Reachin’ Out and The Cross

Reachin’ Out and The Cross

  • Reach (Dictionary): To make a stretch with or as if with one’s hand; to strain after something; project; extend; to arrive at or come to something; to stretch out.
  • Reach (Bible): Stretch forth; hanker after; long for; am eager for; aspire to; to reach; hold out; complete; accomplish; and make perfect.

These days it seems there are many more ways than ever before to “reach out” with the gospel including Twitter, Facebook, etc. And each time we speak the truth of the gospel we shine like a light. That thought brought me to refocus what great men and women have done and are doing to share their faith. One example of “reachin’ out” were two men who shared their faith in amazing ways! The two men were Bernard Coffindafer and George Bennard. I found it interesting that both men had a shared name. The meaning of their name is “bold as a bear.”  They certainly lived up to that name. Their focus was on the cross!

Bernard Coffindafer

Michael Shannon provided a wonderful historical review of Coffindafer which I found to be quite interesting:

Have you ever driven down an interstate highway and saw a cluster of three giant crosses with a gold one in the middle? If you have, you have witnessed the product of the vision of Bernard Coffindafer. While he always described himself as a country boy, he was an accomplished and wealthy businessman. He also was a WWII veteran. After a serious heart attack, he had a vision for placing clusters of crosses on America’s highways. Starting in West Virginia, Coffindafer erected 1,842 clusters of crosses in 29 states. He spent his own fortune to make it happen, and drained his account from $3 million to almost nothing. And now the other half of the story.

Coffindafer died in 1993 before he could complete his goal, but others have joined in the endeavor. Led by Sara Abraham, a foundation, Crosses across America, was created to continue his mission, utilizing 14,000 volunteers. Coffindafer once said, “Not for saints or sinners. For everybody. They’re up for one sole reason, and that’s this: to remind people that Jesus was crucified on a cross at Calvary for our sins and that He is soon coming again.”

I have seen those wonderful crosses down south. They bring forth a powerful message of the Gospel and provide a testimony of what one person can achieve for God’s kingdom. His legacy lives on and they are still erecting crosses today!

George Bennard

The year was 1912 and George Bennard, an evangelist traveling throughout the Midwest, was heckled incessantly by several youth at a revival meeting in Michigan. Troubled by their disregard for the gospel, Bennard turned to Scripture to reflect on the work of Christ on the cross. He later recalled, “I seemed to have a vision.  I saw the Christ and the cross inseparable.” Bennard chose music to convey the grace of the cross. The melody came easily, and the first verse was completed by Bennard during a series of meetings in Albion, Michigan. Several months later, the remaining three verses were completed in Pokagon, Michigan, where Bennard was leading meetings at a local church. And now the other half of the story.

After completing the hymn, he performed the song in its entirety for the sponsoring pastor and his wife, Rev. Leroy and Ruby Bostwick, in the living room of the parsonage. The Bostwicks were moved to tears and incorporated the song in the revival service on June 7, 1913. Today it remains one of the most beloved hymns ever written.

The Old Rugged Cross

On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
The emblem of suffering and shame;
And I love that old cross where the dearest and best,
For a world of lost sinners was slain.
So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down,
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it someday for a crown.

Oh, that old rugged cross, so despised by the world,
Has a wondrous attraction for me;
For the dear Lamb of God left His glory above,
To bear it to dark Calvary.
So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down,
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it someday for a crown.

In the old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine
Such a wonderful beauty I see
For ’twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died
To pardon and sanctify me.
So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down,
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it someday for a crown.

To the old rugged cross I will ever be true,
Its shame and reproach gladly bear;
Then He’ll call me someday to my home far away,
Where His glory forever I’ll share.
So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down,
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it someday for a crown.

When we see the legacies of these men we are deeply touched. All of us who know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior have some unique and special gifting. We need to seek that gifting and reach out as only we can!

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Have a Blessed New Year

Have a Blessed New Year

January 1, 2017

  • Countenance (Dictionary): Face; visage;especially the face as an indication of mood; emotion; or character; bearing or expression that offers approval or sanction; moral support.
  • Countenance (Bible): Form, outward appearance; to be of good countenance, i.e. to look well; the face, splendor. 

As we entered the year 2017, I reflected on how fast time was going! If you remember the big Y2K scare of 1999, you may be surprised or even shocked to find that is was 17 years ago! Wow! Time just keeps going and is relentless. All the more to remember we need to use time very carefully.

This year, I decided to look at the New Year in a different way. Usually people say “Happy New Year”. But what if they said “Have a Blessed New Year” instead? The ability to bless is a powerful thing. We are asking God to bless someone’s life and to look upon them with great favor.

Aaron and his sons were instructed to bless Israel with a special; benediction as follows:

Numbers 6:22-27:  22 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 23 “Speak to Aaron and to his sons, saying, ‘Thus you shall bless the sons of Israel. You shall say to them: 24 The Lord bless you, and keep you; The Lord make His face shine on you, And be gracious to you; 26 The Lord lift up His countenance on you, And give you peace.’ 27 So they shall invoke My name on the sons of Israel, and I then will bless them.”

As we look at the “God breathed” blessing above we see some amazing facts:

  • God wants to bless His children;
  • God uses the priests to speak the blessing (more on that later);
  • If they release the words of a blessing, on the people, God promises to truly bless them!

The word “invoke” means to put in place, or set to kneel or bless. God was promising to “smile” upon Israel as one would smile upon a beautiful baby. The Aaron blessing asked the Lord to make His face smile on them. What a nice picture.

1 Chronicles 23:12-13:  12 Four of the descendants of Kohath were Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel.13 The sons of Amram were Aaron and Moses. Aaron and his descendants were set apart to dedicate the most holy things, to offer sacrifices in the Lord’s presence, to serve the Lord, and to pronounce blessings in his name forever. (NLT)

The Lord desired to have a priesthood before Him who also would be in charge of the sacrifices and serve to bless Israel “forever”.

The use of blessings is needed more than ever as the world struggles. Certainly, we who are parents should bless our children daily. Jacob blessed Joseph’s two sons by laying his hands on their heads (see Genesis 48:14). It would be wonderful also if parents would bless their children daily by placing their hands on their heads! Words spoken over a child in love bring comfort. They are more powerful than we know and needed morning and night.

The truth is we also are a “royal priesthood!”:

1 Peter 2:4-5:  4As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him—5you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. (NIV) 

1 Peter 2:9-10:  9But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His possession, so that you may proclaim the praises of the One who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.10Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. (HCSB) 

When Aaron and his sons ministered to the Lord, they issued blessings and praise to God. As part of the “royal priesthood”, we too are a people of praise, worship and blessings! If so, we too must learn to bless! I recall seeing a lady who was walking in darkness. Her whole visage was rigid and dark. Yet as prayer and blessing came forth over her, her whole countenance was changed! She was set free and delivered out of darkness. He rescued her from the domain of darkness, and transferred her to the kingdom of His beloved Son! And with her new countenance there was a warm and deep smile!

Perhaps there are people you know who have a sad or darkened countenance. Begin to speak blessings over them. Beseech the Lord on their behalf and ask God to restore their smile and their peace.

Countenance

I too once walked a darkened path,

With little care or love

But in the night I found His grace

Sent from high above.

I also found there had been some,

Who silently stood by me.

Their hearts of care saw my deepest need,

Silent prayers had lifted me!

You Shall Name Him Jesus

You Shall Name Him Jesus

December 25, 2016

  • Name (Dictionary): A word or phrase that constitutes the distinctive designation of a person or thing; a word or symbol used in logic to designate an entity.
  • Name(Bible): “God with us,” Immanuel, a name of Christ; to address, to call by name;

Over the centuries mankind has decided to ignore the one true God and then proceed to create its own gods. They erected centers of worship for their idols. They also named their gods with names such as Baal and Asherah and carved out their gods and covered them with gold and silver. The idol’s names usually reflected harvest, fertility and often required sacrifices on altars etc. God saw how truly lost people were. Our Father made the way, the truth and the life available by sending His Son into this world. He arrived as a baby.

God directed that the baby to be born to Mary would be named Jesus. The name Jesus literally means “Savior” in the Greek. In the Hebrew it is “Yeshua” or Joshua in English and also means Savior. It is a wonderful Name and carries much power and authority. As we read through the Old Testament we find there are many names for God. But unlike the manmade idols, God’s names define His character:

El Shaddai (Lord God Almighty)

El Elyon (The Most High God)

Adonai (Lord, Master)

Yahweh (Lord, Jehovah)

Jehovah Nissi (The Lord My Banner)

Jehovah-Raah (The Lord My Shepherd)

Jehovah Rapha (The Lord That Heals)

Jehovah Shammah (The Lord Is There)

Jehovah Tsidkenu (The Lord Our Righteousness)

Jehovah Mekoddishkem (The Lord Who Sanctifies You)

El Olam (The Everlasting God)

Elohim (God)

Qanna (Jealous)

Jehovah Jireh (The Lord Will Provide)

Jehovah Shalom (The Lord Is Peace)

Jehovah Sabaoth (The Lord of Hosts)

As we survey the names of the one true God seen above, we see His heart and love for His children. Unlike the pagan gods, we find peace, healing and grace. If we paused for a moment, we could investigate just one of the remarkable names of God. “Jehovah Raah” (the Lord my Shepherd) seemed to be the best choice based on the time of year:

Luke 2:8-14: In the same region, shepherds were staying out in the fields and keeping watch at night over their flock. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Don’t be afraid, for look, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people: 11 Today a Savior, who is Messiah the Lord, was born for you in the city of David. 12 This will be the sign for you: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in cloth and lying in a feeding trough.”13 Suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying:

14 Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to people He favors!” (HCSB)

It seems significant that the gospel was first spoken to lowly shepherds! The shepherds were from the lowest part of society.  It was difficult for them to interact with the religious leaders and their legalistic demands. They usually worked away from the mainstream because they were considered unclean. Yet God chose these lowly shepherds in their lowly estate to announce the arrival of Savior of the world!

Jesus also has many names and one of these is “the Good Shepherd”:

John 10:9-15: 9I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.11 “I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep. 12 He who is a hired hand, and not a shepherd, who is not the owner of the sheep, sees the wolf coming, and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 13 He flees because he is a hired hand and is not concerned about the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me, 15 even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.” (NASB)

Jesus gave us a very clear word picture about His shepherd’s heart. God’s choice of lowly shepherds to announce the good news of salvation was awesome! Throughout Scripture we hear the Saviors cry: 

Matthew 11:28-29:  28 “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (NASB) 

This Christmas, as sheep of the Good Shepherd, let us consider what an incredible act of love was granted to the entire world that night in Bethlehem! Sheep tend to stray and need a shepherd to protect them and lead them to good pasture. Jesus does that for all believers! Should you feel that you have wandered, just return to Jesus the Shepherd (Jehovah Raah) and let Him guide you back to His flock!

Psalm 23:1-3: The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. 3He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.” (NASB)

‘Twas the Night

‘Twas the Night

December 18, 2016

  • Darkness (Dictionary): Devoid or partially devoid of light;not receiving; reflecting; transmitting; or radiating light; arising from or showing evil traits or desires.
  • Darkness (Bible): Darkness; gloominess; calamity a shadow; thick darkness; an outline; seize tight hold of; overtake; comprehend; make blind; physically or mentally.

Christmas- the day we celebrate when the Light entered the world as a babe! Before the Light came, there was much darkness in the world. The well known Christmas poem “Twas the Night Before Christmas” was quite correct in saying there was a spiritual night (i.e. darkness) before Jesus birth. Darkness was there just as it is today but it had, and still, has no authority over the light.

Genesis 1:1-3: 1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day.” (NASB) 

As we read through the Genesis Scripture above, we see God bringing forth light and establishing light as a fundamental building block of creation. God is light and since we were made in His image, He desired mankind to have light as well. As we celebrate the arrival of THE LIGHT this Christmas, let us pause to reflect on the meaning of Christmas:

1 John 1:5-10: This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.” (NASB) 

As we celebrate the birth of Jesus, we are reminded that He came as a great light into a tiny town of Bethlehem. When we read the above 1John Scripture we see that there is an enormous contrast between Light and darkness! Darkness brings forth sin and death whereas Light brings forth forgiveness! Spiritual darkness can never overcome true Light and sadly, spiritual darkness brings forth a very dark eternity. 

John 1:4-5The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone.The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.” (NLT) 

King David knew the battle quite well and realized it had to be God, and only God who would remove the darkness in his life.

Psalm18:28:  28 You have turned on my light! The Lord my God has made my darkness turn to light.” (TLB) 

These days there seems to be darkness everywhere. How are we to respond to today’s battle against the darkness? Jesus reminds us who we are and how we are to act towards darkness.

Matthew 5:14-16:  14You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden;15 nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” (NASB)

In the letter to the Ephesians, Paul states his position on darkness with a powerful Scripture that we really must take hold of!

Ephesians 6:10-18:  10 Finally, be strengthened by the Lord and by His vast strength.11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the tactics of the Devil. 12 For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens. 13 This is why you must take up the full armor of God, so that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having prepared everything, to take your stand. 14 Stand, therefore, with truth like a belt around your waist, like armor on your chest,15 and your feet sandaled with readiness or the gospel of peace.16 In every situation take the shield of faith, and with it you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.17 Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is God’s word.18 Pray at all times in the Spirit with every prayer and request, and stay alert in this with all perseverance and intercession for all the saints.” (HCSB)

Ephesians 6 is one of those Scriptures that bring light and truth in a simple and special way. It also reveals who the real enemy is and draws a clear picture of the incredible battle light and darkness are in. So as we walk through Christmas this year let us pray to bring “The Light” in all we do and say!

Help

Help

December 11, 2016

  • Help (Dictionary): To give assistance or support to; to make more pleasant or bearable; to be of use to further the advancement of.
  • Help (Bible): To help, benefit, do good; my help; aid, relieve, do service, render help; strong enough for; shout; call aloud; proclaim.

Galatians 6:7-10: Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. 10 So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.” (NASB) 

As I grow older I find that more and more I need help for certain tasks. Help can come in many ways. Actually, people have been blessing and helping me all my life. 

I firmly believe that God has appointed people (or angels) to help us as we go through our life. I am speaking about strangers who just show up. My amazing Brothers and Sisters in Christ are always there to help me. But there are people out there that God has also reserved to help me and you and who just seem to appear at just the right time. I am quite sure all of us have the same God breathed help available in our lives! Here are a few of my real life examples which show that I may be getting older and be a title forgetful, but God has made ways to help me! 

  • A little girl ran after me at the airport carrying my passport I had dropped! She called out “Hey mister is this yours? (one of the helpers)
  • I have had many waitresses run after me with sun glasses and hats I had left on the table.
  • I signed in at the airport to check my baggage. After doing that I started to leave but a man called after me: ”Sir is this your Bible?” Of course it was! (One of the helpers).
  • Finally, I had accidentally thrown my cell phone into the cardboard recycle bin at the recycle center (I don’t want to talk any more about it). A call to the dump resulted in finding the phone! God used two young men to locate the phone! (Part of the helpers).

I have many other “incidents” where helpers have shown up! By now you probably think I am a little absent minded. That may be somewhat true but I see these moments as God directed and God breathed. And besides, look at all the strangers I get to meet!

Hebrews 13:1-2: 13Keep on loving each other as brothers and sisters. 2Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it!” (NLT)

Unscheduled, God arranged “help” moments can be looked at as unwelcomed or stressful interruptions. Or it can become an opportunity to touch a soul! One of my reasons for bringing these things up was to recall some of the many “help” moments I have experienced.  Through those remembrances, I feel a renewed thankfulness and gratitude welling up inside me.

Help Beyond Help

30 Jesus replied and said, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among robbers, and they stripped him and beat him, and went away leaving him half dead. 31 And by chance a priest was going down on that road, and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32 Likewise a Levite also, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, who was on a journey, came upon him; and when he saw him, he felt compassion,34 and came to him and bandaged up his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them; and he put him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 On the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper and said, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I return I will repay you.’ 36 Which of these three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the robbers’ hands?”  37 And he said, “The one who showed mercy toward him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do the same.”

This parable is very well known but continues to touch our hearts today. One of the first things I notice is the Samaritan felt compassion for the poor man. If someone is helping us it is probably coming from a heart of compassion! We need to receive that help as sent by God. Or, we may feel compassion for someone and help them. Blessings flow when this happens!

The second thing I noticed was that the Samaritan was on a trip. The compassion felt by the Samaritan caused him to stop his journey and to be sure the injured man was in good hands. It also appears that the Samaritan stayed overnight and continued to care for him!

The third thing I see is the compassion by the Samaritan to: “pay the bill”! He had already given the Inn keeper two days’ wages. He promised to return to pay any other money owed! Wow!

As I read this Scripture, I heard Jesus making strong points about helping… Giving help or receiving help with a compassionate heart will bring healings and blessings!

Father God increase compassion within my heart to help others-even when it seems to be a struggle or inconvenience!

The Source of True Abundance

The Source of True Abundance

December 4, 2016

  • Abundance (Dictionary): Marked by great plenty (as of resources);amply supplied; abounding (an area abundant with bird life) occurring in abundance; (abundant rainfall).
  • Abundance(Bible): Riches; multitude; abundance; honor; glory; bountiful; preciousness; costliness and worth.

Abundance is one of those special words that we use to describe the Lord. We had just studied unfathomable (see last week). God is the all time giver of all givers! All we need to do is study His phenomenal creation. Jesus set the tone for understanding abundance in our lives:

John 10:10: ”The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”(NASB)

The word “abundantly” is defined as “more, greater, excessive, exceedingly, vehemently; preeminence; and advantage. Each person needs to decide what they see as abundance in their life. We quickly see that being able to understand and discern “true abundance” is the work of the Holy Spirit. Paul is a wonderful example as he reviews part of his life and the abundance that God had given him. But we need to bear in mind the hardships Paul suffered along with his success in spreading the gospel! He was free from love of money, social status or power. He had learned the true source of contentment within God’s abundance:

Philippians 4:10-13: 10How I praise the Lord that you are concerned about me again. I know you have always been concerned for me, but you didn’t have the chance to help me. 11 Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. 12 I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little.13 For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” (NLT)

When we search out our own life abundance, we quickly see how wonderful God has been to us.

2 Corinthians 9:8-9: And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written: “They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor; their righteousness endures forever.”

There is a well known painting of an old man in a prayer of thanksgiving before he sets out to eat a meager meal. What we see in this painting is the old man’s thankfulness for the food set before him. He has found his place of true abundance! However his true abundance is not limited to the food set before him. It is the abundance of God’s fruit at work in his innermost being!

praying-man

So often people look at their personal abundance (possessions) and miss Gods heart. The Lord created the universe and this world so we could enter into His heart of abundance. It was His gift to us!

Genesis 9:7: “As for you, be fruitful and multiply; Populate the earth abundantly and multiply in it.” (NASB)

Our gracious Lord is truly Jehovah Jireh our provider! Let us always take time to appreciate what He has done for us. And may that understanding cause us to love Him more and more as we seek how He has blessed us and provided true abundance in our life.

I saw how the Lord abundantly gives,

His love so clear to see.

How He gives and forgives,

Those who seek-including you and me!

 

 

Special Words

Special Words

November 27, 2016

  • Unfathomable (Dictionary): Not capable of being fathomed;immeasurable; and impossible to comprehend.
  • Unfathomable (Bible): That which cannot be searched into, inscrutable, unfathomable; to be deep; to be surpassing or extraordinary.

“Fathom” comes to us from Old English “fæthm”, meaning “outstretched arms.” The noun “fathom “now commonly refers to a measure (especially of depth) of six feet. In one of its earliest uses, the verb “fathom” meant to encircle something with the arms as if for measuring and was also a synonym for “embrace.” The verb also developed senses synonymous with “probe” or “investigate.” It is now frequently used to refer to the act of getting to the bottom of something (figuratively speaking). People say “I just cannot fathom what they are doing!”

As Christians, we study the Bible to more fully fathom the power, the grace and the immense love of our God! A goal in this sermon was to focus on just one of the adjectives we use to describe our loving God. The adjective “unfathomable” is one of the rarely used words from Scripture to describe our God.  It’s interesting that Job used the word unfathomable:

Job 9:6-10: Who shakes the earth out of its place, And its pillars tremble;Who commands the sun, not to shine, And sets a seal upon the stars;Who alone stretches out the heavens And tramples down the waves of the sea;Who makes the Bear, Orion and the Pleiades, And the chambers of the south ;10 Who does great things, unfathomable, And wondrous works without number.”(NASB) 

Job saw God’s power and grandeur as he looked at creation. We look to the stars, like Job, and know in our innermost sprit that they were all created by God! How could anyone deny God’s power and creativity after seeing the stars? We quickly reach a place of silence and awe as we look at what God has done in His creation design. There just are no words able to capture His glory!

Romans 11:32-36: 32 For God has shut up all in disobedience so that He may show mercy to all.33 Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! 34 For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who became His counselor? 35 Or who has first given to Him that it might be paid back to him again?  36 For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.” (NASB) 

The Apostle Paul understood the love and forgiveness of God and stated plainly that God is the source of all mercy and glory! God offers a rich treasury of grace for us and it is available only through our Savior Jesus. Paul knew that! 

Ephesians 3:8-10: To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ, and to bring to light what is the administration of the mystery which for ages has been hidden in God who created all things;10 so that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places. (NASB) 

What we know is that we serve an infinite God who is Omnipresent, Omniscient and Omnipotent! These are just a few of God’s infinite attributes as He Himself is timeless and limitless in every way. God knew we were lost and had a finite or limited understanding of God’s person.  So God sent His only Son and Jesus brought a far deeper understanding of our loving God!

John 14:7-9:  “If you know Me, you will also know My Father. From now on you do know Him and have seen Him.“Lord,” said Philip, “show us the Father, and that’s enough for us.”Jesus said to him, “Have I been among you all this time without your knowing Me, Philip? The one who has seen Me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?” (HCSB)

So we see that Jesus came to reveal His Father and to bring salvation in the fullness of time. Yes, God is unfathomable, but through Jesus we now have a stronger faith and understanding of how deeply our God loves us. We may be limited by our available vocabulary but unlimited by our praise, worship and prayers! His Son on the cross-dying for me-I can only cry out ABBA Father!