For you have made the Lord , my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place.
Psalms 91:9 NASB
Your dwelling place. The place you go when you need to chill. Not many of us look at God in this manner. We view Him as a ruler and not as a friend. We see Him as a diety who stands afar and sends trials rather than as a trusted companion who is in the storm with us.
And because of our perception we miss on enjoying the benefits of making God our dwelling place. Let’s not miss out anymore
to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you,
1 Peter 1:4 NASB
Why do we need to be born again? Was having a conversation yesterday about goals with a colleague and this question popped into my mind. Why do we need to be born again? The answer lies in the passage for today.
We are born again to obtain an imperishable and undefiled inheritance that is reserved in heaven for us. An eternal inheritance that does not run out, that consists of learning about the depths of God and kicking it with the Almighty. That sounds amazing.
Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your body And refreshment to your bones.
Proverbs 3:7-8 NASB
It is hard sometimes to turn away from evil. Without God in our hearts it would be impossible. We are born in it, molded by it and if not for the grace of God, it would dominate our lives forever.
But when we allow God to change us we become new. He refreshes us and help us turn away from evil. Everytime this happens we are renewed and our bodies are cleansed more and more from the evil we have inside.
If only we would give ourselves over wholly to Him,the things He could do through us.
Know therefore that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God, who keeps His covenant and His lovingkindness to a thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep His commandments;
Deuteronomy 7:9 NASB
You see this phrase ‘a thousandth generation’ in scripture from time to time. Never bothered to think about it until I had children of my own. How far is 1000 generations from me? Imagine your grandmother’s grandmother’s grandmother, that is only 7 generations from her to you. God said to a thousandth! His love knows no limits and He is beyond faithful.
Let us return the love He shows us.
Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.
James 1:12 NASB
God created the world perfect. Everything that man had to do was designed to be much easier than it is now. It wasn’t supposed to be hard and there were no trials. But here we are and we have trials. Scripture says that a man is blessed when he perseveres under trial because once he is approved, he receives the crown of life. It doesn’t say that we would receive anything on this earth. Just the one thing that ultimately matters, eternal life.
So as we go through the trials, pray that God will approve you. Christ has the approval guaranteed rating. Trust in Him and He will bring you through.
“The beginning of wisdom is: Acquire wisdom; And with all your acquiring, get understanding.
Proverbs 4:7 NASB
The beginning of wisdom is to acquire wisdom. A very simple thought for us but with profound implications. Because it applies to almost every trait we know of. Especially love. So if I said the beginning of love is to acquire love how would you do it?
Good thing for us all of our questions can be answered by starting with Christ. We can have everything if we start there.
Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the Lord , the Creator of the ends of the earth Does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable.
Isaiah 40:28 NASB
I had to look up inscrutable in the dictionary. It means not entirely understood, unfathomable, mysterious. Unfathomable seemed the best to me. Because it brings to mind something you cannot comprehend in your mind. You hear it, it makes sense to you but actually seeing it clearly, that you cannot do.
He doesn’t sleep nor does He grow weary. That is God. And He looks out for us.