God’s Wonders

Creation is a marvelous thing. As I spent a week with my husband and granddaughter on an Alaskan cruise, I saw such wonders that only God could have created. He thought of everything. He gave us such wonders to marvel over, such as mountains, streams, waterfalls, oceans, and all the creatures that habitat these places. We tried our best to see as much as we could in the short time we were there. It was wonderful to watch our 7 year old granddaughter experience the spectacular scenery that we were afforded on this trip. She hopped and squealed every time she saw a whale, and we saw many. She would jump up and run to the windows anytime someone on the ship called out that they saw something in the ocean. She did not want to miss anything.

Sometimes we adults lose that excitement of seeing God’s creation. We take things for granted and seem to not be as thrilled over the simplest things. But if we would stop and take in the beauty of His creation, that thrill of the world around us would come to us also. If we would stop and think about the order and effort that our Heavenly Father put into His plan for His kingdom and His people, we would be reminded of His unconditional and incomprehensible love for us.

The snow-capped mountains that my granddaughter continued to point out to me reminded me of God’s love that reaches heights that we cannot comprehend. We have a finite idea of love, and He shows us a love that surpasses our understanding. We must receive it in faith because we cannot truly understand it.

The blue-green oceans that surrounded us during our weeklong voyage reminded me of His unfathomable mercy that He bestows on us. It is so deep that we cannot see the bottom of it. We cannot see the end of it. His mercy is given to us unearned and undeserved, and yet we are allowed to walk in it daily.

The beautiful puffy white clouds that fascinated by granddaughter from her perch in the airplane reminded me of my sins forgiven. He has made me white as snow and those clouds remind me that my sins are as far from me as east is to the west. He gave His son to take our place on the sacrificial cross so that our sins would be forgiven and that we may have fellowship with Him. I am reminded to continue to have fellowship with Him. I must call out to Him for He is always there waiting from my voice to speak to Him.

The waves that we experienced during our trip reminded me of the storms of life and that we were safe aboard ship. Even though the rains came down and the ship rocked, I was confident that my Heavenly Father had me in His arms protecting me and mine. We could look out at the storm and be confident of our safety because of His promises to us.

There are so many things in this world to remind us of who our Father is and who we are to Him. Look around and be blessed by the world created by Him for us.

Noah’s Rainbow

As I was teaching the 4 and 5 year olds this morning in church, I was reminded of God’s promises.  We have been teaching on the Fruits of the Spirit and how God helps us to be like Jesus by helping us to grow in the Fruits of the Spirit.  We were talking about faithfulness today and how God is faithful in His promises to us.  I read the story of Noah’s Ark to the children, and they are always fascinated with this story of the animals getting on the very big boat.  It was not the story in the curriculum but I thought of the rainbow that God gave Noah to remind him that He would never flood the whole earth again.  God has so many promises that He has made and He has not failed in any of them.

Galatians 5:22, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control.”  

Verse 25 is interesting, “Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.”  God’s promises are as 2 Corinthians 1:20 says in the New Living Translation, “for all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for His glory.”  

But why this discourse on “Yes” and “Amen”?  I’ve heard this scripture many times but let’s look at the previous scriptures and this “Yes” and “Amen” stuff will make more sense.

It begins in verse 17, “You may be asking why I changed my plan.  Do you think I make my plans carelessly?  Do you think I am like people of the world who say “Yes” when they really mean “No”?  As surely as God is faithful, our word to you does not waiver between “Yes” and “No.”  He is the one whom Silas, Timothy, and I preached to you, and as God’s ultimate “Yes,” he always does what he says.” 

His promises are always fulfilled.  Our faithfulness should be a direct response to God’s faithfulness.  This is one of His promises to us, that He is faithful.  Faithful to what?  Well, many things, but one in particular would be that He is faithful to forgive us our sin if we ask Him to.  If we cannot think of any other promise (which I am sure we can), this one is big enough to keep us faithful to our God who is faithful to us not matter what. There is so much more on this subject that I will expound on this another day.

Remember, anytime you see a rainbow, let it be a reminder of HIs promises to us and His faithfulness to fulfill His promises.

 

When You Pass Through the Waters

As I was praying through a difficult situation the other night, these scriptures were before me,

Isaiah 43:2-3:

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. 

For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior”

This refreshed me in my prayer time.  This reminded me that no matter what is going on around me, or happening to me, He is with me when I feel like the waters are washing over me.  He is with me when I am walking through the fire.  I will not be washed away.  I will not be consumed for My God and the God of My Children has me in His sight.  He is holding my hand and is giving me the supernatural strength that I need to walk through whatever comes against me.  He is not surprised or taken back by the things of this world, and I should not let these things turn my world upside down.  He is the One who has the plan of my life, and He obviously knew this would happen.

Philippians 1:6 says, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

I am confident that what He began in me, He will finish to completion, and when I have bumps in the road, they are not surprises but detours that He was aware of.

He is there always and I am confident that His plan is the perfect plan for me.