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People of Vision

What is your view of God?

Isaiah 6:1
In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple.

Isaiah is an interesting Old Covenant prophet.  He lived during uncertain times.  In this passage he tells of a life-transforming vision he had of the Lord.  It causes me to take a step back and ask myself how I view and serve God.

Probably the most important point is when this encounter took place.  Isaiah said that it happened in the year king Uzziah died.  Uzziah was a great king.  He served God with all his heart.  He renewed the temple worship of Judah.  Because of his devotion to God, he was victorious in his battles against the enemies of Israel.  The borders were secure and their cities and towns were returning to their former glory.  It was a wonderful time.

Then one day, because of pride, Uzziah tried to worship God in a way that was only reserved for the priesthood.  At that point he was struck with leprosy until the day of his death.  Now the future of Israel was in the balance.

This was a turning point in their history.  The people were slipping back into complacency.  Their devotion to God was waning.  It’s in this climate that Isaiah saw this vision.  He got a glimpse of the majesty of the Lord – enthroned in the heavenlies.

We live in uncertain times.  The economy, politics, weather, and a host of other issues scream for our attention.  What is your stability in all of this.  We need the same vision as Isaiah.

GOD IS STILL ON THE THRONE!!!

Don’t let the events around you, rob you of your peace and joy.  We are the children of God.  Nothing is beyond His knowledge or ability.  As a matter of fact, He knows what is going to happen before it does.  Nothing takes Him by surprise.

See the Lord on the throne today.  Lay your burdens and cares at His feet.  Trust Him to guide you through these days in victory and joy.  Then we can truly be people of vision.

 
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Posted by on May 31, 2012 in Daily Thoughts

 

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God’s Possession

Psalm 95:3-6
For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods.  In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him.  The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.
Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker.

Everything we see in all of creation is the Lord’s.  Every mountain, valley, and stream is the work of His hand.  It is the incredible variety of the Creator, however, that amazes me.  Sometimes when I am driving, I see all the mountains on the horizon, yet no two look the same.  Each one can be recognized for its own individual features

Not only that, but the Lord knows each one intimately.  Every tree, every trail, and each animal are well known to Him.  He created the entire majestic realm of nature for His good pleasure, yet He provides this bounty for our enjoyment as well.

It’s easy to feel close to God when in the presence of His handiwork.  When we look at Creation through the eyes of the spirit, it becomes a reflection of the Creator.  It gives us insight into the awesome power and love of our God.

Take the time today to thank the Lord for the beauty of the earth.  Thank Him that He has allowed us to share in the wonder of it.  As you approach the throne of Christ, remember that all the wonders of Creation are but a dim reflection of His eternal majesty.

 
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Posted by on May 5, 2012 in Daily Thoughts

 

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Majesty

Psalm 36:5-6
Your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies.  Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the great deep.  O LORD, you preserve both man and beast.

The majesty of nature is indescribable.  I have taken pictures and videos of mountains, lakes, and rivers that have left me breathless.  Yet when I return home and look at them, they don’t come close to the experience of actually being there.  Nothing gives you the sense of wonder like standing in the wild and experiencing the real thing.

It is the same with God’s love, His faithfulness, His righteousness, and His justice.  You can read about it in the Bible.  You can tell about how God has poured them into your life.  Yet, until someone actually experiences these things for themselves, they will never really understand the full impact.

God is a person.  He can be described and read about.  But there is only one way to fully appreciate His awesome majesty.  You must come face to face with Him for yourself.

Take the time to enter the presence of the Lord.  Worship and praise Him for who He is and what He has done in your life.  Let His majesty overwhelm you the same as a view of mountains and lakes. Experience God today in the beauty of His holiness.

 
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Posted by on March 13, 2012 in Daily Thoughts

 

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