Jesus once told a man, “go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” Does that make you squirm a little bit? It should! Jesus was aiming at the idol of this man’s heart. He was rich like you and me. And he loved his stuff like you and me. It’s very important that you and I realize that God is the owner of all things. Psalm 24:1 says, “The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it.” Continue reading
We must admit that connecting the dots between the sovereignty of God and the fall of man gives us a headache. It is ultimately a mystery to us. We are quickly reminded that God’s ways are not our ways (see Isaiah 55:8-9). On the other hand, when we take our minds from the ‘how’ of what happened to the ‘what’ of what happened we quickly realize that we are witnesses to the mercy and grace of our Creator God. We see the depth of His mercy and grace in ways that we may have never known without the fall of man. For, we know Him now through Christ who is Head of the Church. We know now that God loved us so much that He was willing to send forth His eternal Son into fallen creation to die a sacrificial death in our place so that we might be saved from the curse of sin. And that shows forth the glory and the mercy and the grace of our God in Jesus Christ.
God’s power enables us to be patient. Paul prayed for the Colossian Christians to “be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy.” Do you need more patience with people? We all do! Is it your neighbor? Your co-worker? Your school-mate? Is it someone at church or even someone in your own home? What will you do? Maybe sell your house and move to a different city? Quit your job? Quit your church? Quit your marriage? Should you not pray and ask for God’s power in your life so that you might be patient and trust God to help you deal with so and so? Can you not trust your God who is the Master of reconciliation? He is the God of grace and power who reconciles even the most difficult of relationships. Trust Him and be patient!