Thursday: Abide with Me

Where, grave, thy victory?
I triumph still, if Thou abide with me

[He that fears the Lord] shall abide before God forever. Oh, prepare mercy and truth, which may preserve him! (Ps. 61:7)

Those who fear the name of the Lord will triumph in life—that which is short—and in death—that which is long. They shall live forever with God. To fear the Lord is to hate or despise and detest evil, pride and arrogance . . . (Prov. 8:13). God’s Word exhorts His people to cast off, or reject corruption, perversion, and anything else that is contrary to His Word. He wants His children to live a life congruent with His Word. Such a life ends in a victorious homecoming beginning as the bride of Christ at the marriage supper and spending eternity praising God and walking on gold-paved streets.

“Oh, but how can I ever live such a life? I am so far from this ideal. Whatever I hear, whoever I encounter, wherever I go, evil, pride and arrogance abound, giving me every reason to tumble into a world apart from God and His Word. “ Rest assured; you are not alone. Consider the immoral Mary, the despised tax collector Matthew, and the serial killer Paul. Their lives, their friends, their world was consumed with evil. Yet God, in His compassion and lovingkindness, changed the course of their life when they set their mind to abide in Him. God can change the course of our life too. In fact, He longs to forgive us when we make even the smallest effort to conform our words and thoughts to His Word and testimony. In so doing, He keeps us from corruption and destruction, promising a life everlasting where we will take up permanent residence with Him in heaven.

Are you surrounded by evil? Are you on that slippery slope leading to destruction and disappointment? If so, there is no better time than right now to lay it all out before God. Tell Him you want to follow His Word, but you can’t do it by yourself. You need His mercy and compassion. If you do this, He will extend His mercy, His grace, and His lovingkindness to you, granting you forgiveness, and changing the course of your life. When you desire to abide in Him, you will give Him great joy because in so doing, you are desiring to unite your earthly soul with His heavenly Spirit. Though you had abandoned Him, you may now be reunited with Him, living your life with Jesus. Where, grave, thy victory? I triumph still, if Thou abide with me.

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