Here is another devotional from Jon.  Enjoy!-anita


For what mortal has ever heard the voice of the living God speaking out of fire, as we have, and survived? (Deut. 5:26)


The sons of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob had forgotten the voice of God by the time they stood at the foot of Mt. Sinai and begged Moses to speak on their behalf. They were terrified and for apparently good reason. This God spoke and the ground shook; only a few weeks before they had watched as the Egyptian army was drowned in the Red Sea. They had had manna and quail, water from a rock and defeated the first of the peoples that occupied the land that Lord had sworn to Abraham would be theirs. Think what they might, I am sure none of them doubted that this God was alive!

It’s a radical idea actually. God is alive! He has thoughts and feelings. Some things make him happy and other things make him sad. Some things even make him angry. And that’s not even the best part! Because of Jesus coming to dwell among us it says in 2 Corinthians 6:16 “We are temples of the living God.” It goes on to say in the same verse:

“I will live with them     and walk among them, and I will be their God,     and they will be my people.”

So we, figuratively speaking, have come from Mt. Sinai, where we dared not even touch the mountain on pain of death, to dwelling with, in fact being the dwelling place of, the living God! And God loves us (Deut. 23:5), wants to be with us (Luke 1:78), thinks we’re important (Jer. 29:11) even worth dying in order to save (Romans 5:8) and wants to continue that relationship into eternity (John 14:3)!

This should transform us. If you’re wondering how just imagine you just won the lottery, the really big one, and now you have lots and lots and lots of money. Imagine how you’d act at first but then imagine how your thinking would be changed when you realize that you have enough cash to seriously impact a few of the world’s problems. You’d be energized, you’d have a new seriousness of purpose, you’d be focused on your chosen problem with intent to make a difference. Now consider God, your friend, who made the world and everything in it, who owns the cattle on a thousand hills (ok, all the hills), who created it all from nothing by His words alone. You have won the lottery! Maybe you’ll have to wait for the Ferrari but how about those problems that we often feel powerless to tackle, the ugly ones like human trafficking, drug addiction, child soldiers and so on. We have the power, we have a Father who hates those problems as much as we do, we have family rights to whatever we need (But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God – John 1:12) and we have a God who believes in us (whoever believes in Me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. – John 14:12).  We just have to see it and act accordingly because we are capable of far more than we know.

By:  Jon Roark


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