Posts from category "Meditations 2020"
You know, up to-day and down to-morrow. Doing pretty well on the whole but there’s that one little thing – you thought you had it licked but – oops! You did it again. Do you ever have a feeling of inner unrest for no known reason and you ask yourself – Is God mad at me or have I done something wrong? The Holy Spirit is always prompt to convict us and make us aware of sin. He leaves us in no doubt. Sometimes we let our feelings overmaster the facts.
For the past 3 or 4 weeks the words – blotted out – have beckoned to my mind once in a while. But this morning, while I was praying, those words came with insistence and a sense of urgency.
Although you know this verse very well please read it:
1 John 1:9 – If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
How long did it take you to read it? Just a few seconds. That’s about how long some of us take for the confession of our sin to God.
The next major event on the Christian calendar is the Rapture of the Church. In recent years we have clearly seen that our world is racing toward judgment which follows the Rapture. Daniel (Daniel 12:1) describes it as a time of trouble and distress such as never was since the world began. We have seen an increase of earthquakes – floods – fire – famine, etc. in certain countries but we have not heard of any nation which expressed their need of God. Now in just a couple of months the corona virus has changed the world – bringing sickness, death, major restrictions and financial loss. There is much talk by government leaders about various strategies but the situation worsens daily.What should we Christians do? Immerse ourselves in the Word of God and be steadfast in assurance that (Psalms 103:19) God has set His throne in the heavens and His Sovereign kingdom rules over all. Our world must be brought to realize that (Daniel 4:25) the Most High rules in the kingdom of men.
Do we read the holy Scriptures rightly or do we skip ahead to the "good parts?" Just as a for instance, when we come to a familiar portion, such as 2 Samuel 6, do we skim quickly until we reach verse 2 Samuel 6:7, where we can speculate about the apparent, cruel injustice of God? Although we know from verse 3, that God would have been justified in executing many of them for the way in which the ark was transported, (contrary to the clear commands of Exodus 25:14), many of us seem to think of Uzzah as a sincere man with a mistaken yet good motive to help.
We can take marvellous journeys to paths that will profit and enrich our souls if we follow those paths.
I have often thought – how terrifying would be God’s Sovereignty if it were not for His holiness. Sovereignty – YES – and Omniscience, Omnipotence and Omnipresence. I have just said 5 wonderful, measureless truths about God. Why don’t they comfort me? Why do they leave me feeling cold and lonely? Why do they not draw me to Him but instead create a dreadful gap between us? Is that all there is to God? In all these marvellous qualities He is Perfect but – somehow – that is not enough for me. It’s enough for Him to rule and control everybody – everything – everywhere – BUT – it’s not enough for me. I can admire Him but His overwhelming power makes him seem so remote that I could not love Him and would not dare approach Him. You ask me what is wrong with me? EVERYTHING! That’s why I have so many needs. I’m going to list some of my needs and see if there is any response from heaven. (These are just a few of the many answer-filled verses in the inexhaustible Scriptures.
Before there were any humans God knew that humans would need food, water and light. So God created these things in preparation before He created humans. He did not create just seeds in the ground awaiting harvest but also produce ripe and ready for Adam’s nourishment and enjoyment.
The prophet Jeremiah wrote about what would happen to Babylon during the drunken revelries of Belshazzar 150 years before it happened. The accuracy of the details (2 Chronicles 50:51) is stunning.
I am always intrigued by the way the Holy Spirit brings a thought or scripture to my mind – then builds on it – unfolds hidden treasures – sometimes a little more over a few days – adding until the message is complete. He is so wonderful – so patient – so kind – and so essential to me. I love to listen to His teaching and He often surprises me by where He starts.