Thursday, June 27, 2019

THE WISDOM OF SOLOMON AND A WAKE UP CALL TO AMERICA


I am really excited--after almost 20 years, I have almost completed my own personal commentary on the scriptures.  However, that does not mean I no longer feel the need to study scripture; I am already looking forward to going through every book again and expecting to make changes and additions through the teaching of the Holy Spirit as I continue my journey to understand more and more of what the LORD would have me know and how to apply it to my life.   Some sections of my commentary have already been revised--some several times.  I think my love of God's word is one of the most important legacies I can leave my children and grandchildren (as long as the LORD tarries).

Currently, I am in Proverbs 28 and thought I would share the first five verses since there is so much direct application to all that is happening in my country today.  I know that the LORD's return is very near, and my prayer is for the people of America to realize their sin and turn back to God in faith and repentance before it's too late--back to the biblical roots upon which our nation was founded.

Sadly, there are two huge truths from scripture that give me little hope for this.  Few in comparison to the whole will choose the LORD and eternal life in His presence.  


Matthew 7:13–14 “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”

Why?  Because they are blinded by the "god of this world."


2 Corinthians 4:3–4 “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”

It has been established in my study of Proverbs that Solomon is writing from a perspective of a leader, father and nation that recognizes God as THE sovereign authority and His word as the foundational source of wisdom and morality.


Proverbs 28:1 ¶ The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.

The wicked person knows that his evil deeds deserve judgment, and he is always looking over his shoulder to avoid being caught.  The righteous man, however, has no reason to feel threatened; he boldly goes about his business knowing he has no reason to fear.

Guzik quoting Bridges: “Adam knew no fear until he become a guilty creature. But if guilt brings fear, the removal of guilt gives confidence.”

Ironside: “When naturally weak and timid men and women were martyred for Christ’s sake they were bolder than a lion facing its foes.”

Proverbs 28:2 ¶ For the transgression of a land many are the princes thereof: but by a man of understanding and knowledge the state thereof shall be prolonged.

I liked the NLT: “When there is moral rot within a nation, its government topples easily. But with wise and knowledgeable leaders, there is stability.”

The people of our country (America) should take this truth to heart.  I think there have always been men of both good and bad character in government leadership in our country.  The difference today being that those of bad character are stepping forth more boldly in declaration of their wicked agendas and doing all they can to destroy the moral fiber of our society.  The inevitable conclusion will be the destruction of America.  Only if the American people wake up and recognize that truth and actively work to turn our nation back to the principles upon which it was founded that were rooted in the word of God do we have a hope for the future.  Our only hope is in strong, godly leadership.  Sadly, I believe we have passed the point of turning back.  My hope is in the return of Jesus to take His children home and eventually usher in His earthly kingdom.

Proverbs 28:3 ¶ A poor man that oppresseth the poor is like a sweeping rain which leaveth no food.

It’s bad enough when the rich and powerful oppress the poor.  However, it seems even worse when the poor mistreat others who are poor.  If the oppressed can’t even count on the support of one another, they are left hopeless.

How comforting that the “poor” child of God in this world can have joy and hope in spite of their condition because they know their heavenly Father will provide their needs—if not here, then by taking them home to be with Him.

I liked Clarke’s observation: “Our Lord illustrates this proverb most beautifully, by the parable of the two debtors, Matthew 18:23. One owed ten thousand talents, was insolvent, begged for time, was forgiven. A fellow servant owed this one a hundred pence: he was insolvent; but prayed his fellow servant to give him a little time, and he would pay it all. He would not, took him by the throat, and cast him into prison till he should pay that debt. Here the poor oppressed the poor; and what was the consequence? The oppressing poor was delivered to the tormentors; and the forgiven debt charged to his amount, because he showed no mercy. The comparatively poor are often shockingly uncharitable and unfeeling towards the real poor.”

Proverbs 28:4 ¶ They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep the law contend with them.

The Hebrew for the word “law” is a reference to God’s law.  Those who reject God’s law praise the wicked, while those that choose to obey the law oppose the wicked.  

Again, this is blatantly on display in America today.  Those that reject God and His word are blatantly passing laws and instituting practices that are in direct disobedience to God’s word.  As they do so, the masses cheer them on.  They are so blinded by the god of this world that they cannot reason properly.  

2 Corinthians 4:3–4 “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”

Those of us that seek to honor the LORD and obey the laws and principles set for in His word are fighting back—but I think complacency and apathy have been allowed to reign for far too long.  It will take a great revival in our country to change course to honor the biblical foundation upon which this country was established.

Scripture is very clear that when it comes to a choice—Acts 5:29 “We ought to obey God rather than men.”

Proverbs 28:5 ¶ Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the LORD understand all things.

The Hebrew for “judgment” references what is right according to divine law, God’s law.   To understand is to have the ability to discern, to distinguish between right and wrong, good and evil.  Evil men do not have that ability because they are blinded by the god of this world and their own pride and lust.  Only those that seek to honor the LORD and obey His law have the moral basis to make just decisions.

1 John 2:20 & 27 “But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things….but the anointing which ye have received of Jim abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in Him.”


EBC Abridged: “Only people attuned to the divine will can fully perceive what justice is. Without that standard, legal activity can easily become self-serving.”

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

AN EASTER POEM

Just wanted to wish you a joyous Easter and share a piece of my heart.

As I reflect on Jesus’ life
And how He came to die
To make a way for me to come
And live with Him on high,
I’ll never understand such love
No matter how I try.

He emptied Himself in humility 
To become a human babe
To live as a man just like Adam
Temptation and testing to face
Submitting in love to His Father
What great sacrifice He made!

He suffered much in sorrow
Despised and rejected by men
Spit on and brutally beaten
Sentenced to die in the end
Then hung in shame on a cross
As He took on the weight of our sin.

Jeered and mocked as He hung there
His heart surely breaking in two
He prayed, “Father, forgive them
For they know not what they do.”
He focused in love on His purpose—
Redemption for me and for you.

He finally gave up the spirit
And they laid Him in a tomb
Only to find three days later
He had risen to life anew
Providing the gift of salvation—
New life for me and for you.

This gift is free for the taking
All you have to do is receive
There’s no way you can earn it
So don’t let others deceive
Repent of your sin and accept it
Just open your heart and believe.

Friday, March 1, 2019

GOD'S TESTIMONY Pt. 2

I almost skipped over these next two verses until I realized that God was making a statement about His trustworthiness and faithfulness to His promises. 

Isaiah 41:8-9 "But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend. Thou whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called thee from the chief men thereof, and said unto thee, Thou art my servant; I have chosen thee, and not cast thee away.”

God is a covenant-keeping God.  He made a covenant with Abraham that He will fulfill—despite how long it seems to be taking to us and despite the fact that He has had to chasten His people along the way.  God has not cast aside Israel as some theologians would like us to believe.  The church has not replaced Israel.  The church has been privileged to be grafted in to the root of true Israel, those that place their faith in and embrace the promises of God and Jesus, His Son, as their Messiah (Romans 11).

He goes on to emphasize that He is a faithful God, and that is important to us.  If He is not faithful to His word, we have no sure anchor for our faith.

Isaiah 41:10 “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” 

The people of Israel can know that though they may rebel against Him, He will never leave them or refuse to be their God.  As their God, He will get through the toughest times.  God’s right hand is indicative of His power and authority, which He exerts in righteousness.  

That last phrase is the one that really jumped out to me.  God’s people are always ready to accept His strength, protection and sustenance; but we don’t often think of what it means for Him to act towards us in righteousness.  That righteousness requires that He chastise, correct and teach us; judgment and testing are part of that process.  The problem is that we are such slow learners.  

The next characteristic to which the LORD testifies is His ability to prophesy, to foretell the future.

Isaiah 41:26-29 “Who hath declared from the beginning, that we may know? and beforetime, that we may say, He is righteous? yea, there is none that sheweth, yea, there is none that declareth, yea, there is none that heareth your words. The first shall say to Zion, Behold, behold them: and I will give to Jerusalem one that bringeth good tidings. For I beheld, and there was no man; even among them, and there was no counsellor, that, when I asked of them, could answer a word. Behold, they are all vanity; their works are nothing: their molten images are wind and confusion.”

The ability to declare the future with total accuracy is a singular proof of God as Supreme in power and authority.  He boldly declares that no false god can do this; they are powerless.  They only exist in the wind/breath/verbal expression of the people who claim them.

Isaiah 42:8 “I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.” 

I love this verse.  It is another unequivocal statement of God as God—the One and Only.  There is no other being that is His equal.  This is not wrongful pride; it is just a statement of fact.  It’s a statement that should strengthen our faith.  Only YHWH is deserving of all glory and praise.  

Isaiah 42:9 “Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them.” 

This is a statement that supports the truth of the previous verse.  Only God has the ability to predict the future.  Every prophecy from the mouth of God comes to pass just as He has foretold.  The scripture is full of proofs of this declaration.  History and science are full of proofs of this statement—from the declaration that the earth is round to the prophecies concerning the world empires in Daniel, to the coming of the Messiah, etc.

Isaiah continues to affirm the truth that Israel is His chosen possession according to His covenant with Abraham.  He is a covenant-keeping God.  The LORD again declares that there is no other being like Him and there never will be.

Isaiah 43:10-11 “Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.  I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.”

The Hebrew for LORD is YHWH, meaning the self-existent, eternal God.  He is unique in His ability to defend, deliver, preserve and protect (from the Hebrew for saviour) His people.

Isaiah 43:12 “I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, when there was no strange god among you: therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, that I am God.”

God is saying that His actions have proven His words, and He has acted in plain view of the nations.  He has proven Himself as no other so called “god” has.  God’s declarations and actions on behalf of His people as recorded in scripture (and I am sure in many ways that weren’t recorded) prove that He is God.

Isaiah 43:13 “Yea, before the day was I am he; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who shall let it?” 

“before the day” – God is outside of time.  This declaration of God is one you have to accept by faith.  I can say it and know what I’m saying, but I don’t really understand it.  I do, however, without a shadow of a doubt believe it.

Nothing and no one is more powerful than God.  What He declares will come to pass, and nothing or no being can prevent it.  God will do as He pleases and no one has the power or ability to stop Him.

This next verse makes reference to another truth about God’s creation that wasn’t really recognized until the 1800s.

Isaiah 43:16 “Thus saith the LORD, which maketh a way in the sea, and a path in the mighty waters….” 

Chuck Missler relates the story of how this verse prompted one man’s quest to map the oceans.  Quoted from another article at khouse.org.

Matthew Fontaine Maury was born in Spotsylvania County, Virginia, in 1806. As an avid Bible reader, he was struck by the reference in Psalm 8 to “the paths of the seas” (Psalm 8:8). He also noticed that Isaiah wrote of a “path through the mighty waters” (Isaiah 43:16). Are there pathways in the seas? Who could imagine such a thing? The pursuit of this enigma became Maury’s lifetime quest.

He entered the Navy in 1825 as a midshipman. By 1842 he was placed in charge of the Depot of Charts and Instruments, out of which grew the U.S. Naval Observatory and Hydrographic Office. To gather information on maritime winds and currents, Maury distributed to ship captains specially prepared logbooks from which he compiled pilot charts, enabling him to shorten the time of sea voyages. In 1848 he published maps of the main wind fields of the Earth.

Maury was ultimately able to produce charts of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans, a profile of the Atlantic seabed, and the first modern oceanographic text. He is internationally recognized as the “Father of Oceanography,” and Maury Hall at the U.S. Naval Academy is named in his honor. [end quote]

The next verse I want to jump to is yet another affirmation of the LORD’s relationship to Israel and the fact that He is the only God.

Isaiah 44:6 “Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.” 

YHWH declares that He is in fact the King of Israel, whether they choose to acknowledge Him as such or not.  Again, He is identified as their Redeemer, their Deliverer, and the One who will ransom them (with the blood of His Son).  It’s easy to miss the word and.  This message is from YHWH and His redeemer, Jesus the Son, the Lord of hosts; Jesus is the Commander in Chief of the armies of God.  

Galatians 3:11–14 “But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them. Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.” 

Again, YHWH identifies Himself as the One and Only God; there is no other.  There is no room for debate in this statement; it is an absolute. Both God and Jesus identify themselves as the first and the last; Jesus identifies Himself that way four times in the book of Revelation.

Revelation 1:11 “Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.”

Revelation 1:17 “And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last….”

Revelation 2:8 “And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive….”

Revelation 22:13 “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.”

This also affirms the truth that Jesus declared.

John 10:30 “I and my Father are one.”

YHWH alone can bring forth witnesses to His unique ability to tell His purposes for the future and bring it to pass in just the way He foretold.  His actions on behalf of His nation give proof that He is the One and Only God; there is NO OTHER.

Isaiah 44:7 “And who, as I, shall call, and shall declare it, and set it in order for me, since I appointed the ancient people? and the things that are coming, and shall come, let them shew unto them.  Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any. ” 

 God is all-knowing, and He doesn’t know of any other “god”—meaning, there is no other God!  The LORD drives this truth home many times through the prophet Isaiah.  This tells me it is a key truth for us to understand.  False gods are just that—FALSE. 

Isaiah 45:5-6 “I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me: That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else.” 

There is only one true authority in the universe—YHWH, the self-existent, eternal God our Creator.

Isaiah 45:12 “I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded.”

The LORD declares:  I AM the Creator.  I AM in control.  I AM The authority in heaven and on earth.

Isaiah 45:18 “For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else.” 

Again, emphasis is given to the fact that YHWH God is the Creator of the heavens and the earth.  In looking at the Hebrew for established, the phrases “provide, make provision and make ready” stood out to me.  He made every provision necessary for the benefit of man because He made it to be inhabited by man.

Again that statement—I AM YHWH and there is no other.

Isaiah 45:21 “Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the LORD? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me.”

God has made prophecies from ancient times and many have been fulfilled to the letter.  Some are yet to be fulfilled, but the future will prove them to be just as accurate.  Once again, YHWH  declares that He is the ONLY God; there is no other god, no other being capable of declaring the future,  This time, however, He adds the truth that He is just; He is righteous and holy.  Nothing He does is wrong.

God also emphasizes that He is The Saviour; there is no other being capable of providing us a refuge and protection from evil and its consequences.

Isaiah 45:22 “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.” 

Based on the evidence, God is urging all the peoples on the earth to turn to Him in faith for salvation.  God has singled out Israel as a nation of privilege among the nations, but His desire is that every person on planet earth turn to Him in faith for salvation.  This truth is affirmed in other scripture.

2Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

1 Timothy 2:3–4 “For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.”

This is the sixth time in chapter 45 alone that God has repeated this truth—I AM God and there is no other.

One more rhetorical question from YHWH—“Is there any other being who can compare to me?”

Isaiah 46:5 “To whom will ye liken me, and make me equal, and compare me, that we may be like?”

Once again, God declares that His unique ability to foretell the future proves that there is no other true God.

Isaiah 46:9-10 “Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure….” 

In making this claim, God reminds His people of their history.  He has proven Himself to them in so many miraculous ways.  Their scripture is full of testimony to His mighty acts.  The evidence declares that there is no other GOD, no other being that can compare to YHWH.  He can confidently declare that every part of His plan and His purpose will be carried out to the smallest detail.


Amen!

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

GOD'S TESTIMONY

As I was thinking about what I could share on the blog, I began to think of some of my favorite chapters in scripture.  I love to read the last few chapters of Job along with the first six chapters of Isaiah because they record so much of God’s personal testimony.  Yes, all of the scripture is a record of God speaking to us through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit through chosen human servants.  There are, however, a few times in scripture when God speaks in the first person—for example, when He speaks to Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden (Genesis 3), when He speaks to Moses at the burning bush (Exodus 3), and when He speaks from heaven after Jesus was baptized (Matthew 3).   

Since I have already done a blog series on God’s dialogue with Job, I will use Isaiah as my base in sharing God’s testimony.  I am going to include the scripture in which Isaiah shares what He knows about God that fits right in with God’s testimony, but it will be obvious when the LORD interrupts to add to the narrative.  

At the time Isaiah was writing, he had been called to warn the people of Judah of coming judgment.  God had him balance that message with words of comfort and encouragement regarding the time when they will once again be restored in fellowship with Him to enjoy the blessings of living in His kingdom in light of His covenant with Abraham.  He reminds the people that God’s word is true and will stand forever.

Isaiah 40:8 “The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.”

I love the word picture that Isaiah paints in an attempt to help us realize the greatness of God.

Isaiah 40:12 “Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?”

God has measured the waters of the earth in hollow of His hand (singular).  Think about the quantity of water on earth; look at your own hand—staggering, unfathomable!  The span is a reference to the distance between the thumb and the pinkie finger when stretched to its greatest extent.  Look at the sky; spread out the fingers on your hand and consider—awesome, unbelievable!  The next phrase is a little more difficult.  The word measure in this phrase references a three-fold measure (length, width, breadth).  Just try to imagine a container big enough to hold all the dust of the earth—impossible!  Scales in biblical days operated on a system of weights and balances.  Try to imagine scales large enough to weigh the hills and mountains!

This verse definitely gives a description of Someone far beyond our comprehension or understanding.

In light of God’s greatness, Isaiah goes on to explain that there is no sacrifice one could make that would be fitting to show honor to such a Being.  Again, with his beautiful linguistic skill, he paints another word picture of God’s greatness.

Isaiah 40:22 “It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in….”

This is a declaration that the earth is round; at this time (circa 750 BC), many people thought the earth was flat.  By describing God as “sitting” on the circle of the earth, Isaiah is making the point that God is our judge (from the Hebrew); He is in control.  From God’s perspective the people on earth are like grasshoppers, truly insignificant except for the significance that He assigns to them.  God has spread out the heavens as a tent to provide a dwelling place for man on earth.  All that we know about the heavens today reveal this “tent” to be quite amazing and lavish.  He has positioned every star and planet specifically so as to support the existence of planet earth and the people on it.

Consider the following observations by Chuck Missler from khouse.org.


“…the more we understand the universe, the more it appears to be specifically designed for Man. There are literally hundreds of dimensions or ratios which, if varied even slightly, would make life impossible. If the earth was a little closer—or a little more distant—from the sun, it would be too hot or too cold to support life. If it rotated a little faster—or a little slower—life would be impossible. This applies to cosmological factors in our solar system, as well as key ratios in subatomic physics.  For instance, if the gravity of the earth at its surface were weaker, we would not have an adequate atmosphere; if it were stronger, our atmosphere would contain too much ammonia. If the electromagnetic coupling constant were either weaker or stronger, molecules for life would cease to exist.  As physicists examine the strong nuclear force coupling constant, it turns out that if it were only slightly weaker, multi-proton nuclei would not hold together and hydrogen would be the only element in the universe. The supply of various life-essential elements heavier than iron would be insufficient. If they were only slightly stronger, nuclear particles would tend to bond together more frequently and more firmly, and hydro-gen would be rare in the universe. Either way, with less than a 1% change, life would be impossible.”

At this point, the LORD Himself speaks out to add to the narrative.

Isaiah 40:25-26 “To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One.  Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth.”

It’s also at this point that I can’t help but connect with God’s dialogue with Job.  All He has to do is pose the questions to make Job understand who He is.  Neither Job nor we are capable of understanding God or of a character to question God’s righteousness.  It’s interesting to note that, as He did with Job, the LORD uses questions to make His point.

The LORD’s first question: Who is My equal?  He then bids us look to the heavens and all that He has created.  He knows the exact number of planets and stars in space and calls each one of them by name.  Not one heavenly body deviates from its designed path or purpose.

Consider this information from livescience.com.  “Deep-field images from the Hubble Space Telescope suggest there are 10 times more galaxies in the universe than scientists previously thought, with about 2 trillion galaxies in total, according to a study published in October 2016 in the journal Science by Christopher Conselice, a professor of astrophysics at the University of Nottingham in the U.K., and his colleagues.….’About 100 million (or 10 to the eighth power) stars inhabit the average galaxy, according to one of the best estimates….’Multiplying the number of galaxies — which is about 2 trillion — by the 100 million stars in the galaxy suggests there could be about 10 raised to the 20th power stars in the universe,’ Conselice said.” 

I have a hard enough time trying to remember the names of the people I meet at church!

The last part of verse 26 above tells us that the heavens remain constant through the strength and force generated by the Creator.  He is the Source of the laws of science and the power that sustains the universe.  Paul affirms this truth in his letter to the Colossians

Colossians 1:16-17 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

Consider the following observations of Lambert Dolphin excerpted from an article called “What Holds the Universe Together?” at khouse.org.

“The nucleus of the atom contains positively charged and neutral particles—to use a simplistic model. Mutual electrostatic repulsion between the like-positive protons would drive the nucleus apart if it were not for the ‘strong force’ which binds the nucleus together….Similarly, accelerated electrons circling the nucleus should quickly radiate all their energy away and fall into the nucleus unless there exists an invisible energy source to counteract this….If God 'sustains the universe by His mighty word of power,’ moment by moment, were He to merely relax His grasp on the universe, every atom would come apart "by fire" (that is, by nuclear fire). It is inescapable that the Bible claims that God dynamically sustains the universe, including the very atoms themselves. Atoms, it would seem, are ‘stable' only because force and energy are being supplied into their physical nuclear binding fields from ‘outside' the system.”

God goes on to remind us that He is everlasting—from vanishing point to vanishing point, without beginning or ending.

Isaiah 40:28 “Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.”

As He told Moses, He is I AM—always has been and always will be.

Exodus 3:13–14 “And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them? And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.”

The LORD again states that He is the Creator that never tires out or runs out of energy.  He possesses all power and authority.  In other words, if we would but trust Him, we need never wonder if He has the ability to empower us and provide what we need.  Just a few verses later he emphasizes this truth.

Isaiah 40:31 “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

The final truth He shares is that He is beyond our ability to understand.  He states this ever more clearly in a later chapter.

Isaiah 55:8-9 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

It is this truth that men most desire to ignore.  We want to think that we should be able to understand the hows, whys and wherefores of everything God does or doesn’t do that does not fit in with our way of thinking and reasoning.  We want to hold God accountable according to our way of thinking instead of just resting in the fact that He is our Sovereign Creator who embodies love and righteousness.

1 John 4:8 “He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.”

Daniel 9:14 “…for the LORD our God is righteous in all his works which he doeth….”

If we would but rest in that truth, we would experience true peace.

Isaiah 26:3 “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”

to be continued…