June 04, 2020
If is easy to forget God, which is our greatest problem. We become consumed with our daily lives and begin to believe that we are the center of the universe, that no one can quite make it without us. The remedy for this is to read our Bibles to see God, to gaze long at Christ, (who was God in human flesh), and to be awed by God in creation. To remember who God is.
When we turn our gaze upward, we realize the truth of what God said through Isaiah.
HE IS ABOVE
There is but one God. The earth is merely his footstool. This is not an arrogant assertion by God, but a simple statement of reality. A truth essential to remember. If we get this wrong in our thinking, then everything we think is wrong. The world quickly loses its order when this understanding is lost.
We did not make the earth or the things on the earth: God did. We cannot confine Him. If you try to say to God, "Why don't you swing by my house and take a rest?" He reminds us that He made our house. Everything that exists is here by His pleasure. In fact, every cell of our bodies and intricacies of our mind and heart were fearfully and wonderfully made by God.
WE ARE NOT
It's important to get in the right frame of mind about Him. When we see this, we are quickly awakened to reality. And our first thought is: "How could I possibly have a relationship—as sinful and small as I am—with this God?" Anticipating this, God responds.
"...but to this one I will look, to him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My Word." (vs. 2b)
This sovereign, omnipotent Creator declares that we have His attention if we come to Him rightly. He does not dwell with the proud man who thinks he knows better than God. The one who will not pay attention to what the Almighty says.
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The proud man will never have a relationship with God. This is not because God does not long for it, but because the man thinks he does not need such fellowship. And this is a man’s greatest deception and deepest loss.
God looks for men who look for Him. In fact, He longs for fellowship with us. He sent His only begotten Son to die for us that we might be reunited to Him and enjoy Him forever. If you come to Him, He will meet you, and it will be His pleasure and yours.
Father, as I read these verses once again, I am graciously put back in place. Thank You that You are higher, greater, above all. But thank You, most of all, that You are perfect in Your love and desire toward me. Thank You that there is a way that I can approach You because of Your Son’s sacrifice and my faith in Him. Thank You that my place is at Your feet and there You lift me up to behold and enjoy You forever. Let me never forget.
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.