In The Light of Eternity – (authors commentary)

Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things that we have heard, lest we drift away.” Hebrews 2:1

But, beloved, we are confident of better things concerning you, yes, things that accompany salvation.” Hebrews 6:9

The only “story” poem I have written to-date, “In The Light of Eternity”, depicts the life of a man, likely past middle-age, who began well in his journey with the Lord, but somewhere over the course of his life, strayed from God’s plan for his life only to find himself many years down the road, alienated from the life of God. We are cautioned by the words of Hebrews 3:11-12, to examine ours hearts on a regular basis, “While it is still called today”, to see if any unbelief has crept in, and to encourage one another so that we do not become “hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.”

Jesus’ warning in the “Parable of the Seed-Sower” states that the “thorny ground”, is the cares of this life, the deceitfulness of riches, and the pursuit of pleasures, that choke the word of God and cause it to become unfruitful. James 1:22 tells us, “But be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves”.

But how great is the grace and mercy of our God, if we will only repent and turn back to Him! “Come now and let us reason together”, Says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool”. Isaiah 1:18

Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap in mercy. Break up your fallow ground (the hardened, uncultivated areas of your heart); for now it is time to seek the Lord until He comes and rains righteousness upon you.” Hosea 10:12

And how similar is the instruction of Jeremiah 4:3…“Break up your fallow ground, and do not sow among thorns.”?

This daily examination of our hearts, and the surrender of all that does not have its source in God serves to keep the “soil” of the heart well cultivated for God’s use, so that our lives may yield fruit for God’s kingdom purposes.

Have you ever thought of yourself as adrift without any certain course in life, lonely in a crowded room, or alienated from the life of God? He has a “Master plan” for your life, but you’ll need to seek Him to find it out.

The word of God been sown in your heart, are there any thorns choking it out? What is the condition of the soil? Have broken up your “fallow ground”?

Seek the Lord while He may be found. Call upon Him while He is near

Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts;

Let him return to the Lord and He will have mercy on him,

and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.” Isaiah 55:6,7

*Excerpt from “Living in The Glass” © manuscript by Stephen Hare

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