Life can be cruel to children in many ways. My kids tell me stories about bullies and arrogant grown-ups who make them feel weak and unimportant.
One of the things I love about God is that he loves kids. He loves my kids, and he loves yours too. Jesus said in Mark 10:14, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.”
Every person who has been... Read More
Do you ever find God’s ways confusing? By now you’ve lived long enough to have been hurt many times. Sometimes you have to wonder if God is really on your side or not.
But that’s one of the things that I have really come to love about God. As I get older I see more and more that the Lord really knows exactly what he’s doing in my life. He says in Jeremiah 29:11,12: “I know the plans I have... Read More
It's hard to imagine that George Washington and Abraham Lincoln were human beings. The stories and legends and the passage of many decades have made them seem superhuman. Their images are burned into our imaginations--Washington in his blue frock coat and buff breeches on his white horse, Lincoln looking sad-eyed into the camera as if anticipating his assassination.
And yet in their day they took plenty of abuse. People sneered at Washington for being a highborn aristocratic slaveholder, and... Read More
Ever been attacked by someone you thought was a friend? That hurts, doesn’t it? And when you’ve been burned once, it makes it hard to trust anybody.
One of the things I really like about God is that he is not moody, two-faced, or haphazard. The Bible says in James 1:17 that God “does not change like shifting shadows.” He is rock-steady in his power, his purposes, and in his love for us.
One of the compensations for growing older... Read More
How many people do you suppose are angry with you right now? I try to live in peace with people as best as I can, but I’d guess there are probably a half dozen people who would like to hurt me if they could.
What a relief it is to know that God holds no grudges toward me, even though I deserve his anger. In the Bible, the prophet Jeremiah says, “Because of the LORD’s great love we are not... Read More
This day to express love through cards and gifts has a strange and murky beginning. The early Christian church honored the memory of a number of men named Valentinus and celebrated their feast day on February 14. Their legends describe them as heroic priests who were martyred in a time of persecution.
Over the centuries the observance acquired overtones of romance and pagan images like the boy-god Cupid shooting his little love arrows. None of that really matters. Thanks to... Read More
Have you ever really depended on somebody and then been disappointed? It’s human nature for people to fail, to lie, to quit , to make excuses, to be selfish, and to be so into their own agendas that they don’t have time for you.
One of the things I love about God is that he always keeps his promises. There is no evasion, no lying, no weakness, and no meanness in him at all. What he says he will do,... Read More
I don’t know about you, but I often feel inadequate to live up to the high and holy standards that I know God wants of me. I know what God desires, and yet I know my own sins and weaknesses all too well. Sometimes I wonder if God can still love me.
God takes away my fear by giving me a helper—his Holy Spirit. The Spirit of God, the third person of the Holy Trinity, lives in the hearts of... Read More
"You’re not listening to me!” For centuries these angry words have been hollered by fearful wives at their clueless husbands. Wives are absolutely certain about this central truth: “If you love me, you will listen to me.”
Now this is also true of our relationship with God. Since we cannot hold a back-and-forth conversation with God directly, we often grow fearful that we are all alone and that God is not listening to our prayers. The Lord Jesus promises us... Read More
Every child’s greatest fear is being abandoned by his parents. Kids have nightmares about being separated in a shopping mall. Grown-ups have similar fears too. We fear that we’ve been abandoned by God and are all alone as we try to survive a hard and cruel life on this planet.
God wants you to know that he will always love you and that he will never abandon you. To guide and comfort you, he speaks to you through his eternal... Read More