March 16, 2020
In our pride, we are quick to forget the order of things. When good things happen, we assume it was all because of us. When our possessions grow, we vainly stick out our chest and glory in what we have done. But this is simply a reaction borne out of our pride.
Israel needed to remember, right before they entered the Promised Land, who had led them and provided for them. They needed to get this straight. God comes through Moses and gives them a strong course correction.
God is the LEADER. He is the One who sees beyond and takes us where we need to go.
God is the MULTIPLIER who takes bread and feeds a multitude.
God is the SPRING that brings the water that flows from the rock and quenches our thirst.
God is the WEALTH-CREATOR. Everything in this world was made by Him and it is His grace that gives us the strength and opportunity to work and blesses the work that we do.
God is the PROVIDER of everything we have.
This is why worship is so essential. King David understood this and this is why His Psalms survive today as our most beloved book in the Bible. When he had an opportunity to give an offering for the building of the temple, he offered it with this humble prayer:
AN UPWARD VIEW
It is critical that we pray like David. That we look up constantly and give credit where it is due. That we remember who is who; our role and His role. Without this constant focus, we will quickly begin to think the origin of everything is ourselves. And we will forget the Source of every good and perfect gift we have.
Father, forgive me for stealing glory from You. Everything I have, as David said, is “from Your hand.” Everything I see around me is by Your creating. Every ability and opportunity I experience is something You’ve given. Lord, keep me humble in my estimation of my own abilities and continually focused in praise to You. Let me never lose perspective on where I fit in the grand scheme … and who You are.
October 13, 2021
October 12, 2021
It could not be worse. God is gracious in His offering of forgiveness through Jesus Christ to all who believe. Those who come to know God and obey Him will experience the best in this life and the life to come.
But what of all those who ignore God? Who will not trust Him? Who never follow and obey the one true God? The Bible leaves no ambiguity about this, and its clarity should sober us.
October 07, 2021
My son, who is planting a church in a Northern Colorado city, intentionally took me for a walk through a sculpture garden recently that is located in a prominent spot in his large city. It was beautiful, convenient, and filled with people.
To my amazement, at every 30 yards or so, there was a stone statue. The whole garden was a prayer garden, and each statue was named. The farther we walked, the more I realized it was a garden designed to help you pray to ancestral spirits. This religion is called animism and is no different from the false religions we read of in the Scripture. Paul encountered this in Athens.