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Trust In God

A young man is uprooted from his country and family and taken to a foreign land by the army of a powerful king. His values and convictions are tested and he comes through this to rise to a powerful position in the empire. Sounds like a movie in the making but this is the story of Daniel and his captivity in Babylon. (Daniel 1-2)
His journey in life and the journey of Joseph (Genesis 37) pose an interesting question. Is God always working good when it seems by all intents and purposes that the events of life are out of His control?
The answer to this is found in the simple but revealing proverb "The king's heart is in the hand of the Lord; he directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases." (Proverb 21:1)
We have a tendency to think that God is only working when we see it so evidently but even when it is dark and discouraging He is at work. God is always in charge whether it be good times or bad, war or peace, captivity or freedom. He is turning hearts, directing His …

Light

Have you ever tried to find something in a full closet? I have such a closet that has many things in it and in order to find what I am looking for I have to use the light of a flashlight to brighten its recesses. Light and darkness are mutually exclusive. Light causes darkness to disappear. We see this every morning as the sun rises the darkness fades.
This illustrates the difference deep within us. Jesus said to Nicodemus in a famous discussion about being re-born, "This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed." (John 3:19-20)
There seems to be more crime at night than in the day. This is due to the cloak of darkness that hides the face and the activity. We have gone the way of darkness and the only solution for this is to bring the light of Jesus Christ into our lives. Jesus went on t…

Words

In April and May of 1933 the Third Reich began a purge by fire of "un-German" books. There were upwards of 25,000 volumes burned to "purify" German language and literature from "Jewish intellectualism." It was all an orchestrated campaign to smear Jewish writers and what they had said. At the meetings, students threw books on the fire with gladness, bands played nationalists songs, and there were oaths and incantations. This was a symbolic action said Joseph Goebbels to demonstrate the end of the republic and the rebirth of the new German spirit.
Book burning is a demonstration of disagreement with the author's message. It was so in the reign of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, in 605BC. Jeremiah spoke a message from God of the coming destruction of Judah. It was written on a scroll by Baruch and then read before the princes in Jerusalem. They feared greatly and spoke to the king who then asked Jehudi to "fetch the roll." "Whenever Jehudi had…

Substitutes vs Real Things

You have seen them and so have I, knock offs of designer gowns, handbags, wallets, cars that look like a Mercedes or BMW but are fashioned cheaper. There are fake oil paintings multiplied into the hundreds. Sex tries to be a substitute for love but cannot live up to all that love is.
Jeremiah talked about idols as substitutes. They were not able to speak or hear and yet people treated them as powerful gods. So, what was Jeremiah's remedy for idolatry? It was to be captured by the majesty and grandeur of God, the one true God, and the living God.
He expressed it this way, "These gods, who did not make the heavens and the earth, will perish from the earth and from under the heavens. But God made the earth by his power; he founded the world by his wisdom and stretched out the heavens by his understanding." (Jeremiah 10:11-12)
These three attributes: power, wisdom and understanding, are ingredients of a real God. The creation of the material world out of nothing was an act …