When I saw him I fell down at his feet as though I were dead, but he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid! I am the first and the last, and the one who lives! I was dead, but look, now I am alive—forever and ever—and I hold the keys of death and of Hades!” Revelation 1.17-18

These were some of the first words of the Lord Jesus to the apostle John when, on the Lord’s day, he found himself in the Spirit. John had already registered a word from God the Father, that he was the Alpha and the Omega, in verse 8. Alpha is the first letter of the Greek alphabet; omega, the last. Continue reading

The ways of God are not mysterious. He has revealed them to us. Many things he does are above us, beyond our comprehension, but it is not because he wants to hide something from us. God’s intentions are always good and honorable. We can know about God and know him personally in the Bible, where he reveals himself. Glory to God for good intentions!

… people want very much to hear from God until they actually do. In other words, if God said right now, “Andy, I need you in the slums of Detroit by the morning.” and I saw the fire leaving my home and headed towards Detroit, would I follow? Is certainty really preferred to ambiguity? Are we comfortable in our ignorance? How crazy would it be if you knew beyond a shadow of a doubt where you were supposed to go?
—Andy Burns, #58/366 – Numbers 8-10 – Thinking on These Things.

I shared the first line also on QBT.

This thought is significant for several reasons. Continue reading

Glory to God whose Name is our monument, whose life is our breath, whose majesty defies our understanding! Glory to him who was and is and ever will be! Glory to the Lord for all his gifts of life, joy, peace, love, and, above all, himself! Glory to God who shows himself to be the Lord and Lover of man!