OUR GOD IS THE MASTER OF MULTI-TASKING

September 19, 2016

Guinness World Records 2013 reported that Alex Barron holds the world record for most objects juggled: 11 objects. Intense daily practice, sharp focus and concentration helped get Alex the title. That’s quite impressive, considering that in our daily juggling – also known as multitasking – we can hardly stir the soup and answer a question simultaneously! Thankfully, that isn’t the case with God; He’s the Master Multi-tasker.

Anthropomorphology, applied throughout Scriptures, attributes human characteristics to God. Consider some of the activities He has been performing simultaneously for millennia.

“The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and His ears are open to their cry.” (Psalm 34:15) He is concerned about every detail of our lives and thinking of each of us personally, while also spinning the universe in perfect, precise synchronization. In Psalmist 139:7 we read: “How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand.”

Alex Barron’s record, while impressive, doesn’t come close to God’s record. I stand in awe of our God who is the Master of multi-tasking; but what really brings me to my knees in worship is knowing that along with everything else He’s doing, He’s thinking about me!

(Please join me each Monday of 2016 in my quest to know God better)

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OUR GOD IS SUPERLATIVELY GREAT!

August 22, 2016

Volumes have been written about God’s greatness, and many songs have been sung throughout the ages to worship our great God; yet the extent of how great He is transcends our finite minds. To keep this article simple, we’ll focus on just one proof of His superlative greatness: the stars He created.

How many stars are there? www.space.com offers an answer – give or take a few billion. By determining that our galaxy, the Milky Way contains 100 billion stars, and there are 10 trillion similar galaxies in space, scientists came up with a “1” followed by 29 zeros. Their count looks like this: 100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars!!

star-clusters-11643_1280We can’t be sure of the accuracy of those calculations, but we know this for sure: our God “counts the number of stars; He calls them all by name.” (Psalm 147:4) The Psalmist followed that truth with a spontaneous declaration: “Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; His greatness no one can fathom.” (Psalm 147:5)

Our human minds can’t fathom the number of stars, yet God created each of them, counts them, and calls them all by name! That one small – but immeasurable – example opens my eyes to see His greatness all around me, and prompts me to praise our superlatively great God!

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OUR GOD OPENS OUR EYES

July 25, 2016

 

It’s one thing to see a picture of the Grand Canyon; but it’s a breathtaking experience to stand at the rim of this tremendous abyss – one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Visiting this incredible wonder, we were impressed by the almost-sacred silence of the observers drinking in the wonder and vastness of the Canyon. Descending into it, we marveled, discovering more of its beauty; our eyes were opened to details that can’t be captured at the rim. We praised our God for His creation – and for allowing us to enjoy it!

Grand Canyon Nov. 2015

That reminds me of how God opens the eyes of our heart; our spiritual eyes. Attending church or occasionally reading a Bible verse, we look at a picture of God, but our eyes are not opened to His true magnificence. We add daily prayer, and see more of His beauty in that sacred place – like standing at the rim of the Grand Canyon. Digging deeper into God’s Word, we are amazed that He allows us to enjoy Him. That’s where God opens “the eyes of our understanding” as the Apostle Paul so aptly expressed.

Never be content with glimpsing into God’s Word or even standing at the rim; make the Psalmist’s prayer your own “Open my eyes, that I may see wondrous things from your law.” (Psalm 119:18) Go deeper with Him and God will open your eyes; you will wonder at His beauty.

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OUR GOD, OUR CREATOR

March 28, 2016

God’s creativity is beyond our imagination. All of His designs are unique and perfect; we can’t comprehend the intricacies of His creation. There are some interesting facts about the human body on www.factslides.com/s-Your-Body and here are some of them.

  • Your nose can recall 50,000 different scents.
  • Your eye can distinguish about 10,000,000 different colors.
  • Your brain, in your lifetime, can hold up to 1 million, billion separate bits of information (one quadrillion!!)
  • Your heart will pump enough blood to fill 200 train tank cars in your lifetime.

Of all the amazing facts about our bodies, one shouts out, “You are OOAK!” (One Of A Kind): your tongue print, like your fingerprint, is unique.

Our Creator God made each of us unique and special; OOAK. We were not mass produced, and we’re not clones. God is responsible for our unique existence from the moment of our conception. In Psalm 139:13,14 the Psalmist declares: “…You shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother’s womb. I thank you, High God – You’re breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made! I worship in adoration – what a creation!” (The Message)

So when you look at yourself in the mirror, stick out our tongue. It proves that you are OOAK. Then join the Psalmist in praise to our God, our Creator, who made you unique – and special!

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OUR GOD NEVER GIVES UP ON US

March 21, 2016

Two years ago, we moved into our home, a fixer-upper. Since day one, major projectIMG_20150608_075153799s have been going on: the floor plan was modified to be more functional; the bathrooms and kitchen were gutted and transformed from ceiling to floor. Even the front porch and exterior were renovated…but we’re not done yet. The project is big and progress is slow, but we’re not giving up until it’s finished!

We are God’s “fixer-uppers”. The apostle Paul says that we, who are Christ followers, are being transformed into the image of Jesus; we are in the process of being changed through the power of the Holy Spirit.IMG_20150715_170514332

God may be gutting wrong attitudes from our lives, or tearing down walls of prejudice, unforgiveness or pride. Maybe He’s restoring our faith in Him, or changing the floor plan to make us more functional. God may be peeling of the wallpaper of hypocrisy and criticism to beautify us with His grace.

Whatever God is doing in us, it’s a process. We have the confidence that “…He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:6) Even though the project is big, and the progress seems slow, He’s not giving up on us, and we can thank Him for that!

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OUR GOD WHO SAVES US

January 4, 2016

But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward men appeared, not by works of righteousness that we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us.” (Titus 3:3-6)

We can praise our God who saves us because He is kind, full of love and mercy. We can be thankful that He doesn’t save us by our works of righteousness or good deeds; because we’ve all messed up so many times that the balance would be severely tilted – and not in our favor!

Our God who saves us knew that we could never measure up to His perfect standard. That’s why “He (God) made Him (Jesus) who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)

Let’s praise our God who saves us today because of His mercy that we receive through Jesus!

(Join me every Monday in a quest to know God better in 2016)


FORGETTING GOD

October 19, 2013

It’s so easy to get caught up in our daily activities and forget God. O sure, we might say a quick prayer, read a verse or a short devotional in the morning. We might even have our radio tuned to a Christian station at home or in the car. But maybe – just maybe – all that has become so normal that it’s simply a routine and we don’t really incorporate God into our lives 24/7. We forget God.

Forgetting God was a problem as far back as the time of Moses. Several times in Deuteronomy, Moses warned God’s people to “beware that you do not forget the Lord your God…” (Deuteronomy 6:12; 8:11 NKJV) Unfortunately, they too often forgot God, who freed them from slavery, led them, protected them, delivered them and provided for every one of their needs. God repeatedly proved Himself to be powerful, sovereign, forgiving and faithful; yet “they soon forgot His works.” (Psalm 106:13 NKJV)

In Psalm 106 we can read that they forgot God’s mercies, they forgot His miraculous works, and they forgot God Himself. From examples in the Bible, we see that forgetting God has very serious consequences.

Forgetting God leads to sin. (Psalm 106:24-39)
Forgetting God leads to fear (Isaiah 51:13)
Forgetting God leads to fruitlessness (2nd Peter 2:1-9)
Forgetting God leads to doubt (Mark 8:18)

If you struggle in any of these areas, it just might be that you’ve forgotten God!

Let’s incorporate God into our lives in a greater measure, delighting ourselves in His Word. Let’s read it, meditate on it, study it, obey it and share it. When we remember often what He’s done in our lives and who He really is, He changes us. Do you want your faith to be strengthened? Would you like to have your hope to be renewed, to trust Him more and to be fruitful for Him? Don’t forget God!


GOD – OUR PROVIDER

April 28, 2013

“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink;
nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?

So why do you worry … O you of little faith?
Therefore do not worry… your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”

(Matthew 6:25-33)

This part of Christ’s “Sermon on the Mount” is very convicting. I can never read it without feeling several things: overwhelming gratitude that God values me, knows every one of my needs and provides for them, and simultaneously I feel shame for being so quick to forget that.

So to exercise my memory and boost my faith, I dug into the Word to pinpoint specific people and events where God proved Himself to be The Provider in unimaginable ways. There are countless examples, but I want to share just a few of them here:

Can you imagine that God provided for generations of a family after a young man was sold by his evil, hate-filled brothers as a slave to foreign, pagan merchants? That horrific event, followed by decades of pain and separation is exactly what God used to prove Himself to be their Provider. (Genesis 37-50). He turned Joseph’s very painful situation into a historic display of provision.

Can you imagine food falling down from heaven daily, water springing from a rock, and footwear that endured 40 years of trekking the rough desert terrain? That’s how God dealt with a grumpy, complaining, disobedient and rebellious group of people- His own chosen people – because He is a merciful Provider! In Nehemiah 9:20,21 we read “You also gave Your good Spirit to instruct them, and did not withhold Your manna from their mouth, and gave them water for their thirst.
Forty years You sustained them in the wilderness; they lacked nothing; their clothes did not wear out.”

Can you imagine the grandson of a former king being hosted at the reigning king’s table every day of his life? Mephibosheth had every reason to fall on his face before King David, because according to ancient Middle East traditions, he could have been executed so that he wouldn’t retake the throne. Yet David showed mercy to Mephibosheth, restoring all the lands to him that belonged to his grandfather Saul, and hosting him at the royal table for the rest of his life. (2nd Sam. 9) High ranking authorities can even be part of God’s plan to provide for the needs of His people!

Can you imagine the astonishment the helpless, poverty-stricken widow felt when she kept pouring oil into all the empty vessels her neighbors loaned her? God was very much aware of her need. Because of her obedience to do something bordering on ridiculous, (“Hi! Can you loan me as many jars as you can spare? I’m starting a new business and will need all the jars I can get…”) God provided not only for the moment, but a lifetime income for her! (1st Kings 4:1-7)

Can you imagine God commanding birds to carry food to his servant when the country was suffering severe drought? Can you imagine God commanding a widow to provide for him?…or an angel suddenly appearing with food that filled him enough to last 40 days and 40 nights? (1st Kings 17:4,9; 19:5-8) Those are some of the ways God proved to Elijah that He is The Provider. Elijah had no reason to think that he would starve to death!

An evil act; years of pain; daily, miraculous provision; the summons of a kind and generous king; multiplication of a meager supply; birds, widows, angels…God used unimaginable ways to prove to people of the past – and to us – that He is The Provider.

So if we have no resources, or what we have is not nearly sufficient; if we’re trying to figure out how all of our needs will be met, let’s remember this: GOD IS OUR PROVIDER! Just as He used unimaginable ways to provide for His people in the past, He CAN and WILL do it again! AMEN!


GOD’S FAITHFULNESS IN THE PAST – REASSURANCE FOR THE FUTURE!

July 14, 2012

“Your eyes have seen all that the Lord your God has done…so will the Lord do…” Deuteronomy 3:21

By looking back, we can be certain that our God (who NEVER changes!) will work in the same way in the future. Moses experienced that, and we can, too! When I have questions, doubts, concerns, I simply look at what God has done for me in the past. The monologue goes something like this:

Will God take care of me in the future?”
*   I’ve seen God lavish His goodness on me too often in the past…why would I ever doubt His care for me in the future?
“Will God ever let me down?”
*   I’ve experienced God’s faithfulness too many times up till now, to think He would ever fail me!
“Will God maybe give up on me?”
*   I’ve witnessed God’s work in my own life throughout the years in such a way that I cannot believe that He won’t finish the good work He started in me.
“Does God really hear my prayers? Will He answer me?”
*   I’ve received too many answers to even wonder if he hears and answers me!
“Will God lead me when I don’t know what to do?”
*   I’ve been led by Him to many times to think He would expect me to forge my own path!
“Will God carry me through this valley?”
*   I’ve been carried in His everlasting arms too often to think He’ll not uphold me now!
“Will God comfort my heavy heart?”
*   I’ve rejoiced in the comfort of God’s Word too many times to sulk in any situation.
“Will God always provide for my needs?”
*   I’ve marveled at God’s provision on so many occasions that I can’t even imagine Him expecting me to try to cover my own needs.
“Will God fulfill His promises?”
*   I’ve seen so many of God’s promises become reality, that I cannot doubt even one of them!

Praise God! He does NOT change, and that is why we can have reassurance for the future.


A LESSON FROM THE BLIND MAN

January 29, 2012

“Who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him.”  John 9:2,3

The disciples wanted to figure this out. Who was responsible for this man’s blindness? They had already convinced themselves that someone was at fault; someone had sinned, now they just had to find out WHO. With His reply, Jesus corrected their theology and re-directed their thoughts. Instead of “who?”…He answered a question they DIDN’T ask: “WHY?” The answer was simple: he was born blind so God would get the applause.

Jesus showed up, the blind man’s life was changed, and God got the glory. This blind man was chosen to show Jesus’ power…but before experiencing His transforming power and glory, this man lived through years of blindness, darkness, helplessness, and perhaps even discouragement and despair. But just at the right time, Jesus entered his life and changed everything…the blind man’s life was transformed, and God got the applause!

There were – and are – situations in my life that I don’t understand, don’t like, and didn’t choose. Like the blind man, I have groped in darkness. Looking back, I realize that God allows those events and orchestrates every detail so that He can work in me to transform me, so that in the end He would get the glory.

The last we read about the ex-blind man is that he believed in Christ, “and he worshiped Him.” (John 9:38) The lesson from the blind man is simple: let Jesus do what He wants to do in our lives, no matter how dark the circumstance, then worship Him.

After all, isn’t that what it’s all about?


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