Unfathomable Creation

Job 38:33   (KJV)   33 Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven? canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth?

Not even the most intellectual individual or group can fully know the governing ordinances or laws of the universe. How much more when it comes to understanding Job 38.33 - Unfathomable Creationhow this unfathomable universe can somehow affect the earth in such an effective and beautiful way.

We humbly recognize and accept our limitations and we gratefully acknowledge the greatness of our God. We may not fully understand His ways, but creation alone—especially the incomprehensible vastness of the universe convinces us of the majesty of our creator. We have questions. The answers are always available. We won’t grasp all of them. The volume of truth available is way more than our ability to contain it.

Dear God, there are things in life we won’t completely understand. Help us Lord to come to grips with this reality in faith-filled abandonment. We won’t completely grasp the ins and outs of every situation, but we can completely trust You. You’re definitely way much bigger than any situation, problem, question, or need we have or will encounter. You’re our God Who’s more than enough. Because of the limitations of our comprehension, we may not have all the answers, but at least we understand why we can honestly declare with David: “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.” With the little we know about You and Your creation, we see the wisdom of surrendering ourselves to You, and also the reason why we Your people can honestly, humbly, and gratefully declare: “Not to us, oh Lord, but to Your Name be glory.”

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God’s Thrones

Psalm 11:4   (KJV)   4 The Lord is in his holy temple, the Lord’s throne is in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men.

The LORD’s present in our lives. He is here, but He is also the Sovereign ruler of all.  He’s enthroned in our hearts, and in the heavens.  He knows all things, even the innermost secrets of our hearts. No one is beyond His knowledge and His reach.  He is still very much involved in our affairs. He never leaves Psalm 11.4 - God's Thronesor forsakes us. In fact, His hands of invitation are continually extended to us—beckoning, welcoming.  We are His temple—His home.  He’s closer to us than He can ever be and we can ever know.

He knows our prayers and cries—even those as soft as a whisper. He is that intimate with us.  He literally knows more about us than we know ourselves.  Why not?  He loves us tremendously and He is an all-knowing God.  He is also infinitely powerful.  Although He’s very intimate with us, He is not limited to our small realm of existence.  He rules; He reigns, and He will do so forever—glorified, lifted high.

We need Him close; not everyone sticks around.  Others easily ditch us at the first sign of discomfort.  It’s good to know that Someone sticks around even when the whole world turns against us.  Some people aren’t settled with just leaving; they don’t get satisfied until we’re down, hurt, or destroyed.  They accumulate weapons and ammunition to attack us when we’re most vulnerable.  We’re not troubled.  The LORD is our more than efficient Protector.  He is our impenetrable shield.  No weapon formed against us will ever get through Him and to us—to those who are His—to those who are upright.  In the presence of our enemies, we still enjoy very restful nights and very joyful days.

In Control

Daniel 2:21   (KJV)   21 And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:

As His children, we’re not afraid of what’s happening in the world. In God’s inscrutable wisdom, He’s in control of the course of human history without controlling it. The end will be as He planned it, yet people are free to make their own choices. We may not fully understand why He chooses and/or allows certain individuals to rule; if the choice is ours, we’ll do everythidaniel-2-21-in-total-controlng to stop some of them from ever getting into position of power and influence. But God’s wisdom transcends ours. The good thing is, He’s given us far more than sufficient assurances to know that He’s always right and always good. He knows what He’s doing perfectly well; He’s perfect, and His ways are perfect.

Wisdom and power belongs to God. Praise God for allowing us to share a slice of that. That’s why we enjoy knowledge, reason, strength, mobility, health, and wholeness. And unlike a lot of people who question Him, we know our place.  A fly will never understand the extent of the universe. Honestly, will all our intellectual abilities, advancements, explorations, and discoveries, it’s a scientific admission: we’ve barely scratched the surface when it comes to the universe. That’s why we know the fallacy of arrogance against God, and the wisdom of acknowledging His greatness. It will be ludicrous for a fly to question the existence of God. In the context of the vastness and grandeur of creation, we’re really not that different from a fly.

In His perfect timing, everyone will see His sovereignty and rule. There’s never a time when He ever felt threatened, never a time when He ever lost control. All His opponents are so small to pose any kind of threat. There lies our encouragement, peace, and hope. Despite the twists and turns in history: wars and peace, victories and defeats, conquering and being conquered, freedom and captivity, riches and poverty, order and chaos, proponents and opponents, progressions and regressions, construction and destruction, life and death, etc., they all lead to one direction—one absolute culmination, that of God’s, that of our Father’s: the end He planned from the very beginning. In that fact, we live worry-free; we’re calm; we’re cool, and collected; we’re relaxed; we’re rested.

The Golden Guide

Matthew 7:12  (KJV)   12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.

Many of us are aware that there are Ten Commandments. I’ve read that there are actually 613 commands in the Old Testament. That sounds quite right although I haven’t really counted them myself. The Lord summarized them into two: loving God and loving our neighbor (Matthew 22:37-39). How? The Lord summarized all possible love actions into this one rule. What an awesome guideline. No wonder it’s called “The Golden Rule.”

God delights in blessing His children. And He does, whether we deserve it or not. God is just naturally gracious. But He also delights in blessing us when we’re obedient. So, He gave His people all necessary instructions – detailed instructions. But, some well meaning people who wanted to make sure that every dot and tittle are obeyed added so many peripheral commands. What they intended for good turned out to be really bad; it weighted people down and caused alot of hypocritical, external obedience to the letter of the Law and missed the true spirit of the Law.

Jesus brought us back to the true essence of all His commands – minus men’s additional commentaries: love. And just in case people see love as a description of an emotional response and not action, He left us with a precise description of what we ought to do to live out love: the Golden Rule. Of course, we can be passive and avoid deliberately hurting others. That’s why we’ve heard of a seemingly similar saying: “Don’t do unto others what you don’t want others to do to you.” The drawback on this is to feed on people’s self-centered attitude in life and feel satisfaction in the fact that they’re not doing anything evil to others. True. Except that it also leads to not doing anything good to others.

Dear God of love and blessings, thank You for giving us clear direction as to how we can live the most wonderful life we can live – a life of love, obedience, and blessing. Please help us to do to others the good and beautiful things we desire for ourselves. We know that there are those who won’t necessarily reciprocate our godly actions, but it doesn’t matter; our blessings flow from You. I admit, there are times when we are very comfortable living in our own small personal world without thinking of others. We become just preoccupied with our own personal interests and affairs. Many of our present technological applications tend to increasingly promote self-centeredness and self-aggrandizement. We feed on our already bloated egos and feel really satisfied and happy with it. Everyone’s doing it so, well, I guess we’re “trending.” How sad.

We’ve become so comfortable with attitudes and habits that are diametrically opposed to Your admonitions. We’re not hurting others; it’s fun; people are happy – that’s why we get tricked and don’t see the dangers of slowly having our minds programmed to be focused on ourselves. Not only have we gotten comfortable of not being natural and deliberate in pursuing what’s good for You and for others, sadder still: we have become blind to You and the good people who are doing alot of good and wonderful things for us. We just enjoy receiving from them, and have grown calloused to the the Spirit’s promptings for us to reciprocate their display of love, care, and concern. We’ve become heartless and we don’t even know it. Of course, we easily find satisfaction and justification in the fact that we love people. Yes, selected people we are drawn to. But really?

Father, please forgive us. Awaken us to truly desire and deliberately be Your holy nation – a people belonging to You, separate from the world – it’s system and it’s “whitewashed” practices.

 

Lord of All Generations

Psalm 22:30-31  (KJV)   30 A seed shall serve him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation. 31 They shall come, and shall declare his righteousness unto a people that shall be born, that he hath done this.

God is God of all generations. He is not a temporary fad. From generation to generation, He will have those who will be serving Him, worshiping Him and declaring Him. He won’t fade away with time; He won’t fade away with culture; He won’t fade away with trends. He won’t run out of people who will recognize Him for Who He is.

People and magazines have declared that God is dead. Most of those who did are dead; God is still alive. I don’t write that heartlessly. People have confessed and campaigned that they will eradicate Christianity from the face of the earth; most of those who did are gone; Christians are still everywhere. Culture tries to take out every vestige of Christianity from everywhere; we still see crosses and Bibles everywhere. We see old people and young people, in the different fields of sports, in the different fields of the arts, in different government positions, in the military, in different fields of Science, in all strata of society, – we somehow sprout up – everywhere. It doesn’t matter how much society tries to step on us, squish us or destroy us, we keep on going. God rules and will continue to do so. Let’s take heart. Every weapon formed against God and His people will eventually perish. The enemies of God will arise from generation to generation and will invent new ways to attack Him, but followers of God won’t be stopped; they will continue to rise up as an unstoppable force, declaring their God to their generation and to the next.

Our eternal God Who rules and will rule forever, thank you for the joy and peace brought by the assurance that we belong to the victorious army of the King of Kings.