What have you done for me lately?
This is not a question we should be asking God, but it seems we do. What better explains an inconsistent prayer life? We get excited and thankful when God answers our prayers, certain we will remain connected to our Creator. Then we drift. This comes up, then that. We become too busy, too self-sufficient, too satisfied with life without Him. Read more
In John Greenleaf Whittier’s poem Maud Muller, a poor maiden and a rich judge, upon a happenstance meeting, imagine how different and better their lives would be if they left their own situations and lived like the other. But their chance meeting was soon over, with neither having voiced their imaginations, as the judge closed his heart knowing his family would oppose him accepting a lower station in life. Read more
The human heart is fragile. It can be broken and crushed (Psalm 147:3). This same fragile heart is the one with which we are to love God passionately along with our mind and soul and strength (Luke 10:27). The fact that God “inflicts pain, and gives relief; He wounds, and His hands also heal (Job 5:18)” makes this conundrum even more baffling. Read more
Are you ever surprised by how quickly you forget what God has done for you or what he expects of you? I am not just referring to something you heard in a sermon you thought was interesting or useful but also to something that touched you so deeply that, at the time, you would never believe you would forget it or fail to act on it. But you did.
You are not alone. Read more
My times are in God’s hand. I find great comfort in this fact particularly because of three things that are true about God – he is good, he is omniscient and he is omnipotent. If he is not good, I have every reason to fear his sovereign power. If he is not omniscient, then his plans might be misguided or have unintended consequences. If he is not omnipotent, then he is unable to do all that he has promised and my times are not really in his hands. Read more