Many people today are looking for answers to life’s toughest questions: Why am I here? Is this all there is? What’s my purpose in life? When I die, then what? But sadly, many are looking in all the wrong places.
Verses 39-40, “You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.”
The religious leaders studied and debated and memorized the Scriptures, but were blinded to the truths contained in them which pointed to Jesus. Sadly, they didn’t recognize their Messiah when He was right in their midst.
As Americans, we have grown up in a nation where Bibles are everywhere. There is hardly a home without one, yet many of us look for eternal life and the answers to life’s toughest questions everywhere but in the Book of Life!
We try to find eternal life by leaving a legacy or by making a difference in the lives of those less fortunate—both good things to do, but they can’t save us.
Or we seek to live longer and healthier with the help of medical science, as if we can somehow avoid death. Continue reading →
This week’s question: “Where can I go from Your Spirit?” (Psalm 139.7).
This week’s question is taken Psalm 139 where David wonders aloud about the omniscience, omnipresence, and omnipotence of God.
The author points out that in the midst of our scientific world we have lost much of our sense of wonder about God and His creation. And yet, every discovery actually gives us another reason to praise our amazing Creator.
This compound word (“omni” – all and “science” – knowledge) simply means “God knows everything.” Verses 1-4:
¹ O Lord, You have searched me and known me. 2 You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. 3 You comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways. 4 For there is not a word on my tongue, But behold, O Lord, You know it altogether.
What a wonder! God knows you . . . your e-mail address . . . your phone number . . . your worries . . . your hurts . . . your fears . . . your dreams. And He loves you.
This word mean He is all present or present everywhere. From the book:
No matter where we are, God is there. Jonah attempted to flee from God’s presence. But to no avail. Adam and Eve tried to hide from God in the cool of the garden. But, again, to no avail. Isaiah’s prophecy that the coming Messiah would be called “Immanuel,” meaning “God with us,” underscores this wonder-full truth that He is always with us (Isaiah 7: 14). Where can we go from God’s presence? There is not a corner of this big world where He is not present.
That means we are never alone! What an amazing promise.
God is all powerful. The author points out that David uses the wonder of birth to explain God’s power. Verses 13-16:
13 For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. 14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;[b] Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. 15 My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them.
Think for a moment about this wonder of wonders. David described two microscopic pieces of protoplasm that come together and form a live human being with all the intricacies of a nervous system, a respiratory system, a circulatory system, a digestive system, a mind, a heart, a soul. What a testimony to the omnipotence of our loving God who Himself “formed” us in our mother’s womb!
After describing this wondrous aspect of God’s omnipotence— the conception of a child— David praised his Creator: “I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made” (v. 14). God knows us. He is with us. He is all powerful. Having basked in the wonder of God, David ended this psalm on a note of vulnerability that is commendable and worth emulating:
²³ Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; 24 And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.
What a wonderful prayer to pray to the God of Wonders!
Next week’s question is: “Who can find a virtuous wife?” (Proverbs 31.10).
Last week’s question:“How can a young man cleanse his way?” (Psalm 119.9). Read it here.
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We live in one of the most blessed and prosperous nations in the world. We have every kind of entertainment, all kinds of “toys,” and yet, instead of finding satisfaction, we often find ourselves asking, “Is this all there is?”
The chronicler continues to recount the story of David’s reign. In today’s reading he emphasizes God’s promise to David that his son would sit on the throne after him. It has a near application in Solomon and a messianic application, as well. Continue reading →