Some parents teach their children a sense of justice in which rewards follow good deeds and punishments follow bad deeds. What really disturbs children is when the guilty go unpunished. They feel violated, whether it’s because of the actions of a playground bully or of a terrorist.
Sad to say, human justice often doesn’t get done.
Ah, but the Lord watches, remembers, and acts. Even if our justice system is imperfect, sometimes punishing the innocent and failing to punish the... Read More
A question for you today: How do you find God’s actions—puzzling or clear? The answer is: both of the above. There is, for example, no mistaking the clear intent of Jesus’ healing miracles—he loves people and delights in ending their misery.
But sometimes God sends or allows things that seem destructive to us. Sometimes his pace seems slow or he seems absent altogether. But nothing can change his steady love for his people. In times of fear and doubt, Isaiah... Read More
Thomas Jefferson and some of the other founders of the United States were deists. They believed that God was only watching the world and, therefore, not acting in it.
God has a different view. Psalm 103 says, “The LORD has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all” (verse 19). That means the Lord is sovereign. He acts. He is managing and steering and guiding all the world’s events to benefit believers. He is sovereign over sin,... Read More
I’ll bet that more than once you’ve been frustrated because you had obligations in different places at the same time. “Well,” you thought, “I can’t be in two places at once.”
God can. He is omnipresent. He is everywhere at the same time. Psalm 139 says, “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are... Read More
Normally we don’t like it when people think of themselves as smarter than we are. We call them know-it-alls, and that term is not meant as a compliment. Well, guess what? God is omniscient; he really does know it all. His mind is vast enough to track all the thoughts and actions of all the people on earth.
Psalm 139 says, “O LORD, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise;... Read More
Experience is a great trump card. When employees of a company are jockeying for supremacy of their views, the winning argument usually starts out something like this: ‘‘I’ve been with this company 31 years, and we never blah, blah, blah.” The point is, the longer you’ve been around, the more you deserve to be listened to.
Well, where does that put God? God is eternal. Psalm 90:2 says, “Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the earth and... Read More
How are you holding up? Are there some problems pressing down on you? Is there anything in your life unraveling?
Look back to what started out as a horrible Friday, the day on which Jesus Christ was crucified. Satan was rejoicing at all the cruelty, injustice, suffering, hatred, and blood. But on the cross, Jesus Christ succeeded in paying off our spiritual debts, ended Satan’s authority over us, and won a “not guilty” verdict from the Judge of the world.... Read More
I hope your day is going better than Thursday, October 24, 1929. On Wall Street they call it Black Thursday because of the massive loss of investor confidence, brutal stock sell off, and ensuing bank failures. The Great Depression had begun.
So how’s your day going? Are you experiencing any loss of confidence in your worth as a person? Tell you what, go outside and look around. Can you see any birds? It was on a Thursday that God invented... Read More