Because the sinful mind cannot fully comprehend God’s worthiness, God outlines for His people how to worship Him in a worthy way.
Many people in today’s society use the scripture “God is love” as a license to do whatever they desire Continue reading
How do you “know that the LORD is God”? Certainly I cannot know this in its entirety by mere cognitive assent. Knowing that He is God will require Continue reading
The interesting thought here is that God is acting as a fortress for His own by working and bringing about desolations on the earth. Continue reading
Human choice is broken down into two parts: desire and action. But since each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire and then that desire gives birth to sin, which brings forth death, it is safe to say that we need someone who has the courage to tell us, “This far you may come and no further.” (Job 38:11)
But if our desires lead to death, we are trapped in that dark state and cannot act, because only the living have the freedom of choice. Therefore God, in His free choice, designed a way to give us life by: 1) telling us “no” so that we awaken to the immutable boundaries that structure freedom, morality, and life in our chaotic world. And 2) choosing to substitute His perfect life on the cross for our sinful one, so that He might take on our sin, and we might acquire His righteousness and life.
Then, He rose from the grave.
This is the ultimate No. The no to the power of death.
Therefore, the issue is not with God telling you “No.” There is value in God’s “no’s.” The issue is: Will you say, “Yes” to God?
This seems like an odd throw-in verse in a list of genealogies. But it’s not. God hates divorce, and He did not have to give Shaharaim anything, especially sons. Yet God blesses both the Continue reading
As waters break out — God comes like a flood, like a mighty river bursting the walls of a dam. There is no time for the enemies to react. He has acted swiftly, decisively, and justly. The waters cover them. This is not the antithesis of love. Rather, it is the epitome of it. Continue reading
There will always be those who try to tear us down and to destroy what God has set up. Below are some thoughts on how God sustains us, as outlined in the first five chapters of Psalms. Links have been added to the verses for your convenience.
God is not a man, so don’t try to compare Him to one. God and man live by different standards and live their lives in different ways. Unlike man, who lies to avoid shame and judgment, God finds no need for deception. He does not feel shame, for He is the embodiment and the arbiter of Truth. Nor does He fear retribution, because He is the First Cause for creation and for behavior. Others cannot and will not influence Him. To permit this would abdicate His position as First Cause. Even when God became flesh and dwelt among us, the change of venue did not persuade Him to change His character.
He is also not a son of man. People procrastinate and change their minds. God is a planner and a doer. He is not wishy-washy. From the beginning, His voice has declared His purposes and His person, generating a continuous line of creating moments where He has permanently altered reality. From darkness becoming light to sinners becoming saved, God has been intentional. His promises are fulfilled, because He has spoken. He is not a man, nor a son of man. He is the continuously creating, truthful, immutable, redeeming God.