We all accept the existence of electricity, even though no one has ever seen it or fully understands it, not even the scientists. We only know its laws, its effects, and how to channel it to serve many useful purposes. Even so, we must accept the existence of God even though we don’t know where He came from or who made Him or how He got here. We simply know that He does exist and that the universe in which we live is governed by laws He established.
Electricity makes all sorts of things possible, but it won’t do you any good until you flip the switch that connects you to the source. Just so, God’s power is there, waiting to make your life easier.
Let Me use your eyes to see the needs of others. Let Me use your ears to hear the heartcries of the lost. Let Me use your tongue to pour forth My Words of love and encouragement to one who is downcast. Let Me break your heart for the multitudes of people who have not yet heard of My love. Let Me use your hands to dry the tears of those who cry, to give a pat on the back to those who are discouraged, to be a helping hand to someone who is falling by the way.
Let My Word fill you to overflowing, so that you exude its warmth, its cheerfulness, its love, and its positiveness. As you let it fill your heart and mind and spirit, it will provide an aura of love around you that others will want to partake of.
I was talking to a pretty young travel agent the other day, and during the course of our conversation we began to talk about God.
“I don’t believe in God,” she said, “but if there is a God, why is there so much suffering in the world today?”
“You can’t blame God for all the suffering in the world,” I replied. “It’s not God who causes all these things. A lot of it is the work of the Devil. He just loves to hurt people and see them suffer. In fact, that’s one of his main tactics to try to turn people away from God—he tries to give God the blame for his own dirty deeds.”
Question: Life sometimes seems too hard, and sometimes it seems downright unfair. I can’t help but wonder if God really loves me. If He does, why does He make life so much harder for me than He does for some others?
Answer: God loves each and every one of us, including you, and He wants nothing more than for us to love Him back and live close to Him. He also has a loving plan for each of us that He knows will bring out the best in us and be best for us in the long run.
This Christmas season the world aches and groansbecause of the losses and tragedies of the year. Many lives have been broken, and many dreams have been shattered. People the world over need to see the light of love that came down on that very first Christmas to brighten their lives, about which the prophet Isaiah wrote, “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, upon them a light has shined” (Isaiah 9:2).
It was Easter 2002 in Jerusalem. The cries of merchants rang out through the narrow cobblestone streets of the old city, and the scents of a thousand exotic spices hung in the air. Colorful Palestinian embroidery festooned stalls displaying glittering oriental jewelry. Rhythmic Arabic pop songs blasted from music shops as throngs of tourists, pilgrims, and locals mingled. Beneath the surface gaiety there was tension, however. Small groups of Israeli soldiers nervously fingered automatic weapons on every corner.
When we were young, my brother and I often engaged in silly fights. We bullied each other, we called each other names, and sometimes we even pulled at each other’s hair. When Mom saw us do this, she would try just about anything to get us to stop. She would lovingly explain why we shouldn’t, or scold us, or sometimes she would punish us. Each tactic worked for the time being, but before long my brother and I would be at it again. One day Mom couldn’t take any more. We could see the anger in her eyes and the grief in her tears, and were sure that we were about to be severely disciplined. But instead she started hitting herself. She slapped herself on the face, and she pulled at her own hair. She was so enraged that she needed to vent her anger, but she loved us too much to give us our due. So she bore her own indignation.
In Jesus we see what God is like.
Colossians 1:13,15: He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love. 15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
Hebrews 1:3: Who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.
In some Christian denominations, as well as in some other religions, the more the devotees suffer and the sadder they are, the more religious they are considered to be. But for the born-again Christian, it’s supposed to be just the opposite! One measure of Christians’ spirituality or religiosity is whether they’re truly happy, both inwardly and outwardly.
Once upon a mountaintop, three little trees stood and dreamed of what they wanted to become when they grew up.
The first little tree looked up at the stars and said: “I want to hold treasure. I want to be covered with gold and filled with precious stones. I’ll be the most beautiful treasure chest in the world!”
The second little tree looked out at the small stream trickling by on its way to the ocean. “I want to travel mighty waters and carry powerful kings. I’ll be the strongest ship in the world!”