Archive for June, 2012
“The LORD is slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, forgiving iniquity and transgression, but he will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, to the third and the fourth generation.’” (Numbers 14:18)
God’s love and his justice always go together. Love calls for forgiveness; justice calls for punishment. In the end, God sent his son Jesus so that he could forgive sin, yet still be a just God.
God has a long track record of mercy and love. It continues today. He loves you. He has mercy on you. Call on him for mercy and love. Then give thanks.
“Then the LORD God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for* him.”” (Genesis 2:18)
The first thing in the Bible that is declared “not good” is man’s solitude. We were meant to be in relationship, in relationship with one another and in relationship with our God.
Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it. (Hebrews 13:2)
Be nice to everyone you encounter today. You never know who you may be meeting.
“And now why do you wait? Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on his name.’” (Acts 22:16)
It’s a surprising statement that Ananias makes to Paul. Paul had spent 3 days in prayer and fasting, having seen Jesus on the road to Damascus. He obviously believed in Jesus, after that encounter, but his belief needed an expression, his faith needed to be put in action. He needed to be baptized to have his sins washed away.
This terrified them and they asked, “What have you done?” They knew he was running away from the Lord, because he had already told them so.) (Jonah 1:10)
It was in the midst of a terrrible storm. Jonah was running from God and God wanted to get his attention. How about you today? Do not run from God. Run to God. See what he has called you to do today. What message do you communicate to others today? Running from God… or to God.
He was the first to answer the call of mission, the first to recognize the specialness, the first to tell someone else of the unique find.
30 years later he was at the mercy of the authorities and he must have known that this time his life would be taken from him.
He had traveled far from his fishing village on the Sea of Galilee. He had seen Constantinople, the natural wonders of modern countries such as Greece, Romania, Ukraine, Russia and some even think Austria, and everywhere he went he told people about Jesus, the Messiah and planted new churches.
Andrew’s story is read in the first chapter of John’s Gospel:
One of the two who heard John speak and followed Him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first found his own brother Simon and said to him “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated, the Christ),. And he brought him to Jesus. (John 1:40-42)
Andrew becomes one of the four disciples most closely associated with Jesus, he was a speaker on the Day of Pentecost and then he traveled, mostly by foot. Eventually, to be tortured and crucified in the city of Patras on the Peloponnese peninsula of what is now known as Greece. The X shaped cross called a Saltire has become known as “Saint Andrew’s Cross.”
From that time by the Sea of Galilee, Andrew saw a lifetime fulfillment of Jesus’ promise to make he and Peter fishers of men. Mark 1:17
As exemplified in the life of Andrew, being a follower of Jesus is rough and costly, yet the outcome is never in doubt.
Have you been called and did you answer? What did it cost you? Was it worth it and how do you know?
“Blessed be the LORD who has given rest to his people Israel, according to all that he promised. Not one word has failed of all his good promise, which he spoke by Moses his servant.” (1 Kings 8:56)
The great promise of God for his people is rest, peace from all attacks and an end to our labors. None of God’s promises has failed nor can fail, so we can know with certainty that we too will have rest, eternal rest in the presence of our God.
Today you will a chance to interact with those who do not believe in Jesus. So be very wise in how you treat them. You are God’s plan for someone to know Jesus today so make the most of these opportunities.
“Therefore you are great, O LORD God. For there is none like you, and there is no God besides you, according to all that we have heard with our ears.” (2 Samuel 7:22)
God seems to have lots of competition in this world. Competing philosophies. Competing worldviews. A modern society that has little time for deities and religion. Yet God remains. The one God, the true God, the incomparable God.