The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. Psalm 19:1-2
The Bible tells us a little about God’s eternal perspective in various passages. I especially like Peter’s insight that one day with the Lord is like a thousand years. God spends as much time as He needs to accomplish His will yet He never wastes a single moment. When I came out of the church the other night, I was stunned by the shimmering beauty of the moon. There in that one silent moment God was talking to all the world. It is amazing how much God can say without speaking and how little we speak with thousands of words!
He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Matthew 16:15
When we look out over the horizon of what everybody else thinks and what everybody else is saying, can we put our finger exactly on what it is we believe for ourselves? That is the point that Jesus was driving at when he asked the question to his disciples. Have you personally narrowed things down? Have you looked over everything and finally come to any conclusion? Peter looked out and he suddenly knew. The Father spoke to His heart and showed him the true identity of the Jesus whom he had followed. But each of us must all pause and ponder the question individually: “Who do you say that He is”
Oh, I want to see Him, look upon His face,
There to sing forever of His saving grace;
On the streets of glory let me lift my voice,
Cares all past, home at last, ever to rejoice. R. H. Cornelius
When He commanded, darkness yielded to light. At His word the waves stood still and the wind hushed to a whisper. At the voice of God everyone in Heaven cries “Holy!” But here on earth, in our own hearts the hardest and most difficult thing is to hear and obey Him. How wonderful the promise of God:
Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for me? Jeremiah 32:27
But don’t rejoice because evil spirits obey you; rejoice because your names are registered in heaven.” Luke 10:20
When the trumpet of the Lord shall sound, and time shall be no more,
And the morning breaks, eternal, bright and fair;
When the saved of earth shall gather over on the other shore,
And the roll is called up yonder, I’ll be there. by James Black
The season is slowly closing and the snow clouds are peeking over the horizon. The hay is rolled and ready for the Winter and all nature is being readied for its coming. Tomorrow is not given to us so today lets allow the Lord of the harvest to make us ready for Him!
And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. Genesis 1:16
As a small boy I remember one year that Sunday afternoons were devoted to memorizing Genesis chapter one. It was really not at all what my nine-year mind conjured up as a happy pass-time! In searching the recesses of my memory it is somehow strangely connected to my atheist step-father who still considered the Bible to be the book of books.
While I slogged through the verses one by one, I was always quite impressed with “And God said let there be light!” and pow! There was light. I imagined the Spirit moving over vast dark ocean waves while God wrestled with the mysterious elements in that creation week. First light, then oceans, then fish, birds, animals and finally man. In ticking off God’s impressive accomplishments I overlooked the tail end of verse 16. “He made the stars also. ”
Today, more than 50 years later I know that we are on just a piece of dust whirling in space, surrounded by millions and billions of stars. I at times feel so lost in my own smallness yet God’s great plan of love is by grace tied to us. Rather than wanting us to feel smaller, His longing is for us to know that our weakness is connected to an almighty amazing God who cares for us. Though we can not with even our most advanced science hope to reach even the closest star, He calls them all by name! For us to catch a glimpse of His glory on that fifth day, God paused for a moment, then He turned, took a breath and “made the stars also!”
So very worth the energy needed to plumb the depths of this song!
And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these Matthew 6:29
The glory isn’t from Solomon who wore his treasure on the outside, but from the one who put His treasure on the inside!