Hard to Comprehend

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Romans 9:3-5
For I could wish that I myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my countrymen according to the flesh, who are Israelites, to whom pertain the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the service of God, and the promises; of whom are the fathers and from whom, according to the flesh, Christ came, who is over all, the eternally blessed God. Amen.

This has always been a difficult passage for me to comprehend. Paul had such a love for his fellow countrymen that he actually makes the statement, “I could wish myself accursed from Christ for my brethren.” In other words, Paul is saying that he would give up his own salvation in order for his Jewish brethren to be saved.

How could anyone say that? I love my family, each and every one of them, and I would do most anything for them. But give up my salvation? It is hard for me to even imagine giving up the hope of heaven for anyone. I am just being honest. I would love to say that I would be willing, but just can’t begin to grasp such a thing. Give up eternity in heaven with my Lord for eternity in hell separated from the One who is most dear to me?

Listen to the burden on Paul’s heart. The promises of God, “the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the service of God, and the promises” had been given to them. They were God’s chosen people and yet they rejected His truths. Oh how it hurt his soul!

I think of those whom I am closest to who either don’t know the Lord, or embrace Him in a very casual and indifferent manner. My heart is burdened every time I hear them say something that trivializes what the Lord had done for them, or watch them do something that suggests that they don’t even care.

It is good for me to be burdened in that way. It is good that this gives me such a heavy heart because then I am more apt to cry out to God on their behalf. And in the process I am more willing to have the attitude of Paul, to do anything to see them love Jesus.

“What would happen?”

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Imagine what would happen if we had faith like Abraham. What an amazing thing that would be. Imagine all of the things that God could do in and through us.

Romans 4:20-22
He [Abraham] did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, 21 and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. And therefore “it was accounted to him for righteousness.”

Do we want to please God? Then we must have faith.

Hebrews 11:6
But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

Once we believe, in the depth of our hearts, that God is who He says He is, then we can begin to discover what it means to trust Him. This is faith, trusting in something that we don’t see. I am certain that the more we trust God, the more faith we have in all He can and wants to do, the more He will do. Oh how I want that kind of faith.

What would happen if we had this kind of faith? I want to find out!

Oh Lord, I ask that you would give me the fulness of faith that you desire for me. Help me to trust like Abraham, without wavering. I believe that You are and I believe that you are a rewarder of those who diligently seek you. Help me to seek you with all my heart, soul, and strength each and every day. In Jesus’ name…Amen.

“Where were you?”

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Job 38:4-6
“Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements? Surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? To what were its foundations fastened? Or who laid its cornerstone,

The more I read the Book of Job, the more I enjoy it, especially the last few chapters. Whenever I come to this verse, my heart is stirred and I am immediately drawn to the magnificence, majesty, and omnipotence of God.

Years ago, I believe it was back in the 70’s, scientists discovered for the first time, that the rings of Saturn were braided. I remember hearing one of the scientists, who had no doubt spent much of his life studying the solar system, insisting that this was impossible. Unfortunately for him, the picture was worth a “thousand words” or thousands of hours of trying to figure God out.

I still remember vividly and instantly thinking to myself, “Those rings probably weren’t braided…until just seconds before the pictures were taken.” Wouldn’t it be just like God to demonstrate the supremacy of his knowledge, His understanding, and his omnipotence by doing something like that.

I love God’s words to Job after Job tries to figure God out:

Job 38:2-3
“Who is this who darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Now prepare yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer Me.”

There is a lot of darkening of God’s counsel today, but it will never, ever change who He is, what He says, and what He alone is capable of doing!