A Drop in the Bucket

A Drop in the Bucket

September 4, 2016

  • Drop (Dictionary): The quantity of fluid that falls in one spherical mass  a dose of medicine measured by drops (i.e. eye drops for dilating the pupil of the eye),minute quantity or degree of something non material or intangible; a small quantity of drink; the smallest practical unit of liquid measure.
  • Drop (Bible): To drip, drop; rain; droplets; nod in sleep, drowsy, slumber.

Isaiah 40:12-15:12 Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand or marked off the heavens with the span of his hand? Who has gathered the dust of the earth in a measure or weighed the mountains in a balance and the hills in the scales? 13 Who has directed the Spirit of the Lord, or who gave Him His counsel 14 Who did He consult with? Who gave Him understanding and taught Him the paths of justice? Who taught Him knowledge and showed Him the way of understanding? 15 Look, the nations are like a drop in a bucket; they are considered as a speck of dust in the scales; He lifts up the islands like fine dust.” (HCSB)

Isaiah is told to call out the greatness of God to encourage God’s people. In the midst of Isaiah’s exhortation, we learn that the nations of the earth are as a “drop in the bucket” and seen as a “speck of dust” compared to God’s greatness!

We have all heard the “bucket” expression and at times heard it as a “drop in the ocean.” It is an old phrase. We could take a minute to examine this picture of Isaiah’s bucket or pail and see its use in another metaphor.

If we took a 5-gallon pail where we can use an eye dropper to introduce water one drop at a time we could count the drops. What we would find is the total number of drops would be 90,840 drops- or thereabouts.  I wonder what would it take to fill all the oceans in the world with an eye dropper? One scientist has estimated the total volume of all earth’s oceans at 1400 million cubic kilometers! You do the math-my slide rule doesn’t go that high!

But one thing we learn quickly is that God cannot be described or reduced to some number or to some finite thought! God is incomparable and it is absurd to try and reduce the imagination of God to our vastly limited dimensions and minds! (n.b.Just as a side note, our scientist people estimate that the total number of stars is 300 sextillion stars or 100 billion times 3 trillion. That is the number 3 followed by 23 zeros!) Wow! Once again the numbers are impressive, but cannot begin to describe God’s greatness!

When we ponder the use of a bucket, the volume of the oceans and the vastness of outer space, we find our God has everything under control. He is intimately involved with all parts of His creation- even down to individual atoms and molecules! Numbers are interesting but our attempts to describe our God are in reality the finite trying to describe the infinite! We find if we want to truly experience God, we must learn from His Son Jesus and the things said and done by Him.

Luke 21:1-4:  21 While Jesus was in the Temple, he watched the rich people dropping their gifts in the collection box.Then a poor widow came by and dropped in two small coins.“I tell you the truth, “Jesus said, “this poor widow has given more than all the rest of them.For they have given a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she has.” (NLT) 

Jesus could have told them how much was placed in the treasury but instead focused on two small coins. So we see it is not so much about large numbers as it is about large hearts!

Jesus also brought forth a new parable which dealt with the heart and how God expects us to respond to people’s needs and hurts:

Luke 10:30-37:  30 Jesus replied with a story: “A Jewish man was traveling from Jerusalem down to Jericho, and he was attacked by bandits. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him up, and left him half dead beside the road 31 “By chance a priest came along. But when he saw the man lying there, he crossed to the other side of the road and passed him by. 32 A Temple assistant walked over and looked at him lying there, but he also passed by on the other side.33 Then a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw the man, he felt compassion for him. 34 Going over to him, the Samaritan soothed his wounds with olive oil and wine and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. 35 The next day he handed the innkeeper two silver coins, telling him, ‘Take care of this man. If his bill runs higher than this, I’ll pay you the next time I’m here.’ 36 “Now which of these three would you say was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by bandits?” Jesus asked. 37 The man replied, “The one who showed him mercy.” Then Jesus said, “Yes, now go and do the same.” (NLT)

It is interesting that the woman gave two small copper coins and the Good Samaritan required two silver coins. Both were adequate and available to be used. If we consider God’s kingdom as a metaphor of a bucket or ocean, then the very actions of grace by the woman and the Samaritan could be seen as bringing praise and glory into Gods kingdom.

Jesus has given us forgiveness and brought us into a place of grace. We now can live a life of actions that bring praise to God and be part of-metaphorically speaking- a drop in God’s bucket! Every drop of mercy and kindness dropped into His kingdom is important to the Lord and will be counted!

Romans 5:1-2: 5Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.” (NLT)

Our Hearing Aid and the Need Thereof

Our Hearing Aid and the Need Thereof

August 21, 2016

  • Hear (Dictionary): To perceive or apprehend by the ear; to gain knowledge of by hearing; to listen to with attention; heed; to give a legal hearing to; take testimony from (i.e. hear witnesses).
  • Hear (Bible): Hear beforehand; hear throughout of a judicial hearing; a report; hearken to; obey; and answer.

Luke 9:30-31, 34-35:  30 And behold, two men were talking with Him; and they were Moses and Elijah, 31 who, appearing in glory, were speaking of His departure which He was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. 33 And as these were leaving Him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good for us to be here; let us make three tabernacles: one for You, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah”—not realizing what he was saying.  34 While he was saying this, a cloud formed and began to overshadow them; and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. 35 Then a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My Son, My Chosen One; listen to Him!” (NASB)

Peter got all caught up in the moment and who wouldn’t be! He became focused on making shelters for the three men. But God the Father explained that listening to Jesus should be the primary goal! Seeking Jesus words should be a primary focus for us as well.

One serious problem we have today is the fact that people seem to be hard of hearing- that is Spiritual hearing… Some just do not want to hear what the Lord is saying and others want to but the effort is not there. Our lifestyle is so hectic and we are often so tired, we are just not able to slow down enough to hear what the heart of the Father is saying through His Son!

Luke 10:38-42: 38 As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. 39 Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught. 40 But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.” 41 But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! 42 There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.” (NLT) 

Jesus loved both women and was glad to sit and teach and beside this, was most likely grateful for a quiet moment. Whenever an opportunity presented itself, Jesus taught about the kingdom and the gospel –even when hungry and thirsty. Mary had chosen to listen to Jesus and was not distracted!

John 4:13-15:  13 Jesus replied that people soon became thirsty again after drinking this water. 14 “But the water I give them,” he said, “becomes a perpetual spring within them, watering them forever with eternal life.15 “Please, sir,” the woman said, “give me some of that water! Then I’ll never be thirsty again and won’t have to make this long trip out here every day.” (TLB)

At this encounter, the woman at the well was listening carefully and Jesus was right there and willing to teach.  The end result was a remarkable testimony by the woman and an excellent example for the Disciples!

These days many people wear hearing aids. It is even hard to tell they are wearing one.  I have had my hearing tested and have lost some ability to hear- especially in a crowd. On top of that, I have found most hearing aids to be expensive and can run into the thousands of dollars. The truth is we all need a hearing aid! Something that allows us to hear what is happening in our part of the world and elsewhere. Something that cuts out the static and background noise. But how can many people afford such a gadget.?  As it turns out we all have a perfect hearing aid and it is free!. It is called the Bible!

When we go back to the Mount of Transfiguration, we once again hear our Father saying:

“This is My Son, My Chosen One; listen to Him!” 

We must take serious heed to do what Our Father is saying. We need to sit again at the feet of Jesus the great Teacher and guardian of our soul. We need to become Mary’s with a built  in discipline of listening. Maybe we haven’t read the Gospels lately. If so, let us renew our  spirit through the study of these wonderful Books of the Bible.

The Hearing Aid of Scripture is there and it is free. It has the ability to release us from the heaviness of life and to hear Gods heart. How can we not read the Gospels?  Be encouraged this day to dive into John or any of the Gospels. They are  carefully placed there to teach us and help us to hear!

It has been awhile,

Since I sat at Jesus feet.

To hear Him teach,

And to have a time to meet.

My old friends,

Matthew, Mark, Luke and John

Filled with words so sweet,

It’s time for me to sit once more at Jesus feet.

Time for a Walk?

Time for a Walk?

August 21, 2016

  • Harmony (Dictionary): The combination of different musical notes played or sung at the same time to produce a pleasing sound; pleasing or congruent arrangement of parts (a painting exhibiting harmony of color and line); a pleasing combination or arrangement of different things a systematic arrangement of parallel literary passages (as of the Gospels) for the purpose of showing agreement or harmony.
  • Harmony (Bible): Peace, peace of mind; symphony, i.e. music; of one mind (intent, purpose), like-minded; form, shape, outward appearance; oneness, unity, unanimity.

When the Lord created our universe, there was a wonderful plan set into place. The plan had a focus on harmony and love beyond description and beyond understanding! But mankind lost sight of the true God and His intended harmony:

Romans 1:18-22:  18 But God shows his anger from heaven against all sinful, evil men who push away the truth from them. 19 For the truth about God is known to them instinctively;  God has put this knowledge in their hearts. 20 Since earliest times men have seen the earth and sky and all God made, and have known of his existence and great eternal power. So they will have no excuse when they stand before God at Judgment Day. 21 Yes, they knew about him all right, but they wouldn’t admit it or worship him or even thank him for all his daily care. And after a while they began to think up silly ideas of what God was like and what he wanted them to do. The result was that their foolish minds became dark and confused. 22 Claiming themselves to be wise without God, they became utter fools instead. 23 And then, instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they took wood and stone and made idols for themselves, carving them to look like mere birds and animals and snakes and puny men. (TLB)

Many of us have read the above Scripture and been touched by its stark truth. The other day I took a walk by the creek. It was meant to be a quiet time of self inspection. But as I walked, I heard and witnessed God at work in His creation. There were the ever present Blue Jays, the relaxing sound of the nearby waterfall, the crows, the nearby clucking of a wild turkey, and the welcoming sounds of song birds. I also saw that some trees had begun to drop their leaves while others had their leaves changing color. It was so peaceful. It was being with God and His created harmony!  When our dear Lord returns, He will restore and establish His harmony again. But in the meantime, all creation struggles awaiting His return:

Romans 8:18-23: 18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 19 For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. 23 And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body.” (NASB)

As I walked, I realized that change was there as a new fall season was about to start, and in fact was well on its way. Returning to my car and then onto the road I reflected on the differences between my creek path and the highway path. Perhaps change is happening in someone’s life and they are struggling right now. God extends His open arms to you! Seek and ask. It may be time for a walk! What do you think? 

Isaiah 55:8-12:  “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts than your thoughts. 10 “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, And do not return there without watering the earth And making it bear and sprout, And furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater; 11 So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.12 “For you will go out with joy And be led forth with peace; The mountains and the hills will break forth into shouts of joy before you, And all the trees of the field will clap their hands.” (NASB) 

This has always been a favorite Scripture. It calls to me and reveals my need to slow down and truly see God’s creation through the eyes of the Holy Spirit.

THE GARDEN

 I come to the garden alone

While the dew is still on the roses

And the voice I hear falling on my ear

The Son of God discloses.

 And He walks with me and He talks with me,

And He tells me I am His own;

And the joy we share as we tarry there,

None other has ever known.

 He speaks and the sound of His voice,

Is so sweet the birds hush their singing,

And the melody that He gave to me

Within my heart is ringing

 I’d stay in the garden with Him

Though the night around me be falling,

But He bids me go; through the voice of woe

His voice to me is calling…

The Trapper

The Trapper

August 14, 2016

  • Trap (Dictionary): Something who catches or takes in or as if in a trap; to place in a restricted position;  to engage in trapping animals; something by which someone is caught or stopped by surprise.
  • Trap (Bible): Snare; calamities; craving; deadly; desire; destruction; or greed.

Psalm 124: Had it not been the Lord who was on our side, “Let Israel now say,
“Had it not been the Lord who was on our side When men rose up against us,
Then they would have swallowed us alive, When their anger was kindled against us;Then the waters would have engulfed us, The stream would have swept over our soul;Then the raging waters would have swept over our soul.”Blessed be the Lord, Who has not given us to be torn by their teeth.7 Our soul has escaped as a bird out of the snare of the trapper; The snare is broken and we have escaped.Our help is in the name of the Lord, Who made heaven and earth. (NASB) 

We can learn a lot from David in Psalm 124. He recounts Gods’ protection and remembers to offer praise to the Lord for His wonderful grace. This should be our attitude as well!

As we study Psalm 124 we see David recalling events of God’s sovereign will which saved His people. The importance of these unnamed events are captured in the phrase:“Had it not been the Lord who was on our side, “Let Israel now say, “Had it not been the Lord who was on our side.” He wanted his nation to remember what God had done and how He had delivered Israel. As born again believers we know without God’s mercy and grace and salvation- through Jesus- we would have been spiritually blind and entered into a Christ less eternity! Let us have a constant attitude of thankfulness as we remember God’s salvation, deliverances and protection in our life!

There are times when we may feel overwhelmed by people or things in our life. Things that are stressful, hurtful, unexpected and in many cases have a presumptuous authority about them. We have certainly seen the Trapper-the devil- come against us and others. He is the one who sets snares for Gods people so they might be destroyed or removed from fellowship!  One of the Trappers most successful snares is that of creating an offense within the church that leads to strife. Peter warns us about the Trapper and to be on the alert:

1 Peter 5:8: Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” (NASB)

David talks about a great overwhelming stream of raging water in Psalm 124, verses 2-5:

When their anger was kindled against us; 4Then the waters would have engulfed us, The stream would have swept over our soul;5 Then the raging waters would have swept over our soul.” 

This is a good picture of a Tsunami. We need to remember that the Tsunami results from a deep, hidden place underwater and is initiated by an earthquake. It is a picture of the Trapper’s attempt to snare or trap us! Those “raging waters” come from darkness . It can even be like a flood of words that can kill or drown our soul!

David also talks about the attack by “teeth that tear” in verse 6:

6Blessed be the Lord, Who has not given us to be torn by their teeth. 

When I read this short passage it reminds me of the world’s blatant assault on the Book of Genesis through the lie of evolution. It is as if their words and actions are trying to shred God’s truth! We need to be fixed in the truth given us by God!

God’s word is always there to provide wisdom and strength. Paul and David also remind us, from the word, of our great deliverance of God:

Ephesians 2:1-2: 1And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience.” (NASB) 

Psalm 124:7-8: Our soul has escaped as a bird out of the snare of the trapper; The snare is broken and we have escaped.Our help is in the name of the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.” 

It is good to recognize and be prepared for the Trapper’s work, but more importantly, it is to recognize what Jesus has done in our lives! David offers  additional wisdom in Psalm 121: 

Psalm 121:1-8: I lift my eyes toward the mountains. Where will my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.He will not allow your foot to slip; your Protector will not slumber.4 Indeed, the Protector of Israel does not slumber or sleep.The Lord protects you; the Lord is a shelter right by your side]The sun will not strike you by day or the moon bynight.The Lord will protect you from all harm; He will protect your life. The Lord will protect your coming and going both now and forever.” (HCSB) 

You may be struggling  with events or people in your life. But take heart, GOD IS THERE FOR US. The Trapper may be prowling but Jesus has pulled its teeth!

Psalm 95:6-8: Come, let us worship and bow down, Let us kneel before the Lord our  Maker.For He is our God, And we are the people of His pasture and the sheep of His hand.” (NASB)

The Value in Valuing

The Value in Valuing

August 7, 2016

  • Value (Dictionary): Something (as a principle or quality) intrinsically valuable or desirable; a fair return or equivalent in goods, services, or money for something exchanged; relative worth, utility, or importance.
  • Value (Bible): Of great value; value at a price, estimate; I honor, reverence; worthy, worthy of, deserving, comparable, suitable; of great price, precious, honored.

We look at the world and see how the world values life and material things. On one hand people have placed a high value on certain paintings and on the other hand we see people strapping on a bomb to kill themselves and others. One values life and the other does not. One values wealth and another does not. Most people value family at some level. But how does God see us? Are we really valuable? If we know that, then we can see the value in valuing ourselves and others from Gods perspective!

Genesis 1:26-27:   26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the [a]sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. (NASB)

The creation clearly shows Gods love and the value He has placed on us by making us in His image! Through creation, God gave mankind the oversight while He maintained ownership. In doing that, God revealed how much value we have! There are so many examples of how God values us. It is possible that you may not have seen yourself as valuable- but you are! Let’s look at what God did at Nineveh. Even though they had strayed far away from faith in God, He sent Jonah to warn them that in 40 days they would be taken into captivity. 

Jonah 4:11:  11 And why shouldn’t I feel sorry for a great city like Nineveh with its 120,000 people in utter spiritual darkness and all its cattle? (TLB) 

God had sent Jonah to proclaim a warning and it took three long days to walk the city to be sure all would hear! After day one, people began to repent and in the end the city was spared! God had decided to give the city one more chance because, in spite of them. Evidently God saw value there and God gave grace. Exactly how valuable are we today? It turns out we are incredibly valuable in God’s eyes! Each of us is unique and specially gifted. Because we are made in God’s image we are treasured by God and need not worry about our life because it is in God’s hands: 

Matthew 6:25-34:  25 “For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? 27And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? 28 And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, 29 yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! 31 Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ 32 For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.34 “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (NASB)

As we read the above Scripture, we see God loves us and intends to care for us. As Jesus looked upon those lost, we too should look out for those lost! Jesus saw their plight and had compassion and told His followers there is a need for workers with compassion. Jonah did not understand that need but in the end grace prevailed even though Jonah opposed God’s plan.

Matthew 9:36-37:  36 And what pity he felt for the crowds that came, because their problems were so great and they didn’t know what to do or where to go for help.  “The workers are so few,” he told his disciples. (TLB)

So, we see we are indeed of great value in God’s eyes as we value others- like Jesus!

John 3:16-17:  16“For God so loved the world, that He gave His[a]only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. (NASB) 

1 Corinthians 6:20:  For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body. (NASB)

After reading the above Scriptures, we can return to the question, ”Are we valuable or does anyone truly care about our time here on earth?” The truth is we are loved by the Lord and it is time to look at our hearts to see if we are truly valuing what God has done for us. It cost God His Son to free us. It was a huge cost, indeed. We can now walk with open eyes and look up and not down!

A walk in time,

How short it seems!

Yet our Father

Forever redeems.

Righteousness

Righteousness

July 31, 2016

  • Righteousness (Dictionary): Acting in accord with divine or moral law :  free from guilt or sin  morally right or justifiable; arising from an outraged sense of justice or morality (i.e. righteous indignation).
  • Righteousness (Bible): Rightness; holiness, godliness, piety; cleanness, pureness.

The word “righteousness” is a word sometimes misunderstood but very important. This word is used close to 400 times in the Bible. Righteousness also means equity, innocence and holiness.

The path to righteousness lies directly through the cross! It is at the cross our sins are forgiven and at the cross we see God’s righteousness. Righteousness isn’t something you do. Righteousness is something you receive- a free gift from God. And the simplest definition is “to have right standing with God.”

Philippians 1:9-11:  My prayer for you is that you will overflow more and more with love for others, and at the same time keep on growing in spiritual knowledge and insight, 10 for I want you always to see clearly the difference between right and wrong, and to be inwardly clean, no one being able to criticize you from now until our Lord returns. 11 May you always be doing those good, kind things that show you are a child of God, for this will bring much praise and glory to the Lord. (TLB)

For someone to be righteous we must rely totally on God and His power to soften and change our heart.  Coming to God in full surrender and faith births righteousness! Further in Philippians we once again see Paul revealing that righteousness comes from faith:

Philippians 3:8-11:  More than that, I also consider everything to be a loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. Because of Him I have suffered the loss of all things and consider them filth, so that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own from the law, but one that is through faith in Christ—the righteousness from God based on faith. 10 My goal is to know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death,11 assuming that I will somehow reach the resurrection from among the dead. (HCSB)

Jesus points out that first there is a need to become a seeker of God’s righteousness and kingdom. It is us responding to the Holy Spirits’ call to surrender and to yield our lives to Jesus Christ. Out of our surrender, we will be granted forgiveness and righteousness and begin our walk with Jesus. It is the blood of Jesus and His grace that saves us!

Matthew 6:32-33: 33But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.34 So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (NASB) 

Out of Him, and only Him, does righteousness flow into our spirit. 

Romans 10:9-13: that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; 10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed.”  12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; 13 for “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (NASB)

And there is that wonderful old hymn: “My hope is Built on Nothing Less”:

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

God of Wonders

God of Wonders

July 24, 2016

  • Creator (Dictionary): One that creates usually by bringing something new or original into being; especially capitalized God
  • Creator (Bible): A founder, creator, God; Father; create, form, shape, make, always of God.

Our universe is beyond description! It is the ultimate perfection and beauty that reflect Gods’ very nature and His passionate love for the universe. Sometimes we need to just stand back and take some moments to reflect on His gift of creation. The Apostle Paul provided a clear statement on Gods’ universe in Romans:

Romans 1:18-25For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. 21 For even though they knew God, they did honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. 24 Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. 25 For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. (NASB)

Paul saw the world and its grandeur through the Holy Spirit anointing! He saw how mankind made idols to worship a God that they some selves created. Today many see Gods creation through a veil or through the looking glass of “evolution.”So it is all ways worth taking a moment to look again at our Lords awesome creation. The selection of what to study is no easy task because the universe is so complex. A brief focus on electricity could be an interesting starting point.

We see electricity throughout Gods universe including lightning (very obvious),eels, sharks (not so obvious) and even the core of the earth! Deep inside the Earth are huge electric currents generated from the spin of the Earth’s iron core. These electric currents subsequently create a magnetic field that extends well beyond the Earth and into outer space. The Earth’s magnetic field is important because it protects us from the solar wind of the Sun. Without the protection of the magnetic field, there would likely be no life on earth. The magnetic field also enables the use of compasses to tell direction. But we also know that human beings have been created with quite an electrical network within our bodies! The electricity produced within our bodies is what allows synapses, signals and even heartbeats to occur. Without our amazing ability to send electrical messages throughout the body, we would quickly die.

Psalm 139:14:  14Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! It is amazing to think about. Your workmanship is marvelous—and how well I know it. (TLB) 

Thunderstorms are an amazing electrical component of God’s creation.! An average storm produces 10 million KW hours of power. In addition, An average storm lightning bolt produces temperatures of 50,0000 ͗F. In turn, the lightning breaks down molecules and produces nitrogen fertilizer which is a key component of each storm. It is estimated that each minute there are several hundred thunder storms in process each day! 

Job 37:1-8:  1My heart pounds at this and leaps from my chest.Just listen to His thunderous voice and the rumbling that comes from His mouth.He lets it loose beneath the entire sky; His lightning to the ends of the earth.Then there comes a roaring sound; God thunders with His majestic voice. He does not restrain the lightning when His rumbling voice is heard.God thunders marvelously with His voice; He does great things that we cannot comprehend. For He says to the snow, “Fall to the earth, “and the torrential rains, His mighty torrential rains,serve as His sign to all mankind, so that all men may know His work.The wild animals enter their lairs and stay in their dens. (HSBC)

In the Book of Job, we see God asking Job some very thought provoking questions. These same questions should cause people to stand back and examine their understanding of this universe:

Job 38:33-37:  33Do you know the ordinances of the heavens, Or fix their rule over the earth?34 “Can you lift up your voice to the clouds, So that an abundance of water will cover you?35 “Can you send forth lightning’s that they may go And say to you, ‘Here we are’? 36 “Who has put wisdom in the innermost being Or given understanding to the  mind?37 “Who can count the clouds by wisdom, Or tip the water jars of the heavens… (NASB)

God’s majesty is seen

Wherever we choose to go.

In the pounding waves

In the stores of snow.

If we could see the stars up close

And touch His works of grace.

We would quickly kneel with arms outstretched

To seek His glorious face.