January 08, 2022
There are excruciating moments in life where there seems to be no answers. When tragedy strikes, or friends disappoint, or a marriage implodes, or a child is lost. When our worst fears become reality.
One of the first books written in the Scripture is the story of Job who faced a barrage of tragedy that shook him to his core. He vents his brokenness and confusion. He asks God why this is happening. You can hear the desperate, grieving cry of his heart in every line.
But in the middle of it all are some extraordinary words. When the fire burns all around him, a foundation stands. And this is the source of his hope and faith.
“As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last He will take His stand on the earth. Even after my skin is destroyed, yet from my flesh I shall see God; whom I myself shall behold, and whom my eyes will see and not another” (Job 19:25-27)
Although he cannot understand the present, he clearly understands the future. There is something Job knows with absolute assurance, and that knowing provides the ultimate comfort and solid confidence.
At the end of a hard life, Job will see God! The darkness of this world will be over. Just as his Redeemer rose from the cross and the grave, so Job will rise and take his stand with that Redeemer on a new heaven and earth.
One of my closest friends came home one day to find his 14-year son had been murdered. As we walked through that grief with him, he said, “I’ve been all the way to the bottom, and it’s rock solid.” God was there through all his doubts and fears and questions. The promise of our ultimate future as believers is unshakable.
And that makes all the difference.
Blessed Redeemer! Thank You that You have given promises that carry us. Thank You that our future as believers is secure and glorious. Give us faith to hold onto what You have said to carry us through to eternity.
August 11, 2022
Americans are world-class eaters. Some estimates are that the annual expenditure in the United States for all food is $1.1 trillion. We love to eat and go to extraordinary means to consume what we want. Eating provides the nutrition to live, but it’s also a means of satisfaction on a daily basis.
What we don’t realize is that there is a food group we’re missing that is the source of not only the greatest nutritional value but the highest joy. It’s estimated that less than 10% of Americans eat this food daily, even though it’s readily available.
August 10, 2022
We know whether something is valuable or worthless by comparison. A shiny, new car may look fabulous, but it is worthless if it has no engine. The ugliest car with a working machine is far more valuable for the need.
Everyone follows a god. You can pursue the gods of this world (power, pleasure, possessions) or the Lord God Jehovah. But it’s essential to do a proper evaluation.
August 08, 2022
Last Christmas, our kids gave us a gift called “Storyworth.” Every Monday, Holly and I receive a question about our lives. Apparently, these are collected in a book at the end of the year.
Today’s question was, “What’s your best relational advice?” As I looked at this question for a long time, I knew it was a call to do some needed work on my closest relationships. Multiple thoughts ran through my mind. They were convicting because I have fallen so far short of these truths. But they are true nonetheless.