October 31

When I was in college, the song that was called our college song was “My Hope is in the Lord.”  Look at the words to that song today.  “[Verse 1] My hope is in the LordWho gave Himself for me,and paid the price of all my sin at Calvary. [Verse 2] No merit of my ownHis anger to suppress.  My only hope is found in Jesus’ righteousness. [Verse 3] And now for me He standsbefore the Father’s throne.  He shows His wounded hands and names me as His own. [Verse 4] His grace has planned it all, ’tis mine but to believe, and recognize His work of love and Christ receive. [Chorus] For me He died, for me He lives, and everlasting life and light He freely gives.”

I loved singing this song on a regular basis.  I love reading the words again today.  I am so thankful that God has given me the opportunity to have the Lord as my hope today.  I am thankful that the Lord I am trusting in today is consistent and faithful to me.  I read today in the songs that God included in our Bible, “The LORD is righteous in all His ways, and holy in all His works” (Psalm 145:17).

I am so thankful that this righteous and holy Lord is where my hope is firmly planted today.  While living in this world that seems to be running away from God and the things of God as quickly as possible, I am thankful that God allows us to run to Him today.  I am glad that as unrighteous and unholy as we see things becoming, we still have a God that remains consistent.  I’m thankful for God’s faithfulness to His own character, and to us as well.

On the day that our world loves to dress up in sometimes devilish and vulgar costumes and flaunt their fascination with the satanic world, it is important for us to exalt our righteous and holy God.  I am not opposed to children dressing up in fun costumes to gather candy, but I am amazed at how our world glamorizes Halloween.  It seems that I see more Halloween decorations up around our neighborhood than I see Christmas decorations.  It also amazes me that Halloween is accepted and allowed in public schools when a Bible is prohibited!

Regardless of what the times are like around us, our God remains faithful and holy!  That is where my hope lies today!  I am so thankful that as the hymn I mentioned above says, Jesus is the One that “shows His wounded hands and claims me as His own.”  No one that is unrighteous and unholy (like me) has the right to stand before God, but thankfully, we have an Advocate that is righteous and holy standing for us today.

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