Pondering Proverbs 25:2 (Nov 25)
“It is the glory of God to conceal things,
but the glory of kings is to search things out.”
My take: That’s a fact. God Himself is the ultimate mystery. His designs, creations and paradoxes are truly awesome and mind numbing. Do we think about what we think about? Are we just some cosmic accident or do we have a higher calling than self fulfillment? Is there a purpose in all this mess?
Key words: glory, conceal, search
My prayer: Your ways are truly above our ways. Please help me to focus on what matters and keep searching and knowing You and your amazing creation each day.
Pondering Psalms 119:11
“I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.”
My take: Man becomes what he thinks about. That is an enourmous thought, opportunity and responsibility. Junk in, junk out…good in, good out.
What is it that you treasure?
God tells us the wisdom found within His Word is more valuable than anything physical. Do you buy that?
And today it is free but far from cheap. We are so blessed but its sad that its so often ignored, dissmissed, belittled and squandered. Its opponents are many yet its power and preemminance go unchallenged.
Let’s be like David and store the Word up in our hearts. Not just intellectual knowledge but a personal guide and fine filter. Much like a computer’s anti-virus and a vehicle’s GPS. We have the ability to program our subconscious mind for amazing tasks. Its tough being me and I certainly need every resource I can muster to win and hope that I might not sin.
My prayer: Help me to be ALL I can by focusing, meditating and memorizing Your Holy Book.
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31 ESV
The LORD is for me; I will not fear; What can man do to me?
“Devise a plan, but it will be thwarted; State a proposal, but it will not stand, For God is with us.”
‘Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’
“Behold! The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call Him Immanuel” (which means, “God with us”).
Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible
What shall we then say to these things? Either to these afflictions, shall we murmur and repine at them? no, since they work together for our good, and are not to be compared with our future glory, which is certain; for if we suffer with, and for Christ, we shall be glorified together: or to these blessings just now mentioned, as the foreknowledge of God, divine predestination, effectual calling, free justification, and eternal glorification, what can be said to these? nothing can be added to them, they are a complete set of blessings, wanting nothing; nor can the greatness of them be fully expressed, or the freeness of God’s grace displayed in them, sufficiently declared: what remains for us to do, but to be thankful for them, and glory in them? or what can be said “against” them? nothing at all, they cannot be contradicted or gainsaid; they are true and faithful sayings; they can never be made void, and of no effect, by hell or earth; nor ought our unbelieving hearts to have anything to say against interest in them: or what is to be said, or inferred “from” them? why, the free, sovereign, unchangeable, and everlasting love of God, in providing and bestowing such benefits; and the certainty of salvation, which is infallibly secured hereby:
if God be for us; or, “seeing he is for us”, has an affection for us, which appears from the gift of himself, Son, and Spirit, and all the blessings of grace and glory; and is on our side: as that he is on the side of his people, is evident from his preservation of them from the evils of the world and their own corruptions; from the supports he gives them under afflictions and temptations; from his carrying on the work of grace upon them, notwithstanding all the opposition made unto it; and from their safety and security they enjoy by him, notwithstanding the power of their enemies; he is so for them, and on their side, as that he will certainly save them. This he has determined to do, he has sent his Son to obtain salvation for them, his Spirit to apply it to them, and keeps them by his power to the full enjoyment of it: and since this is the case,
who can be against us? none can be against them. There are some that cannot possibly be against them; if Jehovah the Father is not against them, the Son cannot be against them, nor the Spirit; good angels cannot be against them, so far from it, that they rejoice at their good, minister to them, and are a guard about them; the law cannot be against them, because it is fulfilled in them; nor justice, because it is satisfied, and all its demands answered: and though there may be some who may be against them, and oppose themselves to them, yet their opposition is to no purpose; they will never prevail over them to their ruin and destruction; as neither sin, nor Satan, nor the world, nor death itself.
These are deep and amazing questions. What is God for?
The Bible tells us directly, in spite of our biases. Nature reflects to us, despite her marring. Our conscience whispers to our souls while the noise of life carries on.
Often times what is hard is for our good because God is that awesome. Only He can turn the frown upside down for eternity. I mean just look at the Cross. Despicable and brutal yet wonderful and loving.
Paul answered this question for us so eloquently in one of my favorite verses, just 3 prior to the passage at hand, Romans 8:28; And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
If we have faith and believe that, it is so. If we don’t, it is not…at least, yet.
Ultimately, Satan is crushed. Jesus reigns on Earth without the angst of sin and our broken relationship is fully mended. Our perseverance is rewarded. Our current hard circumstances and momentary afflictions will seem like nothing when our eternal reality is revealed. Our reward is none other than Jesus. To be like Him and truly know Him. Yes, God is for us. Hang on brothers and sisters, for He is holding us while the preparation is underway.
Lord, some of the concepts in Your word are truly mind blowing. Help me truly take hold and enjoy the ride of life knowing deep down that as long as I respond to Your love with all of my heart, mind, soul and strength while trusting Your Spirit and Jesus’s mighty work to bridge the gap, my lot is sure and secure for Your Word says so. Amen and amen.
My habitual habitation in Thy Holy Spirit of my heart is an honor and huge privilege.
What awesome, abundant and beautiful names our Lord Jesus has!
These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful.”
I don’t know about you but I sure hope and pray I am with Him and not against Him.
If YOU are reading this at this present time YOU are indeed ‘called and chosen’ for John 3:16 and many other passages affirm that, the question is will WE be faithful?
It only takes faith the size of a mustard seed to do mighty things by God.