Going to the source…

Reading the words of men is often easier than reading the Bible. Or so I’m told.

This Roman points to his scroll to highlight

Here is what the psalmist says:

“Oh how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day. Your commandment makes me wiser than my enemies, for it is ever with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers, for your testimonies are my meditation. I understand more than the aged, for I keep your precepts. I hold back my feet from every evil way, in order to keep your word. I do not turn aside from your rules, for you have taught me. How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Through your precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭119:97-105‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Many friends devour the words of modern man to get ideas and encouragement.

Consider this alternative: set a period of time to fast from the words of men and feast upon the words of God! My guess is that dwelling deeply in the source, the living word of God will strengthen and enlighten you in ways men’s words cannot.

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God’s Peace – promised

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A fitting psalm on my last wake-up-in-Europe morning.

I’ve seen the greatness of God in amazing ways on this journey. Let us look each day so that we may see how great He is!

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How great is our Heavenly Father, the creator…

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Room with a view

This morning is my last in Vinnytsia for this trip, the last two nights I’ve been in an apartment with a view. At sunset…

In the morning…

In each case it is the light that makes the difference. Wether it be the multi colored sunset or the ever brightening sunrise.

The Orthodox church buildings are dominant in these pictures. Two observations about these buildings: First, that the golden aspects capture and reflect* the sun so as to reflect its brightness. This is a reminder that as disciples of Jesus, we should reflect Him to those around us. Secondly, the proximity of the buildings (especially the background on the hill) in the middle of city reminds us that our place is among the people. (Think of Paul in the marketplace.)

May we reflect the light through love that cares, acts and speaks truth.

“Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him there is no cause for stumbling.” (1 John‬ ‭2:10‬ ‭ESV‬‬)

It’s in abiding in Him that we may best reflect His light!

What are the ways we may reflect the light among the people? How do our lives make them curious about the God we worship?

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* Sorry, the brilliance is lost because I was shooting through a closed window.

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The fine brush work of God

I’m on the ground connecting flights now, but earlier I awoke and lifted the blind of my window and the light poured in! That’s the thing about light, darkens flees from it (but that’s another post for another day).

Local time was just after 8am (that’s just after 3am at home). I guess we were at 38,000 feet. I closed the blind so my sleeping neighbors wouldn’t be disturbed. Breakfast was being served to those who were awake. A few moments later the cabin lights had lit up the cabin so I lifted my window blind and here’s what I saw.

As we neared England the clouds changed to a more mixed variety.

A few months ago I began a new hobby, to dabble with drawing, then watercolor painting and recently I’ve tried my hand with acrylic. Because of this, my photography has changed a bit. Because I am learning how to use different brushes, I’m learning how to lay down background, large shapes and details.

Painting detail is accomplished with a small bit of paint on a fine tipped brush using a steady hand.

It’s hard.

It’s crucial.

When I saw the next picture, I marveled at the broad brush and fine painted detail.

Our sovereign God is the painter!

Fine details matter to Him, as time invested in reading Exodus and Numbers will teach us.

God paints the broad brushes and the details of your life. So do not fear.

He’s in charge and He’s not surprised.

When trouble or tragedy strikes, He didn’t see it and go, “Oh no, how did that happen? What do I do now?”

No, those are human responses that we erroneously apply to God.

Trust the broad brush work of God in your life and rejoice in the fine details of His sovereign hand.

Give thanks IN all things and rejoice!

He is shaping you!

(Thank you C. S. Lewis The Problem of Pain)

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Who’s your help?

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