And the people believed: and when they heard that the Lord had visited the children of Israel, and that he had looked upon their affliction, then they bowed their heads and worshipped. (Exodus 4:31)
As we were preparing to come to God's house today, our thoughts seem to leave all the business of this life; taking on the wings of true worship. The gathering up of our Bibles, car keys and so on, began to give way to the splendor of worshiping in the house of God!
Look at the above Scripture, thousands of years ago the Hebrew people welcome the good news and worshipped. This has always been God's desire and rightfully so! God should be worshiped. Most prevalent today is our worship to Father God for sending Jesus our Lord and Savior; not only to the cross but into our lives also. His love and kindness that he bestows on us daily, reaches to the heavens.
In the gospel John chapter 4 verse 23, we find this jewel of revelation. "If you worship Father God in spirit and in truth, he will seek you! Can you imagine that?
I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all. (Ecclesiastes 9:11)
How good is our God, how great is his name! Yes, time and chance happens to us all. These events are not always what man considers, "a bad happening." Sometimes, the unexpected might be, as it is said, "just what the doctor ordered." However, time does present a challenge to us all. Go back a day, a week, a year or even ten years; see what I mean? Time is always echoing this message, "teach me to number my days, O Lord, that I might incline my heart to wisdom."
God's wisdom is pure, peaceable, gentle and easy to entreat; full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. We seem to be living in a world that gives great audience to hypocrisy and little attention to this heavenly wisdom. Time is in the drivers' seat and very few consider its destination.
He or she that is of God is timeless, eternal and always elevated to the thoughts and the word of God. This lifestyle lifts the heaviest of weights when concerning man's limited expression of success or failure; to the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Only then can you or I embrace this world of time and chance.
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. (Galatians2:20)
As I read this Scripture, I am persuaded that our Heavenly Father means business. When I think of the love shown to us through our Lord and Savior Jesus; I am moved with great conviction and commitment. His love then permeates and marinates my soul. I then see a new man living inside of me, the son of God, Jesus himself. Has this not happened to all of us? Has the King of Kings and Lord of Lords truly taken up residence in our hearts? How can we tell if this has taken place and truly the resident authority in our life is the will of God?
On May 18th, we will be hosting a "Sharing is Caring Service!"Many will witness the body of Christ serving, caring and loving as the master himself would have had he been in the flesh on this Earth. As this event finds itself in the pages of time and may all be forgotten years from now; God will never forget! Your labor of love to this lost and dying world, Jesus can never forget. So shall your reward be great! Praise the Lord!
Three times in the year all thy males shall appear before the Lord God. (Exodus 23:17)
How marvelous is our God. How great are all his ways. Jesus and Jesus alone has opened up all the doors in heaven. How the letter of the Law will cut deep into the heart; but the spirit of God gives life, abundant life. Not just three times a year, but every day you and I appear before God. Not just the males only, but males and females alike; for we are all one in Christ. (Galatians 3:28) Not just Sunday morning, "but low I am always with you." (Matthew 28:20)
However, three times a year Father God felt his people would or should feel closer to him. In the Passover; when God's great deliverance brought the Jews out of Egypt. When the first fruits of the field began to be ripened and eaten. And when all the harvest was gathered in at the end of the year. Then feasts and jubilees would break forth. God would always be thanked and receive of the first fruits. Can you see heaven in this? Can you see eternal life with God your Father? Jesus, the Lamb of God; Father God the great provider and all of heaven contented and immersed in his presence. How could it be otherwise? Praise the Lord!
Dr. Thomas Snyder