Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Four Life-Changing Truths

There are four great, life-changing truths, as revealed by the Prophets:

1. God Is So Great – He Gives Me The Desire To Be More Like Him

The Lord says: “... let those who boast boast in this, that they understand and know me, that I am the Lord; I act with steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth, for in these things I delight, says the Lord.

~Jeremiah 9:24 (NRSV)

As we reflect on the greatness of God, as it occurs through the realm of continual Divine Work, which is the nature of life, the character of God—steadfast love, justice, and righteousness—inspires us to follow hard after the example of Jesus.

Let it be our sole boast: to know God in such a way that a desire to grow to be more like Jesus would overcome the otherwise selfish desires.

God is so great to make this truth known—worship is only worthy of the Lord.

2. God Is So Great – He Reveals To Me My Sin

Isaiah said, “Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!

~Isaiah 6:5 (NRSV)

To a spiritual outsider, this fact—that I’m inherently sinful—must be a terrible load.

But just as we are convicted of the Spirit, to know the truth of our ways, we are also convicted of the resplendent freedom that lay before us in noting the filth of our condition. Out of that, as a direct result, Christ is risen within us; to avenge and reprise what the prince of this world, Satan, has sought to take.

What the outsider might see as a harrowing castigation, the saved person knows as their salvation. Life will never be, and can never be, the same again. How great it is to know how much we need God.

God is so great to make this truth known—to know my sinful nature frees me to know the Lord.

3. God Is So Great – He Gives Me The Ability To Interpret My World

An evil one “... shall seduce with intrigue those who violate the covenant; but the people who are loyal to their God shall stand firm and take action.

~Daniel 11:32 (NRSV)

There are many calamitous events unfolding, and to be unfolded. The Great Day of the Lord is a terrible day. Indeed, the best evidence of these facts—Great Days of the Lord—is history; pick any period and it will attest to the Day of the Lord. Yet, The Day is still to emerge.

Our knowledge of the tremulous events of our time, the eon of evil, resounds all the more the Presence of God in, and of, these events. The great disasters, depressions, and prophecies of doom reinforce one fact: the world is temporary and God is permanent.

We, therefore, interpret the world in a way that assures us of God; though the world will pass away, our spirits will remain because we are the eternal property of the living God.

God is so great to make this truth known—to stand firm is the blessing of the Lord.

4. God Is So Great – He Makes Me Calmer, Stronger, and More Secure

“There is no one who can stay God’s hand or say to him, ‘What are you doing?’”

~Daniel 4:35d-e (NRSV)

There is no one in control of life like God.

That sentence bears repeating. The Lord can turn the universe on its end; how pitiful is it, then, that we limit the Divine capacity to change a single life? And if one life can be changed around—ours, as is apparent—will the Spirit relent before making us calmer, stronger, and more secure, as we dwell fervently in truth? God is so great to make this truth known—peace is available to those who know their God.

With all things in the palm of the Divine will, our God will not stop in blessing us if we more fully desire knowledge of the Almighty.

© 2011 S. J. Wickham.

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