My Musings – The first few words of Genesis say the “In the beginning God…” If I might interject, “in the beginning God“ was already there to create “the heavens and the earth.” The unmoved mover, the uncreated transcendent being – the Alpha. In the first few verses of Revelation God goes on to state that He is also the Omega. When these heavens and earth come to an end and are made new He is still there. He had no beginning and will have no end. “Who is, and Who was, and Who is to come.” In other words “I AM.“
In Exodus, Moses asked who he should say sent him, and God told Him to say “I AM.” When Jesus came the first time and was put on trial before Pilate, He was asked if He was a King. Jesus replied, “I AM.” Finally, in the closing verses of Revelation, Jesus states “I AM coming soon.” He promised He would.
My Advice – Is He coming for you (to take you home with Him) or is He coming to you (to send you away from Him)? Right now, to can make that decision for yourself. When He comes (no man knows when) it will be too late. You may never have the opportunity again.
My Musings – “It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass.” (Sam Gamgee, The Two Towers, by J. R. R. Tolkien).
All the great stories are full of darkness and danger. Good pitted against evil. Suspense over which would prevail, as they were equally balanced against each other so that the outcome balanced on the edge of a razor. Good did not always triumph. Evil was never fully vanquished – only for a season before it took shape once again.
What about our great story? In these “last days” as the darkness grows, “how could our end be happy?” “How [can] the world go back the to the way it was, when so much bad [is yet to come]?” It cannot. But that does not mean evil wins. Evil has been doomed from the beginning. Even though very powerful, it “will be [overthrown] by the breath of His [Jesus’] mouth and [destroyed] by the splendor of His coming.” “In the end, it’s only a passing thing. Even darkness must pass.” Because light always extinguishes darkness, chasing away even shadows. Darkness cannot dispel light. With all the power this “tower” of darkness has, it does not have that power.
My Advice – There stands two towers. You must swear allegiance to one or the other. No choice is a choice for the tower of the prince of this world. As we’ve seen, his time is short. In the end, he is the one who loses. That end has never been in doubt. Wouldn’t you rather stand with the tower in God’s Kingdom? Choose Christ and His Kingdom of Righteousness. It’s coming. He’s coming. Can’t you hear the trumpet sounding? Can’t you hear the shout of the Arch Angel? Look to His coming, look to the east for “The Return of the King.” It won’t be much longer now. It is sooner now than when we first believed. “Amen, come Lord Jesus!“
My Musings – He’s watching and listening. Nothing escapes or distracts His attention. So when things appear to be going amiss, we need to ask ourselves why that might be. Have we wandered where we do not belong? Is there something He’s trying to teach us? Has He got something better planned? It certainly is not because He has not been paying attention. He is well aware of what’s going on.
My Advice – Maybe its time for us to keep our eyes “on” Him and our ears attentive to His “voice.” Of course, it’s always time for that.
My Musings – When we are covered by 1) God’s grace, through 2) His Son, we are plugged in to an awesome power base, 3) the Holy Spirit. But sometimes, (many times) we get in the way of that power by relying on our own strengths, which in reality are weaknesses. Once we acknowledge that, God’s power is perfected in our weaknesses.
Now for the understatement: “My grace is sufficient” (enough to meet the needs of a situation, adequate). Enough and adequate, hardly seem impressive. But the point is, no matter how small or how big the “situation,” God’s power will always be enough. God’s power is all we will ever need.
My Advice – Admit your own insufficiencies (weaknesses), let go and let God.
My Musings – “He changes times and seasons; He sets up kings and deposes them.” And the list goes on and on. God is sovereign (possessing supreme or ultimate power). Kingdoms rise and fall at His bidding. He tells the seas this far you may go and no further. I suspect He has also set limits on how far man may go. We may think that the world is out of control, or that global warming has doomed us, but God is still sovereign – this far you may go and no farther.
In the days of Noah, the inclination of man was only evil all the time. Talk about out of control. Yet God finally said, you’ve gone far enough and “cleansed” the world with the flood, leaving only Noah (the last righteous man) and his family. God’s remnant. Perhaps we are reaching God’s limit once again. This time the judgement will be final, purified by fire, and only the elect (saved), His remnant will survive to enjoy eternal life.
My Advice – Make sure you are part of the remnant. Accept Christ.
My Musings – Fear God? “The ‘fear of the Lord‘ is that attitude of reverence and awe that His people show to Him because they love Him and respect His power and His greatness.” (Wiersbe, W. W. (1996). Be Satisfied (p. 135). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books).
Keep His commandments? Not out of the fear, as we understand fear. But, as explained above, out of reverence, awe, and respect. Why wouldn’t we? Think of it this way. When we were little children, we obeyed our parents out of the fear we understand. Fear of the consequences if we did not. As we grew older and became adults we continued to do the things we were told when we were young, because we revere and respect them, and want to please them. We want to show our gratitude.
The duty of man? Not because it is compulsory, but because we are obliged (do as someone asks or desires in order to help or please them).
My Advice – Do your “duty.”
My Musings – Carl Sagan wrote, “There is nothing unusual about the earth. It’s an average, unassuming rock that’s spinning mindlessly around an unremarkable star in a run-of-the-mill galaxy – ‘a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark.'” Yet on this “unassuming rock” in this “great enveloping cosmic dark” God placed the crown-jewel of His creation – Man. We know (Carl Sagan notwithstanding) this, because of all His creation only man was made in His image.
All of the other “work[s] of [His] fingers” are beyond our comprehension, because our finite minds cannot comprehend the infinite. And yet “these are but the outer fringe of his works; how faint the whisper we hear of him! Who then can understand the thunder of his power?” (Job 26:14, NIV 1984). Who indeed? Incomprehensible to us, yet still “how faint the whisper we hear of Him!” The infinite is still merely the “outer fringe of His works.” Try and wrap your head around that!
Which brings us back to the Psalm above, which is attributed to King David. In the midst of all that has just been so inadequately described, “what is man that [He] is mindful (Attentive; regarding with care; bearing in mind; heedful; observant) of Him?” That my friend, is a mind full indeed!
My Advice – “Amen! Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!” (Revelation 7:12, NIV 1984).