1 Kings 6:38 & 7:1 – He (Solomon) spent seven years building it (the temple). It took Solomon thirteen years, however, to complete the construction of his palace. (NIV 1978)
My Musing – We spend a lifetime building a career, our “nest-egg” and our position within the community. How sad that we rarely put that much time and effort into building our relationship with God.
My Advice – Do not become so engrossed in building your career and in accumulating wealth and possessions that you neglect your relationship with God. Devote just as much energy in working to become more Christ like as you do to these things.
Epilogue: Attaining To The Whole Measure
Prepare God’s people, so that we all become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. (Ephesians 4:12, 13)
A: Discovering the Truth
B: Exploring the Truth
Justification – Like Paul, we must realize that we have not yet been made perfect. We have been saved. This was a past event, never to be repeated, where once and forever God made it “just as if I’d never sinned.” Continue reading “Attaining To The Whole Measure”
Consider The Heart
1 Samuel 16:7 – “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – Boy has this generation got it wrong. We spend so much time and money on appearance and looks, which does not really matter to God. God looks at who we are on the inside.
My Advice – While you do not have to be a slob or let yourself go, make sure you spend as much time and effort improving your character as you do on improving your appearance. Appearances quickly fade with the ravages of time. Character, on the other hand, will last into eternity.
Who Will Intercede?
1 Samuel 2:25 – “If a man sins against another man, God may mediate for him; but if a man sins against the Lord, who will intercede for Him?” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – Today, of course, we know that the answer to this rhetorical question is Jesus Christ. He is qualified to intercede and is accepted by God.
My Advice – You have a relationship with God because you have a relationship with His Son. Make sure you maintain a good relationship with Jesus, by trying to live your life in a way that would be pleasing to Him. If it is pleasing to Him, it will be pleasing to God.
Weakest & Least
Judges 6:14-16 – “Go in the strength you have. Am not I sending you.” “But Lord,” Gideon asked, “how can I. My clan is the weakest and I am the least in my family.” The Lord answered, “I will be with you.”
My Musing – Even in our weakness (or especially in our weakness) we can overcome obstacles, barriers and adversaries. Even though we may be weak, we “go in the strength we have” because God goes with us.
My Advice – Do not be afraid to admit your weaknesses. But do not let those weaknesses be an excuse for not doing what you know God wants you to do. His strength is sufficient. It is, in fact, made perfect in our weaknesses. This is because we rely upon Him and not upon our self-sufficiency.
Fade To Black (And White)
Eileen and I have now been married nearly forty-two years and have known each other forty-four. This coming January, Joshua will have been gone twenty-five years. Joel has been out of college ten years and is nearly thirty-three. And now, Eileen and I are back to where it all began – empty nesters.
There has been a “whole lot of living” in all of those years. And as promised at the beginning, we trust that we have given you a glimpse into how God has brought about good and how He has blessed us with joy and peace in the midst of affliction and sorrow. Continue reading “Fade To Black (And White)”
A Generation More Devoted
Judges 2:7 – Unlike their fathers, they quickly turned from the way in which their father’s had walked, the way of obedience to the Lord’s commands. (NIV 1978)
My Musing – It is a sad fact of life that all too often (but not always!) there is generational drift. Each successive generation is less devoted to God than the previous. That is until, like the Judges of Israel, God raises someone up to save the nation (family).
My Advice – Pay attention to your Christian heritage. The family that you came from and their devotion and obedience to God and Jesus. Learn from that devotion (what to imitate) and from those instances where they (meaning mainly me) departed from that devotion (what not to imitate). Make it a goal of your life to be a generation that is more devoted than the past one, and pass it on.