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The Bible is much more than a book of religion.

God Cares

God sees, He hears, He knows, He understands, He cares for us! I remind you of

I Peter 5:7.  “Casting all your care, (your worries, concerns and burdens)  upon Him for He cares for you.”

Those truths are difficult for us to understand.  God seems so distant and so different and so unapproachable to us. He is Almighty God.  We are but mere dust, sinful men and women.

It’s only as we come to know Him intimately through trusting His Son, Jesus Christ, who died and rose again to pay for our sins and to give us His salvation and it’s only as we spend time in His presence by reading and listening to His Word and communing with Him in prayer that we begin to understand just how much He loves and cares for us. 

Read Psalm 139 and listen to it with your heart. The Psalmist, speaking for all of us, is lost in wonder and amazement and worship of His Creator and Friend who  has known and been intently present with us from the moment of conception in our mother’s womb. His interest and concern continues as our bodies are formed with all the differences that make us individuals, unlike any other person who has ever been born. 

In fact, before the world was ever created He was thinking and planning for each of us in eternity past. In Ephesians 1:4 we learn that He knew about us with all of our strength and weaknesses and with all of our idiosyncrasies  and we were loved and chosen in Him before the foundation of the world to know Him and belong to Him forever.

You may think, “But I am only one of billions of people on this earth. How can He think and care about me?”

Let me answer that by reminding you of even more staggering facts. Jesus reminds us in His Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 6:26 that He cares for the birds of the air.  Certainly He is aware of all the animals, birds and even insects.  He feeds them and provides for them and Matthew 10:29 reminds us that He is aware when they fall to their death. To think that through is far  beyond our comprehension.  

Mathew10:30  reminds us that He is aware of the number of hairs on our heads. That number changes daily, perhaps hourly. Why would God be concerned enough  to know the number of the hairs on our head?  I  don’t know.  All I know is that it shows how much and how intimately God cares for each of us.

The Psalmist continues in Psalm 139:17-18 to make us aware of God’s constant, multiplied thoughts concerning us. Those thoughts are more in number than all the sands of all the seas in the world.  The Psalmist describes them all  as precious thoughts.

So the next time you get depressed over your situation in life and feel that God has totally forgotten you and does not care about you, give yourself a good shaking and take time to read Psalm 139 again and rejoice that He understands.

I close these thoughts with a song that has meant much to me. 

 

NO ONE UNDERSTNDS LIKE JESUS

             by John W. Peterson

1. No one understand like Jesus,

He’s a friend beyond compare;

Meet Him at the throne of mercy,

He is waiting for you there.

Chorus

No one understands like Jesus,

When the days are dark and grim;

No one is so near, so dear as Jesus,

Cast your every care on Him.

2. No one understands like Jesus,

Every woe He sees and feels;

Tenderly He whispers comfort,

And the broken heart He heals.

3. No one understands like Jesus,

When the foes of life assail,

You should never be discouraged,

Jesus cares and will not fail.

4. No one understands like Jesus,

When you falter on the way,

Tho’ you fail Him, sadly fail Him,

He will pardon you today.

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December 27, 2011 Posted by | God | Comments Off on God Cares

The Glory of God- A devotional study of Psalm 19

In Psalm 19 the glory of God is revealed

1. in His creation in verses 1-6, 

2. in His holy Scriptures in verses  7-11

3. and in our lives as Christians, as taught in verses 12-14.

 

GOD’S GLORY IS REVEALED IN HIS CREATION

 

Would you read Psalm 19:1-6  and then Romans 1:18-21?  Those verses tell us that God’s footprints are seen throughout nature,  from the invisible atoms of which all substance consists, to the immensity of our universe.  As foot prints in the sand revealed to Robinson Crusoe that there must be other humans on his island to which he had been cast in a storm, so God’s foot prints are seen in every detail of His creation as evidence of an omnipotent, all-wise, loving Creator. 

 

Scrutinize under the microscope anything God has made and you will be amazed and awed by its beauty and perfection in structure.  Scrutinize under the microscope anything man has made and you will be struck by its flaws and imperfection.

 

Any honest, rational, thinking person who studies the greatness and the order of our universe is bound to come to the conclusion that it all came to pass and is held together by an almighty, wise and loving God.  To  think otherwise, is to expose himself to be a fool.  It is easier to believe that  monkeys wrote Handel’s Messiah or the Holy Bible, than to believe that this immense universe just happened by chance.   It takes far more faith to be an atheistic evolutionist and believe that this universe all happened by chance, than it takes to simply believe Almighty God created and holds this universe together by His power.

 

I’m no scientist, but I read that our bodies are made of  trillions of cells and each cell is made up of trillions of atoms.  Each atom is made up of a nucleus and an electron that orbits the nucleus.  If the nucleus were enlarged to the size of a marble and placed on the center line of a foot ball field,  proportionately, the electron would be at the edge of the field. So most of an atom is made up of space.  

 

Not only are our bodies made up of atoms, but everything on the earth, including every drop of water in the oceans is made up of atoms.   All the animals, birds, reptiles, insects and micro-organisms are made up of atoms, as is every blade of grass and every plant, all held together by the power of God.

 

Not only are we made up of trillions of cells, but by the wisdom of God, each of these cells know exactly what they are to do in the human body.  By God’s wisdom, some become skin, some become hair, some bones,  some sinews, some organs of the body, some brain matter, some blood and other bodily fluids.

 

Colossians 1:16-17 tells us that the Lord Jesus Christ, the Second Person of the Godhead, is the one by whom all of this is held together.  If Christ stopped holding this universe together,  it would implode into nothingness.  The heavens, including the sun, moon and stars are like a flag flying, showing that God is as home in His universe.  The fact there is a God is known by every thinking, reasonable  human being on the face of the earth; even those who have never seen a Bible nor a missionary.  It is our responsibility to take the Gospel to the whole world.  The Gospel is that God our Creator became a man in the person of Jesus, to live among men and die to take the punishment for our sins.  Those who reject Christ’s sacrifice for them, must bear their own punishment in hell for eternity.

 

GOD’S GLORY IS  REVEALED IN SCRIPTURE

 

In Psalm 19:7-11  the Scriptures are described as the Law of God, His testimonies, His statues, His commandments and His judgments.

 

The purpose of Scripture is to convert the soul, make wise the simple and rejoice the hearts of those who love Him and His Word.  Those who despise His Word, despise God.  How we respond to the Bible reveals much about us.

 

MAY OUR LIVES GLORIFY GOD ALSO

 

That’s the challenge of Psalm 19:12-14. Who of us is fully aware of our depravity?  Who knows the depths of his sins?   God’s Law shows us our sins.  It exposes our secret sins.  It exposes our presumptuous sins.  God’s Word also has the ability to cleanse us as we are made aware of our sins and go to Christ for cleansing.  Those who confess or agree with God that they are sinners and ask for cleansing, are saved and cleansed by the shed blood of Christ.  So God’s Word has a cleansing affect on us.

 

The Psalmist closes asking God to deliver him from the dominion of sin.   In Romans 6:14 we are taught how through Christ we are delivered from the dominion of sin. He closes his prayer asking His Redeemer to strengthen Him and guard Him from sinning against God through his thoughts, words or actions.  May that prayer of Psalm 19:14  be ours.

July 24, 2008 Posted by | God | Comments Off on The Glory of God- A devotional study of Psalm 19

God Is

The one and only true God is Spirit.  He is eternal. He is without beginning or end.  He is the source of all that exists in the universe, including its natural laws. He is the source of eternal life.  Beside Him there is none else.  Isaiah 45:22 

  

God is one God in three distinct persons.  He is Father.  He is also Son and He is the Holy Spirit.  All three persons are eternal and equal in power and glory.  In fact God the Son is the Creator we learn in John 1,  Colossians 1,  Hebrews 1  and Revelation 1

  

True religion is all about man knowing his Creator, being properly related to Him and glorifying Him.  “This is life eternal, that they might know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom Thou hast sent.”  John 17:3

  

Only as we know God, can we properly understand His creation, including ourselves.  Only as we know God, and only as we have the truth of God can we properly worship and glorify Him. and have a proper perspective and philosophy of life.  “God is a Spirit, and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.” John 4:24

  

OUR INCOMPREHENSIBLE GOD

  

However, God is incomprehensible. No matter how much or how long we scrutinize Him by reading and meditating on His Word, the Bible, or by reading the works of theologians; we can never fully understand Him and His ways.  The Apostle Paul, after dealing with deep truths of God that Bible scholars have wrestled with and differed over for centuries; concludes with a doxology of worship in Romans 11:33-36 that basically resigns us to the fact that the full knowledge of God is beyond man’s ability to grasp.

   

Isaiah wrote this same truth in Isaiah 55:8-9 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways, My ways, saith the Lord.  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.”

  

At the same time, Isaiah pleads with us in verse 6-7  to seek the Lord while He may be found and call on Him while He is near. and forsake our unrighteous thoughts and ways for He will have mercy on us and abundantly pardon.

  

It is the challenge and deepest desire and privilege of every true Christian to pursue the knowledge of God throughout his life as Paul did, Philippians 3:8-15.

   

THE ONLY SOURCE OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD

  

Though we can learn much about God through observation of His creation; the full and final  authority for our knowledge of God is found only in knowing Jesus through His Word, the Bible.  Our limited and faulty understanding of science, must be evaluated and judged by the Bible.  We must never attempt to judge God’s Word by our minds; nor should we attempt to test Him with our so-called scientific methods.  We end up in error and confusion when we test our knowledge of God by our limited and faulty observations of science or base our knowledge of God on the pronouncements of scientists, theologians, preachers, popes or church councils, who are all but mere fallible men.

  

THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD A MORAL ISSUE

  

Since God is a moral being, the knowledge of God is a moral issue more than an intellectual issue.  No matter how intellectual one is, he cannot know God unless he  first submits himself to God as His moral judge.    Read Paul’s sermon to the Athenians on this topic in Acts 17:22-34

  

The bad news is that all humanity has fallen short of God’s perfect moral standards, including you and me. Matthew 5:48,   Romans 3:10,23 

  

Because of our sins, we stand condemned under the wrath of God and must suffer eternal death in hell. Ezekiel 18:4,  Romans 6:23  Revelation 20:11-15

  

Paul in Romans 1:16-32 traces the course of one’s life who rejects his knowledge of God.  See also Proverbs 13:15 for the result of rejecting God.

   

THE MOST AMAZING FACT IN HUMAN HISTORY

  

The most amazing fact in human history is that God in His love for sinful man, came down to this earth as a man, The Lord Jesus, to make Himself known to man.  Those who saw Jesus saw God in human flesh.   Then God in human flesh willingly went to the cross to endure the wrath of God that we deserved.

  

The Good News of the Gospel is that God poured out His wrath that we deserved for our sins,  on His only begotten, sinless Son, Jesus.  He did this by allowing evil men to crucify Him. Then  God showed that He was satisfied with His Son’s sacrifice for our sins by raising Him from the dead three days later.  Isaiah 53:5-6, Acts 2,  Romans 4:25,  II Corinthians 5:21

  

Only when we approach God as our moral judge, recognizing ourselves condemned by our transgression of His moral Laws, are we ready to receive His salvation.  Only as we receive Jesus as the propitiation for our sins, is His wrath towards us appeased and we are brought into a loving, intimate relationship with Him.  Romans 3:23-28 I John 2:1-2.  I John 4:10

  

Though God is Spirit and not flesh, God the Son, in order to fully identify with us and  die for our sins, humbly left Heaven and took on human flesh, by being conceived  of the Holy Spirit in the womb of  the virgin Mary and being born as a human baby who was fully human and yet never ceased to be fully God. Philippians 2:5-11 describes this incredible journey from Heaven to earth and back to Heaven again.

  Do you  have a personal relationship with God? Do you know peace with God? Read Romans 5 to learn of the wonderful life that awaits those who put their trust in Christ. The only way that we sinners can have that relationship is to admit we are sinners and trust in Christ who shed His blood for our sins and rose again for our justification.     

March 26, 2008 Posted by | God | Comments Off on God Is

Our Unsparing God

God is just as unsparing in His wrath as He is His love. 

 

When used of God’s love, the word unsparing means profuse, lavish, love and grace without measure.

 

When used of God’s wrath, the word unsparing means  wrath without mercy or forgiveness.

 

God’s wrath is as infinite as His love.

 

God’s unsparing wrath is not on the sinner just because He has sinned.  Rather, His wrath is on the sinner because He has rejected God’s unsparing love. When we reject Christ’s sacrifice on Calvary as the only way of salvation,  we are rejecting  God’s unsparing love and that rejection infuriates God.

 

In this message, consider first the unsparing wrath of God, then we will consider His unsparing love.

 

THE UNSPARING WRATH OF GOD

 

Go to the little book of Nahum in the Old Testament. It is among the Minor Prophets towards the end of the Old Testament.   Read Nahum 1:2-8  and you will read one of the strongest statements on  God’s fury.

 

Psalm 2 describes how the heathen rage against God and how He laughs at their rage as a strong man would laugh at a six year old who threatens to beat him up. 

 

Romans 1:18  speaks further of how God’s wrath is revealed against those who in their sins,  attempt to suppress God’s Truth.  In  Romans 2:4-9  we learn that God’s wrath is being treasured up or heaped up on those who despise the goodness and forbearance of God and His gracious salvation offered to every sinner.  The longer you continue in your sin and rejection of Christ, the worse the punishment will be.

 

GOD’S UNSPARING WRATH IS ON SATAN AND HIS FALLEN ANGELS

 

In II Peter 2:4-5  and Jude 6  you read about God’s unsparing wrath on them.   There is no grace or mercy or forgiveness extended to them. They have no hope of salvation, 

 

According to Matthew 25:41  Hell was created for the devil and his fallen angels.  Hell was not created for fallen man, but that’s where unrepentant man will go.

 

But no sinner need go to hell.  Jesus died to save all of us as sinful men and women.   You don’t go to hell simply because you are a sinner.  We are all sinners.  The reason you go to hell is because you have refused to admit you are a sinner in the eyes of God and you have refused His provision for sin,  the death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus. For that rejection you will end up in Hell.

 

For those who reject His Son, God has no other provision to save from sin.

 

GOD’S UNSPARING WRATH WAS ON THE OLD WORLD BEFORE THE FLOOD.

 

See II Peter 2:5 on this.   God always warns before He sends judgment. For over 100 years Noah, a preacher of righteousness as he built the ark, warned people to turn to God and be saved from a flood that no one had ever seen.  The masses of humanity rejected that warning and died in the Flood that destroyed everyone except eight people:  Noah and his wife,  their three sons and their wives.

 

Israel was also warned by the prophets of impending captivity by Assyria and Babylon,  but they rejected the warning until one day those nations took them away  into captivity and dispersion.

 

Our responsibility as Christians  is to warn people of coming judgment and show them the way of salvation through Christ. Read  Ezekiel 3:18-19  and Acts 20:31. Are you warning  the lost of judgment or are you just pleading with people to accept the love of Jesus.  Remember, if they don’t know that judgment is coming, they have no interest whatsoever in knowing that Jesus loves  them and has a wonderful plan for their lives.  They’ve already got plans for their lives.

 

GOD’S UNSPARING WRATH WAS POURED OUT IN FIRE AND BRIMSTONE AGAINST THE SEXUAL PERVERTS OF SODOM AND GOMMORAH.

 

Fire came down from Heaven and turned the cities to molten brimstone. I wonder how long God is going to put up with the sin of America?  I love this land and am proud of her godly heritage.  But I weep for what is about to fall on this land, unless we as a nation turn back to God. See II Peter 2:6-8 and Psalm 9:17 for the sober warning.

 

 

GOD SPARED NOT THE NATURAL BRANCH.

 

Read the 11th chapter of Romans.  It is heavy reading, but worth your efforts.  There Israel (The Jews) are referred to as God’s Olive Tree. All our blessings come through the Jews.  They gave us our Bible and they gave us our Saviour, the Lord Jesus.  They deserve our love and appreciation and protection from their enemies.  America in the past has loyally stood with them.  May that ever be.

 

It is clear in the Gospel accounts that they rejected Jesus as their Messiah and joined with the Romans under the sovereignty of God, to put Jesus to death.  They cried out,  “We will not have this man rule over us!  His blood be upon us and on our children!  We have no King but Caesar!”  Actually the whole world of sinners, both Jews and Gentiles, were guilty of the death of Christ. He died to pay the penalty of the sins of the world.

 

Israel as a nation was then switched to a siding and the Church was introduced as the train going down the main track of God’s purposes.  The branches of the Olive Tree were cut off.  The stump of the Olive tree remained.   We Gentiles (heathen from all over the world) are the wild olive branches that have been grafted into the Olive Tree.  We enjoy the fatness of the Olive Tree. 

 

The wonderful news for the Jews is that He is not finished with them.   God has a wonderful plan for them and it will begin to unfold as soon as we the Church, composed of Jews and Gentiles who have received Christ as Saviour, are caught up to Heaven to be with Christ.

 

At that time the Jews will be moved back onto the main track of God’s purpose and they will go through the last seven years of Jewish history on this earth.  They will be saved by recognizing Christ as their Messiah and Saviour.  Read the wonderful prophetic future for Israel in Zechariah 12-14.

 

Jesus will return with His glorified Church at the end of the Tribulation  and will rule over the world on the throne of David in Jerusalem,   Go to my Prophecy series to learn about that wonderful Millennial Kingdom.

 

Now here’s the good news for sinners facing the wrath of God.

 

THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT GOD CAN SHOW HIS UNSPARING LOVE TO SINNERS BECAUSE HE HAS POURED OUT HIS UNSPARING WRATH ON HIS SON, JESUS.

 

Jesus has taken that unsparing wrath.  You need not face it, if you have put your trust in Christ.   Read in Romans 8:32-39  of His  unsparing love poured out on us.  Read of it in Isaiah 53:5-6.

 

Jew or Gentile,  there is no reason for you to face God’s unsparing wrath. As I said before, I say it again.  God can pour out His unsparing love on you because he has already taken care of the penalty for your sins by pouring out that penalty on His Son, the Lord Jesus.   Will you receive Him  right now?  There is no difference between Jew or Gentile.  Anyone who trusts Christ in this Age of Grace is brought into the Body of Christ, His Church.   Receive Christ now and know you have eternal life. That’s His promise in  I John 5:11-13.

 

 

June 11, 2006 Posted by | God | Comments Off on Our Unsparing God

God is Holy

God is holy.  Because He is holy every other attribute of God is associated with His holiness.  For example,  His love is a holy, pure love.  When Isaiah had a vision of God, he saw and heard the seraphims say, “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of Hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory.”  Isaiah 6:1-4

 

God cannot look on sin.

 

Because God is holy, He cannot look on sin.  The prophet Habakkuk, speaking of God in Habakkuk 1:13 says,  “Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil and canst not look on iniquity.”  In Hebrews 12:14 we read, “Follow peace with all men and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.”  Therefore, for God to look on us with favor and bless us and use us,  He must first solve the sin problem and make us holy. When Isaiah was confronted with the holiness of  God, he immediately recognized his own sinfulness.  He cried out to God in Isaiah 6:5 “Woe is me!  for I am undone, because I am a man of unclean lips and dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of Hosts.”  As we face the holiness of God, each of us must also see our sinfulness in His sight and cry out for His mercy and cleansing.

 

God alone can cleanse us from sin.

 

The moment Isaiah admitted his sinfulness,  God took the initiative and cleansed him.  This cleansing is pictured by a seraphim taking a hot coal from off the altar and touching it to Isaiah’s lips and thus purifying him. Isaiah 6:6-7   So when God planned our salvation He had to devise a plan that would make us pure and holy.  God could never allow unrepentant sinners in Heaven.  John writing about the inhabitants of Heaven says in Revelation 21:27 “And there shall in no wise enter into it any that defileth, neither whatsoever   worketh abomination, or maketh a lie; but they which  are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.”

 

It took the blood of an innocent sacrifice.

 

As  the blood of lambs was shed in Old Testament times to atone for sin, so Jesus, the Lamb of God, shed His blood on the cross for our sins.  “He who knew no sin was made sin for us, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” II Corinthians 5:21   Through faith in Christ, God declares us perfectly righteous and fit for Heaven.  Romans 3:23-26

 

Not only declared righteous but made righteous.

 

But God takes our salvation a step further.  He is not satisfied to simply justify us and declare us righteous.  His wonderful salvation also makes us righteous.. No, we are not perfect in this life, but we have a heart that longs  for perfection and holiness  and we have the promise in I John 1:3-10 and 2:1-2 that when we sin, if we will confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Perfection awaits us when we are glorified in Heaven. I John 3:1-3

 

Christianity is far more than religion.  The New Birth results in a Holy Life.

 

Because God is holy, those who are born again into His family are given His holiness.  We are actually made partakers of His divine nature.  II Peter 1:2-4  Any  “salvation experience”  that does not result in holy living is vain and worthless.  Any religion that does not produce holiness is a false religion.  It is sad that multitudes of religious people are going through the motions of dead religion.  What sinners need is not mere religion nor an emotional experience which makes us feel good about ourselves. What people need is to recognize  that God is holy and we are sinful.  We need to look to Jesus who died on the cross for our sins and rose again that we might be justified and cleansed and made holy.  May God not let you be satisfied with anything less than Christ Himself. Jesus said in His Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5:6,8  “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled.”  “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.” 

June 6, 2006 Posted by | God | Comments Off on God is Holy

God is Love

GOD IS LOVE!  Such simple, well known words and yet how difficult for us to grasp! None of us can totally  comprehend God’s love.  If we could only begin to understand a little of it, what a difference it would make in our relationship with Him and with others.  What peace and joy and comfort it would bring to our troubled hearts!

Because God is infinite; His love is infinite, endless, immeasurable and it has no boundaries.

 

Because God is everlasting, His love is everlasting. It had no beginning and it has no end.  “The Lord hath appeared of old unto me saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love; therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.”  Jeremiah 31:3

 

Because God is omnipotent, His love is powerful enough to accomplish whatever is best for me.  Read Romans 8:28-39 and as you read it, learn that  God takes all the circumstances of your life and mixes them together for your good.  Nothing is too good for God to give to His child and no power can destroy His love for us.  If I delight myself in Him,  He promises to give me the desires of my heart.  Psalm 37:4

 

Because God is omniscient (all-knowing), He sees the end from the beginning and knows what is best for me.  God is pleased when I trust Him with plans for my future.  Jeremiah 29:11   Isaiah  55:8-9

 

Because God is holy, His love is holy and pure. Isaiah 6:1-8  Revelation 4   God, who is omnipotent (all-powerful) could be an ogre or a tyrant if His love were not holy.  Because of His holiness and purity,  I  need not fear any harm from Him; only good.

 

Because God is omnipresent, His love is with me wherever I am and regardless of my situation.   He is able to show His love to me.  Psalm 139:1-18

 

Because God is immutable, His love is unchanging.  He is not fickle.  He does not with-hold His love from us as we do from others when we think it is undeserved.

 

Because I am human and have my physical and emotional weaknesses, I cannot always feel His love; but He is still with me, working out good in my life.  Job 23:8-10

 

God’s love is practical.  It is more than mere words.  God’s love is self-giving and is shown to me in His Son, Jesus, who died to pay the penalty for my sins.  John 3:16  Romans 5:8   Only as I trust Jesus and know Him as my Saviour and Lord, can I ever know His love for me.  None of us deserve God’s love.  We can never earn it.  It is totally a free gift of His grace and He lavishes it on His children.

 

Those who spurn that love will one day be forced to face His wrath.  John 3:36;  5:24  Revelation 6:12-17

 

If we are yielded Christians,  living under the control of His Holy Spirit,  Christ fills us with His love and it spills over to others.  I John 4:19;   2:5;   John 14:15;  15:12-14

June 5, 2006 Posted by | God | Comments Off on God is Love

Acts of God

Tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, fires, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions,  and other natural disasters are all in God’s hands.  Why does God allow these destructive “acts of God”?  

 

We all understand these are acts of God and not merely random natural disasters.  In Psalm 148:8  the Psalmist praises God for His awesome  creation.  Included in that praise, he praises God “for fire and hail, snow and vapours, stormy wind fulfilling His Word.”   In  Psalm 107:25-30 we learn that “He commandeth and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof. They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths. their soul is melted because of trouble.  They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man and are at their wit’s end. Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and He bringeth them out of their distresses.  He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still. Then are they glad because they be quiet; so He bringeth them into their desired haven.”

 

They are all a part of God’s curse on man for sin.

 

After Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, God cursed them and the earth. “Cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;  thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field.  In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread till thou return unto the ground; for out of it was thou taken: for dust thou art and unto the dust shalt thou return.” Genesis 3:17-19  Paul explains the consequences of sin  in his Epistle to the Romans, “For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now; and not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.”  Romans 8:22-23

 

Satan is behind them, but God allows him to destroy only that which is in His sovereign plan.   

 

Satan is the cause of many natural tragedies, but they are all permitted under the sovereign hand of God.  Satan can do nothing harmful to God’s children without God’s express permission.  That’s illustrated in the story of Job in chapter 1.   Read this interesting true story of the most godly man on the face of the earth in that day.  Satan slandered God by telling Him that Job served God  only because of God’s goodness to him.  He dared God to touch Job with tragedy and see how long his faith lasted.  God permitted Satan to touch him with tragedy and  Job came through beautifully.  Never forget, Christian friend, that when God allows Satan to touch you with tragedy,  God has His hands on the controls and allows only that which is best for you and that brings glory to God.  The rest He restrains.  “Surely the wrath of man shall praise Thee: the remainder of wrath shalt Thou restrain.”  Psalm 76:10

 

No matter how difficult it is to believe this,  God uses storms in His mixture of events  to teach us and  bless us.  

 

“All things work together for good to them that love God , to them who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28   On his way to Rome,   Paul got caught in a terrible storm at sea.  Read the exciting story in Acts 27. In the midst of the storm, God spoke to Paul a word of encouragement,  assuring him that no life would be lost.  God kept His word and all got to shore safely swimming and holding on to pieces of wood.

 

God uses disasters to get our attention.  

 

When we as a nation forget God and try to drive Him out of our  lives,  God in His love will  allow  whatever it takes; a natural disaster or a terrorist attack,  to gain our attention.

 

God sometimes uses His acts to destroy those who reject Him and attempt to fight against Him. 

 

“God is jealous and the Lord revengeth; the Lord will take vengeance and is furious; the Lord will take vengeance on His adversaries and He reserveth wrath for His enemies.  The Lord is slow to anger and great in power and will not at all acquit the wicked: the Lord hath His way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of His feet.  He rebuketh the sea and maketh it dry, and drieth up all the rivers. The mountains quake at Him, and the hills melt, and the earth is burned at His presence, yea, the world and all that dwell therein.

 

Who can stand before His indignation? Who can abide the fierceness of His anger?  His fury is poured out like fire and the rocks are thrown down by Him.”  And then the prophet Nahum gives a word of comfort to God’s people. “The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble, and He knoweth them that trust Him.” Nahum 1:2-7

 

We read in Genesis 6-8  that  about five thousand years ago,  the evil of mankind got so bad that God destroyed the entire human race except for Noah and his family who found grace in His sight.  God instructed Noah to build an ark for his family and for the animals and they were kept alive through the flood.  Skeptics scorn such an event, even though the fossils throughout the earth evidence a universal flood.  See www.answersingenesis.org

one of several good sites on this subject.

 

In II Peter 2-3  we are warned by Peter that as God destroyed the sinful world  with a flood, so one day He is going to destroy this same earth with a fire.  The Apostle John also writes about it in Revelation 21:1

 

Ultimately, God uses storms for His glory. 

 

The most important truth in the universe is that God deserves glory and someday every knee will bow before Him as King of Kings and Lord of Lords  Though we usually don’t understand what God is doing at the time,  we can trust Him that He is allowing what is best for us and what will bring glory to Himself.

 

Because God has power over storms;  He also has power to cause them to cease. 

 

In Luke 8:22-26 we read the story of Jesus with His disciples crossing the Sea of Galilee in a boat.  In the midst of the Sea, a violent storm  rose up and the disciples were fearful of being drowned.  Jesus was asleep.  In desperation they wakened Him crying, “Master, we perish!”  Jesus,  God of creation in human form, stilled the storm with the words,  “Peace;  be still!  Immediately the Sea was calmed.  

 

The lesson for all of us is that if Jesus is in the boat of our lives,  He speaks peace to our troubled hearts, even in the midst of the worst of storms.  Is He living and ruling in your life?   Do you know His peace?  Listen to His promise to Christians.  “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.  And the peace that passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”   Philippians 4:6-7

April 11, 2006 Posted by | God | Comments Off on Acts of God