Archive for March, 2017
The lot for the East Gate fell to Shelemiah. Then lots were cast for his son Zechariah, a wise counselor, and the lot for the North Gate fell to him. (I Chrionicles 26:14)
Zechariah was called a wise counselor. What a great compliment. Let us all strive to give good advice when asked.
“This is what the LORD Almighty says: “I will save my people from the countries of the east and the west. I will bring them back to live in Jerusalem; they will be my people, and I will be faithful and righteous to them as their God.”” (Zechariah 8:7–8)
The last book of the Bible, Revelation, presents us with a beautiful image of a great city that descends from heaven to earth. It’s the new Jerusalem, a huge city where all of God’s people can live.
The promise is that on that great day it won’t just be Jews that get to live in this holy city. As God says here, he will bring people from the east and the west to live with him forever.
Don’t you want to be part of that group?
But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” (Luke 10:40)
It is easy to get distracted with the busyness of doing what needs to be done. Do not forget why you do things.
“Be happy, young man, while you are young, and let your heart give you joy in the days of your youth. Follow the ways of your heart and whatever your eyes see, but know that for all these things God will bring you to judgment.” (Ecclesiastes 11:9)
We need to remind our young people that youth was meant to be enjoyed, but it was also designed to be lived in accordance with God’s principles. Young people shouldn’t be taught to sow wild oats; they should be taught to plant seeds that will yield a righteous life for years to come.
Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ. (Acts 5:42)
Do you want to see explosive church growth? Talk about Jesus all the time, everywhere you go. We have not started doing what they never stopped doing.
“I am the LORD your God, who brought you up out of Egypt. Open wide your mouth and I will fill it.” (Psalms 81:10)
God wants to do good things for us. He wants to bless us. So many times, it’s just a matter of us being willing to accept his blessings.
“Open wide your mouth and I will fill it.” The Israelites in the wilderness complained about the food God gave them. They wanted something else.
Let’s not make the same mistake. Open yourself to God’s blessings and trust that whatever he sends you will be what is best.
Then Balak said to Balaam, “Come, let me take you to another place. Perhaps it will please God to let you curse them for me from there.” (Numbers 23:27)
What pleases God does not change because we move locations. God’s will is not determined by our environment.
“He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.” (Isaiah 2:4)
What a beautiful image! Many of us long for the day when the world’s problems won’t be settled with bombs and bullets, but all will submit to the Lord’s wisdom.
Come, Lord Jesus!
When you believe in Jesus, you are never without family. Our obedience to the will of God unites us as brothers and sisters.
“The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.” (1 Timothy 1:5)
It’s amazing, isn’t it, that Paul can offer advice about resisting incorrect doctrine and opposing false teachers, then say “The goal of this command is love.” It’s amazing… but essential. We can never let a quest for truth override the need for love. The greatest commandments are love God and love your neighbor. Whenever we lose site of that, we lose our way spiritually.