Devotions for Sunday Worship
One of my usual clichés when folks are struggling in their faith is “remember to go the feet of Jesus” meaning that everything, without question, we need to humbly submit to Christ, every decision, prayer, emotion, suffering and trial because He is the Sustainer, Protector and Preserver of our life and has given us His Word and His Holy Spirit, the Comforter, to help us and guide us in all of life. It is on our spiritual knees at His feet that we remember who we are and in whose strength we live, breathe and have our being. It is at His feet in humble submission that we remember His sacrifice for us and our election to glory as royal children of the King.
Dr. Richard Gantz in his article in Tabletalk* magazine talks about this subject in his “Forgiveness at the Feet of Jesus” and I share a small excerpt here wherein he is sharing about the woman in Luke 7:36-50 who washed Jesus feet with her tears and dried them with her hair. As women we can relate to this in a really profound way. Listen to what he says:
“Put yourself at the feet of Jesus. That’s where you’ll hear words of life and forgiveness. Those will be the best words you can ever hear, and His feet are the proof. That night they were dusty. That night as her tears fell upon them, the dust was streaked, and her hair must have been matted as she tried to dry His feet with it. But now His feet are pierced. Now His feet show us the wounds by which our sins are forgiven: “He was crushed for our iniquities” (Isa. 53:5). O blessed Savior. O blessed feet that felt the blows of the hammer that nailed Him to the cross. All kinds of people landed at Jesus’ feet for all kinds of reasons – to pray, to worship Him, to thank Him. There was a healed leper. There was a demon possessed man, and, of course, there was this woman. You know something, none of us will ever fall before Him just as she did, or even any of the others. But we belong there, nonetheless. If you wonder how it is possible to do so today, since the feet of Jesus are in heaven, it is simple. It is by coming to Him as that woman did so long ago, in faith and repentance, holding nothing back. It is seeing yourself for just what you are, a sinner yourself deserving hell and needing the salvation that can only come at the feet of Jesus. It is seeing Him for what He is, a Savior who saves and forgives to the uttermost (Heb. 7:25).” Gantz, p. 15
So then as His children “go to the feet of Jesus” and remember what He has done and is doing for you. Remember that “Salvation is of the Lord” (Jon 2:9) and that He is continually working in your life to “will and do of His good pleasure” (Phi 2:13) for your good and His glory. Go to Him, not the world, not searching and seeking answers in every other thing and place, but in Him, your Lord and Savior, your Near Kinsman, your Beloved Bridegroom and He, as a tender and loving Savior, will strengthen you and give to you “exceedingly abundantly above all that you can ask or think.” (Eph 3:20)
Isn’t this just the greatest news to your ears and blessing to your heart? Remember these thoughts as you worship Him today.
* Dr. Richard Gantz, “Forgiveness at the Feet of Jesus,” Tabletalk, December 2006