Nahum 1:7 – The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in Him. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – We should be thankful that we are able to take refuge in God. We can trust in His goodness. We can believe that He will take care of us. No trouble is bigger than His ability to take care of it.
My Advice – When you are in trouble, trust God and take refuge in Him. He is good and will care for you.
Jonah 4:3 – “I knew that You are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity.” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – Many times we feel that God is just waiting to come down hard on us. He would rather not have to do that. His grace and compassion is greater than anything we could do, and if we confess our sin and return to Him, He will relent from bringing harsh discipline into our lives.
My Advice – Thank God often for the grace, love and compassion He shows you. Be especially thankful following times of rebellion, after you’ve returned to Him. You can never know how much calamity He may have spared you from because you’ve retuned to Him.
Joel 2:13 – Rend your hearts and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and He relents from sending calamity. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – Grace, compassion, long-suffering, overflowing in love, reluctant to punish. Just the opposite image that most have of how God is stereotypically viewed in the Old Testament. But there is no old and new to God. He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.
My Advice – Live your life in such a manner that God can show you grace, compassion and love. When you do fall into sin, be quick to repent and ask for His forgiveness. If you are quick, and because God is slow to anger and does not want to have to discipline you more than necessary, you will receive grace, love and compassion anew.
Jeremiah 49:19 – “Who is like Me and who can challenge Me?” (NIV 1978)
My Musings – No one is like God. No one can thwart His plans. He has a plan for us. A plan to make us like His Son. Who can challenge our inheritance or our eternal destiny? No one, because it is God that secures it.
My Advice – It may seem at times, that the whole world is against you. At those times, look up. You are the child of the King. No one is like Him and no one can challenge Him. He also takes care of His children.
Jeremiah 23:23, 24 – “Am I only a God nearby,” declares the Lord, “and not a God far away? Can anyone hide in secret places so that I cannot see him?” declares the Lord. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – This should give us both fear and comfort. Fear that our thoughts and actions, whether or not done in secret, are laid bare before a Holy God. But comfort too, that He is never too far away that He cannot give us aid in time of need.
My Advice – Make it your goal, and so live your life, that this is a verse that comforts you and does not cause you to fear.
From Providence – We Are Favored By God
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INTRODUCTION – LOOKING FOR A GOOD CAUSE?
If Whatever Begins to Exist Has a Cause – In nature, there are no instances of something coming into existence out of nothing. When scientists believed that the universe had always existed, they did not dispute “whatever begins to exist has a cause.” Now many do.
Then the Universe Had a Beginning – “Almost everyone now believes that the Universe, and time itself, had a beginning at the big Bang.” (Stephen Hawking). In the Big Bang theory, the universe (time, space and matter) came into being in an instant in a cosmic explosion. The effects of this have been scientifically observed (stars and plants are rapidly moving away from each other and from a common origin). In other words, Continue reading “Whatever Happened to the Creator?”