To Rise From The Altar

It is not always easy to obey the Bible–actually, sometimes it’s quite hard. Oh, to obey some scriptures comes easy, and, with smiling faces, we quote them and testify to their beauty as we eagerly tell of our willingness to “fall in line” with God and His precepts.

Today, I was encouraged and uplifted when I learned of a young man who recently obeyed God’s Word in a situation when it surely was difficult for him. His spirit was no doubt elevated because he explicitly obeyed God’s Word.

Consider these words of Jesus: “Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.” Matthew 5:24

My young friend was deep in sincere prayer when God reminded him of a troubling situation. He rose from his knees, went to the phone and telephoned the person with whom he considered there to be a problem.

It encouraged me to hear that today. My own spirit was lifted as I considered that there are many people in this world who take seriously God’s Word and His instructions. Help me, God, to read your word, and to listen carefully as you speak to me.


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About Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 78 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She has been married to Jerry for 60 years. They have 4 children, 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)
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4 Responses to To Rise From The Altar

  1. inhisgrace says:

    thank you for this post. there were times whereby things seemed easy and others when it’s really hard. God’s grace will sustain us through it all.

  2. helenl says:

    What a beautiful devotion about a young man who took his faith seriously. Stories like this should encourage us all to examine our hearts before God and to confess openly our shortcomings to people whom we may have hurt but didn’t want to. I love you, Shirley. Thanks for your faithfulness to the Word of God.

  3. Shirley says:

    In His Grace, thank you for your comments. I do agree that sometimes it is easier to take care of troublesome situations than at other times. During those difficult situations we must “take ourselves in hand,” and literally force ourselves to the telephone or to the paper and pen.

    I love the Word of God and its practical and straight instructions on how to live a godly life. I confess I find it easier to read about it and to discuss it, than to live it out.

    Bless you today.


  4. Shirley says:

    Helen, thank you for your kind and sweet comments.

    When people are willing to open up about their difficult situations, and certainly about overcoming them, it is a blessing to all of us. We gather strength through learning of these.

    Peace and joy,


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