Let Us Rebuild

 

Then I said to them, “You see the trouble we are in: Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been burned with fire. Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and we will no longer be in disgrace.”  I also told them about the gracious hand of my God on me and what the king had said to me.

They replied, “Let us start rebuilding.” So they began this good work.

–Nehemiah 2:17-18

 

The Book of Nehemiah is a favorite one of mine.

It is the account of a man who trusted God to provide for a need.

The need to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.

Nehemiah prayed and God made a way for the restoration.

God gave Nehemiah favor from the king he served, and he allowed him to go and begin the repair.

Sometimes, things in our lives seem insurmountable.

Things are broken—

Relationships are broken.

Hearts are broken.

That means people are broken.

When we see what a ruined state we are in, as Nehemiah did, we must turn to God, even if it looks hopeless.

God has the power to help:

So the wall was completed on the twenty-fifth of Elul, in fifty-two days.

 When all our enemies heard about this, all the surrounding nations were afraid and lost their self-confidence, because they realized that this work had been done with the help of our God.

–Nehemiah 6:15-16

 

Whatever is broken in you and in those that you love, don’t give up.

Talk to God.

It might just be the time for rebuilding.




 

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On Barren Heights

 

 

 

 “The poor and needy search for water,
    but there is none;
    their tongues are parched with thirst.
But I the Lord will answer them;
    I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them.
 I will make rivers flow on barren heights,
    and springs within the valleys.
I will turn the desert into pools of water,
    and the parched ground into springs.
 I will put in the desert
    the cedar and the acacia, the myrtle and the olive.
I will set junipers in the wasteland,
    the fir and the cypress together,
 so that people may see and know,
    may consider and understand,
that the hand of the Lord has done this,
    that the Holy One of Israel has created it."

—Isaiah 41:17-20


 

 

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The One Who Plants

 

 

 

 So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.  The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor.  For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.

–1 Corinthians 3:7-9

 

The kind words you say today do matter.

So does the one minute conversation you had with someone on the bus when you told them of how God had changed your life.

How about that time you stopped to give a homeless man some food?

And the scripture card you sent to your neighbor when they were in the hospital—did that matter?

As God continually works in the lives of people, every seed of belief and faith in Him that is planted within their hearts is important.

Every drop of water that falls on those seeds is important, as well.

When someone comes to saving faith in God and His Son, Jesus, they can often point to investments made in their lives by other people–God’s servants–as they planted seeds and watered them.

It is God that makes the seed grow.

Our part in spreading the truth of His love matters.

It matters for eternity.

 

 

 

 

 

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Keep Company

 

 

 

The balcony restaurant is quaint and inviting.

Walking along beside the wooden chairs and checkered table cloths, it seems only natural to want to stop and sit awhile, enjoying the view, some refreshment, and the company of a friend.

Each table has two chairs–not one, and not three.

Two.

It suggests companionship and closeness.

We learn from those we spend time with.

Ephesians 5, verses 1 and 2 from The Message reads,

Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us.

Love like that.

 

What if we could just sit down at a table with Jesus and talk?

Enjoy the view and the company of our Savior.

Wouldn’t we learn from Him?

In the closeness around a small table, wouldn’t we sense His love?

His compassion?

If we spend time in prayer and Bible reading, we will find Him there.

His love is extravagant.

What are we supposed to do?

Love like that…..

 

 

 

 

 

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So Be Strong, Act Like a Man

 

What if you overheard this story being told when you were out to lunch one day—-

"Oh, yeah, he knew he was going to die.  And his son came to see him at the hospital. He wanted him to come. And do you know what he said to that boy? Why, he told him, "Be strong! Act like a man…."

What if this was all the conversation that you heard? What if these people walked out of the restaurant just after they said these words?

What would you suppose "Be strong and act like a man" meant?

Go a step further and answer what being strong and acting like a man means to you personally.

In the book of 1 Kings, we find the account of David as he is nearing death.

His son, Solomon, is with him.

So, what words would the leader of a great nation have to say before he dies?

What words would a loving dad have to say to his son?

"So be strong, act like a man…."

He doesn’t stop there, however:

 

When the time drew near for David to die, he gave a charge to Solomon his son.

 “I am about to go the way of all the earth,” he said. “So be strong, act like a man,  and observe what the Lord your God requires: Walk in obedience to him, and keep his decrees and commands, his laws and regulations, as written in the Law of Moses. Do this so that you may prosper in all you do and wherever you go  and that the Lord may keep his promise to me: ‘If your descendants watch how they live, and if they walk faithfully before me with all their heart and soul, you will never fail to have a successor on the throne of Israel.’

–I Kings 2:1-4

1. Be strong.

2. Act like a man.

3. Observe what the LORD requires.

4. Walk in obedience to the LORD.

5. Keep the LORD’s decrees and commands.

6. Keep the laws and regulations in the Law of Moses

 

If I read this list in reverse, it would seem to suggest that keeping God’s commands and being obedient to Him is defined as being strong and acting like a man.

Is there any "strength" greater than devotion to God?

Along with other instructions, David chose to leave his son with these words.

What do you think you would say?

 





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With Us

 

 

 

 

 

It was time for me to leave work.

I gathered all the things that I needed to take home with me–umbrella, soft briefcase, rain jacket and two other bags.

One thing was missing, however:

My car keys.

I immediately thought that I had left my keys behind in my office, so I walked back.

No keys.

At this point, I began to think of all the locations I had been to during my work day.

With my arms full, I made my way to almost all of them, asking fellow coworkers if they had seen my keys.

I prayed and asked God to help me find them.

With only one or two places left, I happened to look down and see a slight bulge in the soft briefcase.

Reaching my hand into it, there they were!

I NEVER put my keys there.

They must have fallen off my office desk and into the open briefcase sitting on the floor.

I will never really know.

Quite happy to have them back in my possession, I was thankful to God.

Walking from one room to another, down one hallway and another, inquiring as I went—-was all useless.

What I needed, I had all along.

I just didn’t know.

And so it is sometimes with our search for peace.

And our search for love.

And our search for forgiveness.

We walk about on a quest to find the answer to our need, but we remain empty-handed.

When we finally come to realize that God is the answer, we discover that He was right there with us all the time, calling us to Himself.

When we finally answer His call, we realize He is with us in our minds and hearts in a way that is too wonderful to accurately explain.

If you’ve been searching for love and forgiveness, for a cure for shame and guilt, for peace and wholeness—the answer is God.

He sent His Son, Jesus, to pay the penalty for your transgressions.

Ask Him to forgive you.

Ask Him to come into your heart and guide you from this point on.

It’s not too late.

He’s been right there with you all the time……

 

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Gifts

 

 

 

Do you ever feel different than everybody else?

Maybe it’s just a small difference, but you’re well aware of it.

Perhaps it’s a big difference and you’re postive that everyone has noticed.

It could be that it’s so different that you totally don’t fit in with a certain crowd.

How do you feel about being different?

A couple of days ago, I was walking at a lake near the water’s edge.

it was quite rocky and several birds were gathered there.

Most were very white ibises, but at least one was darker colored.

Another seemed darker only on his head and neck.

Very close by was a blackbird of some sort, looking completely different in color and form.

None of their differences seemed to be bothering them at all.

So, why do our differences bother us?

I’m not really talking about appearances, although I think most people are quite concerned about theirs….

Some people are more philosophical, others are artistic.

Some are talkative, while others are quiet and reserved.

God has given many gifts to each of us and our personalities allow us to use those gifts in a unique way for the good of those around us.

 

 

 

 

 

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Youth Is Renewed

 

 

Driving home from church yesterday, my husband thought he saw an eagle on top of a utility pole.

We pulled our car over into a gas station.

Getting my camera out, I confirmed that it was definitely a bald eagle.

After taking several photos of this magnificent bird, we headed home.

Eagles bring several things to mind–strength,as well as an attitude of seriousness and authority.

The praises of Psalm 103 mention the eagle:

 

Praise the Lord, my soul;
    all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
 Praise the Lord, my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits—
 who forgives all your sins
    and heals all your diseases,
 who redeems your life from the pit
    and crowns you with love and compassion,
 who satisfies your desires with good things
    so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

—verses 1-5

 

God forgives our sins.

God heals our diseases.

God redeems our lives.

God crowns us with love and compassion.

God satisfies our desires.

In all this, isn’t our strength and vitality renewed like that of an eagle?

We all grow tired and weary.

We can forever look to God for renewed strength.

May we praise Him forever!



 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Bitter and Poisonous Plant

 

 

Moses said these words to the children of Israel:

 “You remember what life was like in Egypt and what it was like to travel through the territory of other nations.  You saw their disgusting idols made of wood, stone, silver, and gold.  Make sure that no man, woman, family, or tribe standing here today turns from the Lord our God to worship the gods of other nations. This would be like a root that grows to be a bitter and poisonous plant."

–Deuteronomy 29:16-18

 

 

 

 

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Worth

 

 

 

 

While in the car this afternoon, a couple of Sand Hill Cranes were walking along a driveway. 

I stopped my car and quickly got out my camera.

I had photographed those types of birds before from a greater distance, so I was pleased to be so close this time.

God has made these cranes with such beauty and gracefulness.

When they fly, their wings spread out widely as they effortless glide through the air.

Their faces are arrayed with such color!

Orange eyes look with alertness, coupled with caution.

God designed them just the way He wanted them to be.

God designed us just the way He wanted us to be.

He can take care of the birds.

He can also take care of us.

Aren’t we worth more to Him than birds?

 

 

 Look at the birds: they do not plant seeds, gather a harvest and put it in barns; yet your Father in heaven takes care of them! Aren’t you worth much more than birds?

—Matthew 6:26

 

 

 

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He That Followeth

 

 

So, what sins have you committed?

That’s a scary question, isn’t it?
All the things you’ve done or said that have displeased God.
All the things you should have done when He wanted you to, but you didn’t.
When I think of my own life in this regard, well, I want to stop thinking about it.
It makes us uncomfortable, doesn’t it?
We have a record in the New Testament of an incident of sin.
The scribes and Pharisees had brought a woman to Jesus who had been caught in a serious sin.
They spoke of having her stoned because of it.
Jesus suggested  that whoever was without sin could throw the first stone at her.
He also stooped down in front of them and began writing on the ground.
No one knows what words he wrote, but finally, everyone went away and the woman alone was left with Jesus:

 

When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?
 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.
Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
John 8:10-12

 

Whatever mistakes you or I may have made, Jesus offers us the light of life.
He wants us to follow Him.
What if we make more mistakes?
We ask for forgiveness and continue to follow Him.
Every time.
For the rest of our lives….

So, what sins have you committed?

They can all be forgiven, right now.
That’s a comforting thought, isn’t it?

 

 

  

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He Went Away and Sold Everything

 

 

 

 

 

Are you a merchant?

Have you been looking for a pearl of great price?

If you found one, what would you do?

 

 

Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls.  When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.

—Matthew 13:45-46

 

 

 

 

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Start Children Off on the Way

 

 

While trying to upload some data on a computer at work today, it appeared that information had been lost.

A blank screen stared at me; I stared back.

What had actually happened was only a matter of slowness in the transfer.

After a long, several seconds (I expect things instantly) the next screen became visible and I realized that no data had been lost to oblivion.

Are there other areas of my life that I want to instantly change into the way I desire them to be?

Weight loss?

Exercise stamina?

Healthy habits?

What about other people?

Friends?

Neighbors?

Family?

What about children, specifically?

Why is it so hard to wait for growth and maturity?

Why is it so difficult to wait for change?

Proverbs 22:6 reads,

Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.

 

I started the data off today on its journey to the correct destination.

Waiting as I looked at the computer screen, I didn’t know if the result would be positive or negative.

As it turned out, I only had to wait for the desired outcome.

Everything was fine.

As parents, when we do our best to train our children toward a personal faith in God, we still may find ourselves looking into what seems to be a blank screen.

If we keep watch, we may find that the screen will one day be filled with the knowledge that everything is fine.

It just may take longer than we had expected.

 

 

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Your Coming and Going

 

 

 

 

 

I hadn’t purchased a ticket.

Even though my plans had not included visiting a train station, there I was, standing inside one.

I had been walking in the park and taking in my surroundings when I noticed that a train was in.

Deciding to walk over and take a look around, I chose to go inside and inquire about the fare for a future trip.

Leaving the station, I took a quick photo of the train that was about to depart.

Psalm 121:5-8 encourages us:

The Lord watches over you—
    the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
 the sun will not harm you by day,
    nor the moon by night.

 The Lord will keep you from all harm—
    he will watch over your life;
 the Lord will watch over your coming and going
    both now and forevermore.

 

There is certainly a lot of coming and going at the train station.

Whether we are traveling or staying home, we can trust in God to be with us.

If we are coming….

If we are going…….

 

 

 

 

 

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The Life of Every Creature

 

 

 

 

His eyes were so expressive.

What could he have been thinking as he sat alone on the rock?

The mandrill, with an almost kind earnestness, seemed calm as I photographed him.

He sees.

I see.

He can smell.

I can, too.

When his stomach is empty, he becomes hungry.

When mine is empty, so do I.

It pleased God to make him just the way he is, with all his unique characteristics, as well as all the ones so similar to man.

Job 12:10 reads,

"In His hand is the life of every creature
    and the breath of all mankind."

The lives of all Earth’s creatures are important to God, I believe.

God selected the mandrill’s green eyes to compliment the pink and blue of his face with the golden black of his fur.

I think the animals are aware of God’s presence.

What do you think?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jesus Reached Out and Touched

 

 

 

 

How can you honor someone?

I heard a man speak today that changed how I would answer this question from now on.

Before today, I might have thought of currently popular ways to bestow honor.

At times, banquets are given to esteem someone.

Certainly, I have attended banquets to honor members of a team or other group where individual accomplishments are celebrated.

I have attended birthday parties in honor of friends or family members.

Looking at a newspaper, I have seen photos of people who are being publicly recognized for their acts of character or heroism.

There is another way to show respect and regard to someone, however.

Let’s look at this passage:

When Jesus came down from the hill, large crowds followed him.  Then a man suffering from a dreaded skin disease came to him, knelt down before him, and said, “Sir, if you want to, you can make me clean.”

 Jesus reached out and touched him. “I do want to,” he answered. “Be clean!” At once the man was healed of his disease. —Matthew 8:1-3

 

People who had leprosy in Jesus’ day were deemed "unclean."

They were separated from others–their families, their friends, society in general.

In the verses above, one such man dares to approach Jesus and asks to be healed.

Listening to the speaker this morning, he pointed out that Jesus could have healed him with a word.

Instead, he also touched him.

He had likely not been touched since the time he had left his family to live an outcast life apart from others because of his disease.

The speaker said that Jesus wanted to honor him by touching him.

Before today, I don’t believe I would’ve listed touching someone as a means to honor them.

Now, it makes all the sense in the world.

A welcoming handshake.

A loving hug.

An encouraging pat on the back.

A kind touch to the face.

They validate our worth as a person.

We are acknowledged.

In the absence of these, we feel the isolation even in today’s culture.

How would Jesus want us to honor someone?

A banquet? An award?

There’s nothing wrong with those.

But in our everyday lives as we seek to show Jesus’ love to other people– we can show them respect and honor.

By the simple act of a touch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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And One of Them Gets Lost

 

 

 

My destination was only about a half hour’s drive.

I wasn’t sure, though, which route to take since I knew of two different ways to get there.

Since I had my cell phone with me, I decided to turn on my GPS and get some directions.

Deciding only to put the name of the town I was driving to, the audible voice of the navigation system began to give me instructions on how to get there.

Arriving safely to where I wanted to go, I forgot about the GPS being on.

When I got back into my car to leave, the navigation system was still of the impression that I had never arrived since I had not quite gone to the area that it had projected.

I began to drive and the insistent voice of the GPS began to instruct me.

Since I would have had to stop my car to access the program on my phone and cancel it, I decided to keep driving.

What happened next made a very great impression on me.

The voice was channeled through my car’s speaker system, so it was quite loud and realistic.

As I drove away from where it knew I needed to be, I began to get instructions about how to change my course to the proper direction.

It went something like this:

"At South Street, take a sharp right and continue east."

As I determinedly passed "South Street" the voice recalculated how to get me back on track based on where I was at that point.

"Make a U-turn."

Traveling on, the voice implored me, time and again.

"In a quarter of a mile, turn left on Highway 441."

"Turn left."

"Turn right on Main Street."

"At Avenue C make a U-turn."

I could’ve pulled over and turned the program off, but I was enthralled with the lesson I was hearing.

For twenty to thirty minutes, my GPS told me exactly what to do in order to get back to where I was supposed to go.

EVERY TIME I disobeyed the instructions, it would ascertain where I was at that point and firmly tell me how to get back from there.

At NO TIME did the voice ever scold me or tell me how stupid I was not to have listened in the first place.

Or the second.

Or the third.

Or the twentieth….

It was like it was thinking, "Okay. You’ve gone the wrong way down this road, now. Here’s the best way to get you back out at this point."

And when I didn’t listen and obey?

"Well, you’re even farther from where you need to be. You’ll have to take this next route now."

Does this make you think of how God is patient with us?

He tells us where we need to be.

He urges us to come to Him for salvation and for guidance.

What happens when we go the opposite direction?

He still wants us to come to Him.

If we are at "Point A" in our lives, He meets us there and instructs us home.

If we are at "Point B" in our lives, He meets us there with what we need to know.

Just like the GPS system, He implores us over and over to turn toward Him.

He doesn’t call us names; He lovingly tells us of the route we need to take–right then.

What about your life today?

Are you traveling in a direction that is different from what God is telling you?

Why not listen to His instruction and head on back—-to the place you are really supposed to be.

Instead of wandering, lost and unsure, let Him guide you back home.

 

 

What do you think a man does who has one hundred sheep and one of them gets lost? He will leave the other ninety-nine grazing on the hillside and go and look for the lost sheep.

–Matthew 18:12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Grass

 

 

 

 

 As for us, our life is like grass.
We grow and flourish like a wild flower;
    then the wind blows on it, and it is gone—
    no one sees it again.
 But for those who honor the Lord, his love lasts forever,
    and his goodness endures for all generations
of those who are true to his covenant
    and who faithfully obey his commands.

—Psalm 103:15-18


 

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Marvelous Deeds

 

 

 

 

It looks as though the dragonfly is almost submerged in some type of clay.

Or maybe, he landed on the pan of a house painter after it was filled with paint.

What exactly could he be on?

Look at the way his head is sunken down below the surface of the thick, muddy liquid.

Really.

What is that?

The answer may surprise you.

As I stood by the water’s edge, I saw him floating in the lake, just after sundown.

Not on mud.

Not on wet sand.

Just water.

The lighting was such that the water looked a pale gray to the camera’s eye.

Surface tension, a fact of nature that seems to defy nature, was at play.

We grow accustomed to the usual, even when it is miraculous.

When the usual seems unusual, we, on occasion, take notice.

It was God who created the dragonfly.

It was God who created the water.

It was also God who set the dynamics of surface tension in place.

It was God who gave me sight, which enabled me to see it.

 

Psalm 72:18-19

Praise be to the Lord God, the God of Israel,
    who alone does marvelous deeds.

Praise be to his glorious name forever;
    may the whole earth be filled with his glory.
Amen and Amen.

 

 

 

 

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A Fortified Tower

 

 

 

 

Yesterday, I was invited to come pray with some friends.

As we were praying, a song was playing softly in the background on a cd player.

When I woke up this morning, I believe that song was playing softly in my mind.

They were certainly words that I needed to hear.

Although I was leaving out the third line as I remembered it, here are the lyrics:

 

Your Name is a strong and mighty tower
Your Name is a shelter like no other
Your Name, let the nations sing it louder
‘Cause nothing has the power to save but Your Name

—Paul Baloche and Glen Packiam

This past July, I spent a week at a camp as a volunteer.

On the acreage there was a rapelling tower.

It was not used as any form of protection, but I can imagine the need for that type of tower in the past.

Guards could be stationed in the top of a tower to see enemies approach far in the distance.

Anyone attacking a city could be fought off by soldiers high within the tower walls.

The tower was a source of strength.

When troubles and difficult situations are approaching us, God is our tower of defense.

He is strong and mighty.

He is our shelter.

His power is ultimate and unmatched.

Proverbs 18:10 encourages us in this way:

The name of the Lord is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.

 

 

 

 

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God Forgave You

 

 

 

 

Regret.

That’s a tough word, isn’t it?

Some of us have experienced it more than others.

It’s when all of the "Wish I hadn’ts" meet up with the "Wish I hads" and decide to have a party with the "Remember what you dids" and the "It’s all your faults."

That’s not a pretty crowd to be around……

It’s devastating really, if we allow it to be so.

When the heaviness of remembering the past becomes great enough, it keeps us stationary, as though we have a giant backpack on our shoulders, filled to the seams.

Every time we try to move forward, the weight we feel holds us back.

While recognizing our mistakes in order to repent and ask forgiveness is important, allowing them to control us for the rest of our lives does no good at all.

The Bible says,

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

–Ephesians 4:32

If we have asked God to forgive us of those things we regret, then He has done so.

Forgiving other people or forgiving ourselves—

Which seems harder?

Think for a moment—would God want us to live, day after day, standing still under the weight of regret?

 

 

 

 

 

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The Light of Life

 

 

 

 

 

Looking out over the water, the sun was beaming down and reflecting in a central area of the lake.

Shimmering.

Glowing.

The clouds above filtered the light with their misty veils flowing across the sky.

I stood near the water’s edge, where the tall grass grew.

Such brightness was before me!

As my eyes perceived the sun’s rays that day, so my heart perceives the light that only Jesus gives me.

 

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” —John 8:12

 

 

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A God Far Away

 

 

 

How far away is God?

Tonight, the crescent moon and the planet Venus are situated very close to each other in the sky.

After a tiny amount of research, I found that Venus is currently 99.3 million miles from the Earth.

The moon is 235,800 miles away from Earth.

For humans, going to the moon is possible; we’ve done it before.

But going to Venus?

Being in orbit around the planet, gazing at its brightness with our own eyes, not through the lens of a telescope or a transmission from a satellite?

We haven’t yet gained the ability to allow mankind to travel so far.

Looking into the sky tonight, right beside each other, we see the two brightest objects.

Either is equally as accessible to God.

From the farthest reaches of the universe to the bed upon which you sleep, He is there.

 In Jeremiah 23:23-24, God says,

“Am I only a God nearby,”
declares the Lord,
    “and not a God far away?
 Who can hide in secret places
    so that I cannot see them?”
declares the Lord.
    “Do not I fill heaven and earth?”
declares the Lord.

 

So, how far away is God from you tonight?

Not, far at all….

 

 

 

 

 

 

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time

 

 

 

 

 

How far away is God?

Tonight, the crescent moon and the planet Venus are situated very close to each other in the sky.

After a tiny amount of research, I found that Venus is currently 99.3 million miles from the Earth.

The moon is 235,800 miles away from Earth.

For humans, going to the moon is possible; we’ve done it before.

But going to Venus?

Being in orbit around the planet, gazing at its brightness with our own eyes, not through the lens of a telescope or a transmission from a satellite?

We haven’t yet gained the ability to allow mankind to travel so far.

Looking into the sky tonight, right beside the other, we see the two brightest objects.

Either is equally as accessible to God.

From the farthest reaches of the universe to the

 

 

 

 

 

 

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