Ralph Waldo Emerson said a religion that is afraid of science dishonors God.
God is not just the escape plan, he is also the perfect expert for your life today
His Beauty/ His Creation
Psalm 27:4 (VOICE)
I am pleading with the Eternal for this one thing, my soul’s desire:
To live with Him all of my days— in the shadow of His temple, To behold His beauty and ponder His ways in the company of His people.
Job 38:4 New Living Translation
“Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell me, if you know so much.
My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind.
“Men cannot say they do not know about God. From the beginning of the world, men could see what God is like through the things He has made. This shows His power that lasts forever. It shows that He is God.” Romans 1:20 NLV
Psalm 96:11-12New Living Translation (NLT)
11 Let the heavens be glad, and the earth rejoice!
Let the sea and everything in it shout his praise!
12 Let the fields and their crops burst out with joy!
Let the trees of the forest sing for joy
I can see how it might be possible for a man, to look down upon the earth and be an atheist, but I cannot conceive how he could look up into the heavens and say there is no God.
Proverbs 3:19 (TLB)
The Lord’s wisdom founded the earth; his understanding established all the universe and space.
Why would God create more than 350,000,000,000 galaxies (and this is a conservative estimate) that generations of people never saw or even knew existed? Do you think maybe it was to make us say, “Wow, God is unfathomably big”? Or perhaps God wanted us to see these pictures so that our response would be, “Who do I think I am?”
FRANCIS CHAN, Crazy Love
The Wonders of His Love
All philosophy begins in wonder. – Socrates
Wonder dies with knowledge. Francis Bacon
Psalm 8:3-4 (NLT)
When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers— the moon and the stars you set in place—
what are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them?
“I want to know how God created this world. I am not interested in this or that phenomenon, in the spectrum of this or that element. I want to know His thoughts; the rest are details.” Albert Einstein
Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have
her young– a place near your altar, LORD Almighty, my King and my God.
God Cares for You
Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. 29″Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. 30″But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.…
Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
Job 12:7-10 (NLT)
“Just ask the animals, and they will teach you.
Ask the birds of the sky, and they will tell you.
Speak to the earth, and it will instruct you.
Let the fish in the sea speak to you.
9 For they all know
that my disaster has come from the hand of the Lord.
10 For the life of every living thing is in his hand,
and the breath of every human being.
God is Beautiful Perfection
Psalm 119:96-98 (NLT)
Even perfection has its limits, but your commands have no limit.
This is what the LORD says:
“Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool.
Could you build me a temple as good as that? Could you build me such a resting place?
My hands have made both heaven and earth; they and everything in them are mine.
I, the LORD, have spoken!”
ISAIAH 66:1–2 NLT
WE KNOW ABOUT BEAUTY BECAUSE GOD,
THE ULTIMATE FIRST CAUSE OF EVERYTHING,
IS ALSO BEAUTIFUL… TO THE HUMBLE
AND WORSHIPFUL OF HEART… EVERY TINY PIECE
OF CREATION REMINDS THEM OF THE MAGNIFICENT
GENIUS WHO FASHIONED IT ALL.
NO ITEM OF CREATION, BE IT EVER SO BEAUTIFUL,
CAN CONVEY THE INFINITE BEAUTY OF THE SOURCE.
Splendor and majesty are before Him; Strength and beauty are in His sanctuary. PSALM 96:6
it is easy for the believer to get discouraged and question what life is
really about. It is in these difficult times that we are to remember God’s
promises and immerse ourselves afresh in the scriptures of comfort and
strengthening. We’ve been forewarned through the timeless pages of the
Holy Bible that tribulation will come in the last days greater than has
been seen in all of history. It should be no surprise to the Christian
that we will suffer many hardships, but we are not to worry like the world
because our promise is an Eternal One.
John 16:33, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me ye might have
peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have
overcome the world.”
TO HAVE NO BURDEN TO CARRY
Sadhu Sundar Singh, a Hindu convert to Christianity, became a missionary to
his people in India. Late one afternoon Sadhu was traveling on foot through
the Himalayas with a Buddhist monk. It was bitterly cold and the wind felt
like sharp blades slicing into their skins. Night was fast approaching when
the monk warned Sadhu that they were in danger of freezing to death if they
did not reach the monastery before darkness fell.
Suddenly, on a narrow path above a steep precipice, they heard a cry for
help. At the foot of the cliff lay a man, fallen and badly hurt. The monk
looked at Sadhu and said, “Do not stop. God has brought this man to his
fate. He must work it out for himself. Let us hurry on before we, too, perish.”
But Sadhu replied, “God has sent me here to help my brother. I cannot
The monk continued trudging off through the whirling snow, while the
missionary clambered down the steep embankment. The injured man’s leg was
broken and he could not walk, so Sadhu made a sling of his blanket and tied
the man on his back. With great difficulty he climbed back up the cliff,
drenched by now in perspiration.
Doggedly, Sadhu made his way through the deepening snow and darkness. It
was all he could do to follow the path. But he persevered, though faint
with fatigue and overheated from exertion. Finally, he saw ahead the lights
of the monastery.
Then, for the first time, Sadhu stumbled and nearly fell. But not from
weakness. He had stumbled over an object lying in the snow-covered road.
Slowly he bent down on one knee and brushed the snow off the object. It
was the body of the monk, frozen to death.
Years later a disciple of Sadhu’s asked him, “What is life’s most difficult task?”
Without hesitation Sadhu replied: “To have no burden to carry.”
Galatians 6:2-4 “Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. But let
every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself
alone, and not in another.” (Matthew 5:14-16) (1 John 4:10-12)
The Beauty of Compasion
“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.”
The compassion of God is a gift that will never run out. The more you share it the more you are filled with it. Danny Leavitt
Luke 6:45a (KJV)
A good man, out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good;
Isaiah 28:5 (NIV)
In that day the Lord Almighty will be a glorious crown, a beautiful wreath for the remnant of his people.