically and mentally and emotionally fail every day, I am assured in Philippians 1:6  that “He who began a good work in me, will be faithful to complete it.” Keith Green had a beautiful song about this journey of faith, proclaiming the Lord’s ability to soften the hardest of places in our hearts:

 

My eyes are dry

My faith is old

My heart is hard

My prayers are cold

And I know how I ought to be

Alive to You and dead to me

But what can be done

For an old heart like mine?

Soften it up

With oil and wine

The oil is You, Your Spirit of love

Please wash me anew

With the wine of Your Blood

 
The psalmist also acknowledged: “MY flesh and MY heart MAY fail, but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion forever” (Psalm 63:7, emphasis mine). Come do your work Father; be to me now and always what you are, and every will be!  As Revelations proclaims, “Amen, come Lord Jesus.”

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