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Masterpiece

This word engenders in our minds a great work of art on canvas, or a symphony arranged for all the instruments, that rises and falls and is so well performed as to make clear in our minds eye the picture suggested by the notes. It might be a book written after years of diligent research which is carefully worded to produce through our imagination a detailed picture of the characters, places, and actions. A masterpiece is a work of years of labor. It catches us immediately and holds our attention. It speaks clearly to us. It expresses its intent without reservation. Consider the masterpiece of masterpieces…you. Paul says, "For we are God's masterpiece…" (Ephesians 2:10a) Although He has made us in the physical sense and that in itself is a miracle, Paul is referring to the completion of the act of salvation in our hearts. Jesus dies and is resurrected to allow God the Father to create us as a masterpiece, worthy to be reviewed. It is not man that has made man but God that ha…

Timing

One person has said, "Timing is everything!" Indeed it is very important and can have a great bearing on our lives. But this truth must be linked to another, and that is coincidence. Some believe that coincidence "happens" and are amazed and in awe of how coincidental was "that meeting," "that statement," or "that action." But I believe there is no such thing as coincidence; that things happen for reasons and within circumstances that we help produce. Further, that God is involved in every area, every aspect of our lives and that He is working on our behalf continually. God provides in His Word several statements which emphasize the "rightness" of His timing. Moses writing of Sarah's miraculous birth of Isaac: "The Lord kept His word and did for Sarah exactly what He had promised. She became pregnant, and she gave birth to a son for Abraham in his old age. This happened at just the right time God had said it would.&qu…

Purchase

What kind of purchase is never regretted? What kind of purchase provides you with joy and peace? We might think about something we wanted so badly and then bought as what we thought was a worthy purchase, but today that thing is in a closet, no longer being used. Was our money spent wisely? Solomon, writer of the book of Proverbs, gives us many terse and important statements but none as important as this one, "Buy the truth and never sell it; also get wisdom, discipline, and good judgment." He is saying the purchase or acquisition of truth is worth the price. We are to consider it precious enough to be purchased. Truth is reality and cuts through the fog of lies, deceptions and fictitious. Lies are found out, their deception revealed, but truth has only more truth behind it. And when you know the truth, then are you able to change. Further, Solomon says, when you have made that precious purchase, don't sell it. Don't think of it as a commodity but rather a treasured po…

Quiet

What happens to you when you are quiet? Do fears creep in? Does guilt overpower your stillness? Are you drawn to focus on yourself, your problems, or on God? David made a powerful statement concerning quiet. He made it in the midst of struggle and with strong commitment to it. He said, "I wait quietly before God, for my victory comes from Him." (Psalm 62:1) Then he said it again, "Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him." (62:5) David learned again and again that he needed to align with God's purpose. He needed to wait quietly; to hear what God would say; to obtain direction from Him. He was the One who would provide victory, even hope. David could not provide it for himself. This is a strong challenge of David, and when stated the second time, an admonition or reminder to himself that he needs to be quiet to hear God. Why would he want to hear God? Because he knew that God alone was his rock, salvation, and fortress (he said it both in ve…

Law's End

Sometimes the Bible can seem to be vague about what God is doing in the future. It can be like a drawn curtain that hangs between the window, the light outside, and us. However, sometimes it is clear, brilliant with meaning and purpose. Consider this statement made by Paul in his writing to the Galatian church which struggled with being released from the Old Testament Law as their righteousness. Paul said, "Why, then, was the law given? It was given alongside the promise to show people their sins." (Galatians 3:19a) And we say, "Why would that be necessary?" God knew the sinfulness of man's heart. So, He knew that when He made an unconditional promise to Abraham that his descendants would become a great nation, be famous, wealthy, a blessing to all others (Genesis 12:2), and that these descendants would receive from God a promised land (Genesis 12:7; 15:7), that it would be easy for pride to creep into their hearts. They could get haughty about who they were and…