Monthly Archives: November 2014

Thankful in All Things

Thankfulness in Scripture is resplendent throughout, shining back towards the Savior. In many instances those who were about to suffer great loss were given much to be thankful for as the Father provided His provision to each.

Abraham on Mt. Moriah was thankful for the ram caught in the thicket, sparing his son, Isaac, from being the sacrifice that was to be offered.

Noah was thankful for the rainbow shining in the sky, the symbol of God’s promise never to flood the entire earth again each time it appears.

John the Baptist was thankful for the day the Savior came towards him from afar off, wanting to be baptized in the River Jordan by John which began His earthly ministry of healing the sick, feeding the hungry, and dying for the sins of the world, rising again as the only Conqueror over death.

Paul was thankful for the bright Light that shone down upon him striking him blind as he journeyed to Damascus, forever changing his life from Saul, the accuser of the brethren, to Paul, the Great Apostle who would go to his death proclaiming the Good News of the Gospel.

The Apostle John was very thankful for his time of walking with the Savior for three and a half years, for he tells us in I John chapter 1, “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it and bear witness, and show unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us.)”

“In every thing give thanks:

For this is the will of God in Christ Jesus

concerning you.”

I Thessalonians 5:18

 

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Seasons of Life

The words of the Preacher, the son of David, tell us in the Book of Ecclesiastes there are seasons in life. King Solomon wrote there is a time to laugh; there is a time to weep. There is a time to plant; there is a time to reap. There is a time to speak; there is a time to keep silent. One’s life consists of seasons of life not only in day-to-day activities but in a lifetime of living.

As newborn babes we are born into a season of complete dependence on another for life. There is nothing we can do for ourselves except cry, smile and coo. If it were not for the loving care of others we would die.

As we continue to age we become children who enter into a season of learning and growing. Everything around us is intriguing and mystifying, bringing questions of “why,” “what’s that” and “how come.” We look forward to getting older and growing stronger.

Entering into young adulthood finds us in a season of marriage, establishing a home and raising children. Life’s biggest decisions confront us as we ground ourselves where God has put us, looking out for the welfare of our household above all others.

Middle-age comes when careers are established and the training of the next generation takes place. Mentoring opportunities present themselves, as a desire to pass a legacy on to those who come behind remind us life is short, even as a vapor.

In the retirement years the successes of a life well-lived are enjoyed and thoughts of eternity become more focused. Contemplation of one’s lifespan become sharper and regrets or rejoicing are needed to be determined before leaving this world.

To every thing there is a season, but in every season of life thoughts of our Creator should permeate our lives and the sin that so easily besets us should be dealt with by accepting the forgiveness found in Christ (Hebrews 12:1-2). Not a day should go by that thoughts of the Savior should not enter our minds, for without Him we are lost and without hope in this life and the Life to come.

 

Man’s Creation vs. God’s Creation

Man is desperately working to create a being that has the ability to move and think to replace what God has already created in His image, after His likeness. When comparing the two, the differences are stark.

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Man’s Creation                                God’s Creation

God breathed into the nostrils of man the breath of life and he became a living soul (Genesis 2). Man’s creation will never be more than a bucket of bolts because the breath of God will not be in it to bring it alive and give it emotions, will, the ability to reason or the ability to know God. Try as they might, nothing can compare with the magnificence of God’s creation.

 

Righteousness Exalts a Nation

Scripture is filled with the history of nations who tried to forget God and follow after their own way. Some became idol-worshipping nations; some became oppressive nations, while others became warring nations. Never satisfied, they went deeper and deeper into lawlessness as they attempted to flee the presence of God, which Jonah found impossible spending three days and three nights in the belly of a great fish.

Just as Scripture reveals the human condition and its need for the Savior, Scripture reveals God’s plan for nations to revive and thrive. The wisest person who ever lived and once led a great nation himself tells us that it is righteousness that exalts a nation, that is, right living according to God’s Word, because sin is a reproach to any people (Proverbs 14:34). God disapproves of and rebukes sin wherever He finds it, in an individual or in a nation. His blessings will not fall on any and all who turn their back on Him and follow after their own consuming desires.

King Solomon also tells us toward the end of his Proverbs that “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice.” In contrast he says when the wicked bear rule the people mourn (29:24). Every nation on this earth would do well to follow God’s direction as found in His Word to have a prosperous, well-established, people rejoicing nation that looks out for the well-being of others, promotes love among the brethren, and esteems others better than themselves. Individuals need to do the same in order to become the rejoicing people who have found forgiveness of sin through Jesus Christ our Lord.

“Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous:

And shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.”

Psalm 32:11