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The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good. Psalm 14:1 (NIV)

“Do you believe in God?”

The answer to this question seems to have changed over the years. Used to be that everyone believed in God, or if they didn’t, they would never admit it. It was just too un-popular of a philosophy to think of a world without God. Reality is though, the question isn’t really “Do you believe in God”, rather it would be better phrased which God do you believe in. Those that say there is no God have really set themselves as the supreme deity and their personal view on life as being their ‘theology’.

Others believe in a Supreme Being of some sort. They look around and realize all this must have come from somewhere. Even the most primitive tribes have stories of the origin of man and the universe and all include in that story some great power that gave us all this. Ironically, only our ‘sophisticated society’ has come up with an explanation for origins that doesn’t include some supreme being. But simply believing in some super-power isn’t enough. These people may believe in some supreme being but they deny that this being has any influence in this world. He, or it is a king without a kingdom so to speak.

Perhaps the most dangerous and most numerous people are the many who profess to believe in God on the outside but not in their hearts. They may go to church and have all the religious jargon down. They may not go to church but still believe in God, but stay away because of all the ‘politics’. Their religious philosophy goes something like this, “I believe in God, but I can worship him wherever and however I want. I don’t need to go to church to worship God. Besides, none of us really know what God is like.” They don’t believe in a personal God who rewards or punishes.

The Psalmist has a word for those in the above mentioned three categories. It’s the word fool. He lumps them all together in one need little package. They are all fools. They are all people who don’t know, or refuse to acknowledge the existence of a personal God.

Belief in God begins in the heart. Outward activities offer no proof of inner commitment to him. The fool may say in his heart that God doesn’t exist and show the world otherwise, but a heart that is truly committed to God will show the character of God in thought word and deed.

What God do you believe in? It will show in your actions towards those who mistreat you and who differ from you. The God of the universe, the creator and sustainer of all we see is a personal, graceful and merciful God who earnestly desires a personal, passionate relationship with you through his son, Jesus Christ.

PRAYER: Father God, I thank you today that you do exist. I pray that you would change my heart to be in tune with you so that others will see you are real because of me. In the name of Jesus Christ my Lord I pray, Amen.


I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:14 (NIV)

Repeat after me:

  • God said, “Let there be light and God saw there was light and that the light was good.
  • God said, “Let the land and water be separate and he saw that the land and sea was good.
  • God said, “Let the heavens be full of stars and galaxies and planets and it was so and God saw that it was good.
  • God said, “Let there be birds and fish of many colors and sizes and varieties and God saw that they were good.
  • God said, “Let there be every kind of animal that lives on the ground. Magnificent animals of many types, and God saw the animals and that they were good.
  • God said, “Let there be plant life. Trees and flowers, moss and grasses to cover the earth and God saw that the plant life was good.
  • Then God spoke into existence his most precious, marvelous creation when he said, “Let there be [INSERT YOUR NAME HERE].

 

Didn’t balk at the last one did you? Didn’t let your past hold you back from stating it? Wouldn’t allow your present weakness to keep you from stating an eternal truth? It is you know. After every step of creation God looked upon his created work and said “It is good.” It was no different when he spoke you into existence at conception.

The word ‘good’ in our English language doesn’t do the true meaning justice. God’s ‘good’ is way beyond man’s ‘excellence’ and when God made you, he saw you were good.

Don’t let your weaknesses keep you from seeing God’s handiwork in your life. Refuse to allow the poor choices you’ve made relationally, educationally, financially or spiritually detract from the reality that you are God’s special creation.

The Psalmist looked around himself at all that God had provided in the way of nature and creation. But what moved him the most? “I praise you O God because ‘I’ am wonderfully made.

When the Father spoke you into existence he knew you would fail miserably. He knew you would never amount to anything on your own. He knew you would never be able to find peace or live the life he required for salvation. That’s why he sent Jesus. That’s what Grace is all about.

You are fearfully and wonderfully made. Don’t ever let the enemy tell you different. Don’t let religion spoil your freedom in Christ. Remember, because of Jesus, when God looks at you he sees you are good.

PRAYER: Lord God in Heaven. Mighty King. Master Creator of the Universe. Daddy. I praise you for loving me in spite of my weakness and for making me your masterpiece. Thank you for a love that no one and nothing can sever. Amen.


O LORD, our Lord, How majestic is Your name in all the earth! Psalm 8:9 (NASB)

As I write this the internet and news programs have been filled with pictures of a fantastic display of the ‘northern lights.’ Unfortunately in my part of the world we’ve been living under the clouds and have missed the beauty of this phenomenon. They are, however just one reminder to me of the great God we serve.

A God of power as evidenced by nature itself in the power of storms that cover the face of the earth; a volcano; the sheer force of a waterfall; the destructive invisible force of the wind.

He is a God of creativity as seen in a sunrise or sunset; the many colors of nature; the vast array of animal and plant life. Sorry. I don’t buy evolution. Not for one second. None of this could have happened by chance. None of it!

He is a God of love and intimacy. How do I know that? I’ve seen the gentleness of a mothers touch. I’ve enjoyed the intimacy I have with the one I love. I’m made in God’s image. Passion and intimacy didn’t just happen. He put it in us to enjoy, to share, to get excited about!

He’s a God of quiet, gentle strength as seen in the gentle endurance of a flower when faced with the elements, as seen in a bird riding out the storm in perched on a branch swinging violently as if to toss its passenger to the ground.

He is a HUGE God. If our universe is any indication of what my God can do, his immensity is incomprehendable.

He’s a God of miracles. I think that every time I see a newborn baby. The giver and sustainer of life. That mass in a woman’s womb isn’t a mass at all. It’s a new creation, a life to be cherished, protected and honored because every day of its existence, from conception has been ordained by God.

But the greatest miracle of all is what he did for me. His power, his creativity, his quiet gentle strength, his intimacy and his immense size is nothing compared to his love and forgiveness that he gave me when his Son Jesus died for me and rose again to give me the promise of eternal life.

In the grand scheme of things I am nothing more than a mere microscopic speck. Yet in my insignificance he saw significance. In my weakness he saw strength. In my hopelessness, he sees hope.

The prophet Nehemiah writes, “You alone are the LORD, Creator of the heavens and all the stars, Creator of the earth and those who live on it, Creator of the ocean and all its creatures. You are the source of life, praised by the stars that fill the heavens.” Nehemiah 9:6 (CEV)

The greatest miracle of all? The fact that the creator God of the universe loves me enough to die for me.

PRAYER: Father God. Jehovah. I can find no other words today than to repeat the words of David, “O LORD, my Lord, How majestic is Your name in all the earth! Amen.


Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. John 1:3

“He made all things.” Let those words pause in your mind for a moment. The original languages give the sense of detail, not overall systems. Walk out on a star filled night and look up. How far can you see? In a sense you can see to eternity for there is no canopy.

Every star? He put it there for you. Scientists think that perhaps every star may have a solar system with planets. Does that mean there is life out there? Frankly, I don’t care. I’m more amazed at the enormity of space and the enormity of the God who created it!

“He made all things.” I love to look at newborn babies. Those tiny, tiny fingers and tiny toes. The newness of life. What a miracle. The complexity of life, of growing! Even the brain function it takes to read this sentence is utterly amazing!  And to think that the whole process of life from beginning to end is not simply set in motion, but guided, ordained by its maker. Astounding!

And when I think of the unseen world. The fact that our bodies are made up of so many different cells, each working together to bring us life; to help us think, reason, feel, be passionate.  The way love makes you feel when it grows and endures the tough times. Exciting!

The one who made the mountains with all their grandeur also made the fragile flower, so delicate to touch yet able to withstand ferocious winds. Soft to touch but able to endure the toughest drought. Saplings springing from the hardest granite.

Take some time to look around you. Look past the pain of life, just for a moment. Ignore the fear and worry of the future, just for a minute. Take a deep breath and enjoy the creativity of the many colors in the sunset; the beauty of the fallen snow; the creativity that surrounds us.

All this was made by Jesus and he did it for you. The bible tells us he came to his own and they didn’t take time to notice. Who were his own? Was it the rocks he created? The animals he formed? The water he separated from the land? Nope. It was the only thing scripture says was made in his image. You and I. He made us in his image because he knew that would be the best way to enjoy the world he created.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus. I’ve been so distracted of late by the worries of life. I see the pain others are going through. I feel my own agony. Just for a moment let me see the beauty you’ve created for me. Thank you for loving me enough to put me where I am. Amen.


Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 119:105 (NLT)

Have you ever taken something apart and tried to put it back together again? No matter how hard you try the parts just don’t seem to fit together. When you finally succeed (sort of) you have extra parts and no idea where to put them?

Or perhaps you’ve broken something of great value like a vase or plate. Try as you might you can’t seem to get it back together. Some of the parts are chipped. Some are badly splintered they no longer seem to go anywhere. You finally come to the realization that it will never be ‘back to original condition.

If you have ever had something like this happen then you have a small idea of how God felt in the Garden of Eden. He had just finished the greatest accomplishment of ‘his life’ so to speak. He’d created the universe and the planets and stars and other heavenly bodies of course, but none of that compared to the pride he felt looking at mankind. Adam and Eve were his most cherished creation.

Every night he’d visit the couple and walk through the garden with them. They’d ask him questions. He’d find out from them what new discoveries they’d made that day. I don’t think this was some stuffy, theology-laced discussion time. There was laughter. There was excitement. There was love.

Then tragedy struck. For whatever reason, as a result of the disobedience of his masterpiece creation, the relationship was destroyed. Did God want to lose his best friends? Of course not. Did he miss the walks in the garden, the camaraderie, the passion? You bet. Would he do anything at all to restore that relationship? Yep. In fact he did.

The Bible isn’t man’s story of sin, failure and destruction. The Bible is God’s story of his earnest desire to restore the relationship he once had with us. Some people read it as some owners manual or guide book. Others read it as some Theological journal or textbook. Others don’t read it at all because they don’t realize its true indent.

The mystery of our passionate relationship with God is that it’s easy enough for a toddler to understand and deep enough to confound the scholar. Try reading the Bible from God’s point of view. If you are new to the process get an easy to read version of the Bible like ‘The Message’ by Eugene Peterson. Start slow, just a chapter or so a day. Begin with the Gospels. Jesus tells us that if we want to learn about God the Father we need to learn about him first.

Before you read ask God to teach you something new for that day. Don’t just read it for answers or to prove someone right or wrong. Read it to discover that God, unlike stuffy, guilt-ridden religion, earnestly wants to restore a relationship with you that was lost years ago. He loves you. He loves you more than anything. You are worth it and the Bible is the story of his plan to get you back.

PRAYER: God, I still don’t always get it. You are so powerful and so mighty, yet you love me enough to spend all of history to try to bring me back to relationship with you. There are so many things I don’t understand about you, about myself, about life in general. Thank you for sending your letter, the Bible, to guide us in restoring our relationship with each other. Help me to read it with new understanding and appreciation. In Jesus name, Amen.

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