What a beautiful passage of hope. This is one that we should read over and over again when we are feeling overwhelmed by our circumstances. What kind of faith do you have? Finish this sentence: “I believe in God, so I ______.” You may recognize that from our text today. Paul, like the psalmist believed in God so he “spoke.” When we put our faith and trust in God, we have so much more power to work with. I believe in God so I wrote a book would be one thing I could say.
We’re only given so much time on earth to do what we are called
to do. This text calls it right out. Our bodies are dying. But we don’t need to
live like we’re dying. Our spirits are being “renewed every day.” How
do you refresh yourself? Spending time in God’s word, in prayer, and seeking
his will for your life should give you plenty of refreshment. That’s why it’s
so important to not just “go through the motions.” Don’t put spending time with
God as just another “to-do list” item. Doesn’t God deserve your best?
When Jesus came, everything changed. The old covenant with
God, as given to Moses, was replaced with a new covenant promise from God. No
longer was there separation between man and God. Jesus is the way, the truth
and the life. Because of Jesus, we can now approach our Father God.
So, what is the “glory” of God? I could spend hours researching
it, and I’m sure my husband will correct me and hand me the exact books I need
if I’m totally off base here. To me, simply put, the glory of God is his
majesty manifested into tangible form. God is full of light, and that light,
his glory, shines brightly when we’re in his presence.
If you’re an American, this phrase is even on your money. “In
God We Trust.” The verse of the day is verse 26 which reads: “Many seek
the ruler’s favor, but justice comes from the Lord.” It’s not a bad
thing to seek favor from the ruler, whether it be the sheriff, the governor, or
even the president. It’s okay to want to be an upstanding citizen and not break
Yet, not many of us have an audience, much less a
friendship, but those folks. For me personally, I do know one of the
presidential candidates for the upcoming Presidential election in the United
States. But, even if he were in the White House, I’m not certain I would be
able to present my case before him. There would be a lot of hoops to jump
through and red tape to navigate. Those officials or “rulers” might be able to
help, but I am sure that God’s help will be perfect and timely. God knows
exactly what I need before I even ask.
Disappointment. Nobody likes to be disappointed. If you can
avoid it, never disappoint someone else. Today’s verse (14) says, “A
person who promises a gift but doesn’t give it is like clouds and wind that
bring no rain.” For a bit of context, think of how dry it is in Israel.
Yet there are farmers and people who live off the land. Imagine the joy when a
cloud appears in the sky. A cloud dark in appearance would seem to promise rain.
Imagine the let down when it passes over without a drop of rain having fallen. The
frustration is great.
I think we have all experienced disappointment in our life
at one time or another. We have relied on someone’s word, and they let us down.
I am taking the “gift” in this verse to mean any act of service or promise that
is made to benefit someone else. If I say I’ll arrive tomorrow to take you to
the store, I need to keep my word and show up at the appropriate time. If I don’t,
you will not only be upset you will not get the items you needed at the store.
Today I would love a rainy day with no plans so I could just
curl up with a good book and spend the day watching Netflix. Does that mean I
want a “lazy” day? Absolutely. But I certainly wouldn’t want to do it every day.
I have a lot of drive and ambition cursing through my veins which makes it hard
to just sit still for very long. I’m sure if I had the “perfect” lazy day, I
would soon be up doing something useful.
Today’s verse is “The lazy person claims, ‘There’s a
lion out there! If I go outside, I might be killed!’” I had to write
about this one because it just made me giggle. I’m not sure only a lazy person
would fear a lion in the yard, but what might someone with motivation for
success (opposite of a lazy bum) have said? Something like – “There’s a lion out
there, where’s my gun” or “How do I divert the lion’s attention so I can go where
I want to go?” The lazy person is trapped. The motivated person has options.