Teach Us

Do I know the right way to live?

Do you?

It’s hard to figure out, isn’t it?  So many choices.  Our world is over-filled with things that influence our thinking.  Sometimes – in an effort to be ‘informed’ – we fill our minds with all kinds of opinions and perspectives, never knowing what the real facts are.

Is that good?

Is that bad?

How do we know?

As a Christ-follower, I am so glad I have a compass.  I have a Spirit living inside of me who guides me to the truth.  Then I need to listen and obey.

In Kings 8, King Solomon is standing in front of the people of Israel at the dedication of the Lord’s Temple and he prays to God, “Teach them the right way to live.”

Solomon was very wise and he knew that our Master Teacher is God.  The only One we can always trust is God.

After asking God to teach his people how to live, Solomon then says, “And send rain on the land you gave your people for an inheritance.”

Bless my people.

Teach us your truth, dear Father, and bless us through it.

He is Good

As the sun rises each morning, I am reminded,

 God is good.

Every time I look at the smiling faces of my grandchildren – even the littlest one is smiling already – I am reminded,

 God is good.

My husband, Dave, and I are celebrating 37 years of marriage next week and I am reminded,

God is good.

My calendar is filled with good times and special moments with people I love and I am reminded,

    God is good.

I am completely confident in this truth –

   My God is good.

During the dedication of the Lord’s Temple in 1 Kings, we read that the musicians played the trumpets, cymbals, harps and lyres as they ‘joined in unison to give praise and thanks to the Lord.”  The rest of the people also raised their voices and sang,

    “He is good; his love endures forever.”

I love thinking about how my voice saying “God is good”  is part of this enormous crowd of people who have loved God.  When I say these words, I am joining with all believers through all of history.  I hear the angels praising God with us, filling the heavens with gratitude through all eternity.

These words were true back when King Solomon built the temple and they remain true today.  When I became absolutely convinced that God is good, peace filled my soul  The truth is, no matter how bad or crazy or painful things in my life or in your life look or feel,  God is good.  Our circumstances do not change this fact.

   God is good; his love endures forever.

Thank you, Abba Father.

 

 

 

Only a Flicker

There are times when my problems loom very large over my head.

There are other days when there seems to be way too much to do – it will never all get done.

And then there are days like today when my absorption in the details of my life slams up against God’s truth.

My life is just a momentary flicker in time.

God tells me in his word that my life is like the new grass which withers almost as soon as it appears.

My life is barely going to make a noticeable bump in the history of time.

When King David was dying, he said, “I am about to go the way of the earth.”

Ashes to ashes, dust to dust.  King David was extremely famous with his name and life splashed all over the most significant book of all time – the Bible.  And even he went ‘the way of all the earth.”  That’s where my body is going, too – back to the earth.

So I have to ask – what’s it all for?  What can I do to make my flicker matter?

As always, God’s truth provides the answer.  It’s all about loving God and loving others.

When our lives are dedicated to loving God and loving others, the ripples of grace, truth and wisdom reach out through our family and friends, making a lasting mark on lives our love has touched.

We are only here for a very short time until we  go the way of all the earth.

Let’s make it count.

I dedicate my flicker to loving you and loving others, Abba Father.

No Short-Cuts

I like the answers to my questions to be given to me – quickly.

I don’t want to spend a bunch of time researching and trying to figure them out.

Who has the time for that?

Can you relate?

If one of the questions you have is “why don’t I hear God speak to me more often?” or “why can’t I ever hear God speak to me?”

The answer is – it takes having a personal relationship with God to regularly hear him.  The closer I get to him, the louder and more clearly his voice becomes.

Yes, sometimes he will just speak out of the blue to someone who doesn’t even believe in him.  But, generally, getting our communication channels open with God takes time and effort.

We like to take short cuts by listening to the pastor for 20 minutes on Sunday morning so he can teach us something from God’s Word.  We like reading Christian books and devotionals where other Christians share what they heard from God.  Don’t get me wrong – this is good – I’m a blogger, aren’t I?  The Holy Spirit can and does use all of these methods to reveal truth to us.

But I will never have a close personal relationship with God through someone else.  It’s got to be just him and me for many hours, many weeks, many months, many years.  If I really want to know and hear God, this is the answer.

“God looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God”  Psalm 53

Please help us seek you with all of our hearts, minds and souls, Abba Father.