The second daughter of Queen Victoria of England was Princess Alice. In 1873, buy advice sad to say, her young son, Ernest, became infected with the horrible affliction known as black diphtheria. Doctors quarantined the boy and told Alice to stay away if she wanted to live. But she struggled with this, of course, for she loved her son very much. One day she overheard little Ernest whisper to the attending nurse, “Why doesn’t my mother kiss me anymore?” The words melted her heart. So she ran to her son and smothered him with kisses. Within a few days, she died and was buried. With Easter not far off and in view now, is this not yet another picture of Christ who rushed to embrace us while we lay dying in our sins? Just as Alice lost her life when she kissed her son, so Christ lost His on the cross when paying the penalty for our sins. But unlike Alice, Jesus rose from His death and lives each day to smother us again and again with His blessings if we believe and allow Him to do so.
Devotional thoughts to dwell on leading to Easter
Sticks and Stones
“Sticks and stones will break our bones, but words will never hurt me.” This thought could not be further from the truth. The careless and mean-spirited words of others do hurt us, and do so very deeply at times. But God’s words never hurt, they only heal. So read them over and over again. Here are just a few of the many awaiting you in the Scriptures.
“I will give thanks to you, oh Lord, for I am respectfully and wonderfully made.” Psalm 139: 11
“How precious are Your thoughts toward me, O God! How vast is the sum of them. If I should count them, they would outnumber the sands of the sea.” Psalm 139:17-18
Size does not determine significance in anything; look at the malleus, incus, and stapes bones that make up the inner ear. So small, yet without them you could not hear. So settle in on the set of circumstances God has currently given you and don’t worry about how big or important they appear to others. Remember Jesus only chose just a very few to be His disciples while on earth. But then they went on to make a big impact on this world, one that is still being felt today.
A safe landing?
God always promises a safe landing at the end to those who put their trust in Him, but not always a calm passage in getting there. While on earth it is often the rough waters we experience on our voyage that helps us most in becoming the kind of people God wants us to become. And as we we’ll see when our journey finally comes to an end, after those last tumultuous waves have been crossed, that they were not so rough after all, especially in view of what God has awaiting us on shore when we arrive. So have a good rest of your voyage, and let God make the most out of you during the time you have left.
Don’t focus on what you’ve lost in this life, for we all have lost something of great value at one time or another. Focus on what you have not lost, what you still have. Some of us have even lost parts of our character due to what we have done to ourselves or others. But God has forgiven that if we have asked Him for His forgiveness. There is nothing too great He cannot forgive. That being said, focus now on what’s ahead. And if you do, but with a renewed faith and dependence on God this time around then who knows what great things lie ahead. Remember it’s never too late to make the rest of your life the best of your life if you let the Lord change and rule your heart.
God does not need our praise to know who He is, nor to carry out His loving will in our lives. However we do need to praise God so that we never forget that it was He who brought us into this world. And we need to praise Him because this reminds us that it was He who provided a way of salvation for us when we were totally lost in our sins.
Opportunities in life
Look to God and the Scriptures and you will see an island of opportunity in the middle of every difficulty
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