Here’s a little 3×5 card that puts the gospel squarely (or rectangularly) centered in God and his activity.
“And, after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace who called you to his eternal glory in Christ will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.”
1 Peter 5.10
Suffering brings us to the God of all grace. We find in him our “fount of every blessing.” We obey and are faithful, but the work of saving and establishing is his.
“Moses said to God, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh, or that I should bring the Israelites out of Egypt?'”
Moses offered several excuses to God to avoid the responsibility of leading Israel out of Egypt. One was his unimportance. The answer: Who is God? He would be with Moses, v. 12.
When God calls, do not look to self, but to his empowering presence. No one is qualified, but all are called. Christ says, “I will be with you” Mt 28.20.
“‘Do you really think anyone can hide himself where I cannot see him?’ the Lord asks. ‘Do you not know that I am everywhere?’ the Lord asks.”
Can God see me? If he sees, does he care? If he cares, will he do anything about it? Won’t he forgive any wrong? Man thinks all sorts of wrong things about God.
What wrong things do I think about God? What Bible truths do I neglect, forget, or twist? How do I justify my sin?
“Dominion and awe belong to God; he establishes order in the heights of heaven.”
Bildad was right. He and his friends said many correct things, but they had some bad applications to their friend Job. Here, he is spot on.
Does God occupy my vision of existence? Does he establish order in my life, as he does in the heights of heaven? Do I regard him with awe?
“I am the Lord, the God of all humankind. There is, indeed, nothing too difficult for me.”
As the walls of Jerusalem are about to fall, God gives a promise that normality will return to Israel. He punishes and restores.
God can save anyone who is willing. His word is powerful. Our faith ought to be robust. The sovereign Lord does what is humanly impossible. How we need his presence!
“God is not a man, that he should lie,
nor a human being, that he should change his mind.
Has he said, and will he not do it?
Or has he spoken, and will he not make it happen?”
For all his perfidy, Balaam understood this and insisted with Balak: One must be careful to speak only what the Lord has put in one’s mouth, v. 12. For God will do exactly as he says he will do.
Humans often say one thing and do another, be it parents, children, friends, or work associates. In what area do we pretend that God will not do as he reveals?
New lessons on this topic are in the Old Paths Archive. Sadly, some of our young people are turning away from God and into immorality. Pray with me that this lesson will be helpful to some.
What is the truth about God?
Wat is de waarheid over God?
May the Lord bless you.
If you’re in the Chillicothe area, come join us for the gospel meeting Sunday, Sep 30, through Wednesday, Oct 3. The theme I’ll be developing is “The Divine Initiative.” Topics include:
In each lesson, we’ll see what God has done and how we ought to respond to his loving actions.
Thanks to Ron Thomas for the invitation and opportunity to share these wonderful truths.
“Are not my days few? Cease, then, and leave me alone, that I may find a little comfort, …”
Job attributed his sufferings to God. In this chapter he has questions for the Creator. He thinks if God will leave him alone, he might find some comfort. But it is God who protects him.
We may not suffer like Job, but we have questions and also attribute to God what he is not responsible for. God always desires and works for our good. Faith understands this.
“God won’t let your foot slip. Your protector won’t fall asleep on the job.”
Psalm 121.3 CEB
In this pilgrimage psalm, God not only protects, but he is protector, i.e., his nature and work is to look over his people. He is “the one who guards.”
This verse may be a prayer, based upon the truth of God’s protectiveness. We may be sure of him. Let us be sure to seek him.
“Yet he too is wise and he will bring disaster;
he does not retract his decree.
He will attack the wicked nation,
and the nation that helps those who commit sin.”
The king’s royal advisors sent to make alliance with Egypt because of their military power. But God is wise in his actions, even in his judgments. Man’s wisdom will fail.
We think it wrong when God punishes and causes disaster. We wince at speaking of God’s holiness and righteousness. We’d rather talk about his goodness. But he is wise and judges rightly!
Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. James 1:17
There are so many misconceptions about God. Many think He is only watching to punish us for wrong. When we get to know God, we learn that he loves us, cares for us, and that all good things in our life come from Him. How thankful we can be that He is good all the time and never changes. In Him we live, and move, and have our being. Let’s never blame God for anything, but rather appeal to Him for the blessing we need. —David W. Grubb
“Certainly you must have heard!
Long ago I worked it out,
In ancient times I planned it;
and now I am bringing it to pass.
The plan is this:
Fortified cities will crash
into heaps of ruins.”
God spoke to King Hezekiah about Sennacherib, king of Assyria, that all he did was by the Lord’s design. The pagan king’s arrogance, then, was unwarranted.
What God plans he causes to happen. Every plan of his reaches its successful conclusion. His plan for us, his people today, will be fulfilled. What a relief and joy!
“You will rejoice in the Lord;
you will boast in the Holy One of Israel.”
Chastised Israel would see her enemies defeated. The chosen people would come to understand that only the Lord is God. Idols are nothing and can do absolutely nothing for those who worship them.
Idolatry is as common today as it ever was. Many idols are set up in the heart. Christians reject all gods but One, and in him they rejoice and boast.