God’s Omniscient View

In dealing with any adverse condition, circumstance, or trouble one thing’s for sure: God knows all about it and He has the final say! This was proven at the beginning of the book of Job when He limited what Satan could do (see Job 1:12 and Job 2:6) and at the end when God commanded a double blessing over Job’s life (see 42:10) and we see that “The LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning . . .” (Job 42:12a).

But what about the in-between?  That’s the hard thing about trying to hold on while going through the trials of this life isn’t it?  We don’t know the outcome as we are traveling through those difficult times. How awesome would it be to see the beginning from the end; yet, that would not allow our faith to be exercised and stretched, for the Bible says, “(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)” (2 Corinthians 5:7) and “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1).

While we may not be able to see or even understand everything we are dealing with or going through; while we may not have an omniscient overview of our life, God does.  He is omniscient meaning He is all-knowing.  The Bible lets us know, “Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite” (Psalm 147:5).  There are no limits to what He knows, sees, or understands.

Isaiah 46:10 also reassures us that God is, “Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure.”  In other words, to reiterate my previous statement: “God has the final say” and His purposes for our lives will stand because He is the only one who knows all about it!

Be encouraged today, my friend, knowing that God’s got this no matter how chaotic, difficult, hurtful, or wrong it seems right now.  He, in His divine sovereignty, sees it all and has it all under control.  His view of our life is so much better than our own.  Hold on and trust the God who is infinitely all-knowing.

Have a very blessed day!

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In the unsure moments of life . . .

In the unsure moments of life, we have a God we can depend on! “For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.” Isaiah‬ ‭41:13‬

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A new attitude for a new day . . .

A new attitude for a new day . . . “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:14

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In Christ, we are the possessors of the promise!

In Christ, we are the possessors of the promise! If God promised it, it is yours!  “. . . So whatever the LORD our God takes possession of before us, we will possess.” Judges 10:24

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The Common Thread

There are many things that make us unique creatures.  We all have something that is particularly special about us.

You may be that one with the personality that instantly lightens up a room when you enter in.  Or, you may be a great analytical thinker – a real go-getter and problem solver.

Perhaps you are a great encourager who puts a smile on the face of others.  You may be a great cook, a tinkerer, and a fixer of many things.

As many as there are people on this earth, there are just that many ways to think, do, and perform the things that make you uniquely you.

All the different features and skills – they are remarkably you as God’s unique design.  Knowing this, David says, “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made…” (Psalm 139:141).

But in the community of humanity, looking through the scope of everything that makes us us, there is one thing many fail to remember.  Universally speaking, we all have this common thread: “The rich and the poor have this in common, The Lord is the maker of them all” (Proverbs 22:2, NKJV).  

Not one of us placed ourselves here (truth).

Not one of us was spawned from higher dirt than others (how absurd).

Not one of us gave life to ourselves (can I get an amen).

Through our many differences, there are more things about us that are the same.  And with God being the maker of all, there really is no reason for any to sport a superiority complex or to live under an inferiority complex.

In the grand scheme of humanity, we are all God’s beautiful creation.

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The Golden Rule

“And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.” Luke 6:31

This is the Golden Rule, as we call it today.  God’s people are to know how to treat people in any circumstance, whether the times are favorable or if they find themselves in times of adversity.  God’s people are to respond to situations and people in the same manner as Jesus did.

Philippians 2:5 tells us, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.”  The way we view things, people, and situations are to be filtered through thinking about how Jesus Himself would respond.  How did He handle the adversities He faced?  What was His attitude like toward those who mocked Him and so forth?  All in all, if we were to take inventory and compare our responses to that of Jesus, would they match up or even come close?

In order to be identified as a  Christian, after all, it means that we are of Christ, we are His followers, and we are Christ-minded.  If we’re not, can we truly call ourselves Christians?

The greatest commandments Jesus taught was this: “The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these,” (Mark 12:29-31, emphasis mine).  Loving people, and treating people as one would want to be treated is to be a priority for being a follower of Christ!  It is one of the greatest commandments and it cannot be ignored!

Today, where do you know you need to view others as Christ did and respond to them in love, with patience, and the courtesy of our Savior?

Most, if not all of us, may be a continual work in progress in this area.  People are not always kind, but we can choose to be kind.  People are not always loving, but because we want to represent our Savior well, we can, as He did, choose to be loving.  The choice is always up to us on how we treat those whom we interact with daily and the random strangers that come across our path.

May we love people well, no matter who they are.

“Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.” Matthew 7:12

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O Lord, this day we are praying…

O God, this day we are praying for your leading and guidance in our lives. In our flesh; in the humanness of our hearts, we don’t always know the right thing to do. We don’t always know the right path to walk. Teach us, O God, according to your Word. Help us to keep our feet on the path you have for us and please bless the steps we take. In Jesus’ name, AMEN!

“He will teach us His ways, and we shall walk in His paths,” Micah 4:2.

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How lovely…

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“How lovely is Your tabernacle, O LORD of hosts!” Psalm 84:1, NKJV

How lovely. Is that the thought that settles in your heart when you think about coming into the house of God?

Entering the place that represents His presence, are you washed in the feeling of awe and beauty?

It’s not about the place, per se (but, it is). Nor, the facade or inner adornments. But when the opportunity comes for corporate worship in the building, it’s about being able to experience God, for that truly is what the place is represented to be.

Is it a place you long for? Is it a place that touches your heart in a special way because you know, entering in, means taking a closer step to where He is?

“How lovely is Your tabernacle, O LORD of hosts!” I love the place where Your glory dwells.

Father God, here I bring to You my offering of praise.

Here, I join hand in hand and heart in heart with fellow saints of the Most High.

Your tabernacle, O God; Your places of worship are buildings set aside, with hearts set aside, to bless Your holy name.

There, let our souls be satisfied and refreshed as we take in the beauty of who You are.

“Blessed are those who dwell in Your house; They will still be praising You” Psalm 84:4, NKJV

How lovely!

“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.” Psalm 23:6

“Lord, I have loved the habitation of thy house, and the place where thine honour dwelleth.” Psalm 26:8

“One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple.” Psalm 27:4

“To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.” Psalm 63:2

“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Matthew 18:20

“Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” Hebrews 10:25

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Nothing Random

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 Now a certain man drew a bow at random, and struck the king of Israel between the joints of his armor . . .” 1 Kings 22:34, NKJV

Random.  Coincidence.  Left to chance.  Not with God.  The Bible clearly tells us what the Lord speaks will accomplish its purpose (Isaiah 55:11).  As told in Ezekiel 12:25, He says, “For I am the Lord. I speak, and the word which I speak will come to pass . . .” (NKJV).

In the above verse, king Ahab had been warned.  A prophet by the name of Micaiah told him, “I saw all Israel scattered on the mountains, as sheep that have no shepherd. And the Lord said, ‘These have no master. Let each return to his house in peace’” (1 Kings 22:17, NKJV).  And previously Elijah prophesied, “In the place where dogs licked the blood of Naboth, dogs shall lick your blood, even yours” (1 Kings 21:19).  Yet, the warnings were ignored, and king Ahab entered the battle against Syria.

There, we see a bow drawn at “random” that hits an unbelievable target, in an unbelievable way, with unbelievable preciseness and accuracy.

Unbelievable?  Random?  I think not.

God will always accomplish what He has spoken.  The warnings may go unheeded but that will never negate the truth that if God said it is so, it is so.

Many false prophets in Ahab’s day stood and lied about the reality of the times they faced (1 Kings 22:21-23), and today, we witness many distortions of the truth.  Regardless of what one believes or says, what God says will happen, will happen, and nothing about it will be random.  With the same preciseness that allowed that arrow to hit its target, so too will the Word of God be fulfilled exactly.

What that means for us today is that we are to be even more earnest seekers of His Word, being all the more determined to follow what thus says the Lord.

In the days of Jesus, history unfolded before the people, and prophecies were fulfilled right before their eyes with extreme accuracy, and yet many people missed the message, the moving of God, the visitation of God (Luke 19:44).

Today, many more things are happening, and those things are happening exactly according to God’s Word.  Are we filling our hearts with the encouragements written within?  Are we heeding the present warnings and of the time to come?

What was prophesied for Ahab came to pass exactly as it was told: “So the king died, and was brought to Samaria. And they buried the king in Samaria.  Then someone washed the chariot at a pool in Samaria, and the dogs licked up his blood . . .” (1 Kings 22:37-38, NKJV).

With God, nothing is random.  Nothing is left to chance.  All will come to pass.  “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away” (Matthew 24:35, NKJV).

Don’t miss what God is saying today.

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“The Lifter of My Head!”

“But thou, O Lord, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.” Psalm 3:3

How much wrestling have you dealt with in life?  How many in just this week alone?  In the heaviness, in the heart, our God stands as the One who lifts our head:

“When confidence in others is fleeting,

And friends cannot be found.

It is God who restores,

And lifts my countenance from the ground.

 

Running, exhausted, weary, and worn.

With His salve of love,

He heals this heart

That was torn.

 

He takes the troubles,

As if they didn’t exist,

Encourages us in Him,

And our hearts, He lifts.

 

No more to feel like

I’m fighting alone.

God has lifted my head

And, called me His own.”

Friend, when troubles find their way into your life, remember Your heavenly Father is He who fights with you and for you.  David found himself in opposition often.  Some were of his own doing, and some were from others who pursued him with unrighteousness.  But in his heart, he never failed to keep believing in God, to keep his confidence and praise in the One who not only saw his sin and his circumstances – but God was also He who held his life in His hands.

A praise was never far from his lips.  Even when he was down, he knew in whom he believed.  He knew that in everything, God is the one who can restore and exalt.  God is the one who can return a smile to his face and gladness to his heart.  God is He who can bring a victory in the midst of a mess therefore, David kept his hope in the one and only true living God who can carry him and lift him during the hard times of life.

Friend, I pray that you will find your solace in God today.  May a praise be on your lips for the God who can save.

“I will praise thee, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works.” Psalm 9:1

“And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the Lord.” Psalm 27:6

Your biggest source of encouragement is found in God alone!

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