So it’s the end of the weekend. We have a busy week ahead. Some of us have appointments we’d rather not keep; others have “to do” lists that just keep getting longer; still others of us have the cares and worries of looking after for loved ones. We are aware that the nights are drawing in. Outside the sky is overcast and a dull drizzle is falling. In short, it’s Monday morning.
Let me encourage you, therefore, with a verse I read in my quiet time this morning, the opening words of the letter of Jude:
Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and a brother of James, To those who have been called, who are loved by God the Father and kept by Jesus Christ:
So, whatever this new week will bring, remember that, just like those to whom Jude first wrote, you are loved by God your Heavenly Father, and that remains an objective reality whether or not you are able to feel His love at present. You have the Holy Spirit living in you as the guarantee of that love, and He will never leave or forsake you.
Or again, whatever situation you may face, remember that you are kept by Jesus Christ. There are more spiritual forces for you than there are against you! And He is more than able to protect you from danger and lead you safe even through the valley of the shadow of death. So we can have confidence and hope even when circumstances seem ranged against us, not because of ourselves, but because of what He has done on the cross for us.
And remember too that you are called. You have been set apart and chosen to be the Lord’s special possession as a member of the Lord’s special people. So amidst all the 101 things you have to do, try and find the time to discover what pleases the Lord. Ask Him to show you His priorities and His agenda and trust Him with the rest. As Jude goes on to say in verse 20:
But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit.
Because even on the dullest Monday morning we can have the assurance of prayers answered, and the resources of His word to lead and to guide us. Isn’t that an encouraging thought?