1 Chronicles 19:18 – “Be strong and let us fight bravely for our people and the cities of our God. The Lord will do what is good in His sight.” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – God expects us to do what we can with the strength and courage that He has given us. Even so, the results are not up to us. God will do what is right as He sees it. And He sees things much more clearly than we do.
My Advice – Whatever you are going through at any particular point in time, take comfort in the fact that God will do what is good in His sight. You need not fear this as long as you are walking with Him.
Acts 4:13 – When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. (NIV 1984)
My Musing – As you might recall, I wrote “A Dad’s Devotions” for my son Joel when he graduated from college. In the forward I wrote: “My fear: that you will find that I am better at giving advice than I have been at following it. Forgive me. Perfect love drives out fear.” I might have added as well, “or of living it.” Today, in this “special edition” of “A Dad’s Devotions” I turn my attention to my dad (who would have turned 86 today), who did live it.
Like Peter and John in the verse above, my dad could be described as an ordinary unschooled man. But while he may have seemed ordinary Continue reading “An Ordinary Unschooled Man?”
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE – I, John, your brother and companion in the suffering and kingdom and patient endurance that are ours in Jesus, was on the island of Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. On the Lord’s Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet, which said: “Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.” (Revelation 1:9-11)
I, John – In apocalyptic literature the identity of the writer is always prominent to validate the authenticity and the authoritativeness of the visions.(1) Like “I Daniel” in Daniel 7:28; 9:2; and 10:2, the apostle identifies himself as I, John. This is one of the many features of resemblance between the Old Testament and the New Testament apocalyptic seers. No other Scripture writer uses this particular phrase.(2)
Companion in Suffering – Persecution is a persistent theme of Revelation. John identifies with those undergoing persecution (“companion in suffering”) because Continue reading “Background and Purpose”
1 Chronicles 16:11, 12 – Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always. Remember the wonders He has done, the miracles, and the judgments He pronounced. (NIV 1978)
My Musing – When we are seeking a thing of wonder in our lives, we should try recalling all the wonders He has done for us in the past. This will help our faith in the present and give us hope for the future.
My Advice – Make it a regular habit of yours to remember all the things that God has done for you and blessed you with. Do not forget to give Him thanks.
Hebrews 10:25 – Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another – and all the more as you see the day approaching. (NIV 1978)
My Musing – When I was young, my family’s social life revolved around the church and its gatherings. If the doors were open, we were there. At a minimum, this meant Sunday school, morning worship, Sunday evening services and Wednesday prayer meeting. Our church also had one to two week “revivals” in the fall and spring. If we missed, Continue reading “Estranged Fellowship”
Destinations Require A Journey
My Musing – I suppose we all had a destination in mind when we began adulthood. But less frequently do we consider what kind of journey might be required to get us there. Take marriage for instance. When we say for better or worse we think only of the better, giving little thought of the worse parts of the journey that may be required to get us to the better. Or for richer or poorer, of course we may have to go through some lean times in the beginning of the journey, but we have our eyes fixed on the ultimate richer. And don’t even get me started on in sickness or in health.
But marriage is just one example of many life’s journeys. Continue reading “Destinations Require a Journey”
JOHN’S SALUTATION – Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen. Look, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of him. So shall it be! Amen. “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.” (Revelation 1:4b – 8)
The salutation is given in the name of the Father, the Spirit, and the Son.(1) Continue reading “John’s Salutation”