for in its welfare, you will find your welfare… Jeremiah 29:7

My Pondering

This is all about the Golden Rule and that givers gain. Daniel was a great example of this principle. Joseph and Queen Esther too. Flourish where you are planted. Let your good works be evident in the midst of chaos.

Here is a distinct passage where we this in action.

3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. 5For just as the sufferings of Christ overflow to us, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.

2nd Corinthians 1:3-5

We receive comfort to provide comfort.

Unfortunately fortunately we also receive sufferings for the same reason. It is a true dichotomy.

If you notice, God doesn’t spare from all troubles, but be encouraged as He both helps us through them and most definently uses them like no other (Romans 8:28 – if you don’t know it by heart, look it up).

“What’s Been Missing!”

Perspective issues have caused a lot of my problems in my relationship with God – too often!

I just realized something that we all have, that might just make a difference in how we follow God.

I have worked for several very large corporations in the past.

I went in, did my job; and took a paycheck.
I was loyal to each company, as long as they took care of me.

There was one thing, though, that I’ve never had in any one of them.

For me, something was always missing in the loyalty part of things.

When I did not get what I needed from them; or especially if I was not paid well enough, I left and looked elsewhere for something more.

Time and time again, something was missing; and I left looking for more.

I could say I was loyal; but since I quit so much, there was no loyalty to any of them – at all.

I am an American; and I’m loyal to my country.

We have a President; and I vote to help put my choices in office.

Sometimes I win; and sometimes I lose.

The country changes with each new administration; and I adapt with whatever changes are made in front of me.

I don’t always agree with every decision the current President decides; but I’m an American, so I stay here anyway.

I don’t stay because of the President; but because this is my home.

I guess I’m loyal to this country, at least in that I have never considered leaving it for another country.

Here’s the perspective part that’s been missing.

I’ve never met the CEO of any very large corporation, where I worked.

None of them have ever met me; nor even knew who I was.

They didn’t come to me to help me stay, when I had problems.

After I left, “they” found another person to take my place.

I have never met any sitting President of the United States.

I’m loyal to this country; and I intend to stay here the rest of my life.

I vote; but the President, either way, never comes to my house to thank me.

I never see them wave to me as I go to work each day; and I am pretty sure, I will never meet any one of them.

Yet I am loyal to them, in a way, at least.

Here’s my point!

I have been a Christian most of my life.

There is a God who made everything and controls everything.

I’ve mostly served Him; but I’ve had struggles at times, running off to serve my own: wants; desires; and needs.

I know God is my Father;
but I’ve viewed Him like the CEO of a large corporation;
or the President of a country.

He is distant to me, too much.

I have missed the truth about something which is very different with God, separating Him from all who are in authority; over every part of this world.

I am pretty confident that there are NO leaders of any large group, that have time or desire to KNOW all of their employees.

Even the best President in the history of this country, did not have time; or even desire to reach out to all of those serving under them.

They might know a few very top officials around them;
but no one will be coming to my house in the near or far future to sit down with me and chat.

They won’t even call me to see if I am OK; or if I need something.

No one has ever come to my town to: find me; comfort me when I was hurting; or in trouble.

Perspective!

We serve A Living God,
Who is greater than any CEO; or President;
or even father of any household in the history of mankind!

He could sit on His Throne and oversee everything from Heaven, using His officials to run everything beneath Him.

He never needs to: call me to see if I have any questions; nor come to see if I am hurting and afraid.

But this King we serve, is different!

He does not choose to sit back; and let the world run through use of His massive group of servants.

This King runs everything – personally!

Not only that, this King made a way to help everyone!

Right down to every single person who ever lived; and right down to the number of hairs on our heads,

HE KNOWS US ALL BY NAME!

Then, He sends His Very Own Son to save us all!

God does not have a distant relationship with me; or you!

He does come to my town!
He does come to my house!
He does sit down with me in Person, to see what I need; and see why I’m hurting!

He does not only want to know me;
He knows me better than I know myself!

GOD, not only signs my paycheck;
He has covered my future,
forever –
with His Own BLOOD!

Been Missing!”

Perspective issues have caused a lot of my problems in my relationship with God – too often!

I just realized something that we all have, that might just make a difference in how we follow God.

I have worked for several very large corporations in the past.

I went in, did my job; and took a paycheck.
I was loyal to each company, as long as they took care of me.

There was one thing, though, that I’ve never had in any one of them.

For me, something was always missing in the loyalty part of things.

When I did not get what I needed from them; or especially if I was not paid well enough, I left and looked elsewhere for something more.

Time and time again, something was missing; and I left looking for more.

I could say I was loyal; but since I quit so much, there was no loyalty to any of them – at all.

I am an American; and I’m loyal to my country.

We have a President; and I vote to help put my choices in office.

Sometimes I win; and sometimes I lose.

The country changes with each new administration; and I adapt with whatever changes are made in front of me.

I don’t always agree with every decision the current President decides; but I’m an American, so I stay here anyway.

I don’t stay because of the President; but because this is my home.

I guess I’m loyal to this country, at least in that I have never considered leaving it for another country.

Here’s the perspective part that’s been missing.

I’ve never met the CEO of any very large corporation, where I worked.

None of them have ever met me; nor even knew who I was.

They didn’t come to me to help me stay, when I had problems.

After I left, “they” found another person to take my place.

I have never met any sitting President of the United States.

I’m loyal to this country; and I intend to stay here the rest of my life.

I vote; but the President, either way, never comes to my house to thank me.

I never see them wave to me as I go to work each day; and I am pretty sure, I will never meet any one of them.

Yet I am loyal to them, in a way, at least.

Here’s my point!

I have been a Christian most of my life.

There is a God who made everything and controls everything.

I’ve mostly served Him; but I’ve had struggles at times, running off to serve my own: wants; desires; and needs.

I know God is my Father;
but I’ve viewed Him like the CEO of a large corporation;
or the President of a country.

He is distant to me, too much.

I have missed the truth about something which is very different with God, separating Him from all who are in authority; over every part of this world.

I am pretty confident that there are NO leaders of any large group, that have time or desire to KNOW all of their employees.

Even the best President in the history of this country, did not have time; or even desire to reach out to all of those serving under them.

They might know a few very top officials around them;
but no one will be coming to my house in the near or far future to sit down with me and chat.

They won’t even call me to see if I am OK; or if I need something.

No one has ever come to my town to: find me; comfort me when I was hurting; or in trouble.

Perspective!

We serve A Living God,
Who is greater than any CEO; or President;
or even father of any household in the history of mankind!

He could sit on His Throne and oversee everything from Heaven, using His officials to run everything beneath Him.

He never needs to: call me to see if I have any questions; nor come to see if I am hurting and afraid.

But this King we serve, is different!

He does not choose to sit back; and let the world run through use of His massive group of servants.

This King runs everything – personally!

Not only that, this King made a way to help everyone!

Right down to every single person who ever lived; and right down to the number of hairs on our heads,

HE KNOWS US ALL BY NAME!

Then, He sends His Very Own Son to save us all!

God does not have a distant relationship with me; or you!

He does come to my town!
He does come to my house!
He does sit down with me in Person, to see what I need; and see why I’m hurting!

He does not only want to know me;
He knows me better than I know myself!

GOD, not only signs my paycheck;
He has covered my future,
forever –
with His Own BLOOD!

By Kenneth R. Brown

My Pondering

Good analogy / story.

The hard thing is God is currently invisible to us. He doesn’t have physical form in this world. None of our senses are able to see, hear, touch, smell or otherwise.

So we need to develop out faith sense. We need to use our inner soul to connect, not our physical bodies.

If our quasi sixth sense is ‘intuition’ then our best sense, our seventh sense, by help and required impartation of the Holy Spirit, is ‘faith’.

Yes, Jesus is our boss, friend, co-servant, big brother and so much more. When we relate to Him by the Spirit, we know the Father.

Its not just what you know it’s also, more importantly, who you know. He surely knows you.

Seek and ye shall find He says.

The movie, “The Apostle”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Apostle

My pondering

You wont be sorry if you watch this film with an inquiring mind.

You might wanna watch it a few times over time.

At first, it made me kinda mad.
Then it made me kinda glad.
Then it made me wonder what this imperfect person, Kirk, could do if I was fully committed, wherever I was. From the car wreck, baptism in the river, church plant, his buddy’s salvation, and to prison.

Sonny was all in, all out!

Nice work there Mr Robert Duvall and crew.

Faith is… Hebrews 11:1

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for,

the conviction of things not seen.”

Hebrews 11:1

My ponderings:

Faith is the active ingredient in all true success and certainly that of salvation. The passage prompts me to ponder the doubting disciple; Thomas. In particular when Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” in John 20:29.

Doubt is the opposite if faith.

Check this passage out: Mat 21:18 — Mat 21:22
In the morning, as he was returning to the city, he became hungry. And seeing a fig tree by the wayside, he went to it and found nothing on it but only leaves. And he said to it, “May no fruit ever come from you again!” And the fig tree withered at once.
When the disciples saw it, they marveled, saying, “How did the fig tree wither at once?” And Jesus answered them, “Truly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ it will happen. And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”

Wow!

I like what Matthew Henry cimments on here: “This persuasion (of faith) gives the soul to enjoy those things now; it gives them a subsistence or reality in the soul, by the first-fruits and foretastes of them. Faith proves to the mind, the reality of things that cannot be seen by the bodily eye. It is a full approval of all God has revealed, as holy, just, and good. This view of faith is explained by many examples of persons in former times, who obtained a good report, or an honourable character in the word of God. Faith was the principle of their holy obedience, remarkable services, and patient sufferings.”

My prayer:

Lord, help me to increase my faith and move the mountains in my life. You are the real ‘mover and shaker’.