Thursday, March 10, 2016

Blessed Be the Name of God Forever

John 7:12 - And there was much complaining among the people concerning Him. Some said, “He is good”; others said, “No, on the contrary, He deceives the people.”

Oh, this so stood out this morning! Does it sound familiar? These words are all over the news lately.

I know for some it's hard not to trust in self or others or in government. It's the way it is...before knowing the Lord. 

As we discussed in our Bible Study Fellowship lesson on Revelation, it is so comforting to know that God is in control of all things. Bearing that in mind, it should be a comfort to know we can let go of our fear and trust in God alone. While we do not know what or how He's working things out, we can know it is to fulfill His perfect, good purpose.

But how can you trust when you do not see where He's going with it all? That's called having faith. It comes when we receive Christ as Lord and Savior and through His Word, through the power of the Holy Spirit, we learn of Him. We see Him at work in our lives or others'. We hear Him, we feel His presence. It's amazing. I marvel (a word from our Revelation lesson) at it all.

Jesus has proven Himself time and again throughout His Word. He created and it was good...until man decided to change the course of things. Now we trust in self instead. 

We have presidential campaigns going on. It is NO fun watching at all...either side. My confidence in either party is thumbs down. As an evangelical I must vote my conscience. Who would God approve of? What most closely fits with His Word's truth? 

Ultimately, whether it is believed or not, He will place the person in office to fulfill His perfect plan. It may not look good; we may be disappointed, disgusted, angry. But my understanding of the circumstances cannot match God's! 

It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes. (Psalm 118:8-9)
Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; but we will remember the name of the LORD our God. (Psalm 20:7)
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding... (Proverbs 3:5)

Man can fail. God cannot. God looks down on pride, boastfulness, deceitfulness, lying, cheating, people bent on breaking His laws, carrying out what He calls abominations. His judgment will come some day. And all knees will now before Him. I will praise His name now and as long as I have breath. He is faithful to those who will do this.

Daniel 2:20-22 - Daniel answered and said: “Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, for wisdom and might are His. And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding. He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness, and light dwells with Him. 

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