The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and He
knows those who trust in Him. (Nahum 1:7)
Trusting In The Lord
The mind of God is so huge
it boggles the spirit of man to consider how great the Father is and how small we are. Literally, there is no comparison.
Not even close. The greatest achievement of man is an oblivion of microscopic nothingness when the greatness of God is laid
alongside the knowledge of the wisest of men. So why do we continue to rely upon our own power to solve matters of life? The
oldest person I have ever known lived to be 106 but the Father is older than light. He dwells in eternity, which is without
beginning and end (as if anyone really understands what that means). The Lord has a name for every star. His hand is so large
it holds the universe easily within His grasp. He spoke and the world formed. His knowledge is so vast He knows everything
about every person filling this six billion person rock three doors from the sun. He remembers what every man, woman and child
has said and done for the last thousands of years since Adam and Eve first walked along the banks of the Pishon, Gihon, Hiddekel
and Euphrates rivers. The list goes on and on. Question: why don’t we trust the Lord?God is good. He
is really, really good. All of creation screams His glory of how good He is. Nothing the Lord has done from the beginning
of time has ever been without goodness. He does good things because He is the meaning of good. Throughout the Bible story,
He has painted a portrait of goodness to those who love Him. Nothing has been withheld. His blessings are in multitudes of
this goodness and that goodness and everyone who received His kindness never deserved it. Take a deep breath and thank God
He is good. Look around the world, see the wonders of creation, and thank God He is so very good. Ponder the heavens on a
star filled night and know how good the Lord really, really is.
God is a stronghold in the troubles we face.
Life can be hard. It can be difficult without many answers. The limitations of man’s knowledge grasps at the wisp of
his inability to know from one generation to the next. The Father is a place of security that even Satan himself cannot breach.
Trusting in the Lord is the confidence that dwelling in the city of God protects us from all harm. The battering rams of doubt,
despair and uncertainty do not penetrate our lives because we rest our hope on the solid rock of our heavenly Father. What
will happen on the morrow is left to the marrow of God’s wisdom because He is already there. Trusting the Lord is leaving
the matters of life in His big, wide and wonderful hands. There is nothing to worry about and nothing to be anxious for.
knows those who trust in Him. What an exciting thought to know that God knows my name. Of all the people who have ever lived
and live today the Lord God Creator knows who I am. When we trust fully in His love, He knows who we are. Giving our lives
wholly to His will, He blesses us personally with His presence, His wisdom, His spirit and His incredible mercy. It’s
personal. God knows those who trust in Him.
Father, thank you for being so good, so strong and so loving.
were made to the animal creation, and they were asked their position with respect to God, they would with one voice proclaim
Him their absolute Ruler and Director."
THE SUN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
to you who fear My name The Sun of Righteousness shall arise With healing in His wings. (Mal 4:2)
The sun is a wonderful
illustration of the Son of God:
- Nourishes and helps produce growth.
- Gives to the earth without anything in return.
- Provides light to see clearly.
- Warms and protects.
- Even though it seems far away, its affects are near to us.
- Everyone can behold it and be blessed by it.
- All revolves around it.
The Lamb of God is the true light.
For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold
from those who walk uprightly. (Psa 84:11)
The sun shall be no more your light by day, nor for brightness shall the moon
give you light; but the LORD will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory. Your sun shall no more go down,
nor your moon withdraw itself; for the LORD will be your everlasting light, and your days of mourning shall be ended. (Isa 60:19-20)
The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory
of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light. (Rev 21:23)
The Sun is not the Son
The Son of God created the sun. The sun is not God, nor was it ever meant to be worshipped. It is a created blessing
and an essential part of life while we live on the earth.
And take heed, lest you lift your eyes to heaven, and when you see the sun,
the moon, and the stars, all the host of heaven, you feel driven to worship them and serve them, which the LORD your God has
given to all the peoples under the whole heaven as a heritage. But the LORD has taken you and brought you out of the iron
furnace, out of Egypt, to be His people, an inheritance, as you are this day. (Deu 4:19-20)
like a sun, the Savior sits,
spreads eternal noon;
evenings there, nor gloomy nights,
To want the feeble moon."
righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!
Jesus, Sun of
Jesus, Sun of righteousness,
beam of love divine,
with the early morning rays
do thou on our darkness shine,
and dispel with purest light
all our night.
As on drooping herb and flower
falls the soft refreshing dew,
let thy Spirit's
grace and power
all our weary souls renew;
showers of blessing over all
sun's reviving ray,
may thy love with tender glow
all our coldness melt away,
warm and cheer us forth to
gladly serve thee and obey
all the day.
O our only Hope and Guide,
never leave us nor forsake;
keep us ever at thy side
till the eternal morning break;
moving on to Zion's hill,
Lead us all our days and years
in thy straight and narrow way;
lead us through the vale of tears
the land of perfect day,
where thy people, fully blest,
"Notice these flowers all around us, how they turn smiling to
the sun's ardent gaze, bend forward in seeming reverence, throw open their pretty cups, and cast around their sweetest perfume.
So, when the Sun of Righteousness shines, all moral goodness joyously responds. Evil slinks away into the shadows. When that
Sun shines on through the eternal day, man's answering goodness may flourish abundantly."—R.T./Pulpit Commentary
Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth...
3 Commands of Ecclesiates
1. To remember our Creator.
2. To know we have a Creator.
3. Remember our
Creator when it is important to do so - during our younger years.
WHY THE YOUTH NEED TO KNOW AND REMEMBER THEIR CREATOR:
to know the Lord God is the Creator so they will learn humility and gratitude.
The Creator gives them purpose - why they exist.
The Creator gives them work to do that makes them have fullfillment.
The Creator shapes their entire life.
They have the Creator to trust and lean on.
They always have a Friend nearby.
The memories they build are blessed as they include the Creator.
They acquire knowledge and discipline from
the word of their Creator.
have energy and ability to grow and learn that will go lacking in their older years.
They have time and strength to overcome present trials and will build
good habits to prevent future problems.
They will be established in the word and in faith to help when those difficult days arrive.
are such humble things,
We would not serve to a guest,
And yet we serve them to our Lord
Who deserves the very
We give to Him leftover time,
minutes here and there.
Leftover cash we give to Him,
Such few coins as we can spare.
We give our youth unto the world,
To hatred, lust and strife;
in declining years we give
To him the remnant of our life.
Before the difficult days
come, and the years draw near when you say, "I
have no pleasure in them." (Ecc 12:1)
As we grow
older we face a great deal of concerns financially, responsibilities increase, and as the body wears out we become
distracted with pain and fatigue. In later years our aspirations and desires aren't what they use to be; habits have
set in and motivation to change is dulled. We have become set in our ways - trusting our own wisdom, tuning out others.
All these things can divert our attention to where we have no desire to learn about God and no motivation
to fulfill the responsibility that comes with understanding who God is. Rather than understanding the great blessing
of knowing God and remembering Him to help with the trials and demands of life, remembering God is viewed as just
another tiring ordeal.
It is good
to remember our God in our youth, but if we have not taken that opportunity to do so, all long as we have breath
and understanding, it is not too late to know God. I appreciate and admire older people who open their mind to God
and His word and are willing to make changes in their lives in order to have the blessings that come with knowing our Creator
According to an old fable, a man made an unusual agreement with Death. He told
the Grim Reaper that he would willingly accompany him when it came time to die, but only on one condition—that Death
would send a messenger well in advance to warn him. Weeks winged away into months, and months into years. Then one bitter
winter evening, as the man sat thinking about all his possessions, Death suddenly entered the room and tapped him on the shoulder.
Startled, the man cried out, “You’re here so soon and without warning! I thought we had an agreement.” Death
replied, “I’ve more than kept my part. I’ve sent you many messengers. Look in the mirror and you’ll
see some of them.”
As the man complied,
Death whispered, “Notice your hair! Once it was full and black, now it is thin and white. Look at the way you cock your
head to listen to me because you can’t hear very well. Observe how close to the mirror you must stand to see yourself
clearly. Yes, I’ve sent many messengers through the years. I’m sorry you’re not ready, but the time has
come to leave.”
God, when you thought of
a pine tree,
How did you think of a star?
How did you dream of the Milky Way
To guide us from afar.
did you think of a clean brown pool
Where flecks of shadows are?
God, when you thought of a cobweb,
How did you think of dew?
did you know a spider's house
Had shingles bright and new?
How did you know the human folk
Would love them
like they do?
you patterned a bird song,
Flung on a silver string,
How did you know the ecstasy
That crystal call would bring?
How did you think of a bubbling throat
And a darling speckled wing?
God, when you chiseled a raindrop,
How did you think of a stem,
a lovely satin leaf
To hold the tiny gem?
How did you know a million drops
Would deck the morning's hem?
I first behold the beauty. Greedily consuming
the scene before me. Self-fullfilment of sight, of height. Camera clicking. A moment to be saved... to share... to brag. Vast.
Feeling small, inconsequential. Insignificance fades into the force of the magnificience before me. Mountains dimming.
That which is created fading into That which created.
seek God with a quiet heart, ever trusting, hoping, and waiting for His deliverance.
Seek God in prayer.
Seek God's wisdom in His word.
Seek Godliness in His people.
Seek peace in God's creation.
I Will Be Glad in the Lord
Beginning with the heavens and following through with the earth and sea, the Psalmist rejoices in the creation
and praises the Lord God who made them all. Describing the greatness of God shown in His works, the writer
interrupts his own description and burst out with praise, "O Lord, how manifold are Your works!" It is as if he
can't contain his emotion in such wonder and praise of the wisdom of God.
Have we, as the Lord's people, forgotten to pay attention to what is beyond our air conditioned houses? Are we so
engrossed in work or our electronics that we have ignored God's "manifold works"? Are we lacking spiritually by
not being in awe of our Lord's creation and seeing how great and majestic He truly is? "Bless the LORD, O my soul! O
LORD my God, You are very great: You are clothed with honor and majesty." (Psa 104:1)
The heavens and the earth are not created only to provide a place for man to
dwell, but they also produce faith and awe in the Almighty Lord who is full of wisdom and truth. Our spirit
must connect to our surroundings and our "meditation be sweet to Him." It is then, like the Psalmist, we can say,
"I will be glad in the Lord."
The following poem, written by Matthew Josephs, was published around
1876. Mr. Josephs, a schoolmaster in Jamaica, was first educated by his father who was a slave. A Bible
and a book on geography were his only textbooks and his schoolroom was under a tree in whatever field his dad was working.
Years later he received more education, but how could it compare to those first four years of schooling sitting under
a tree in God's wonderful creation learning how to read from the Bible?! I wonder if his early childhold experience contributed
to his amazing poem on God's wonderful works.
O Lord, how manifold are thy works! In wisdom
hast Thou made them all: the earth is full of Thy riches.
How various are Thy works, O Lord! How various are
Thy works, O Lord!
Which now adorn the realm of space;
When at the first Thou gav'st Thy word,
Each world assumed
its rightful place.
Each comet with its stream of light
Sped onward on its distant way;
Rolling in its resistless might,
For none its wondrous course could stay.
You flaming orbs,
by skill Divine,
Have ever kept their trackless way;
And as from age to age they shine,
Thy power and wisdom
On earth, hear how the oceans roll,
And heave their mighty waves on high;
But these all own Thy just control,
Thou, Sovereign Ruler of the Sky!
The rocks, the mountains,
and the plains,
These all Thy wisdom now proclaim;
These, Thy Almighty power sustains,
And these shall glorify
Be Thou my hope, O, mighty Lord,
Be Thou my refuge and my stay;
Oh, to my
soul sweet aid afford,
E'er from this world I pass away.
do not worship the sun - We worship the Light who created the sun.
We do not worship the mountain - We worship the High and Solid Rock
We do not worship the ocean - We worship God whose wisdom is deeper than the ocean.
We do not worship the beast - We worship the Provider who
cares for His creation.
We do not worship
man - We worship our Lord and Savior of mankind.
the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His
eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God,
nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they
became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man--and birds and four-footed
animals and creeping things. (Rom 1:16-23)
THE WORSHIPPER GRADUALLY ASSIMILATES HIMSELF
TO THE OBJECT
WORSHIPPED. Man does not rise higher in thought and life
than the Deity before whom he bows and to whom he submits himself; but he may, and too generally does, adopt
the worst features of the character and conduct of his gods. What we constantly meditate
upon transforms us into its own lineaments. Where the lower animals are deified, there
the passions of the brutes are rampant, and a merely animal existence is lived. The lie
substituted for the truth shunts man's behaviour on to another line, and a descending plane lands him in moral ruin.
"They that make the gods are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them."
The revelation God gives of himself in his Word operates reversely on a similar principle,
so that "we beholding as in a glass the true glory of the Lord, are changed into the
same image;" and, the image of God in man being restored, the likeness to God to
which we are made to attain grows unto perfection, till "we shall be like him, when we shall see him as he is."—S.R.A. Pulpit Commentary
But this people
has a defiant and rebellious heart; They have revolted and departed. They do not say in their heart, "Let us now fear
the LORD our God, Who gives rain, both the former and the latter, in its season. He reserves for us the appointed weeks of
the harvest. (Jer 5:23-24)
As long as this earth remains the seasons will come. While the cold
lingers and the branches remain bare, we keep hope in our hearts that the warmth and beauty of spring will soon be upon
us. How can we not fear our Creator who means what He says and will fulfill all He has promised? If you believe in spring,
believe also in the hope of eternal life.
Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober,
and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children,
not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in
all your conduct, because it is written, "BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY." (1Pe 1:13-16)
The God of the Living
He is not
the God of the dead, but the God of the living. Mark 12:27
It was the spring, coupled with the
word of God, that helped me understand my son is living. His body died in 2012 but His spirit is alive. Grief tried
to tell me otherwise, but morning after morning, when I watched the apple blossoms open and saw new life springing all around
me, I kept thinking about 1Corinthians 15:12-22:
Now if Christ is
preached that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if
there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and
your faith is also empty. Yes, and we are found false witnesses of God, because we have testified of God that He raised up
Christ, whom He did not raise up--if in fact the dead do not rise. For if the dead do not rise, then Christ is not risen.
And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins! Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ
have perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable. But now Christ is risen from
the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since by man came death, by Man also came the
resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.
If in this life only
we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable.
is no eternal hope, then all we have to look forward to is total destruction,
for persevering no longer exists,
would be temporary, without any purpose,
would be a wasteland of ups and downs, ins and outs, here and there with no meaning - a wasteland of futility.
Thanks be to God there is a resurrection!
Tree Hugger or Tree Worshiper?
to be a "tree hugger" if we are taking care of God's earth in the way He meant for it to be cared
for by man. However, if our tree hugger ways turn into the idea that a tree contains the energy of a god and
must be an object of worship then we have become a liar and a self-deceiver (Isaiah 44:20).
It is not the tree that blesses us, but
it is God who blesses us with providing a useful tool to aid us in our daily lives on this earth. Let us be thankful for the
gift of trees.
God gave mankind trees for:
Buildings: Then Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, and cedar trees, and carpenters and
masons. And they built David a house. (2Sa 5:11)
Furniture: He made the table of acacia wood; two cubits was its
length, a cubit its width, and a cubit and a half its height. (Exo 37:10)
Vessels: But in a great
house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. (2Ti
Food: Along the bank of the river, on this side and that, will grow all kinds of trees used for
food; their leaves will not wither, and their fruit will not fail. They will bear fruit every month, because their water flows
from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for medicine." (Eze 47:12)
fruit will be for food, and their leaves for medicine." (Eze 47:12)
Gardens: I made myself
gardens and orchards, and I planted all kinds of fruit trees in them. I made myself water pools from which to water the growing
trees of the grove. (Ecc 2:5-6)
For cooking and warmth: He cuts down cedars for himself, And takes the cypress and the oak; He secures it for himself among
the trees of the forest. He plants a pine, and the rain nourishes it. Then it shall be for a man to burn, For he will take
some of it and warm himself; Yes, he kindles it and bakes bread; (Isa 44:14-15)
Oh, let's not forget one more... trees are good for climbing! Now behold, there was a man named
Zacchaeus who was a chief tax collector, and he was rich. And he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not because of the
crowd, for he was of short stature. So he ran ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Him, for He was going to pass
that way. (Luke 19:2-4)
My people ask counsel from their
wooden idols, And their staff informs them. For the spirit of harlotry has caused them to stray, And they have played the
harlot against their God.
reject God’s Word and His description of how He created the heavens and the earth, and we accept
the nonsense of evolution and naturalism. We embrace the goddess of environmentalism and fool ourselves
into thinking we can preserve the earth indefinitely when God has declared the earth has a limited lifespan
and will last only until the end of the age.
But the day of the Lord will
come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent
heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved,
what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the
day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless
we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. Therefore, beloved, looking
forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless; (2Pe 3:10-14)
Should we be worshipping the creation that will be dissolved or focusing
our thoughts on pleasing the Creator by living holy lives, looking forward to eternal life?