Or let him take hold of my strength, that he may make peace with me; and he shall make peace with me. Isaiah 27:5.
Enoch was a man of strong and highly cultivated mind, and extensive knowledge; he was honored with special revelations from God; yet being in constant communion with heaven, with a sense of the divine greatness and perfection ever before him, he was one of the humblest of men. The closer the connection with God, the deeper was the sense of his own weakness and imperfection.
Distressed by the increasing wickedness of the ungodly, and fearing that their infidelity might lessen his reverence for God, Enoch avoided constant association with them, and spent much time in solitude, giving himself to meditation and prayer. Thus he waited before the Lord, seeking a clearer knowledge of His will, that he might perform it. To him prayer was as the breath of the soul; he lived in the very atmosphere of heaven.—Patriarchs and Prophets, 85.
Communing thus with God, Enoch came more and more to reflect the divine image. His face was radiant with a holy light, even the light that shineth from the face of Jesus. As he came forth from these divine communings, even the ungodly beheld with awe the impress of heaven upon his countenance.—Patriarchs and Prophets, 87.
Whoever under the reproof of God will humble the soul with confession and repentance, as did David, may be sure that there is hope for him. Whoever will in faith accept God’s promises, will find pardon. The Lord will never cast away one truly repentant soul. He has given this promise: “Let him take hold of my strength, … and he shall make peace with me.”—Patriarchs and Prophets. 726.
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—-Praise—My work let me have Sabbath off. Thankyou for your prayers. Ronnie Jay
—-Please pray for my niece she has been really sick it is not COVID she has a flu virus. Carolyn
—-Please pray for David’s family this weekend. Buck
—-Please pray for my family. That they will make time for worship, everyone is too busy. We need to put God first. Rosemary
—-Please pray for Chris whose wife died of covid recently and he is having back surgery on the 14th.
—-We have lost a library book. Please pray that we find it. Rose
Two-thousand-five was a busy time for us. Both of our daughters got married in the same year—Esther Marie in March and Eileen in July. So, this morning, I began thinking about what we were doing that July. Brian and Esther’s wedding was over. I was glad of that as I had had all the stress of preparations for it. So much to buy and do—such as items that could be used for both weddings, helping pick out a dress for Esther, picking out a dress for me that I could use for both weddings. At first I bought a very fancy, light blue sparkly dress, but after I got it home and took a picture of me in it, I could tell that it would never do. I looked like a big, blue blob. I took it back to the store. A short time before the wedding, Esther helped me pick one out that was more suited to my figure and one that after the weddings were over I could continue to wear to church.
Since I was so far away from Michigan, Mike’s mom took over the plans for it. Wisely, they had a wedding coordinator whose whole focus was getting everything ready for the wedding. Plans went much smoother for their wedding. Many church members at Mike’s church became involved in the preparations and countless hours went in to making the wedding just right. It turned out beautifully.
We, too, are to prepare for the most important wedding in all the Universe. The preparation we make for that wedding is far more important than any earthly wedding. Our future, indeed, the whole focus of our life must be in getting ready for the marriage supper of the Lamb. Revelation 19:5-10, gives us a glimpse of the glory that will take place during that time. “And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both small and great. And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb.”
In the parable of the king’s wedding feast, we read, “And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Matt 22:11-13 So it is in reality. Without the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we will not be prepared. Without our Dear Saviour’s removing the filthy rags of our righteousness from us and providing the wedding garment, the spotless robe of His Righteousness, that we may be fit to enter into His marriage supper, we will never partake of that great feast. He does not force that garment upon us, but it is necessary that we have it. Praise God! This wedding garment is a free gift purchased for us by the Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ! It is ours for the asking! Indeed, He is standing there waiting for us to claim it as our own!
May we, today, ask for that glorious wedding garment, even the spotless robe of Christ’s righteousness, while there is yet time to receive it. May we all be part of that grand and glorious wedding that is soon to take place is my prayer.