Not If, But For

Calvin & Hobbes, by Bill Watterson

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are  wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” (Psalm 139:13–16, NIV 1984). 

“From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us.” (Acts 17:26–27, NIV 1984). 

“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” (Matthew 10:29–31, NIV 1984). 

“Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands.” (Isaiah 49:15–16, NIV 1984). 

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” (John 3:16–17, NIV 1984). 

My Musings – You ever hear someone say something like, “if God is such a loving God…?” If is not the right word.  For is the right word.  For God so loved…   That we are “fearfully and wonderfully made.”  That He had plans for all our days “before one of them came to be.”  Even down to “the times set for [us] and the exact places where [we]  should live.”  Why?  “So that [we] would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him.”  That “the very hairs of [our] head are all numbered.”  That He has “engraved [us] on the palms of [His] hands.  That “He gave His one and only Son…to save [us] through Him.”

See the nail prints on His hands?  Those are our names engraved there.

The love of God is greater far
Than tongue or pen can ever tell;
It goes beyond the highest star,
And reaches to the lowest hell;
The guilty pair, bowed down with care,
God gave His Son to win;
His erring child He reconciled,
And pardoned from his sin.

Could we with ink the ocean fill,
And were the skies of parchment made,
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, Frederick M. Lehman

My Advice – That is not if, but for.  That’s no blue light special.  It was costly.  If you have not yet reached out and found Him, what are you waiting for?  No assembly required, the work’s already done.

 

Author: thebrewisamusing

I was raised in a Christian family and my earliest childhood memories include regular Sunday school and Church attendance as a family. I was taught that our Judeo-Christian values were not just a part of our Sunday routine they should be part of our character and influence all aspects of our lives. I was also taught that as important as these values were they could not save us. We must also be “born again” by accepting Christ.

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