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Timing

Have you ever experienced a gift of money coming at just the right time? How about being at the right place at the right time? How about all the circumstances working out to make everything turn out right for you? Timing is sometimes something we have no hand in, it just happens to us, but God's timing is created by Him. Consider Jesus' entrance into this world. Why did he come when he did? What made that time so special? His birth into the world was unique. Never before or since has the world unwittingly been so focused on any event. God was working on Emperors and Rulers to create just the right climate for His Son to enter. Several places writers in the Bible speak to this: Romans 5:6 says, "at just the right time"; Galatians 4:4 "when the time had fully come"; 1 Timothy 2:6 "in its proper time"; and Luke 2:31 "which you have prepared in the sight of all people." The following major adjustments allowed for the quick spread of the gospel…

Ten

On the morning of the third day after the people of Israel had arrived at Mt. Sinai, which was exactly two months after they left Egypt, thunder roared and lightning flashed and a dense cloud descended over the mountain. I'm sure the people of Israel were scarred and wondering what the next step would be in their journey to the Promise Land. Moses was called up by God to speak with Him on the mountain. This was not a magician's trick, but a moment long to be remembered by Israel. Moses was sent back down to warn the people not to approach the mountain and also to have Aaron come back with him. God gave "instructions" to them both which were called the Ten Commandments. These two stone tablets were "inscribed with the terms of the covenant, written by the finger of God." (Exodus 31:18) You would have thought that because God knows everything He would have written a duplicate set, knowing that Moses would go down and find the people worshiping a golden calf ido…

Secrets

A secret is hidden in the heart; something that is known by one or some, and kept from others. It is held there for fear of what would happen if it was ever revealed. There are secrets at every level of society: in individuals, in families, and in government. David "sent messengers to get her [Bathsheba]; and when she came to the palace, he slept with her." (2 Samuel 11:4) This was kept secret and so was the fact that she had conceived a child. Because of this secret, David sent a letter to Joab, commander of his army who was engaged in a battle with David's enemies. He secretly instructed him to put Uriah, Bathsheba's husband and one of the mighty warriors in the army (1 Chronicles 11:41), in a place where he would be killed in the battle. These two secrets (adultery and murder) were held in David's heart until Nathan revealed to David that God knew about them. The psalmist proclaimed under inspiration, "You spread out our sins before you—our secret sins—and …

Emotion

One of the key ingredients to the soul is emotion. It stands alongside the mind as the two great influencers of the will. But fury without knowledge is like a dissipating wave on the sea shore; unable to be sustained. Solomon was the wisest of all kings, said so by God, and he studied humanity to learn important lessons. He said, "Better to be poor and honest than to be dishonest and a fool. Enthusiasm without knowledge is no good; hast makes mistakes." (Proverbs 19: 1-2) An uninstructed child acts rashly. This child grown into an ignorant adult becomes a person of impulse and impatience which leads them to assumption, false accusations, and misunderstanding. Ignorance gives way to perpetual folly. There is a balance between the mind and emotion that helps a person grow and expand into adulthood. Truth and reason need to dominate the mind's landscape. They need to have full reign but are held back when emotion takes over center stage. Chalmers is quoted as saying, "It i…

Chiggers

Adult chiggers are a bright red mite that crawl on the ground. The adult female is 1/20th of an inch long, but the larvae are a mere 1/150th of an inch. They can cause you several days of irritation. Chiggers exist in tall grass, weeds and heavily shaded areas because these are moister. They raise their arms to catch on to our clothing. Once on us they attach their mouths to the skin around a hair follicle or a pore and secrete saliva that digests the skin cells which they then eat. Yuch! Bites occur most commonly where clothing fits tightly: ankles, back of knee, waist, belt line, wrists and armpits. Repellents applied to shoes, stockings and pant cuffs deter them. The best repellents contain either DEET or permethrin. Another way to keep them off you is to keep lawn areas mowed and use insecticides containing acaricide, sevin and cyfluthrin to lower chigger populations. Once bitten, the only way to stop the itching is to seal off the wound from air. Use products such as Vaseline, cold …

Contentment

Where does your contentment lie? Many believers put it in the possessions they own or the money they have amassed. To keep ourselves in perspective, God's Word challenges us in the following way: The writer of Hebrews said, "Don't love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, 'I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.'"  (Hebrews 13:5) The love of money is a danger that we must avoid if we are to live by faith. Satisfaction for the believer cannot be found in the material. In fact, if you are not satisfied with what you have, then the following could be true of you: You are not thankful for God's provision for youYou are disappointed in your "lot" in lifeYou are "enticed and drawn away" to having more than you presently have and that is a form of greed.You may be jealous, envious of others stuff (keeping up with the Jones' syndrome)You are not resting in God which is contentment, j…

One Race

Today it’s hard to go a night watching television without hearing about some ancestry company that promises to give you some keys into your personal lineage. The suggestion is that most of us don't know where we have come from and therefore don't know why we do the things we do. When we do know our lineage it makes us more rooted and aware of who we are. Lineage has always been an important part of telling stories. We see it used in Matthew 1 and Luke 3 to show us where Joseph and Mary came from and that they were both in the line of King David. Several places in the Old Testament the lineage of Israel (Jacob) are shared because after Genesis 11 the focus is no longer on the whole of the human race but specifically focused on Israel's roots. Now you may come to 1st and 2nd Chronicles and suggest that it is not important, mostly just a bunch of names and certainly not as entertaining as 1st and 2nd Samuel and Kings. But consider that the writer is penning this book after the …