As this edition of Gallagher’s Pen goes out, Diane and I are wrapping up a pilgrimage that is unquestionably the trip of a lifetime for both of us. We’ve been blessed to be in the land that Jesus called home during His physical presence here on this earth. The experience has been transformational for us, and our prayer is that it will greatly impact all that we do in the years ahead. We want everyone to know what we’ve seen, heard, and felt. but in more ways than showing our pictures and talking about the various sites we visited. We have no desire to sound like we’re narrating some kind of religious travelog. Our experience was so much more than that, and we are praying that the things we’ve heard and seen will permeate all that we do in a way that draws others to Jesus.
Meanwhile, our dear author friend and treasured brother in Christ, J.D. Wininger, has graciously agreed to bless us with another lesson or two from his Cross-Dubya ranch. Please pray that God will continue to bless, strengthen, encourage, and inspire this man of God as he presents God’s truth in ways that are clear and personally compelling, just like he does with the post that follows here . . .
One of my favorite parts of the day is when I lift my head upon the completion of my Daily Prayer List. I’m always emboldened when I look out the east-facing window across the room. As the first vestiges of daybreak greet me, a great peace envelops me. One that I interpret as God’s way of saying “prayers heard”. Some mornings are silver-gray or overcast, while others are glorious and filled with color. However morning presents itself, I sigh and ask the same question; “Is today the Day Lord?”
On this morning, the sky remains a soft violet (high), transitioning to a mixture of pinks and oranges, then sinking back into darkness near ground level. The sky promises a day full of warm sunshine to help the spring forages reach upward. Rain or shine, our grasses and legumes need both to ensure they reach their full potential. Something analogous about that to our Christian journey in faith, isn’t there?
Back to my original question; but in my defense, it’s easy to get distracted when you’re surrounded by God’s peaceful natural world with all its quiet beauty. I don’t think my question is out of the ordinary or strange. In fact, I think every Christian should ask that question as they begin each day. Doing so allows me to live with anticipation of my eternal, glorified life to come. “Is today the day Lord” isn’t hoping for the end of mankind as some are wont to claim. It is hoping for the return of what mankind was always meant to be.
I suspect that Christian or not, every human wants a life of peace, security, and joyfulness; one free of anger, hatred, hurt, pain, suffering, and grief. The difference is that some are not yet willing to sacrifice their own selfish desires to receive what it freely given to them. Yet. I call that a “Faith Word”. Yet gives us hope for what can be; it is the impetus to continue striving to reach our goal. What is now called the science of humanism is something I grew up knowing as selfishness and deception. It is another of Satan’s tricks to deceive man into thinking he can be his own God.
Humanism, as defined by the Oxford Languages Dictionary, is “an outlook or system of thought attaching prime importance to human rather than divine or supernatural matters. Humanist beliefs stress the potential value and goodness of human beings, emphasize common human needs, and seek solely rational ways of solving human problems.” Well, just look around at the world since humanism first started coming into vogue again in the 1950s. I think we can put this one in the “bad idea column,” too.
So why do I ask God the same question each day? There’s a part of me longing for this “Human Race” to be over. Not life, as in humans, should become extinct, but all the striving, failure, disappointment, and pain that we each face in our human lives. In my life, I can say the good (love, companionship, friendship, joy, etc.) outweighs the bad (illness, disease, suffering, heartache), but I desire complete freedom from the bad. I want life as God designed it to be.
Aside from the overwhelming feeling that we are on the precipice of Christ’s return for His bride, my question speaks of my heart’s great desire. I long to stand in the presence of almighty God. Moving from an inward relationship, whereupon He lives within my soul, into one where I can hold His hand and walk alongside Him on the shores of heaven. My question stems from the title of an old, but near and dear hymn, “Standing on the Promises.” Explained best by God’s word, I ask my question each morning to invite God into every aspect of my life on this day. It is when I surrender my life to Him that He uses me in His service and not my selfish human desires.
“Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the
knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as
His divine power has given to us all things
that pertain to life and godliness, through the
knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue,
by which have been given to us exceedingly
great and precious promises, that through
these you may be partakers of the divine nature,
having escaped the corruption that is in the
world through lust.” (2 Peter 1:2-4, NKJV)
I pray you, too, can stand on the promises of God and live out your days on this earth fully surrendered to Him. Your best life is the one given to and controlled by God.
A Personal Note from Ron and Diane . . .
For Diane and me, J.D. Wininger is more than an award-winning writer and speaker who teaches compelling lessons about faith and writes heartfelt devotionals and books to glorify God. He’s also our friend, a trusted brother in Christ, and a continual source of encouragement and inspiration. J.D. has written for national magazines, CBN.com, Lighthouse Bible Studies, and contributed to several books. When not working his Texas ranch, he and his wife (also Diane) share God’s love in surrounding communities. We strongly encourage each of you to consider joining them on Wednesday mornings to see what God’s been doing Around the Cross-Dubya Website: https://jdwininger.com/.