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Abraham is the prime example of how salvation works: the forefather of all who trust in God’s promises enough to actually walk by faith. And when the whole host of Abraham’s spiritual family gets together in heaven, what a reunion that’s going to be!
“It is to [the coming Prophet] you shall listen,” Moses had said in Deuteronomy 18:15. And when Jesus was transfigured and seen talking to Moses and Elijah, God spoke from heaven and said, “This is my beloved Son; listen to him” (Mark 9:7).
Because we need to know more of God than we can know with our present limitations, we need to have greater minds and hearts. The ability to know God more fully and glorify Him more properly is the noblest goal to which our intellect can aspire.
Because God is good, any word that He has spoken is good. To love, revere, and respect Him is to rejoice whenever He speaks. “The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart . . . more to be desired are they than gold” (Psalm 19:8,10).
God doesn’t answer all our questions, and it’s often frightening to be without information that we think we need. Yet if we trust God, we’ll do this. When we don’t have all the information we want, we must be content to have Him, our only true need.
Compared to our eternal hope, pain can be seen as a temporary problem. At present, we’re still in the temporary part of God’s scheme of redemption. But the eternal part is coming, and that’s where our hearts and minds need to be fixed.
In the story of the Good Samaritan, the “attitude” of the man who helped the injured traveler is not commented on. What made him different is that he acted on the impulse to give aid. As the saying goes, “a little help is worth a great deal of pity.”
With so many fascinating concerns beckoning us, we can be distracted from the few that should be our focus. We must resist the urge to dabble. With a limited amount of energy, we must make some hard choices and concentrate on our highest priorities.
Our motives are crucial to our discernment: the question is not whether we want to know the truth, but what we plan to do with it once we find it. Let’s think about whether our basic disposition is to obey all of the truth we presently know to obey.
Before it’s too late, we need to repent of the sinful traits that have crept into our character. Let’s quit making excuses for unacceptable conduct, repent of our wrongdoing, and make up our minds that we’re going to accept the help God wants to give us.
Beginning sometime next year, Lord willing, I will start a “video blog” called Encountering Christ. This will be a series of videos in which I will proclaim the Christ of the Scriptures, inviting people into the Scriptures to meet the Savior who is to be found there.
I had the privilege of preaching at Clarksville, Indiana on January 3. The congregation there is without a local preacher right now, and it was a pleasure to help them kick off their theme for this year, “A Church with a Mind to Work.” They have asked me to return on February 7.