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Archive for August, 2009

The longer I live, the more I realize that the lasting, eternal gift we receive from this life is our knowledge and love of God.  If you stop and think about it, everything else fades away…  This life and everything in it is temporary, but what God gives us, what He reveals to us and what He brings about in our life is eternal.

So why on earth do we spend so much time pursuing things that will fade away?  And how do we live in such a way that every step we take is a journey in childlike dependence upon the Lord Jesus Christ?

O Lord, open our eyes to the reality of Your Presence, as we live this life is growing dependence upon You.

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Not Without You

I’ve been considering Moses the past several weeks.  The more I read about him, the more I see his heart for God.  There is one section in particular that keeps drawing me in, “For how then can it be known that I have found favor in Your sight, I and Your people?  Is it not by Your going with us, so that we, I and Your people, may be distinguished from all the other people who are upon the face of the earth”  Exodus 33:16.

You probably know the background, Aaron and the Israelites created a golden idol in the image of a calf and fell down and worshipped it (they grew impatient during Moses’ absence).  As a result of their rebellion, God smote about three thousand men, and determined He would not travel with them any longer (calling them obstinate), lest His anger burn against them and He’d destroy all of them.  God promised to send an angel to lead them the rest of the way.  Upon hearing this news, the people went into mourning.  They couldn’t believe their ears.  Either could Moses, so he prayed and waited for God’s final verdict.

Moses refused to go on toward the promise land without God.  No angel would do; it had to be God or nothing.  “Is it not by Your going with us…” What set them apart was the Lord God Jehovah.  Without God they were just like all the other idol worshippers (which they proved).

What’s so amazing about this story is that Moses, and perhaps a few thousand Israelites, realized that a land flowing with milk and honey, no matter how glorious that might be, without God it was nothing.  It was God who made it great.

Every once in awhile someone will say to me, “I can’t imagine doing life without God.”  And my response is always the same, “Isn’t that the truth!”  For so many years I did my own thing, pursuing my dreams and desires.  After getting less than ideal results, I realized life without God is empty.  We can fool ourselves into believing it’s really good, but it’s not.  We can try and make it better, but life will still fall short.  The idols (affection for things) don’t pay off; instead they suck us dry.

May our prayer be similar to Moses prayer, “Not without You, God!”

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Keeping Up…

Just about everyday I receive an invitation to join a friend on Twitter or Facebook.  It’s an invitation to stay connected.  While I think it’s a very good idea to stay connected with friends, most people I talk to can’t even keep up with their email.  Someone I spoke with the other day said they can literally spend hours twittering their friends. Hum…  Or is that, huh…

Well, I’m obviously challenged in keeping up with this blog.  There are only so many hours in a day.  By the time you divvy up your time between staying in God’s word, working, staying in touch with a few friends on a regular basis, paying bills, maintaining a home, eating daily meals, and sleeping a few hours each night, what’s left for Twitter?  Family?  Quiet time?  Who’s resting, really resting these days?  Where’s the margin?

Needless to say, I won’t be joining Twitter, Facebook or the like, until I can find time…

I pray you can find time to listen to these radio messages, and you are encouraged to find your hope in Jesus Christ.  Above all, I pray God remains at the center of all of our lives…

God bless you and keep you focused on what matters most.

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