Sunday, December 28, 2014

They Will Know

"Thus I will magnify Myself and sanctify Myself, and I will be known in the eyes of many nations.  Then they shall know that I am the LORD." Ezekiel 38:23 NKJV

On my most recent trip through the book of Ezekiel I was struck by the repeated phrase "they shall know that I am the LORD."  By my own count this phrase is repeated 63 times.  Only the subject changes.  Sometimes "you", sometimes "they", sometimes "the nations", but all shall know that He is the LORD (Yahweh-the Covenant name of God).  This claim is staked on many different events - the Lord's judgment of His chosen people, Israel - sending them into the Babylonian Captivity.  It is staked upon the Lord's righteous judgment of the various nations who reject Him.  It is staked upon His promise to preserve Israel through the judgment.  It is staked upon God's promise to faithfully return Israel to her land, which He did 70 years later.  It is staked upon His faithfulness to them in looking forward to the time of the Millennial Reign of the Messiah.  All of history stands as a stark reminder of this simple fact - He is the Lord.  It is the most vital fact for every person to know and understand.  Do you know it?  Do you trust Him?

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

“I Don’t WANT to Drive!”

I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.”  Galatians 2:20 NASB

My youngest son is two years old.  While hurriedly getting the kids in the car recently my wife set the two year old on the driver’s seat while attending to the other three children.  The two year old immediately began to wail, “BUT I DON’T WANT TO DRIVE THE CAR!”  Faced with this impossible task caused him to cry out.  It is much the same with our lives.  We often think the Lord has placed us in the driver’s seat of our lives and we cry: “This is too much, I don’t want to drive!” More frequently we think we can drive and get ourselves into even more trouble.  This is because we were never meant to drive the car of our lives.  We are meant to rest in Christ, and our position in Him.  We are meant to rely upon His resources and respond to His provision and loving guidance.  May we all be so wise as my two year old son. 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014