June 23, 2017

GOD IS WORTHY!



“Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.” (Psalm 90:2)

So many persons have convinced themselves that the God that exists is exactly how they imagine him to be.  He, in the opinion of many, is something that can be grasped and someone that can directed.  I saw this notion expressed recently.  In a social media post, a person I knew decades ago was speaking about missing those that had passed.  He asked, “Am I the only person on earth that misses people that probably ended up in Hell not because they was bad people but just because they were not Christian.”  One of his friends quibbled, “If Heaven didn't accept sinners it would be an empty place.”  Both of these comments were made by person who would openly claim to believe in Jesus, though they would say they do not follow Him well.  Yet, the God that these comments portray looks nothing like God of Scripture.

Let each of us realize and come to accept that God is considerably more vast than we can begin to envision.  The pages of Scripture, though vast and profound, only begin to tell of the wonder that is God.  The Psalmist writes, “You have multiplied, O LORD my God, your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us; none can compare with you! I will proclaim and tell of them, yet they are more than can be told. (Psalm 40:5)” And the writer of First Kings echoes this thought when stating, “…Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain you; how much less this house that I have built! (1 Kings 8:27)” Even the gospel proclaim that the acts of Christ could not be contain for, “…Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.”

For this reason, let each of us, today and every day be reminded of the how great is our God!  Let His greatness be that which drives us.  Let His prominence be that which motivates us.  Let His fame be our every desire and let Him be gloried in all we do.  Let each of us live every moment for the God that is not the God that we want, for He is worthy!

May 26, 2017

~ HE KNOWS YOU AND STILL LOVES YOU ~



“but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

It seems, that in the modern world, one’s life is forever put on display.  From Facebook post to the forever present cellphone, a person is never really disconnected.  One would think since everyone knows more about each other’s lives that this means people know each other better.  However, do people really know each other?  If one close to you was asked the question, who is she or who is he, what would be their response?  Would it be, oh, he is funny or she is kind.  Would this person use words like refined and sophisticated or down-to-earth and pragmatic?  How well would others portray you and would they really ‘know’ the true you?  

From the first verse in Genesis to the last verse of Revelations, one is introduced to an immeasurable God who is intimately familiar with each of us, His created beings.  In the pages of the Bible. God makes Himself known and each word used is an expression of His love.  The totality of Scripture portrays an amazing God who values His creation.  This God, the one describe in the pages of the Bible, the Great I Am, the Creator God, the God that exists whether or not mankind acknowledges this existence… this infinite God, He who is eternal and self-existent, the one who is greater that mankind’s finite mind can understand… this God find each of us valuable.  Scripture clearly declares that God knows each one intimately.  He is familiar with theirs ways and is personally involved in each of life.  The Psalmist, in the one-hundred and thirty-ninth Psalms states, “O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know my every thought when far away. You know what I’m going to say even before I say it. I can never escape from your Spirit. I can never get away from your presence…You made all the delicate inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex. Your workmanship is marvelous ....”

So, in a world where we are forever on display, yet we are increasingly hidden… it is my prayer that each person will encounter and come to know the one who truly ‘knows’ each of us and who truly ‘loves’ us anyway.