Saturday, August 23, 2014

Love the Lord

Thank You Lord

"In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."  1 Thessalonians 5:18

It is a particularly difficult time to be grateful in the world today.  News of persecuted Christianin Iraq are heart-breaking and war in the Holy Land rages on.  

Yet God says to thank Him at all times.  He knows each hair that falls from my head and your head and He is on control.  Even when we don't see His hand moving.

So I will thank Him for today.  

An unexpected blessing was a conversation I had with an atheist.  He said that whenever he talks to me he doesn't know why but he is at peace.  I told him it is the love of God that he feels through me.  He was not offended but seemed to digest the words slowly.  It's been years I've known him but I could only share buts and parts about my faith.  So today I hope I have planted the seed for him to know of God's redeeming love.

I was watching a film on Youtube "Evolution vs God" https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=U0u3-2CGOMQ.  I was amazed at people saying a rose was not intelligently designed.  It became clear to me that people were putting their faith on scientists instead of in the living God.


Friday, August 22, 2014

From Trouble to Trust

I'm sure you'll agree with me that the news is pretty disturbing nowadays.  Sometimes I think my sister is on the right track. She doesn't read the news.

My dad celebrated his 88th birthday last August 18 and in his wry sense of humor he let me sing the morose version of Happy Birthday.  Something that goes like this (but my voice is cheerier)  It's not my favorite version but it's descriptive of the times.

 War, oppression, trouble.  This was not the only time in history when people wanted to say "Why?".

The prophet Habakkuk was talking to God and asking why evil prevailing.  God told him to "just wait and see".  (Habakkuk 1:1-4)


I think Habakkuk realized that the question of suffering could only be answered by God and He went on to realize that God was bigger than all of this.


"See, the enemy is puffed up; his desires are not upright-- but the righteous person will live by his faithfulness"  Habakkuk 2:4

The righteous will live by faith.  They will put their faith in a faithful God.


My favorite verse from the Book for Habakkuk follows:

"Though the fig tree does not bud
    and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails
    and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen
    and no cattle in the stalls,

yet I will rejoice in the Lord,

    I will be joyful in God my Savior."
Habakkuk 3:17


God is faithful!  His promises are sure!

So when you are tempted to be problematic, just praise!
instead of worry, worship!
instead of be doubtful, believe!
instead of complain, claim His promises!

"The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all"  Psalm 34:19

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