Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer. (Psalm 19:14)
What To Think About
The mind is an incredible creation that God has blessed man with to contemplate his inner being, self-worth and decisions of life. A lifetime of memories can be stored in the gray matter that makes up the brain recalled at a moment’s notice. The mind can do unbelievable calculations, create new inventions, prose literary masterpieces and fuse into harmony a symphony of powerful music scores. With all the technological advances in science the brain is a universe of unexplored places that men will never be able to conquer. When God created the man and woman He placed within their mortal bodies the function of the mind to express the greater creational purpose of their existence: an eternal being. Man is not a mortal man possessing a soul but an eternal spirit clothed with the frame of a mortal body. The highest creation of man is the image of God. Flesh and blood will decay and die but the inner man of his eternal body will never cease to exist. Death is only the end of the carnal home. All men who die continue to live on beyond the grave and to that end the spirit of man dwells in joy or sorrow. Memories are retained and the mind fills the expanse of eternity. It is inherent for all men to know the power of their lives rest upon what they think about and how they serve the Lord. Every man is an eternal spirit. The challenge is how a man thinks and what he becomes that will determine the joy or horror of an eternal life.
David knew the power of the mind as he gazed into the heavens and viewed the earth in its splendor as a testimony to the purpose of God. He also favored the word of God as something to think about and dwell upon. Two things filled the mind of David: the evidence of the Creator in the universe and the testimony of truth contained in His word. For David the universe is the same canopy that all has seen and gaze upon today. The moon that hangs softly in the midnight sky is the same moon that a man can look upon today and see the face of God. Glory is given to the Lord when a man takes time to look at the world about him. What David saw thousands of years ago remains the same. What is remarkable about the second part of David’s witness is the law of Lord he was familiar with was so much less in copy of what man has today. Much of the Old Testament was not written and the writings of the New Testament were about a thousand years away. He had full knowledge of God and His will at that time and he glorified the Lord with all he knew. Today man has the completed revelation of God. Like David, man must think upon the word of God to see the nature of the Lord and His love, grace and mercy. The word of God is the mind of God revealed to man.
What a man thinks about is what a man becomes. Every part of the fiber of man can be summed up in the kind of person he has become in the way he thinks. David knew two vital points of life that made him a man after God’s own heart: he thought a lot about the world about him and he meditated daily on the word of God. The courage he had to stand before Goliath came from what he thought and the experience he had with his Lord. He was a thinking man who enjoyed thinking about heavenly matters. We live in a world filled with thinking machines. Television destroyed the imagination of books and radio. Computers ushered in the age of global pictures broadcast without end. Smart phones consume our minds with applications that tell us what to do, how to do, when to do it and why we need to do it. Our minds are filled with all the gadgetry of modern science that removes any cognitive abilities to think, dream, meditate and consider. As a result, we have become what we think about. Television, movies and games depicting horror, murder, hate, sexuality and anti-God dogmas fill our minds consciously and unconsciously. We become what we think about. David asked for God to look into his mind and find what he thought about as something acceptable in the sight of God. Can we say that what we watched on television last night was something that pleased the Lord? When Jesus sees us on the computer does He see our righteousness or our sexual carnality? As the Holy Spirit looks upon how many hours we spend on our cell phones does He see our lives glorifying the Father? We are what we think about. God sees what we think about. What does the Lord God see in our mind?
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise. (Ephesians 5:15)
Watch Your Step
Caution signs abound warning of potential dangers and serve to keep everyone protected from disabling harm or death. Medicine bottles warn of possible effects of the drug that can be harmful to patients. Traffic signs inform the driver of changes in driving patterns, roads and dangers. When steps are involved signs warn to be careful going up or down the incline. There are spiritual applications to watching our steps in life when we read the admonition of Paul. Life is filled with decisions that can profitable or they can bring heartache. There is a need to walk circumspectly or to be vigilant in knowing how to walk in life so that fewer occasions of harm will come upon us. Paul points out that fools go through life without any direction or plans. They have no serious mind to watch how they walk or where they step. Their lives are carefree and careless falling into the easy temptations of sin. The simple minded person is not concerned with where they go or what they do. One of the strong temptations of sin is the lack of planning or careful examination of life. Freedom is the toxic lie that fuels the soul to cast aside warnings and plunge headlong into the freedoms of carnal satisfaction. This would be like ignoring a sign of sharks in the water and enjoying the cool of the ocean for a time until the shark attacks. The world is full of the temptations of the flesh and will only bring heartache and misery yet so many people swim with the sharks as if they do not exist. There will always be a consequence to sin and when that happens there is great sorrow. Those who remain in the ocean of sin will soon be killed by the vicious attacks of Satan who seeks to destroy them.
Wise men walk with wisdom. There is a light that guides the footsteps of the man of God seeking the eternal paths of righteousness. Walking with wisdom or circumspectly is considering what each step in life represents and where those steps will take the individual. Heavenly wisdom is the guide of the heart, soul and mind. When a man looks where he is walking the likelihood of falling into a hole or tripping over an object is lessened. A Christian is a person who is very aware of how they walk so they can go around the impediments of temptation, dangers of sin and wiles of the devil. This knowledge comes from the word of God. Abiding in the knowledge of the Lord will guide the steps of the heart to refrain from the lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and pride of life. Rejecting the word of God makes a man a fool. Everything he needs to know about life is found in the Bible and without the message of the Creator in the heart of the individual the steps will be unmeasured. Walking according to truth, walking in love and walking in the light is the way of the Christian. Their steps are ordered by the Holy Spirit.
Jesus walked for over thirty years in the word of the Lord and while tempted in all points as all men did not transgress the will of His Father. He walked in the footsteps of the Father and never stepped out of line. The closer a man walks to the footprints of Jesus the closer he will walk with God. This takes careful examination and attention to detail. Walking circumspectly can be done when the heart is tuned to the voice of God and looking for the path the Son of God walked. It is impossible for man to walk in the steps of Jesus as perfectly as He did but the more the decisions of life are measured by the location of the footprints of Jesus the closer to the Father the soul will become. It is foolish to walk alone. Man trying to walk in his own footsteps or the footsteps of other men is an exercise in foolishness. The problem lies in the inability of man to know how to direct his own steps. History is replete with the wisdom of man and the paths he has taken to failure. Only in the word of God and only in the steps of the Divine can one find true happiness and peace. Wisdom comes from the Lord submitting to His word to guide the heart. Warning signs abound that tell the soul to watch their steps and should be heeded. The warnings are serious and can have deadly consequence. Walking in the steps of Jesus will give courage in this life and lead to the throne of God. Watch your step. It really matters where you put your next step.
Those who go down to the sea in ships, who do business on great waters, they see the works of the Lord, and His wonders in the deep. For He commands and raises the stormy wind, which lifts up the waves of the sea. They mount up to the heavens, they go down again to the depths; their soul melts because of trouble. They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits’ end. Then they cry out to the Lord in their trouble, and He brings them out of their distresses. He calms the storm, so that its waves are still. Then they are glad because they are quiet; so He guides them to their desired haven. Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men! Let them exalt Him also in the assembly of the people, and praise Him in the company of the elders. (Psalm 107:23-32)
Protection In The Storms Of Life
Sailing the waters of the world has long been the trade of brave men and women venturing into an unknown and often dangerous world. Whether crossing oceans or traversing seas and lakes, sailing can be an incredibly beautiful canvas of serenity and peace but can turn suddenly into certain death. The Sea of Galilee was known for its sudden squalls that would test the mettle of the seasoned fisherman. Sailing on the Mediterranean Sea was often a test of will to survive the huge storms that raked across its broad plain. An unknown psalmist describes the terror of the deep for those who venture on the uncertain seas. He also shows the glory of God in the face of horizons filled with the blue seas of God’s creation. The seas testify to the magnificent beauty of God’s creation and the wonders of the deep. Facing the stormy winds can bring a man to realize how small his boat in the vastness of God’s seas. The waves of the sea lift themselves above the vessels swallowing them with violent fury as if touching heaven itself. Storms rake across the vast space of water as if a trivial thing and man is caught in the whirlpools of wind, waves and thunder. Tossed to and fro ships struggle to remain above the growing swells as tack and cables are strained to breaking and falling into the depths. Like drunken men unable to control the elements, seasoned men are fearful of the coming calamity as the seas spew forth their violence in waves after waves beating on the vessels. Cries and screams are heard as men face certain death. They cry out to the Lord for deliverance begging the mercies of the God to spare them. By His providential hand the Almighty brings them out of their distress and calms the storm. Beleaguered hearts rejoice for the terror of the night is passed and the waves have become still. As the sun rises over the vast expanse of sea the ship sails calmly to its haven.
Many men will look at the night’s fearful journey as another day in life no different than another. They consider themselves lucky to have survived attributing their lives to fate and skill of the seaman. To the few there is a deeper realization that deliverance came by the hand of God and their hearts are filled with thanksgiving at His kind hand to stay the seas and allow passage to the harbor. Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness. The same storm will cause one man to curse God and another man to pray to God. Those who love the Lord will praise His tender care in guiding them through the tempest. His wonderful works are found in the midst of the storm, the calming of the soul during the crisis of the night and His love to preserve and protect His people. Thanksgiving should dwell in the heart of all those who pass through the storms of life to honor the God who blesses His saints with His presence. There is reason to exalt the name of the Almighty in the assembly of the people when He delivers the faithful. Praise the Lord for His care and protection of those who find themselves melting in a time of trouble and experiencing the deliverance of God. What a joy to come through the storm and feel the radiance of His love.
Not all men travel the seas of the world but all men journey across the face of life enduring the days of calm and peace and the days of great travail and fear. What makes men different from one another is how they face the waves of the sea and fear of the depths. Life changes can bring heartache, fear, dismay and doubt. No one is exempt from disease, sorrow, death or the maladies of life. Life can be changed in the moment without warning. As the sea is calm and tranquil one moment a sudden squall of tragedy can strike without warning. Seasoned seamen know how to endure the stormy winds of life with a spiritual courage to see them through the storm. Trusting God will see them through the faithful heart will trust the Lord in the face of the waves of the sea battering against the heart. The soul can melt in the face of trouble but crying out to the Lord in their trouble He will bring them out of their distress and calm the storm. It may be the Lord allows the storm to rage outside and He calms the storm inside. His wonderful works are evident when He guides the troubled soul to its safe haven. This can only be found in a deep relationship with the Lord God. Too often inexperienced and untried men try to find peace in a God they know little about. Facing the storms of life will fare much better by those who will give thanks for His greatness and trust in His guiding hand to help them through the uncertainties. All men share in the storms of life. What makes a difference is the God they call upon to deliver them. There is only one God of the storm and one God that will deliver. Exalt Him and praise Him and He will deliver.
Immediately, in the morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council; and they bound Jesus, led Him away, and delivered Him to Pilate. Then Pilate asked Him, “Are You the King of the Jews?” He answered and said to him, “It is as you say.” And the chief priests accused Him of many things, but He answered nothing. Then Pilate asked Him again, saying, “Do You answer nothing? See how many things they testify against You!” But Jesus still answered nothing, so that Pilate marveled. (Mark 15:1-5)
The Son Of God Had Nothing To Say
There is no scene so remarkable as the Son of God standing before the leaders of the Jewish nation, the Roman Empire’s stately guardians of the crown in Pilate and Herod and a rabble of a crowd intent on the murder of this man from Nazareth. He was God and was with God and created the world upon which He stood and formed man from the dust of the ground. The highest of the creative order formed to give glory to God was spitting in His face, cursing His name and wanting more than anything to see this man die. With all the regal splendor of a Roman court Pilate sat before the beleaguered Jesus and demanded the Galilean to answer his inquiries. The Preachers Homiletical study makes an impressive statement about this picture: “Pilate holding Christ’s life in his hand is the crowning paradox of history and the mystery of self-abasing love. One exercise of the Prisoner’s will and His chains would have snapped and the governor lain dead on the marble ‘pavement.’” Remarkable is the love of Jesus to allow the puny efforts of a miserable despot to act with any authority before the Son of Almighty God and not strike him dead. The chief priests, elders and scribes brought many charges against Jesus and He said nothing. None of the accusations were true and there was no value in arguing the points. Nothing in the life of Jesus could be found in contradiction as they had tried often to trap Him by His words, catch Him in some unholy deed or accuse Him of being in league with Satan. They never denied His miracles. The best they could do was challenging His teaching but on every turn He dismissed their human wisdom with the divine word. It must have seem incredulous to find Jesus standing before the Roman court and failing to lodge any solid claims to sedition, heresy or blasphemy. There was no proof and they could confirm any of their claims. Jesus remained silent allowing them to defeat themselves. When asked by Pilate if He was the King of the Jews Jesus answered in the affirmative. That is all He said. One can only imagine the frantic scene of the chief priests bringing charge after charge against Jesus and He silently stands bound with nothing to say.
Truth is defended sometimes by allowing error to prove itself lacking. Mark does not record the accusations leveled against Jesus but they would have been no different than what the Jewish leaders brought against Him during His short ministry. They could not prove the charges before and now before Pilate they made fools of themselves trying to accuse the man from Nazareth. Pilate marveled that Jesus remained silent. Why should a man take such abuse at the hands of skilled prosecutors? Any other man would have shouted down the false claims and demanded a fair trial before an unbiased court of inquiry. Jesus remained silent for two reasons: there was nothing to say because nothing they said was based on truth; secondly Jesus remained silent to proclaim to the whole world His willingness to accomplish the will of the Father. The silence of Jesus is the sound heard round the world. Jesus answered nothing and thank God He did not answer. His work was to die for all men and while He could have called down twelve legions of angels to destroy everyone within a thousand miles of Jerusalem He remained silent. Fulfilling the image of the suffering servant of Isaiah Jesus was led like a lamb to the slaughter; that before the shearers was silent. Earlier that week Jesus had spoken to a fig tree and it dried up. Imagine what He could have done to Pilate and the Sanhedrin.
The silence of Jesus was all that could be done. There was nothing else to say that had not already been said. The Lord had spent nearly three years teaching, admonishing, exhorting, instructing and showing His power through miracles and preaching. If men would not heed His words during His ministry, why would they listen more intently standing before the Roman government? Jesus came to die and die He would. He gave His life because He kept silent. Pilate may have marveled that day when Jesus kept silent but Pilate marveled more when he found in death the eternal realities of Jesus being the Son of God. Pilate is now the one crying out seeking the blessing of the man of Galilee. The roles were never reversed. Jesus stood before Pilate but Jesus was the King and Pilate was nothing more than a pawn of human wisdom. Eternity opened the eyes of Pilate to the reality of how great Jesus Christ of Nazareth was but sadly too late for the Roman despot. Jesus is silent today as there is no need of further revelation. All that men need to know is contained within the pages of the Bible and this is all the message God will send His people. There will be no further revelations or testimonies. Jesus will never come to earth again and speak because all that needed to be said has been completed in the full revelation of God’s will. Jesus is silent today but one day He will call forth the names of the righteous. His words resonate through the pages of holy writ and the only voice man can hear today is what is found in the word of God. Refusing to listen to the voice of God today will bring great sorrow in the world to come. Listen to the word of Jesus. They have not changed in nearly two thousand years and they will never change. Listen to the words of Jesus.
Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him’” (Matthew 2:1-2).
Lessons From The Wise Men
Matthew is the only writer to record the visit of the wise men. These magi were from a country to the east of Jerusalem that is unidentified. Without a country of origin, we know nothing of their nationality and background. The purpose of the visit was to worship the one who was born King of the Jews. Arriving in Jerusalem, they sought help in finding the new King. Herod heard they were looking for the young sovereign and gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people and inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They knew from Micah 5:2 that the Ruler would come out of Bethlehem, in the land of Judah. Herod passed this information to the wise men and instructed them to let him know where the young Child was so that he too could worship Him. The wise men told of seeing His star while in the east and found this same star now directing them to Bethlehem and where Jesus would be found. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. Upon their arrival, they opened their treasures and presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Herod did not intend to worship Jesus but to kill him. Being warned by God, the wise men returned to their country another way.
Here are some things we learn from what God tells us. Please note that all we know about the visit from the wise men is what God tells us – neither man nor the Roman Catholic Church can change these facts without changing the word of God. The Bible does not reveal the number of wise men, we are not told their names or their nationalities. We do know they came from the east and traveled a great distance. They were looking for the one who had been born King of the Jews. They wanted to worship Him. They saw his star in the east and came to Israel to look from him. This same star helped them find Bethlehem and then the star stood over where the young Child was.
The star the wise men saw did not shine upon a baby in a manger. Matthew records in very plain language the wise men were looking for a young child and they found the young Child Jesus in a house. The Greek word used in this text indicates an “abode” or “residence.” A manger is neither an abode nor a residence and while the shepherds found a baby in a manger, the wise men did not see Jesus in a manger. What they saw was a young child, about the age of two years. The star they saw in the east was when Jesus was born and it would take some time to travel to Israel. When Herod heard he had been deceived by the wise men, he sent his army into Bethlehem and put to death all the male children from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the wise men. Jesus was not a baby when the wise men came but a young child. The lesson in this story is that God tells it the way it happened and man creates a fairy tale. Do you follow a fairy tale, a myth, and a false version of truth? If it matters not how the story of the wise men is told, what else in God’s word can be corrupted? It makes a difference what we believe.
But when Herod’s birthday was celebrated, the daughter of Herodias danced before them and pleased Herod. (Matthew 14:6)
She Pleased Herod
John the Baptist was a bold preacher who denounced the hypocrisy of the Jewish leaders and also challenged the tetrarch of Galilee and Peraea concerning his marriage. Herod Antipas was the son of Herod the Great who tried to kill the young child Jesus slaughtering all the male children in Bethlehem two-years-old and under. Herod had seduced his brother Phillip’s wife Herodias and married her. John the Baptist had told Herod his marriage was unlawful and was arrested and placed in prison. On the occasion of Herod’s birthday, the king invited Salome (daughter of Philip and Herodias) to dance before him and all the officials. She danced before the king and keeping with a promise to give her whatever she might ask, demanded John the Baptist to be killed. The life of a righteous man came to an end because of the fickle immoralities of a man who was excited by the dancing of a young girl. Matthew writes in simple language that Salome pleased Herod by her dancing. Mark will record in his gospel that Salome pleased Herod and those who sat with him. The pleasure was so great the king promised to give the girl anything she wanted. What drove a man to promise a girl up to half of his kingdom? The one thing that moved Herod to make such a rash promise was because a young girl danced before him pleasing his sensual eyes and the passions of all the men around him. They were aroused by her movements. Her dancing was in a provocative movement in unbridled lust of the flesh. That is the nature of dancing and she accomplished exactly what dance is designed to achieve.
Paul described the works of the flesh using some words that are not common in our English language. One of the sins condemned by the Holy Spirit is called lasciviousness. It is also called lewdness, sensuality, debauchery and licentiousness. These are not words most people are familiar with. The meaning of these words is given as that which is unbridled lust, wanton acts or manners (including) filthy words, indecent bodily movements, unchaste handling of males and females. Dancing clearly falls under the heading of these definitions and is condemned by God. What is difficult to help the people of God understand is that dancing is not something that shows the light of Jesus Christ. Using the body to move about in a manner that exhibits the characteristics of the fleshly body is sinful. Dancing lends itself to the erotic and sensual nature of the body. Throughout the act of dancing the body is moved in such a way to mimic intercourse, teasing, suggestive movements to arouse and to please not only the one dancing but to excite others. Where in the course of dancing is Jesus Christ glorified or the Father exalted as Holy? The Christian is to use his body as the temple of the Holy Spirit and moving it in gyrations of sexual attraction is foreign to anything holy. Is it possible to teach the righteousness of Christ while dancing? The Father calls it sinful. There is no social acceptance and generational mandate that will change the will of God.
The people of God must not allow the influence of the world to destroy their credibility as saints of the most High God. Parents who allow their children to dance are teaching their children to live in the world and be a hypocrite to Jesus Christ. The dancing leg and the praying knee do not come on the same body. Cheer-leading is another form of sensual dancing when the movements are to excite and arouse others either by the body or the dress. Most cheer-leading outfits are immodest. Why would we allow our daughters to stand before crowds of people in skimpy outfits and move their bodies around in provocative ways and call that a sport? Salome pleased Herod by her body and shame on those who seek to follow holiness and truth that become disciples of Salome and please others. It’s too early for the prom but there are always dances that come up in school that parents blindly allow their children to participate in. Fathers should lead their families in the truth of righteousness that keeps their children in the holy faith of God’s word. Mothers must protect their children from the influences of the world. It is an utter failure for parents to allow their children to dance and dress immodestly in their youth and then expect them to grow up as faithful and dedicated Christians one day. One of the reasons we lose so many of our young people is parents who form the characters of their children early in life falsely believing their children will miraculously turn into God-fearing adults. It does not happen. Training up a child in the way that he should go is an imperative now. Allowing our children to please Herod will only end in death – a spiritual demise. How sad.
Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. (Revelation 20:11-12)
The Books Of God
There is coming a day when all humanity will stand before the Lord God Creator and impressed upon the minds of every soul gathered will be one single thought: is my name in the book held by the One who sits upon the great white throne. It will not matter if marble bears the name of the person or history has recorded the heroic deeds of a life spent in the carnal world. The accolades of men will vanish when death whispers a final dirge. The achievements of life will crumble in the dust of a wasted life when unprepared to meet the One who sits upon the great white throne. All eyes will gaze upon the books gathered before the Lord. The books will be the desire. Hearts will beat in anticipation of the opening of the books. Then the book all souls desire will be opened and everyone will recognize it as the book of Life. This scroll is impressed with the untold names of those who had a covenant relationship with God. For most their names were never inscribed and their names never found in the book of Life. They lived their lives in the fulfillment of their carnal pursuits denying the reality of a record being kept. It was far from the minds to believe decisions in life would reap a whirlwind of consequence in death. Now they stand before the Creator and do not hear their name written in the book of life. The smell of the lake of fire rises to their nostrils and they hear their names enrolled in the place of torment. No name is inscribed in the book of life and they are lost eternally. One book. One name. One fate. One God who loved them so much to given His only Son to die for them and offer them the grace of eternal salvation and their names are not found in the one book. The darkness of eternity envelops their fears as they are cast from the presence of the Almighty into an eternal pit of torment.
There are many names assigned to the book of life. A close examination of the book held by the one on the throne realizes there are names on pages that are blotted out by sin. At one time their names were clearly marked on the pages of grace but now cannot be found. Their hearts were filled with the love of God and they saw the power of the Lord believing in His love for them. Temptation drew them away and turned their hearts to the pleasures of sin. They saw the wrath of God in the flood of Noah’s day and turned away from calling upon the Lord. Many who came out of Egypt as the people of God who saw the power of the Lord against Pharaoh and his army died in the wilderness because they longed for the pleasures of carnal man. The nation of Israel fell into idolatry and untold numbers of God’s people wiped their names from the book of life seeking the pleasures of this world. Saints of the Lord who obeyed the gospel of Jesus Christ turned back to the filth of the world and lost their names in the book of life. The greatest tragedy for many will be to see their names in the book of life blotted out by the wrath of God. Their names were once inscribed but no longer. There is no hope and no promise because they were not faithful until death. Lost on the pages of God’s books their names are blotted by sin and rebellion. They will share in the lake of fire as the Lord sends His rebellious children to eternal punishment. The greatest cries in torment will come from the voices of those names blotted out who once tasted the heavenly gift.
As the roll of names is called from the Divine, the book will reveal names impressed upon the pages of eternal love with the blood of Jesus. Names that served the Lord from Adam until the final day. The myriads of souls will eagerly surge forward to hear their names called as faithful and holy. To their eternal joy their names are found in the book of life and the glory of God’s light will shine in their hearts as they see Him face to face bearing His name upon their foreheads. Joy will fill the hearts as songs of praise echo from the souls of the saved whose names are found in the book of Life. Yearning for the eternal grace of God’s love, hearing the name read from the book of life brings eternal happiness to dwell in the presence of the Lord throughout the eternal ages. One book. One name. One Savior. One God. One hope. Nothing will give greater joy than hearing the name inscribed upon the pages of the book of life as faithful, true and everlasting.
The book of Life is the message of God’s wrath and His love. There are many names that will not be found and there are many names that once were written but now are blotted out. Only the names that remain will find joy in eternity. The lesson is clear: if your name is not in the book of Life you have no hope. Sitting on a church pew will not keep your name in the book. Doing the will of the Lord is how your name in placed in the book of Life and keeping the commandments of God, living through His grace, loving His mercy and embracing His word in your heart will help you see your name in that great and wonderful book called the book of Life. God has many books to open. Where will your name be?