Here’s My Heart Lord sung by David Crowder and his band
I Peter 1:22 NLT “Love each other deeply with all your heart.”
During my time in the past months, I spent much time reading. I do read the Bible quite often, but I also enjoy other writings as well. This book,“Where Love is, there God is also” By Leo Tolstoy, has been one of my favorites. When you read what it is about, I think you may understand why.
I have been reading a book authored by Lawrence Jordan about Leo Tolstoy’s life so impeccably changed at age 51.
To be sure, I was well aware of Leo Tolstoy’s famous fictional book of “War and Peace”. Most students who study literature have been enthralled by this masterpiece.
However, I am amazed that he was so involved with Jesus Christ later in life. So much so, that he gave many of his richness away, believing this was his correct action of Jesus’ Gospel. To practice the sincerity of his belief, he devoted the rest of his life pursuing God’s Purpose.
His unhappy marriage was so miserable, that he started to search for the meaning of his life. From this placement at this late age, he began writing some of the most prolific stories revealing his purpose.
The story of “Where Love is, there God is also”, is one of increased hope to recover from suffering. One which depicts putting self first to glorify God’s eternal promise of life. To give more to others than himself.
II Corinthians 8:7 NIV “But just as you excel in everything- in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us – see that you also excel in this grace of giving.”
The story of his book is designed to show that our lives here, are not our own – but God’s. There is a shoemaker whose wife had died leaving him to raise his son alone. Every moment of his days were filled with the love he held in this care. Then his son became ill and died within a week. The man, then lost his desire to live, and prayed for his death everyday.
He had an unannounced visit from a man of faith. Realizing just how despairing life had become for this shoemaker, he prayed and convinced him to obtain a New Testament.
The shoemaker read in earnest repeatedly, Matthew 25, and pondered on the following:
“Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”
The shoemaker finally understood this when three different people approached his life during the needs of his labor. One needed food, one needed drink, and the other needed shelter. He took care of each of them very well. Although the verse had not yet reached his understanding until he had a dream.
In this dream the three people he had taken care of came to him. And each one informed him, that he was fulfilling this verse. The realization of his purpose came to be: “For I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat; I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink; I was a stranger, and ye took me in….” All of a sudden he realized his loving Savior had really called on him. That Christ had really received him as His own child.
Who would have thought that Leo Tolstoy, so famous for one book in history, was a message of hope to others. I had no idea.
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