January 28, 2022

Only upon God

My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.
Psalm 62:5 (KJV)
Eyes and hands and feet, mind and thought, may have to be intently engaged in the duties of this life; 'My soul, wait thou only upon God.' Thou art an immortal spirit, created not for this world but for eternity and for God. O, my soul! Realize thy destiny. Know thy privilege, and 'wait thou only upon God.' Let not the interest of religious thoughts and exercises deceive you; they very often take the place of waiting upon God. My soul, wait thou, thy very self, your inmost being, with all its power, 'wait thou only upon God.' God is for thee, thou art for God; wait only upon Him.

January 27, 2022

Yesterday, Today, Forever

The steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children’s children, to those who keep his covenant.
Psalm 103:17-18
Rejoice, believer, in Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today, and forever. Jesus always was. The Babe born in Bethlehem was united to the Word, which was in the beginning, by whom all things were made. The title by which Christ revealed himself to John in Patmos was, “Him who is, and who was, and who is to come.” If he were not God from everlasting, we could not so devoutly love him; we could not feel that he had any share in the eternal love which is the fountain of all covenant blessings; but since he was from all eternity with the Father,

January 26, 2022

The First Begotten

Let your work be manifest to your servants, and your glorious power to their children.

Psalm 90:16
That Jesus Christ was God’s only begotten Son signifies that God had no other Son but this one. He was with the Father from all eternity. But, we are told, God was not satisfied that Christ should remain the only begotten Son; he wanted also to make him his first begotten. How could an only begotten Son become a first begotten?

January 25, 2022

Have I Been There?

Here's a map I created, using mapchart.net, of the places in the United States and Canada that I've visited (click on the map to enlarge). It's color-coded according to

Alright in the End

Correct me, O Lord, but in just measure; not in your anger, or you will bring me to nothing. 
✙ Jeremiah 10:24

Sonny, one of the main characters in the film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, liked to say, Everything will be alright in the end so if it is not alright it is not the end. This isn't so far from Paul's teaching that all things work together for good for those who love God. 
The fact is that God loves us and wants the best for us. But "the best" isn't exactly what we want when we want it. Sometimes we have to hear that the answer is No. Sometimes we even require correction. 

January 24, 2022

Darkness

If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light around me become night,” even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is as bright as the day.

Psalm 139:11-12
Jesus said he is the Light of the world. Paul tells us that the light is good, and that we save evil deeds until the night. It's no wonder, then, that many of us think of the night as being bad.
The Bible uses this metaphor because we cannot always see (or be seen) in the darkness.