Lord of this hour

Jesus is Lord of my life.

There are times, though, that I subtly take back the power and authority I have given Him. I step out in faith of me, rather than trust in God. It’s easy to compartmentalize my heart and then conveniently overlook what is tucked in the shadows. I take back what I owe Him, trying to better organize or clean up the mess myself, as if I could do a better job.

Surrender is a daily decision. Though my salvation is complete and eternal, the fullness of God’s peace and depths of His grace can only be experienced when I am entirely living under Christ’s lordship.

I want to wake up saying, Jesus, be my Lord today. Be Lord over my words, my attitudes, my reactions. Be the Lord of my long to-do list, and my responsibility to nurture and invest in the children You’ve entrusted to me. Be the Lord of my marriage and my workplace. Be the Lord over my thought-life and my temptations. Be the Lord of this home and the ministries you’ve given for me to serve.

Be Lord over every detail and every dream.

Jesus is the Lord of my life, but I can’t only depend on Him to be in charge of my future. I need Jesus to be Lord of this very hour, this exact moment.

I need Thee every hour, most gracious Lord;
No tender voice like Thine can peace afford.

I need Thee, oh, I need Thee;
Every hour I need Thee;
Oh, bless me now, my Savior,
I come to Thee.

I need Thee every hour, stay Thou nearby;
Temptations lose their pow’r when Thou art nigh.

I need Thee every hour, in joy or pain;
Come quickly and abide, or life is vain.

I need Thee every hour; teach me Thy will;
And Thy rich promises in me fulfill.

I need Thee every hour, most Holy One;
Oh, make me Thine indeed, Thou blessed Son.

I need Thee, oh, I need Thee;
Every hour I need Thee;
Oh, bless me now, my Savior,
I come to Thee.

Thankful: God is the lawgiver

When He finished speaking with Moses on Mount Sinai, He gave him the two tablets of the testimony, stone tablets inscribed by the finger of God.

– Exodus 31:18

Today I am thankful that God is the lawgiver.

When God set apart and called out the Israelites as His own special possession, it was God who established their laws. God redefined their way of life and methods of worship. He became their center, and their success, survival and satisfaction radiated out from God’s presence.

God led the people to Mount Sinai, where He literally spoke His commands for all to hear. Exodus 20:18 records, “All the people witnessed the thunder and lightning, the sound of the trumpet, and the mountain surrounded by smoke. When the people saw it they trembled and stood at a distance.” God’s awesome power was overwhelming to the people, and so Moses went alone up the mountain, where God personally met with him and gave His law.

God is our ultimate authority. He IS truth, and is the only One worthy to establish justice and order. Man’s rules will always have weaknesses because we are imperfect. God is holy and without blemish. His standards highlight our need for Him.

I may not always like God’s rules. I may not understand His commands. I might struggle with how to live out His instructions in a culture that has drifted so far from God’s standard. But, I am not God! I did not create the universe. I did not send my Son to redeem mankind. I do not determine eternity. My agreement with God’s laws has nothing to do with it. HE is God. He sets the rules. I am to obey.

My life is not determined by those around me. My life is found in Jesus Christ. He is both the lawgiver and the fulfillment of the law. I will choose to trust and follow Him.