Saturday, November 12, 2016

Purpose

What is my purpose?
It is a question that haunts probably everyone at some point in their life.
For some they say it is happiness, love, family, wealth, make a difference, even as believers we can tend to have- in some shape or form, have the same ideas.

The Bible tells us that our purpose is to glorify God.

If that isn't even a purpose that is within our radar, not to mention our main desire- we should raise the question- what is occupying my heart and mind more than my Savior?

We are human.
We are created to be worshipers.
If we are not worshiping God we will be worshiping something or someone else.
The first two commandments are 'You shall have no other gods before me" and "You shall not make for yourself an idol"
When I place my own pride before following God's ways, or before being content where He has me I am making myself my idol and god. That is sin and idolatry!!!

Too often I want to change the world 'for God' (and thus, earn "brownie points" with God and man) instead of being content to let God change me and use me where He has me for His glory.

God can speak in thunderous roars, dreams and miraculous signs if He chooses; but more often He speaks in quiet whispers. Dare I reason that He works the same way through us?

More often does He work in the secret prayer of a faithful saint, a caring ear listening to a friend's struggle and offering them truth from His word, a smile and a kind word spoken in His love- than giving us a huge stage, an audience, solving world hunger, adopting a bazillion children and being interviewed on national television.

How often do I sit at home and pout, even cry to God saying, "I want to do something for you!"
and really my heart is saying, "I want to make you love me." "I want people to see what a good christian I am."

God shakes His head and says, "Child! I have given you a mission field, from the time you wake up in the morning to the time that you go to bed at night. To love your family, friends, strangers. To pray with and for them. To encourage them in whatever way you are able to."
He loves me unconditionally. No matter how good I think they look, my good deeds are still offerings of mud pies made in the field where cows graze to the esteemed guest for dessert.

His love is more than I could imagine.
His grace covers all my failings.
His righteous life clothes my sinful life.
His ways are not my ways.

I am not to spend today worrying about my future and purpose but to worship Him for who He is and show that truth to everyone and anyone I come in contact with.

His will for me today is right where I am. I am not promised tomorrow. My job is to live each day as if it is my last for His glory.
When I fail and fall back into self pity, self glorification, pride, etc His mercies are new every morning.

My purpose is to be His servant, in fulfilling that purpose I can find perfect joy and contentment. 

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

What America Will Look Like Tomorrow

Tomorrow morning America will look similar to today- but not the same.

In the Midwest a few more leaves will have fallen, grass may have grown a bit longer, colors may have deepened, a tree may have been cut down.

On the coasts the breeze might blow the waves a little higher than they were today, or possibly not blow as hard.

It might rain or the sun might shine brightly.

People will be bustling about as always, discussing the newly elected candidate.

It will be in many ways the same, but in many ways very different.
People will die and people will be born.
Someone will get a divorce and someone will get married.

Everything changes but God stays the same.
Throughout time.
Throughout the pages of history.

God never changes. He is the same yesterday and today and tomorrow and forever.

God is still on throne, just as He was when He said, "Let there be light."
Just as He was when the only righteous person was Noah.
Just as He was when He led His people to the promised land.
Just like He was when the Light of the World hung His head and said, "It is finished"
Just as He was when His messengers declared, "He is risen!"
Just as He was when 9/11 happened.
Just as He was when you said "I believe in my heart and confess with my mouth that you are Lord"
Just as He is today.
So He will be tomorrow.

The One who directs the heart of kings is seated on His throne, He told us what will happen, even that which has already happened.

"In this world you will have trouble, but take heart for I have overcome the world."

Turn to the very last page in Revelation.

God gets the glory.
God preserves His people.
God is in control.
God wins the battle over the powers of darkness in this world.
God sets creation free from it's bondage and groaning,
God is on the throne forever- That includes tomorrow.

No man or woman, government, or religion is capable of fouling the plans of the King of kings and Lord of lords.