Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Saturday, July 27, 2013
“Ninety- six percent of all matter and energy in our universe is some unknown variety we call dark." It is clear that “dark” is a euphemism for ignorance. We really have no idea what the bulk of the universe is made of. We find a similar state of ignorance if we probe deeply into the cell, the brain, or even the earth. We don’t know nothin'. Yet it is also clear that we know vastly more about the universe than we did a century ago. This new knowledge has been put to practical use in such consumer goods as GPS and iPods, and a steady increase in our own life spans. Our beneficial progress in knowledge comes from tools and technology. Telescopes, microscopes, fluoroscopes, oscilloscopes, for instance, allow us to see in new ways, and when we look with new tools, we suddenly win many new answers. Yet the paradox of science is that every answer breeds at least two new questions. More answers, more questions. Telescopes and microscopes expanded not only what we knew, but what we didn’t know (emphasis mine). They allowed us to spy into our ignorance. New and better tools permit us new and better questions …. Thus even though our knowledge is expanding exponentially, our questions are expanding exponentially faster.”
Wednesday, July 03, 2013
When God delights in His children He often has a special plan or blessing in store for them. This was the case in the days when Malachi the Prophet penned the last book of the Old Testament. It was written after the construction of the Second Temple, a time when spiritual decline was evident in the camp of God’s people. Many had once again turned away from God, so Malachi came as God’s messenger to prick their conscience and call them to repentance. The root of the problem is given in Chapter 1 and verse 6, which says, “A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honour? and if I be a master, where is my fear? saith the Lord of hosts unto you, O priests, that despise my name. And ye say, Wherein have we despised thy name?” What stands out is to me is God’s interrogatory statement, “Where is my fear?” The priests and leaders had become corrupt, yet there was a community of men and women who did fear the Lord. When you get to Chapter 3, the division between the unrighteous grumblers and the godly becomes very apparent. Because their motives were all wrong, the grumblers felt that serving God was in vain. Their heart was in the wrong place. Their delight was in earthly things of no lasting value. However, the godly folks feared the Lord and spoke often to one another (about God), and meditated upon his name (3:16). In other words, they took delight in heavenly things. Their joy was in thinking upon the beauty and goodness of the Lord. This is what they treasured. What did the Lord do in return? Well, reading further, we see that He put their names in His book of remembrance to honor them in the future and said of them, “They shall be mine… in that day when I make up my jewels" (3:17). I believe this speaks of the fact that God will regard them as a special treasure, because they treasured Him. Jesus said, “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Luke 12:34).
Dear friend, do you
delight in God and the things of God? Do
you fear the Lord and honor him as a faithful son would honor his father? I trust that you do, and I hope that your
greatest joy is found in your relationship with Jesus Christ.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Men will continue to question, ridicule, and deny the Bible, but they do so for the most part with a very limited or prejudiced study of it’s’ message. They often rely on the information they have gathered from other skeptics rather than a diligent personal investigation. So, what is the ultimate authority in your life? Are you too busy to even give this question any consideration? Are you so involved in the “here and now” that you don’t take time to think about what happens when your life ends? I read about a man who calculated the approximate number of weeks he hoped to live based on the average life expectancy. He then filled a large jar with marbles, each one representing one week of the remainder of his days. After a week would pass he would remove one marble from the jar. Little by little the pile of marbles in the jar grew smaller and smaller. I’m not suggesting you follow his example but the Bible does tell us that our time on earth is limited and we should act accordingly. In Psalm 90 and verse 3 we read: “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom”. Given the brevity of life doesn’t it make sense to prepare for what comes afterwards? I believe that is a very wise thing to do. However, you can’t do that until you decide who and what you will put your faith in. For me, the answer was God, and His revealed Word, the Holy Bible. This has been the ultimate authority in my life for nearly 40 years and will be till I die. I have looked elsewhere and nothing can compare with what I read in the pages of Holy Scripture. It has not only satisfied my intellect, it has given rest to my sin weary soul by pointing me to Jesus Christ: Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls” (Matthew 11:28,29).
The older I get the more I realize just how quickly the days of my life pass by, and the more grateful I am that my eternal life is certain and secure. This certainty and security is not of my own doing, nor based on any good that I have done. It is based on what Jesus did when He died on the cross to pay the penalty for my sin. Having confessed my need of His forgiveness I now have God’s guarantee of eternal life: “… if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Romans 10:9, 10).
If you don’t know Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior I pray that you might consider the possibility that the ultimate authority in your life is misplaced and bow the knee to Him because one day you will: “And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (1 John 5:8-11).
Saturday, January 05, 2013
I praise God and the Lord Jesus daily for His love toward me and the comfort which comes from knowing that He is ever by my side, even when I may not sense it. I recently wrote about this in an article on the comfort and strength of God’s presence in difficult times. God often speaks in a still, small voice. But there is more to God’s presence than that. Sometimes He does come with a whirlwind and shakes the earth. All throughout the Scriptures, we read of the manifest presence of God. This is God working in a supernatural way to do some extraordinary thing in the lives of those whom He has redeemed. It is the undeniable and visible reality of God’s Almighty Power. It is not a hoped-for miracle; it is God doing the impossible in the life of a Christian for His glory. Oh, that everyone who proclaims to know God would know the manifestation of His presence as well as the assurance and comfort of His presence! I cannot claim that I have, but I hope I am not asking for selfish or prideful reasons when I pray for such a thing. Is it biblical to do so? Do we limit God because our theology does not allow for the supernatural? I do believe that these are valid questions. Thinking about these things and searching the Scriptures has led me to affirm that we cannot confine the Lord’s marvelous doings to ages past and look for them in the age to come, but rule them out in the present. Maybe that is why we see so little of them. We don’t expect God to do really big things, so we don’t pray big prayers. I believe we can begin to pray really big prayers without abandoning sound doctrine. In fact, I think God would delight in our doing so, with this qualification: God is God, and He alone exercises His power in accordance with His sovereign will. I would never deny that, so I reject the “name it and claim it” brand of evangelicalism that is rampant worldwide. There are many faith healers and prosperity preachers who are nothing but charlatans fleecing the flock. May God reward them according to their works. And yet, I must also have faith in the truth that God is a God of wonders and that we can come boldly to the throne of grace.
Pray bold prayers!