Lessons from Life
The Knowledge of God
We, in our desire to understand and “Materialize” God, approach the
scriptures with the reason and analytical thinking of a researcher,
pulling out and assembling facts and evidence until God makes sense by
In our attempts to make a provable faith we construct a man made god
as small as the facts we cherish and as weak as our minds. We lose
the mysterious, invisible, confounding miracle worker that should
leave us perplex and breathless.
“1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
There are institutes and organizations dedicated to providing us
evidence to prove this one verse, but if we don’t believe it on faith
the rest of scripture breaks down. God made it all, He has the right
to do with it as He pleases.
“7 Then the LORD God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed
into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living
When I feel like a big shot this verse is what I should remember. I
am made from the dust and it is God’s breath that gives me life. I’m
proud of myself when I nail a few boards together, God made me and the
“4 The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die! 5 For God
knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and
you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
That is how the serpent tricked Eve, the desire for God-like
knowledge. From day one we have been out smarting ourselves trying to
find wisdom apart from God. It can’t happen.
“1 Now the man had relations with his wife Eve, and she conceived and
gave birth to Cain, and she said, “I have gotten a manchild with the
help of the LORD.”
In today’s world we think because we know how to reproduce we create
life. What fools we are. We usurp the power to take life but only
God can make it. All the molecular biologists put together can’t
explain how matter becomes life.
“27 So all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred and sixty-nine
years, and he died.”
All the science in the world can’t stop life from leaving the body.
It’s inevitable. We are not endowed by our creator with eternal life.
It cannot be found in knowledge either; it can only be claimed in
“ 13 Then God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me;
for the earth is filled with violence because of them; and behold, I
am about to destroy them with the earth….22 Thus Noah did; according
to all that God had commanded him, so he did.”
Four thousand years in the search for Noah’s boat. A lot of clues but
still we must believe this story by faith. Isn’t that what the story
is supposed to teach us, to live by faith as Noah did? Knowledge is
great but faith is greater!
“…the LORD closed it behind him. 17 Then the flood came upon the
earth for forty days…”
If you don’t believe God made the earth you won’t believe He has the
right to condemn it to death. God is all powerful. In spite of all
our wisdom we have no idea what He is capable of. Scoffers who spent
their lives waiting for evidence will fall on their face and worship
Him… one day to late.
Be in complete awe. The stories of the Bible are allegories and
analogies, but they are also literal and evidence of the creators
power over His creation. Romans chapter one tells us God is made
evident in His creation. It is not in understanding creation that we
really know God, it is in seeing it with wonder.
Christianity is awesome. It is filled with hope and joy and
purpose…and pain and doubt and fear and anger and…it can be a mess
sometimes. Take a look at it this way. Christians are a group of
people trying to understand a God who could do anything and chooses
not to. How do you wrap yourself and your faith around a God who
killed off the entire planed except for eight people and later came to
earth Himself to die for the unruly, hateful, ungrateful lot of us?
He makes absolutely no sense until you begin to realize His confusion
makes more sense than mans reason.
Here is a God who sent Jonah to give a message to his enemies that
they are going to die unless they serve God. Jonah says “These are my
enemies and I don’t like them”. God says, “Go anyway”. Moses was
told to go save His people after being in the desert and separated
from them for years and under a death order from his people’s
captives. He says “What, I can’t go there; if they don’t kill me I
still only stutter and stammer and…” and God says “Go anyway”.
God makes no sense sometimes. Face it, God isn’t even nice a lot of
the time. He calls us names and puts us down and demonstrates
constantly that we are not worthy; if it wasn’t true, every word, I
wouldn’t follow someone who spoke to me like that.
Maybe the problem is semantic, after all, what is love, and what is
Mark 10: “18 And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one
is good except God alone.”
In Matthew 7 Jesus says the Father gives good things to His children,
so why doesn’t He always answer my prayers? Why does He let me do
without things that make people smile? Maybe His sense of “Good” is
different than ours. After all, do we really know what is good? God
is Good but we don’t understand Him how can we claim to know what good
is? We know our children and give them good things by what we know as
good. But are the things we give always good for them?
I got mad at God this week. I just knew He had found the perfect job
for me so when I didn’t get it I questioned “How could He be good if
He can’t even give me a job?” In searching out my heart and
subsequently searching out the heart of God, I came to the conclusion
that God looks at what is good different than I do. How could God,
being Good, give me what wasn’t good. Like Jesus telling us, “.20 …
truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you
will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will
move; and nothing will be impossible to you.
But mountains do much good collecting snow for summer water and
altering weather patterns; would a good God just arbitrarily move a
mountain because some punk wanted to prove something? Many people
have lost faith over such things. Maybe the thing we are missing is
God IS Good, so faith is incorporated in or with goodness. God will
answer every prayer with Goodness. Faith is so firmly imbedded in
Godly Goodness that to ask in ignorance of goodness is not asking in
knowledge of faith.
Ask for that mountain in your life to be moved and have faith that God
will give you goodness. Turns out Jonah knew that and He didn’t want
God to spare his enemy
“Please LORD, was not this what I said while I was still in my own
country? Therefore in order to forestall this I fled to Tarshish, for
I knew that You are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger
and abundant in lovingkindness, and one who relents concerning
. So Jonah didn’t want to tell them of the threat of punishment
because he knew God would forgive them. Christians today are often
accused of not being good because we tell people of the punishment
that awaits without repentance. People don’t know that the entire
word of God is shrouded in God’s Goodness. From prophecy to promises,
it all works together because of the goodness of God that binds
Next time you think God promised you something, give Him credit for
Goodness, HIS Goodness.
Of Actors and Christians
I saw and internet video ad for some kind of room deodorizer and they
were doing the “blindfold test”. While the people were standing in an
odoriferous environment with blindfolds commenting on how nice it
smelled (because of the air freshener of course) these words flashed
across the screen, “PEOPLE, NOT ACTORS”. I had to laugh that they
would designate the difference. A day later I watched a video of a
four year old “preacher” who is taking the internet by storm. As he
paced about and used the microphone quite effectively he would pick up
his hanky (carefully placed on the pint sized pulpit) and supposedly
wipe sweat from his brow and neck. This boy was obviously not moved
by the Spirit, he was moved by the attention. I know of no place in
scripture where God raised up a young person to lead who was not first
put through a time of testing; purified by fire. This four year old
has not, he just likes wearing daddy’s shoes. It is the father, a
Pentecostal Preacher himself, who is encouraging this mockery and who
bears the shame for it.
We need people, not actors in the pulpit! We need Christians who are
people, not actors. We don’t need children playing games we need
mature, people; people old enough to know what sin is and to have made
a decision to repent from it. No four year old child should fear God
so how can he teach others to seek out their salvation as they ought?
My 78 year old mother was making her way through a store when she
turned onto a new isle and saw a poor old woman who looked like she
needed a smile. As my mother who walks with great pain and carries
the burdens of life tried to put on her best “Christian” smile she
realized that tired old woman was her reflection in a mirror. She
laughs when she tells the story and I see a genuineness that can only
come from a sincere person, not an actor. Smiling through your pain
will convert more people than a four year old with a good delivery. A
smile portrays hope and the value of life; even in suffering.
I read this in today’s Adrian Rogers devotional:
“There’s a story about a lady who went to a photographer to have her
picture made. When she saw it, she didn’t like it. She took it back
and told the photographer, “You’ll have to take this over.” He asked,
“What’s wrong with it?” She said, “It doesn’t do me justice.” He
looked at it and looked at her and said, “Lady, you don’t need
justice, what you need is mercy.”
Are you acting or are you sharing a picture of who you are? If God
took a picture of your soul would it be what YOU think it is; would
you recognize yourself or would you demand a retake? Would you get
justice or mercy?
God knows the number of the hairs on your head and He knows an honest
and humble person. You can’t act and expect to fool God, and there
will be no retakes on judgment day. Would you recognize yourself in a
mirror and see that person as someone who needed a smile and not be
ashamed to admit you had seen your self?
If the eyes are the window to the soul the scriptures are the mirror.
Look at yourself in the reflection of the Word of God. Do you
recognize who you see? Are you a person, or an actor?
Hell fire preaching
I love the edifying benefits of studying prophecy and apologetics.
The reasons and evidence for faith; the signs and wonders of history
foretold; the scriptures are alive and manifested in the world
I like commentary on the Bible and challenges to strongly held but
short or narrow sighted belief. Tell me something I don’t know and
back it up in scripture and I’m hooked. The nature of God revealed in
Christ, it gets no better than that….But once in a while I need Paul
Paul Washer is like the Brillo pad of Christian teaching. He cuts
through the hard baked fat and caked on grease of doctrine and
“Christianese” and philosophical twists on the true Gospel. When Paul
is done the fire has been turned up and the metal is purified; you’ve
gone steel on steel and if you are around at the end you have a
passion you had forgotten about.
THIS is what the Word should do, ignite a fire that removes all the
soft teaching and inflammable pollutants of false gospels. The Word
given straight and unashamedly, without compromise, leaves little room
for doubt if taken at it’s word. God said it, we believed it; “why”
is not a question that needs answered at that moment. You will never
accept the why until you accept the “what”.
God doesn’t stutter. He said “Thou shall” and you do it. He says
“Thou shall not” and you repent, because most likely you’ve all ready
done it. What makes a Paul Washer sermon so intense is that he is
just as in love with God’s righteousness as he is in love with God’s
love. He reminds us that a God without justice is no God at all. And
he reminds us that a God of Mercy and Grace is one that shouldn’t be
ignored, and a Righteous and Just and Holy God had better not be
ignored, and an angry God cannot be ignored. He reminds us that God
is worthy of worship, even if you are on your way to hell God is
worthy of worship.
Paul Washer reminds me that this is not a game, or a call for
apologies because God got His feelings hurt. This is life and death
eternity; this is “Hand to the plow and no looking back”; this is a
God with no patience for patronizing parishioners or people who claim
His name and live for themselves; this is light in darkness and narrow
paths and teaching so hard most cannot take it; this is war.
God uses a man like Paul Washer to uncomplicated the scripture. Read
it, follow it, used it, and no excuses. God loves you and if you
choose to follow Him THE PATH IS HARD AND PAINFUL! After all Christ
did for you; after the agony the Father felt crucifying His only Son
for your sin, your best life now is not His priority. If you are not
suffering for the Gospel you better recheck what you are
People like Paul Washer scare me because they are right and they
remind me that our salvation is to be worked out in fear and
trembling, warm fuzzies aren’t going to get you there. So here is the
warning, right between the eyes: If you are not Holy and set apart for
God you are in danger of the fires of Hell. And if Paul Washer
doesn’t stir your passion for righteousness you better hit your knees
because something is lacking.
when you realize you have not achieved it yet. When your pie turns to
soup, just grab a spoon and laugh.
Of injured birds
I have seen two injured birds in as many days and it makes me wonder
what God thinks of an injured bird; of and injured human; of and
At the pool of Bethesda (John 5) people laid around in their pain and
suffering for an angel of God to stir the waters and the first one to
get into the water following the heavenly visit would be cured. This
only happened in “certain seasons”… Was this some cruel and sadistic
joke God was playing?
There is only one answer, God does not love, at least not in the way
we think of love. God does not see “feeling good” as part of the
current plan, if He did He wouldn’t put up with us. Jesus did not die
so that you could have “Your Best Life Now”. We read in scripture of
the Miracles of Jesus, how he fed thousands and raised the dead and
healed the sick. Yet there at Bethesda He left some people in their
ailing condition. People did die while Jesus walked the earth, and
they went hungry. I think it may be reasonable to conclude that
healings and such were a show of compassion (as they are today), but
more than that I think they were simply to show His power over His
creation. To make a blind man see, even the Pharisees knew, was an
accomplishment of deity. But Jesus did not put an end to blindness
any more than He ended hunger or death. The miracles of Jesus were
largely symbolic; He came to heal spiritual blindness and cure
crippled souls and raise those who were dead to Himself.
Many would point to the compassion He showed to Mary and Martha, the
sisters of Lazarus and the fact that He wept. While it’s true their
pain touched Him His purpose in raising Lazarus from the dead was not
their suffering, but to bring glory to the Father.
John 11: “1 Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the
village of Mary and her sister Martha. 2 It was the Mary who anointed
the Lord with ointment, and wiped His feet with her hair, whose
brother Lazarus was sick. 3 So the sisters sent word to Him, saying,
“Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick.” 4 But when Jesus heard this,
He said, “This sickness is not to end in death, but for the glory of
God, so that the Son of God may be glorified by it.” 5 Now Jesus loved
Martha and her sister and Lazarus. 6 So when He heard that he was
sick, He then stayed two days longer in the place where He was.”
Jesus actually stayed away for two extra days, is this a man who is
concerned with physical suffering? Yes, but He is more, He is a
Savior concerned with bringing glory to the Father and bringing men to
faith in Himself. If He will not interfere in the overall suffering
of man, will He then interfere with the suffering of birds? Why?
There is a bigger question here than the purpose of physical pain and
death, there is the healing of Spirits and the saving of Souls from
the Pit. Once you have received the healing of the Soul the question
of suffering does not go away, but the question of God’s faithfulness
should. And once we know God is faithful, we should not question too
vigorously that which we do not understand. Your best life is yet to
come, and it is eternal, and painless and tearless. Our Savior has
suffered and died. Won’t we follow Him to the cross if we must, to
glorify Him and the Father? I don’t wish it, but I will…
Sin? Deal with it!
Ephesians 2:1And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, 2 in which
you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according
to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now
working in the sons of disobedience. 3 Among them we too all formerly
lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh
and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the
rest. 4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with
which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our transgressions,
made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),
We all have a story of past trespasses and missing the mark and
yielding to temptation, and the saving Grace of Christ Jesus. But
what of our sin today? Paul said HE was chief among sinners, so how
was it he was so certain of his salvation? The difference is not that
we stopped sinning but that Christ died for it; the difference is
that, as changed men, we no longer “Live IN” our sin.
“…we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh…”
We live, now, In Christ. We may desire, seek out, and indulge in sin,
but our conviction of sin brings, not just avoidance, but repentance.
We may occasionally lose the battle to sin, but we WILL win the war.
When we detest sin we need no longer detest ourselves but only to
cleanse ourselves in Christ, in the Word, in repentance – turning away
from the weakness of our flesh and finding strength in the person of
We had a little rodent pest running around our house so we took steps
to eliminate the septic intruder. As I was emptying the trap it came
over me that this was a creation of God and yet we had no choice but
to protect our home from it. It was yet another sign of creation gone
wrong. Like mice and flies in our homes, sin in our lives is an
invasion that should not be. This is not how God intended things when
He created us. But we must not let down our defenses lest the enemy
over take us. We cannot have mice running our homes and we cannot
have sin running our lives. Our aversion to such things is like our
conscience in that we are made aware by some internal voice or
knowledge that this is wrong.
Sometimes, I see a mouse or find his “leavings” and I’m in a hurry and
I don’t deal with it right away. By the time I am reminded of it
three or four have moved in and are becoming bolder getting into food
and making my house unclean. Sin can do the same as it creeps in
silently and uncontrolled it begins to get bold and take up residence.
If not careful and prepared to deal with it we have a takeover of our
lives, we are living with and “IN” it. Be vigilant, don’t let them
take over. Let mice and sin be a reminder that this world is not
right and one day God will set it right and dwell with us.
Someday, rodents will be cute and fuzzy, and sin will be no more.
When the battle is over we can let down our guard but until then, stay
strong “IN” Christ Jesus.
I found out tonight that Paul Washer and I have something in common,
we were drunks at the time of our surrender.
The conversion of man is not easy to put into words but listening to
Paul Washer makes it easier. I used some of Paul Washers lines but I
don’t think he would mind if God is glorified.
I have a confession. I have secrets I don’t want you to know. I have
sin that you would not believe. I am wicked! If you could take my
thoughts from just one day and make images of my thoughts and put them
on a video you would find things there that would repulse you and you
would declare me only worthy of Hell. I AM only worthy of hell. On
my OWN, I am worthy of nothing but hell! It is only by the Blood of
Jesus that I am worthy of more.
From day one I have done battle with God. I have only wanted to
satisfy myself. But by God’s grace I surrendered my weapons and I am
now a soldier for the cause of Christ. The one I fought is now my
leader. Not a day goes by I don’t see the rewards of my old way; the
treasure that I went to battle against my Savior to obtain. And every
day those things lure my thoughts and tantalize my flesh. And at the
end of every day when I thank God I am still in His camp, that is HIS
victory; that is to HIS glory, for without HIM I would still be living
for those things.
I am tempted, drawn, and seduced, but I am not living for those
things. My flesh is weak but my Jesus is strong. In those days I
asked God why He gave me such a difficult life, now I ask Jesus why He
gave me life at all! I used to complain that life wasn’t fair, now I
thank God that it is not, because I don’t want what I deserve. I was
a sweaty, hung over, drunk when I surrendered and Jesus received me.
I was not a victor over my old self I was defeated. I did not step
from death into life I was dragged, kicking and screaming. I fear
God, I tremble at His voice, in fact if not for His power I would run
from Him again and hide in the darkness. I am not what I was but
without HIS Spirit I would most definitely be, all that and worse.
Truth is, not a one of us could have any righteousness in us if not
for His power and influence on this world. All that is good in me is
Surrender; defeat is definite, swift, and ugly; only Jesus Christ can
make you worthy and able to change sides. It’s the hardest thing you
will ever do, in fact, it is impossible to do without Him. Fear
disobedience to God or you will fear God forever! He is worthy. Even
if you were lost forever already HE would still be worthy. If He
offered no hope of salvation, HE would still be worthy. “Every knee
shall bow…” because HE is worthy.
There is a clock in my study area just above my right shoulder. For
those who like to get visual…It’s a clock with hands and a face and a
sketch of an eagle and it says “Snap-On”, because I was a mechanic
long ago and I spent a lot of money on tools at one time (before I had
teenagers). You had to spend money to get a clock! Anyway, the clock
is battery operated and quiet and accurate and I change the battery
every time I re-set it for that annoying foolishness of springing
forward and falling back; the ritual of mass control that creates
confusion twice a year.
One more thing about that clock, it is set five minutes fast. It is
one of those little mind games I play with myself, I know it’s fast
but when I need to be somewhere it gets me moving because part of me
always believes the clock to be truthful. But, in my humble opinion,
time is never truthful. Time is a deceiver that threatens us and
steals our joy…yes “My name is Tim Lamb and I am Chronophobic”. I
quit wearing a watch years ago because every time it mattered I was in
trouble. I don’t even really like calendars. Years, I’m fine with.
After peaking at thirty I’m ok with counting solar revolutions. But
any time the position of the earth on its axis matters I start to
stress. OK, I’ll admit it, I’m slow. I stress because to everyone
watching that insidious motion measurer I am inadequate. If you start
tracing my shadow I’ll likely move before you’re done but if you are
waiting for me you will not be a happy puppy when I arrive. What is
it about bosses and wives (or is that bossy wives) that make a few
minutes into an issue of devotion and dependability. It isn’t that I
don’t care, I’m just speed challenged. The faster I think I’m going
the farther behind I get.
Much to my relief time is a dimension of this world. In the world
that awaits us there is no reason to measure change or calculate
progress. No revolving around the sun or rotating night and day:
Revelation 21: 22 I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God the Almighty
and the Lamb are its temple. 23 And the city has no need of the sun or
of the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God has illumined it, and
its lamp is the Lamb. 24 The nations will walk by its light, and the
kings of the earth will bring their glory into it. 25 In the daytime
(for there will be no night there) its gates will never be closed;
Sun and moon, day and night; all the things we measure time by, gone!
And when there is no such thing as time, I can’t be late, can I? No
aging, no planning, no calendars or alarm clocks or time clocks; no
yesterdays to remember or tomorrows to prepare for…Won’t it be
Leaves and limbs tossed high and low, winds of change, always blow
How does my creator know just what I need?
Mountains high, sunny peaks, clouds the distant sunset streaks
Jesus light the path I seek, and lead
Mountains cannot interfere, rivers crest and darkness near
I will go to where I hear the lovely voice of God
Midnight lightning splits the seam, through city streets the sirens
Softly my redeeming Savior speaks my name
Gutters filthy, people staring, stony faces, no one caring
A lone voice cries in passion sharing, no one is the same
Buildings rise and sunbeams sew their silent path to folks below
It follows me, to where I go, the lovely voice of God
A new friend has been telling me how much he loves to hear about
Jesus. Whatever the sermon topic or story keep Jesus in there and you
have his attention. The same Jesus that angered the Pharisees and
cause sufferers to reach for just a touch of his robe; the same one
who makes little men climb trees and big soldiers to bow down is with
us today and His name never fails to stir the hearts of all men.
Some, like my friend, want to hear more, and others flee or respond
The sound of that name, Jesus, means different things to different
people. Some never got past the “Servant Jesus”, and they will
comment on how we all should be more like Him, helping the poor and
loving the disenfranchised. But when you point to the complete Jesus,
the one who called for us to be perfect just as His Father is perfect;
the one who told those He healed and helped to stop sinning; the one
who calls us to pick up our cross and suffer; mention that Jesus and
followers will drift away like they did two thousand years ago. The
Jesus who fed the multitudes attracts the hungry, but the Jesus who
sends His followers out without food or money to share the Gospel
message isn’t so appealing.
I have a small library filled with books on Jesus. Each one tries to
describe the total God/man for our understanding but each adds some
and takes out other; it seems no one can paint the whole Jesus. His
undeniable Holiness, his passion for Righteousness, His love and
compassion for all mankind; these are a blanket statement of His
character but don’t begin to cover all that He is. Creator, judge,
healer, Savior; He is merciful and compassionate, yet He will bring
out the whip if you defile the house of His Father. Jesus is the “All
in All”, the “Way, the Truth and the Light”, yet in a seeming
contradiction to all that He came as a human baby; born into poverty
to teach, preach and die. If you can define this man Jesus I’d love
to hear it.
Worthy of our worship and adoration He is incredibly fascinating and
anywhere you mention His name people will react.
Philippians 2:8-11(NASB)8 Being found in appearance as a man, He
humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death
on a cross. 9 For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and
bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, 10 so that at the
name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on
earth and under the earth, 11 and that every tongue will confess that
Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Facing the Fire
Chelan Country, and really all of the area, lost a veteran firefighter
recently. Aside from the obvious tragic loss to family and friends
there is a strength, confidence, and humility that was lost that
cannot be replace by any newcomers. There is something in a
journeyman that comes out of the fire that cannot be taught. You can
tell a journeyman of any profession, not by the boldness and
brashness, but by the calm certainty with which they approach their
This is true of Christians also. We like to take the “Newbie’s” out
and parade them around and they stand tall and brave, but ask them
about the fire and they become confused and uncertain. Jesus
guaranteed His followers a time of trial and tribulation and pain and
possibly even death. A new Christian brought to faith by hopes of
love and security is suddenly shaken at best, and foolishly over
confident at worst, by the prospects of facing the flames of testing.
New firefighters are first trained and tested on equipment and
knowledge. They are not put through the heat until they know how to
find their way out and how to depend on others and use their
equipment. Christians should have the same luxury. Older leaders
often drag new recruits into battle before they get all their
equipment on, something firemen would not do.
The young are often thrust before us so that we may envy their
enthusiasm but in relating their testimony they can tell you where
they came from but usually have no idea where they are or what to
expect ahead. A mature Christian understands better what they have
come through to know Jesus. They know the value of lessons learned
and are no longer proud of the “New Man” they have become, but are so
humbly grateful for the strength to overcome. They are prepared, not
just with success in faith but the powerful lessons of failure; not
just with the incredible love of God, but with the satisfaction and
calm assurance that come from understanding the refiners fire and the
quest for righteousness.
Journeyman Christians, tell new recruits about the fire. Tell them
what it means to be loved by God’s firm, holy, and righteous hand.
You wouldn’t send the rookie into a burning building to save a lost
child, that’s a job for the journeyman. Love the enthusiasm of
newness but equip them well before the fire.
All to Jesus I surrender, all to Him I freely give...” a line from a
beautiful old hymn.
vIn the sixth chapter of the Gospel of John, Jesus had many disciples
and He taught them about the bread of life: “Just as the Living Father
sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me
will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from
heaven.” John 6:57, 58
Jesus told them that they had to consume the living word which was
Himself, and because of this many left. So when only a few remained
Jesus turned to His original twelve and said, “You do not want to
leave me too, do you?” And Simon Peter answered Him and said, “Lord,
to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life We believe and
know that you are the Holy One of God.” John 6:68, 69
These days people are searching for fulfillment in so many ways, we
need to tell them we know the one who has the food that fills, the
water that quenches, and the words of eternal life. Where do we find
these? We must surrender that emptiness to the Lord; to Jesus we must
give all our needs. We must take to Him all our hunger, and receive
from Him the bread of life sent from Heaven.
Our bodies need nourishment to survive, and we eat what was made for
our bodies. When our souls are empty and hungry they need nourishment:
“I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and
drink His blood, you have no life in you.” John 6:53
“On hearing it, many of His disciples said, ‘This is hard teaching,
who can accept it?’” John 6:60
It IS hard teaching, but where will we go? HE has the words of LIFE.