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Mediator

We often need a mediator to help us work out differences with another person. It doesn't have to be a professional counselor. It could be a good friend who knows how to listen and help two parties clear the air. But, when you think about a mediator that would stand between you and God, well, that's a different matter. Job, who was a contemporary of Abraham, went through some good times and also some very excruciating times. He lost his herds, his children, other wealth and his health. It was painful and through it all he disagreed with his three "friends" who had their own opinion of the reason for his troubles. Bildad was a Shuhite, a tribe that dwelled west of the Euphrates River in the land of Uz. Zophar the Naamathite lived east of the Jordan River and was a coarse talker. Eliphaz the Temanite was an aged man out of the lineage of Esau. Teman was an ancient chieftain among the Edomities, renowned for their wisdom. These three moralistic "friends" were uni…

Death

Late yesterday afternoon (8/23/2017) a good friend moved on from this life to the next. Dave had been very successful in his work and in his family. He had done good things for those around him. He had been a testimony to God. So, now he is free. Now, he is in heaven. My readings today in the Bible have amplified this moment for me. Here are a few: "The life of every living thing is in His [God's] hand, and the breath of every human being." (Job 12:10) "How frail is humanity! How short is life, how full of trouble! We blossom like a flower and then wither. Like a passing shadow we quickly disappear…You [God] have decided the length of our lives. You know how many months we will live, and we are not given a minute longer." (14:1-2, 5) "When people die, their strength is gone…people are laid to rest and do not rise again. Until the heavens are no more, they will not wake up nor be roused from their sleep." (14:10-12) Job's limited perspective is augmen…

Godly

There are individuals that are identified as godly because their lives exhibit attributes that can be seen in God. Reading through Psalm 37:13-40 you can see descriptors of a godly life. Godly people are "those who do right." Those who are "innocent;" no one can pin blame on them. They "offer good counsel" and "teach right from wrong." These people are "generous givers," although they are not necessarily rich. They receive an eternal inheritance; and are not disgraced in hard times. And, the Lord "takes care" of them; their steps are directed by God; He holds their hand and they are never abandoned but are rescued by God. We can be deceived into thinking that doing the actions that are godly are what we need to do to be godly but God indicates that being godly does not find its origins in actions but rather in an inner life connected to God. Being godly is an internal state of being that will express itself in good attitudes and …

Solution to Prejudice

We have to admit that we don't see things clearly much of the time. We encapsulate our conclusions in a shell which includes prejudices, impressions (whether real or false), and assumptions. These lead us away from the truth or the reality of the situation. After all who can see into the heart of a person? Who can know their motives? Our conclusions are futile and fatal to relationships. They turn into actions which separate rather than unite. So, what is the solution to prejudice? It is love. "Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance." (1 Corinthians 13:4-7) Paul spoke these verses to a church that was enmeshed in worldly activities. They were acting the opposite of the vi…