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Decisions

What does God know about you? Does it color His responses to you or is He oblivious to that knowledge? The psalmist speaking under inspiration of the Holy Spirit said this, "He knows how we are formed; he remembers that we are dust. As for man, his days are like grass, he flourishes like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more." (Psalm 103:14-16) God knows what we are made out of. It was the ground which He put in His hand to fashion Adam, then, He breathed into him the breath of life. So, man is made out of dirt and he is transient like grass or a flower, fading when the winds of time blow over him. Soon he is gone and remembered no more. Since this is the case, then what place should God have in your discussions and decisions? Jeremiah said in his prayer to God, "I know, O Lord, that a man's life is not his own; it is not for man to direct his steps." (Jeremiah 8:23) Okay, this suggests that man needs God…

Popular

What is the most efficient and productive way to become popular? You may ask, "why are you talking about this?" The answer is because the world has taught us that to become popular you must bend your words and actions to the will of others. However, God says something 180 degrees different. The wise King Solomon determined by thought and watched action that "every man shall kiss his lips that giveth a right answer." (Proverbs 24:26) In the NIV Bible it is not as strong when it says, "An honest answer is like a kiss on the lips." What Solomon is saying is that you gain the hearts of men by being honest much more than by being sympathetic and favorable. Absalom was deceitful in his efforts to turn the hearts of Israel away from King David. He said if he was their judge, he would "get justice" for them. His lies and dishonesty led to a brief allegiance but ended with his horrible death. (2 Samuel 15:1-6) To be honest is to not lie, cheat, or steal. I…

Sand and Sin

Most of us have laid on a beach and walk on the sand that stretches between the ocean and the land. The salt waters monotonously and persistently crash onto that sand and are diffused by it. Only in an extreme weather situation does the sea succeed in overpowering the sand but in the end it falls back to its original position. God said through his prophet Jeremiah, "I made the sand a boundary for the sea, an everlasting barrier it cannot cross. The waves may roll, but they cannot prevail; they may roar, but they cannot cross it." (5:22) Solomon in Proverbs 8:29 speaking of the sea said, "when he [God] gave the sea its boundary so the waters would not overstep his command." And the psalmist echoed this when he spoke of the receding waters that covered the earth in Noah's time, "You set a boundary they [the waters] cannot cross; never again will they cover the earth." Barnes in his commentary on the verse in Jeremiah said, "The sea is the symbol of…

Bigger View

It's easy to see a person only from one perspective. Maybe you see them as the person who sits in the cubical at work next to you. You see them work hard, take coffee breaks, laugh at a humorous story, and always be glad for Fridays. But they are much more than a fellow-worker, they can be a father, a brother, a son, an admirer of fast cars, a church goer, and a music lover. There can be a sense that we see Jesus from only one perspective, that being the savior of the world, and though it is not a wrong perspective it still does not give us a full  understanding of Christ. He has three names, Jesus Christ the Lord. Jesus is his earthly name, Christ refers to his role as Messiah, and Lord refers to his position over all things. Paul in Colossians expands this when he says that Jesus Christ the Lord is creator of all things (1:16); predecessor of all things (1:17a); holder together of all things (1:17b); supreme over everything (1:18); and the reconciler of all things to God the Fathe…

Purpose

We sometimes wonder about our importance in the world and might even say of ourselves, "I am but a small drop in a large ocean, so how could I do anything that would make a difference in this world?" That is looking at your situation from the wrong perspective. How about if you look at it from God's perspective? Jeremiah was a twenty-something when he was called by God to become a prophet, however, God says some interesting things about Jeremiah's previous relationship to Him. "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart: I appointed you as a prophet to the nations." (Jeremiah 1:4) Here we see that before the conception of Jeremiah he was known by God and during his nine months of gestation in the womb of his mother God designed him for a special purpose. He set him apart to it. He was purposed and appointed to a task for God even before he entered this world as a baby. This is your past story, also. The psalmist said, &quo…