Our God is great and good, eternally!
Receiving praise through battle and victory hymn,
The Lord sits reigning on his glorious throne
Among four creatures, angels, and cherubim,
In splendor and might; above the heaven’s dome,
He guides the affairs of man, and blesses him
Who wavers not against the enemy.
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
God exists. He inhabits the highest heavens. He reveals mysteries to mankind. He uses the evil of man to make his glory known to all. He blesses his people with wisdom to shine the light of truth to all nations. God is great! Praise him for his wisdom!
God reveals his will. He tells us what he has been doing. All his work led up to the coming of Christ. The Cross is the center of God’s work. He wants everyone to know about it. The Bible is that story. We should memorize and study it. Glory be to God for his revelation!
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!
“Amen! Praise and glory,
and wisdom and thanksgiving,
and honor and power and strength
be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!”
V — “… like a conquerer determined to conquer” Rev 6.2 NVI (my translation from the Portuguese; see also here).
M — What is said of this rider should be said of every saint. We are more than conquerers, Rm 8.37. So let us go out to win the victory.
P — Father, may I always have the attitude of a spiritual victor.
… 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!
For those who think that God is in his heaven and just lets it all roll by without taking much interest in what happens on earth, here’s an ancient word for people who thought the same. Continue reading