Friday, February 24, 2017
It struck me on my latest road trip: we put a lot of faith in our technology. We trust that our GPS will take us where we need to go, that it's turn cues are correct and the streets it sends us down are the ones we need to be on. We rely on this piece of technology. Even though it can- and occasionally does- get stuff wrong, we generally trust that everything will be okay when using it.
If we can put such faith in fallible gadgets, why do we so often fail to extend the same (or even greater!) faith towards God? So often our attitude is that we are displaced in life, that God couldn't possibly have meant for us to be on the path we are on. That latest life event just had to have been a miscalculation on our route, right?
But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls." - Hebrews 10:38-39
No, my friend. God does not miscalculate like a GPS unit. Even when it feels like you're taking the long way or completely off-roading it, God is using it to shape our lives and put us in a place that will ultimately lead us to glorify Him.
Friday, February 17, 2017
Why are there so many love songs? Because musicians and songwriters often compose about what they know. It's only natural that the things and people we know and experience the most deeply will influence the ways we express ourselves. What influences your thoughts, writings, and what you sing of the most? Are those things worth your time and brainpower?
Make a joyful noise to the , all the earth!
Friday, February 10, 2017
Every time I look back at my trip to Yellowstone National Park, I get to this photograph and the hymn "Great Is Thy Faithfulness" starts to run through my head. Old Faithful is the park's most famous geyser, and it more or less lives up to it's name. It tends to go off around particular times each day and draws a notable crowd of watchers. Despite it's title, the park rangers told me that over the years it's timing has shifted and you can't quite rely on exact times for it to blow anymore. That's the world for you; reliability only goes so far.
What is truly reliable? God. The lyrics below are deeply rooted in scripture. Take the time to ponder and appreciate the facts behind them.
“Great is Thy faithfulness,” O God my Father,
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not
As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be.
“Great is Thy faithfulness!” “Great is Thy faithfulness!”
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided—
“Great is Thy faithfulness,” Lord, unto me!
Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above,
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.
Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!