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Thursday, December 30, 2010
To say that Job of old was tested is putting it mildly. The list of things he withstood is beyond the scope of this writing. Yet in all of it he "charged God not foolishly", spoke of his knowledge that his redeemer lives and will stand in the latter day, yielded to the testing as of gold by fire. And so on. Still, he questioned God and wished he'd never been born.
God's response, starting in Job 38 is eloquent and thundering in its opening question, "Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?" Among the many things God asked Job in order to make it clear Who was Sovereign and who was not, was the question above. In our language; So, Job, do you command the sun to spring forth each day? Or you, Brad? Or you?
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Friday, December 24, 2010
Why should my heart be lonely, and long for heav’n and home,
When Jesus is my portion? My constant Friend is He:
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.
("His Eye is On the Sparrow" -- Charles H. Gabriel)
"Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?" (Luke 12:6)
Yes, Jesus made a point of telling us that God sees every sparrow that falls and even knows the number of hairs on our heads. So why should I feel discouraged? Forgive us (me) for our lack of faith.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Something about highways and railroads intrigues me. As I cross a road, my mind wanders to its extension beyond the horizon and ultimately its terminus. When we travel, they represent the way back home--there are even highways in the sky which you can observe if you pay attention to the contrails in your area.
This verse in Isaiah, as well as Jesus' famous account of the prodigal, makes me thankful that no matter how far we roam in this old world, there's a way back home if we will just turn and head that way.
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Were every stalk on earth a quill, and every man a scribe by trade,
To write the love of God above, would drain the ocean dry.
Nor could the scroll contain the whole, though stretched from sky to sky.
"The Love of God" -- F.M. Lehman
Thursday, December 9, 2010
And the Apostle John, who felt so close to Jesus that he referred to himself as the "disciple whom Jesus loved" testified, "There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear."