I’ve Got A Secret. Really?
2 Kings 17:9 – The Israelites secretly did things against the Lord their God that were not right. (NIV 1978)
My Musing – There is no need to hide things from God if what we are doing is right. If we feel we need to hide things from Him (and we know we cannot), it is very likely that they are not right.
My Advice – A good way to discern right from wrong is to consider how God might view things. Do not do anything that would make you feel ashamed if God knew about it. You know that He knows about it anyway.
1 Kings 19:13, 15 – Then a voice said to Him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” The Lord said to Him, “Go back the way you came.” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – We often find ourselves where we should not be. Sometimes we fall suddenly and others we wander away gradually over time. But God pursues us and asks through the conviction of the Holy Spirit “What are you doing here? Go back the way you came.” We would do well to heed Him.
My Advice – Ask yourself on a regular basis, where am I at, how did I get here and what am I doing here? If you don’t like the answer, ask God to show you how to get back the way you came. He will gladly help you.
Study 4: Man’s Remedies
Aware of His separation from His creator, if not also of the dire consequences that he faces, down through the centuries man has sought his own solutions to bridge the gap. But no matter how well intentioned or sincere, all of man’s so-called remedies fall far short of bridging the gap or of building a stairway to reach our creator. They leave us perplexed, frustrated, and perhaps a bit frantic, yet still seeking the answer to an age-long question: what must I do to be saved?
It does not, therefore, depend on man’s desire or effort, but on God’s mercy. (Romans 9:16) Continue reading “Study 4: Man’s Remedy”