Beyond the Rain — your turn, Cecil Billingsley

We’ve been looking at John 14:1, and seeing that we should not let our hearts be troubled but should trust in Jesus. Here’s a devotional poem from Christ-follower Cecil Billingsley seeing the same. It’s called “Beyond the Rain.”

My emotions fall like rain.
Each drop, a bitter memory,
rolls gently off my mind
and soaks into my heart.

Soon the river rushes over
its ever-shifting banks
and floods my home.
I have no place to go.
The river bridge is out,
and peace is on the other side.

I know the sun still shines;
it’s these clouds that blind.
If I listen and trust, I can
hear the silence beyond the wind
and feel the peace beyond the pain
and see the sun beyond the rain.

Devotional poem © 2016 Cecil Billingsley. Used with permission.

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Confidence in God
for John 14:1
thought & prayer

Charles Edward Jefferson (1860–1937), in his classic study The Character of Jesus, said this about confidence in God . . .

Let us try to find the secret of Jesus’ optimism.
 The secret is written large across the pages of the Gospel. 
It was a secret too good to keep — 
he gave it to everybody who had ears to hear.
 It was an abiding confidence in God.

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My Friends, I Met Jesus! — your turn, Robby Cekander

We’ve been looking at John 3:16, and seeing that whoever trusts in Jesus shall not perish but have eternal life. Here’s a devotional poem from Christ-follower Robby Cekander seeing the same. It’s called “My Friends, I Met Jesus!”

I had
no future,
but now I have hope.

I was in
a maze of sin,
but now I have hope.

I still
have pain,
but now I have hope.

My friends,
I met Jesus!
I gave my days,
and sin,
and pain,
to Him!

now that I
have stopped
running from hope,
I have hope.

Devotional poem © 2016 Robby Cekander. Used with permission.

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The Main Theme
for John 3:16
thought & prayer

John Stott (1921–2011), in Basic Christianity, said this about the main theme of the Bible . . .

Christianity is a rescue religion. 
It declares that God has taken the initiative in Jesus Christ 
to deliver us from our sins.
 This is the main theme of the Bible.

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God Loves
for John 3:16
thought & prayer

Alexander MacLaren (1826–1910), in Expositions of Holy Scripture, said this about what it means to know that God loves . . .

“God loves” is the greatest thing that can be said by lips. . . .
 If we would try to think of what it means,
 the whole truth would flash up into fresh newness, 
and all the miseries and sorrows and perplexities of our lives would drift away down the wind,
 and we should be no more troubled with them.

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