“The Lord is slow to anger but great in power;
the Lord will certainly not allow the wicked to go unpunished.”
Nahum prophesied against Nineveh, capital of the pagan Assyrians. God was concerned with all the peoples of the world. He used them for his purposes, even to punish Israel, but he did not hold them guiltless.
God is the sovereign Lord who reigns over all. He continues to work in the world, though he does not provide us details. But we may know that he works still to promote his purpose to save all peoples.
#votd #Nahum #God
Preparations for my office move prompted a collection of studies in a future book, hopefully not too far in the future. Over 300 pages so far. Working title, Knowledge of the Gospel.
One series of studies in the book, which I’m now preaching in the Urbanova congregation, focuses on the divine initiative. We teach, and rightly so, the steps to salvation. Each of those steps is a response to an initiative of God’s. Here’s the structure:
- Word of God : hear, believe.
- Glory of God : repent.
- Son of God : confess.
- Salvation of God : be immersed.
- Family of God : love, serve, speak.
The emphasis falls on what God does. Then comes our response. This approach provides needed context for the steps to salvation and provides them greater weight of importance.
We have several non-Christians meeting with us, including my neighbor, with whom I’ve been studying, and a nice young couple, with two small daughters, who visited the first time on the first sermon in the series and have been attending since then. The couple are neighbors of Douglas and Ludmila, and were invited by them. (I shared the third lesson tonight, Apr 8.) Pray they may turn to the Lord.
“I cannot carry out my fierce anger!
I cannot totally destroy Ephraim!
Because I am God, and not man—the Holy One among you—
I will not come in wrath!”
God is not like man. He controls his emotions. He does not act impetuously. He does not fly off the handle. His judgment is carried out fairly.
We can rest in God’s control not only of all creation, but of himself. His actions toward us are determined by his character, not his feelings. What an example for his creatures!
#votd #God #emotions
“Is there anyone among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone?”
In the sermon on the mount, Jesus makes an argument from the lesser to the greater. Humans take care of their children. God will certainly take care of his by answering their prayers.
What “good things” have you asked God for? Do you know what is really good and what you should ask for?
#prayer #God #VOTD
“Shemaiah the prophet visited Rehoboam and the leaders of Judah who were assembled in Jerusalem because of Shishak. He said to them, ‘This is what the Lord says: “You have rejected me, so I have rejected you and will hand you over to Shishak.”‘ The leaders of Israel and the king humbled themselves and said, ‘The Lord is just.'”
2 Chronicles 12.5-6
The king and people of Judah abandoned the law of God, v. 1. As a result, the king of Egypt assembled a large army to come up against them, vv. 2-4. Shemaiah proclaimed God’s judgment. God treats man as man treats God.
Even when God disciplines us, do we say that God is just? Or do we complain that he is unfair?
#God #2Chronicles #VOTD
“Do I actually delight in the death of the wicked, declares the Sovereign Lord? Do I not prefer that he turn from his wicked conduct and live?”
The God of the Old Testament was just as good and gracious as the God of the New. They are the one and same God, contrary to the opinion of many. He is also as holy and fearful as he ever was.
What are some other wrong views of God? Why do people create such ideas about God?
#God #repentance #VOTD
“The God and Father of the Lord Jesus, who is blessed forever, knows I am not lying.”
2 Corinthians 11.31
Paul appealed to God as witness and judge. Only God knows a person’s heart and true motives. For this, he should be praised, since he judges rightly.
God sees our weakness, v. 30, and comes to our aid. How do you glory in God’s knowledge of your weakness?
#weakness #God #VOTD
“Come with great power, O God, and rescue me!
Defend me with your might.”
Psalm 54.1 NLT
“Great power” translates God’s name, which represents all God is and does. David needs deliverance from enemies (see subscript and v. 3). He asks God to hear him, v. 2, for he is sure of an answer, vv. 4-5.
Are you confident of God’s answer to your prayers? Does this motivate me to ask God? How often do I pray to God for deliverance, and how often do I trust in my own powers?
#prayer #God #VOTD
“I, I am the Lord, and there is no deliverer besides me.”
Israel looked to other gods, to other nations, like Egypt to protect them. They failed to trust fully in God. For that failure, they paid dearly.
To what, besides God, do we resort for deliverance? What does it mean to trust God fully?
#God #trust #VOTD
The song leader can start the song but they cannot make you sing.
A prayer can be led but that does not mean you will be able to honestly say amen.
Money can be placed in the basket but that does not mean it will be done with cheerfulness.
The word of God may be opened but that does not mean the same can be said about your heart.
The Lord’s Supper can be eaten but no one can make you partake of communion with the Lord.
When we bring the wrong attitude to worship we turn our holy kiss into a holy dis that hinders the sensitivity of our soul, our relationship with God and the worship of the church as a whole.
Anybody can go to church, but you have to want to worship God.
“But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”” (John 4:23-24 NKJV)
I posted this earlier today over on my microblog, but nobody reads it (which is fine with me), and I thought this deserving of a good read. May it encourage someone today.
Have faith. Trust in God. Believe that he will provide. Has he not done so in the past? Has he not cared for your every need? Have you not seen his hand move when you were helpless? Are you not his child, in Christ? Did you not obey the gospel and receive his grace? God cares for his own. He has promised to care for those who seek first his kingdom and his righteousness. Rest in him. Be at peace. Know that he is God and he sees your need. Give thanks for his goodness toward you.
“He will reward each one according to his works: eternal life to those who by perseverance in good works seek glory and honor and immortality, but wrath and anger to those who live in selfish ambition and do not obey the truth but follow unrighteousness.”
Paul’s concept of faith takes in one’s works toward God. Eternal life is for those who persevere in good works, not of merit, but of faith.
Works that are good are defined by God, not by man. Those who do good works are in contrast to those who do not obey the truth. What is it we should seek that Paul describes as “glory and honor and immortality”?
#judgment #God #VOTD
Let’s face it – feet aren’t always the most attractive part of the human body. Reality is, most of us can only dream about being a foot model.
Pedicures don’t cure all!
Corns, bunions, callouses, ingrown toenails, fungal infections and sometimes an inordinate amount of hair all contribute to the “real reason” humanity quit wearing sandals and started wearing shoes.
And yet, when God looks at our feet it’s still possible for him to use a scarcely heard adjective for the base of our basely body-parts.
“How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things!” (Romans 10:15 NKJV)
“If we are unfaithful, he remains faithful, since he cannot deny himself.”
2 Timothy 2.13
God and his people work for the salvation of all, v. 10. Their work is based on trustworthy truths, v. 11. Regardless of our decisions, God does not change his will.
When people fail, it hurts others. Our own failures may keep others from faith. But God is dependable, always. We may reach for him. We ought to make him our foundation. How can we make God our solid rock on whom we can depend?
#faithfulness #God #VOTD
“For people everywhere report how you welcomed us and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus our deliverer from the coming wrath.”
1 Thessalonians 1.9-10
Paul’s description of conversion included the hope of eternal salvation at Jesus’ coming. Serving and waiting are two important aspects of the Way. Serving is charged and motivated by the second coming. The waiting is defined by the living God who gave life to his Son and who will also give it to us.
A more important fact than present suffering at the hands of enemies is the coming wrath in the final judgment. What must we do to avoid the latter?
#conversion #God #VOTD