Let Your Soul Delight
Ho, every one that thirsts, come ye to the waters and he that hath no money, come ye buy, and eat, yea , come buy wine and milk without money and without price. Wherefore do you spend money for that which is not bread? And your labour for that which satisfies not?
Hearken diligently unto Me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness. Incline your ear, and come unto Me; hear, and your soul shall live and I will make you an everlasting covenant with you … seek ye the Lord while He may be found, call ye upon Him while He is near …” (Isaiah 55:1-11)
Hello, my name is Richard. I was born and raised in Windsor, Ontario with an older sister and younger brother. As a youth, I had knowledge that we were created in some fashion. That is, we did not just appear here on earth. When I was younger, I attended a church in Amherstburg, Ontario with my cousins – as part of a family tradition. But then, I did not understand the practices and events that took place. In time, I moved back to Windsor later that year, never returning to another church service.
My mother and father divorced when I was five years old. Without any understanding of why their marriage did not work out for them, I became a teenager in foster care. Confused as I was, there was seemingly nothing I could do so I accepted it. A period of four years went by. I was now eighteen years old.
I began questioning where my dad was all those years of my life. I had received letters but my mother would destroy them. It was in the spring of 2003 when I had looked into where my dad was, and if he was still in the community at all. My uncle Larry gave me his phone number after I mentioned my idea about finding him. It took a lot of thinking for me to build courage to call him.
But the next day, I called my father. He answered the call. I spoke and said, “It’s your son Ricky.” Tears began flowing down my face. We caught up on the past briefly and agreed to meet for a coffee. The following weekend, I was sitting at the table on a patio at the coffee shop, when I saw him approach. I could see the emotion in his eyes as he noticed me too.
Without hesitation, he came up to me, and sat down at the table where I was seated. He had just gotten off of work. We began talking, and soon I noticed our conversation was like he had never left. During the conversation, he mentioned a particular church in Windsor. Dayspring, he said. I said “great!” From then on, he told me bits and pieces of his life, and how he started to attend this church.
My father told me he had been born again. He continued, mentioning that he had been born again. Since I did not know what being born again meant, I questioned him, asking, “What does it mean to be born again?” He began to share its meaning, what I would later discover to be the good news gospel of Jesus Christ. He said that he had been called by God. He was at a church service, where he was called to the front by the minister.
Herein, the minister held my dad’s hand and said, “Do you want Jesus to come into your heart and into your life for eternity?” My father said “yes.” My father said the following prayer:
“Father, I come to you asking for forgiveness of all my sins. I am asking you to wash and cleanse me of all my sins. I am asking you Jesus to wash and cleanse me of all my sins. I ask that you would come into my heart and my life for eternity. In Jesus precious name I pray.”
“At this moment,” my father said, “I believed that Jesus had come into my heart and life for eternity. I was receiving my personal Saviour. Ever since that moment in time, I have never been the same.”
About the time of this conversation, I had been trying to attend some form of service. So, when my father asked if I wanted to attend a service with him, I agreed. When I arrived, my father took the time to introduce me to everyone before the service. As the pastor began to speak, I became oddly interested in what he was saying, although the content of what he was saying was not familiar. At the end of the service, the minister closed with prayer. He then asked if there was someone in the group who did not know Jesus as their personal Saviour. With my head down, I began to feel awkward in my heart. Well, awkward may not be quite the right word, but I was certainly out of my comfort zone. It was certainly not a feeling I had felt before.
I then raised my hand and began to proceed to the front. The pastor took my hands and said, “If you would like to receive Jesus as your personal Saviour, then bow your head and repeat after me. Then and there, I began to ask Jesus to forgive me of all my sins, and to wash and cleanse me from all sin. I then said to Jesus, “I am asking you to come into my heart and into my life for eternity. I accept you Jesus into my heart and believe that you are there, from this very moment, going forward. I will live for you Jesus – forever – Amen.”
I lifted my head and began to feel a joy come over me like never before. A weight had been lifted off my chest. Ever since, my life has not been the same. In John 15:5-7, it states that Jesus is the vine and we are the branch. If we remain in Him, and He in us, we will bear much fruit. Apart from Jesus, we can do nothing.” This is the verses that I have stood on to keep me in check with Jesus. I realized that if I did not include Jesus in my life, I would suffer greatly, knowing no peace. But conversely, if I include Jesus in everything that I do, there is nothing that I can’t accomplish.
This is why I would like to encourage those who don’t know the Lord God as their personal Saviour, to do so. Like me, He is knocking at your heart, and is currently waiting for you to respond. If you are a believer and need to be encouraged, get into the Word – Jesus – the Bible –read His counsel and stand on His promises.
Why? Because I am a living example and testimony of the great works God can do. He brought my dad back into my life and then used that same father as a light to my heart. It says in scripture that a just man will fall seven times but because of His love for Jesus, he will get up again. I thank you for reading this blog. Please allow me to leave some scriptures for you to review.
“The Lord is my light and my salvation. Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life, of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, I will be confident. One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after – that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord and to enquire in His temple.” (Psalm 27:1-4)
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow; for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof …” (Matthew 6:33-34)
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ; for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believes; to the Jew first and also to the Greek, for therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith, as it is written: “The just shall live by faith.” … Because that which may be known of God may be manifest in them for God hath showed it unto them. For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse – because that, when they knew God, they glorified Him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations and their foolish heart was darkened; professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.” (Romans 1:16-20).
Thank you and be blessed!