God’s Provision

Matthew 14:22-33 22 At once Jesus had His followers get into the boat. He told them to go ahead of Him to the other side while He sent the people away. 23 After He had sent them away, He went up the mountain by Himself to pray. When evening came, He was there alone. 24 By this time the boat was far from land and was being thrown around by the waves. The wind was strong against them.

25 Just before the light of day, Jesus went to them walking on the water. 26 When the followers saw Him walking on the water, they were afraid. They said, “It is a spirit.” They cried out with fear. 27 At once Jesus spoke to them and said, “Take hope. It is I. Do not be afraid!”

28 Peter said to Jesus, “If it is You, Lord, tell me to come to You on the water.” 29 Jesus said, “Come!” Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water to Jesus. 30 But when he saw the strong wind, he was afraid. He began to go down in the water. He cried out, “Lord, save me!” 31 At once Jesus put out His hand and took hold of him. Jesus said to Peter, “You have so little faith! Why did you doubt?”

32 When Jesus and Peter got into the boat, the wind stopped blowing. 33 Those in the boat worshiped Jesus. They said, “For sure, You are the Son of God!”

We all face trials. Realistically, if you’re not currently in a storm, you’re either just getting out of one or about to enter one. Thankfully, we serve a good God who always provides—including during the dark periods of life. Today’s passage tells of a stormy night on the Sea of Galilee. Let’s look at three ways Jesus provides for us today just as He did for the disciples then.

  1. Presence. God is with every believer through His indwelling Holy Spirit, and He promises never to leave (16 Then I will ask My Father and He will give you another Helper. He will be with you forever. 17 He is the Spirit of Truth. The world cannot receive Him. It does not see Him or know Him. You know Him because He lives with you and will be in you. John 14:16-17; Keep your lives free from the love of money. Be happy with what you have. God has said, “I will never leave you or let you be alone.” Heb. 13:5). This is a great gift because it gives a sense of comfort, courage, and confidence.

 

  1. Pathway. He blesses Christians with guidance through trouble. Jesus is in total control of our storm and will use it for His purposes. We may not understand, but we can trust Him to lead us and accomplish good.

 

  1. Potential. He offers believers the ability to grow. Hardships are exercises in trust and times to learn more fully who God is and how great His power and love are.

No one enjoys trials, but we can be grateful for God’s hand in our life and the ways He will use us. Hardships are opportunities to trust the Creator and know Him better.

A Greek Class that Left Me in Awe of God as Father

J. I. Packer wrote that the heart of the New Testament is the glorious news that God has adopted us as children through Christ. He stated: “You sum up the whole of New Testament religion if you describe it as the knowledge of God as one’s Holy Father. If you want to judge how well a person understands Christianity, find out how much he makes of the thought of being God’s child, and having God as his Father.”

I attended college at a public university, and one of the languages you could study was Koine Greek – which is the language the New Testament is written in. A retired elderly Presbyterian pastor and seminary professor was our instructor and he was great. There were 4-5 of us in the class and we sat around a table and learned Greek. In the final semester our assignment was to translate several books in the New Testament and show our work. As we worked our way through the book of I John, we came to 1 John 3:1: “See what great love the Father has given us that we should be called God’s children—and that is what we are.”

The professor was reading and translating aloud from the Greek. When he got to the last phrase in the verse, he started crying as he repeated “kai esmen” several times. “Kai esmen. Kai esmen. Kai esmen.” The phrase is translated “and that is what we are” or “and we are.” He told us “you are not merely called a child of this Father. You are one.” He closed his Greek New Testament and dismissed the class. I remember being in awe of how much he was in awe of this good news.

He was, as Packer wrote, making much of the thought of being God’s child. I went to my truck and pondered the beauty of that class. We are not merely called children of God, as if that is a label that is not true of our identity. We actually are His sons and daughters.  We all have been called things that are not true of us. By some frustrated drivers, I have been called names that are not true about my identity. There are people who buy doctorate degrees online so they can be called doctor, but the title they purchased is incongruent with the truth. There is often a disconnection between the title and the truth, between the label and the reality. But the title “child of God” is more than a title; it is truth for those of us who have received Jesus. We are children of God because God chose to lavish His great love on us, prove His love by sending Jesus to die in our place, and adopt us into His family.

Some Reasons to Think God Exists

https://chab123.wordpress.com/2021/09/01/some-reasons-to-think-god-exists/

The Father’s Resources

Luke 11:1-13 Jesus had been praying. One of His followers said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray as John the Baptist taught his followers.” Jesus said to them, “When you pray, say, ‘Our Father in heaven, Your name is holy. May Your kingdom come. *What You want done, may it be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us the bread we need everyday. Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. Do not let us be tempted.’”

Jesus said to them, “If one of you has a friend and goes to him in the night and says, ‘Friend, give me three loaves of bread, for a friend of mine is on a trip and has stopped at my house. I have no food to give him.’ The man inside the house will say, ‘Do not trouble me. The door is shut. My children and I are in bed. I cannot get up and give you bread.’ I say to you, he may not get up and give him bread because he is a friend. Yet, if he keeps on asking, he will get up and give him as much as he needs. I say to you, ask, and what you ask for will be given to you. Look, and what you are looking for you will find. Knock, and the door you are knocking on will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks, will receive what he asks for. Everyone who looks, will find what he is looking for. Everyone who knocks, will have the door opened to him.

11 “Would any of you fathers give your son a stone if he asked for bread? Or would you give a snake if he asked for a fish? 12 Or if he asked for an egg, would you give him a small animal with a sting of poison? 13 You are sinful and you know how to give good things to your children. How much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?”

When you were a child, where did you go when you needed a snack, a bike repair, comfort for a skinned knee, or a referee for a dispute with a sibling? More than likely, you sought out your mom or dad or a trusted guardian, because God gave them the responsibility of caring for your needs.

But no human can parent perfectly, as all mankind is affected by brokenness. However, if you have trusted in Jesus Christ as your Savior, then you are a child of God. So when you pray, you’re bringing whatever’s on your mind to the heavenly Father, who always gives what it right and best.

How much do you truly rely on God for all your needs? When you are feeling lonely, rejected, or discouraged, is your first response to read His Word and pour out your heart to Him? Instead of worrying about financial struggles, do you ask for Jehovah Jirah (the God who provides) to give what you need? (Abraham gave that place the name “The Lord will give us what we need.” And it is said to this day, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be given.” Gen. 22:14.) If you’re suffering from a health problem, do you cry out to Jehovah Rapha (the God who heals)? (He said, “Listen well to the voice of the Lord your God. Do what is right in His eyes. Listen to what He tells you, and obey all His Laws. If you do this, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have put on the Egyptians. For I am the Lord Who heals you.” Ex. 15:26.) Since God the Father gave you the greatest gift of His Son, He will certainly give you everything else you need. So come and ask.

Is There a God?

A Broadcast with John Gerstner

Many people today claim that the world’s living creatures naturally developed on their own—with no help from a Creator. Today, R.C. Sproul and John Gerstner continue their mock debate by discussing the origins of the universe.

Does It Matter Whether God Exists?

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After talking to hundreds of college students for several years about spiritual beliefs, one thing that comes up from time to time, is whether the existence of God is even relevant. In other words, the discussion kind of goes like this: “I don’t see what difference God would make in my life!

The comment “I don’t see what difference God would make in my life!” displays a very pragmatic view of truth. I have discussed the problem with this elsewhere. But when a student says God’s existence isn’t really relevant, my first response is to try to get them back to the issue of truth. After all, if there is a God and He does exist and it turns out Jesus is His Son, that is an objective reality. It has zero to do with how I feel about it. And the truthfulness of it isn’t determined whether the person stays busy and says “I don’t care if God exists.” Another issue that comes up are the following worldview questions:

• Origins: How did it all begin? Where did we come from?
• The Human Condition: What went wrong? What is the source of evil and suffering?
• Redemption: What can we do about it? How can the world be set right again?
• Morality/Human Rights, Human Dignity: What is the basis for morality? In other words, how do we know what is right and wrong? What is the basis for human rights, moral values, moral duties, human dignity, and equality?
• History: What is the meaning of history? Where is history going?
• Death: What happens to a person at death?
• Epistemology: Why is it possible to know anything at all?
• Ontology: What is reality? What is the nature of the external reality around us?
• Purpose: What is man’s purpose in the world

Read Eric’s explanation: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2021/08/14/does-it-matter-whether-god-exists-3/

God’s Love – It Endures Forever

Psalm 136:1

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever.

The National Football League (NFL) will get started soon (they began camp this week). School will begin shortly – we hope – virtually or in-person or some hybrid model. There are a lot of things happening – even in the midst of this pandemic – that some consider good.

We often debate what is good in our lives. For instance – if you asked me a few years ago what was good – I might have said – lemon meringue pie – or peanut butter moose track ice cream. These days – I try to stay away from both. I’m trying to lose some weight for a variety of reason (this seems to be a never ending quest). Some might say – my marriage is good – or my children are good – or my favorite team is good (the Orioles are playing better of late – but they are a long way from being called good).

School is starting back up soon. Is school good in your book? Will your favorite High School sport play this year and will your team be good? Will your school’s band get to play this year and are they good? Is our school good in general? What or who do you think is good?

The ultimate good – of course – according to Scripture and the personal experience from many of us – is the love of God. All things we consider good are temporal – they do not last. But the love of God endures forever. Even as we face the sudden death of a dear friend and member of our church – God is still good and with us through it all.

Continue at: https://raymcdonald.wordpress.com/2021/08/05/gods-love-it-endures-forever/

Glorying in God

A Broadcast with H.B. Charles Jr.

The study of doctrine should always produce doxology. The more we know of God, the more readily we should sing His praise. Today, H.B. Charles Jr. points our attention to a passage in Scripture that celebrates the wonder of God’s greatness.

Why Does God Require our Love, Worship, and Praise? Is God Insecure?

https://leewoof.org/2016/02/23/why-does-god-require-our-love-worship-and-praise-is-god-insecure/

4 Truths to Believe When God Seems Far Away

The Bible tells us God’s presence is everywhere and He is with us, yet we can still struggle to understand He is near us at all times. Sometimes it feels like God is far away – that He is no closer than a distant planet.

God’s holiness and majesty can make us think He is not within reach. We read words like “he builds his lofty palace in the heavens” (Amos 9:6a) and, like with royalty today, we can think that only special people, those who are better Christians than ourselves, get to be intimate with God. Yet, the Bible reassures us God is close at hand and with us always, even as ordinary and imperfect beings. Throughout Scripture we see God is the One who draws close to us.

Here are four important truths we should believe and remember about God’s presence when we feel forgotten or forsaken.

Read more: https://www.biblestudytools.com/bible-study/topical-studies/truths-to-believe-when-god-seems-far-away.html