Hope, Perfect, Everlasting

This week is unlike any other in my memory. It seems the world is falling apart. Appalling human behavior produces fear in our hearts, the world as we know it, appears in shambles. Though difficult to acknowledge, evil activities are daily occurrences in our world.

We search for something to give us hope. In times of trouble we are even frantic for it. Yet even in darkest times, such as this week, there is always hope. In a world that seems chaotic, and hopeless- hope is accessible. Really, hope is always near.

Your skeptical human nature says, “no chance…have you seen what is happening in this world?” Since you are already dubious, here is one more statement to question. The moon, full this week, provides us with concrete evidence that hope is always near. The moon? You are thinking, “this is a reach?!!” Yes, the moon is consistent evidence there is a God, and God’s existence is reason for great hope. The writer of Psalm 89 called the moon a “faithful witness” in describing the authenticity of blessings from God to King David. God’s blessing to David would be as dependable as His faithful witness, the moon.DSC_0012_744sig

The earth’s moon has consistent, predictable phases. They are certain. When the moon is full each month, the human eye cannot miss this lunar witness. Even when the moon wanes and becomes a thin crescent above earth it silently points our hearts to God’s nearness. Imagine, 283,000 miles away from earth, this satellite is a constant reminder that God is present and faithful. Sometimes full, sometimes a curved white splinter.

Do you know one thing seeing the moon could do for you? Provide you with hope, comfort and peace for your fear filled heart. God never fails to keep His promises. He placed a large, daily reminder for all who will look that he never ceases to love and protect…even in great tragedy.

You could shake your fist at God, some do. You could claim He is no God to let such pain and suffering happen or earth. But we do not know the mind of God. He allows evil on earth-for a season. There is another response- you could bow your head and say, “God I will obey you before I understand.”

While you think about that, know this, there are at least two things hope in God will not be. First, hope in God will not be limited. It never runs out, there is no time of day when it is not available. God’s refuge of protection never ceases. Second, putting hope in God will not be limited to certain people. God offers His refuge of love and mercy for everyone-no matter who you are, or what you have done. Jesus even forgave the thief on the cross next to him.

In the book of Romans (15:13) Paul described God as the God of all hope. In this verse Paul also said hope in God will fill us with joy and peace.

Look at the moon, even when it is a crescent. As you gaze remind yourself that God made this beautiful earth satellite and prescribed in advance its precise orbit. Gaze at the moon and in this world filled with evil  be reminded-there is hope for humans in the God of all hope. The Maker of the moon loves you.DSC_0041_746sig

Evening and Morning

And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day. Genesis 1:5

Evening…

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And there was evening and there was morning as God created 5 more days. (See Genesis 1:31)  Evening and morning…humans have received them each day since those first 6 days. We received them again today: evening and morning.

 

Morning…

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Can’t Live Without It

Think about something you cannot do without. Since guessing games are not my favorite thing, let’s skip my list of things you thought of and get to the point. Did you think of light? We can’t live without it. An eclipse of the sun may grant us more understanding of the life-sustaining importance of light.

What is light? Yes, it comes from the sun. Perhaps the definition of light will help. Light is: Electromagnetic radiation that has a wavelength in the range from about 4,000 (violet) to about 7,700 (red) angstroms and may be perceived by the normal unaided human eye. Ok, that is way more than most humans would even consider thinking about light. But in this definition, we find the spectrum of light. In between the colors of red and violet are orange, yellow, green, cyan, and blue. 7 colors in visible white light. Sure, there is a physical explanation for white light having color, but the mystery of this is also fascinating. Why are there 7 distinct colors in white light?

The benefits of light are many. Solar energy, actually 8.5 minutes old when it gets to earth, can be used to create electricity. Solar energy makes the salad you will eat at your next meal. It is light that drives the worldwide process of photosynthesis. Thirsty? Our next drink of water comes from an unceasing process called the water cycle. It is driven by solar energy, or light. Without light, your next breath would be difficult, and given time, impossible. Light which drives photosynthesis also produces a side product: oxygen.

There is another aspect to light. Good light makes better photographs. Earlier this week my photos were taken in the bright light of midmorning.  It is ok to remind me that the “golden hours” for best photos are the first hour after sunrise and the last hour before sunset. The photos shared in this blog were taken in the evening golden hour. It truly does make a difference.DSC_0066_599sig

There is much more about light, you’ve thought of some by now. But we are now both at the point where we can agree one of the things we cannot do without is light, or to be technical, electromagnetic radiation.

There is another kind of light, not from the sun. The Creator of the sun spoke of this other light. While on earth Jesus said to the people who were with him, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” (John 8:12) If we are candid with ourselves we know that there are two aspects to life, the physical and the spiritual. Jesus is the Creator of light, the sun. The Bible tells us Jesus was with God at the creation of the universe. John 1:2 tells us Jesus existed in the beginning with God.

As we must have the physical light of the sun on earth, we cannot live our spiritual lives without the spiritual light of Jesus. Did you read what Jesus said after declaring he was the light of the world? We “won’t have to walk in darkness, because (we) will have the light that leads to life.”

It is hard to walk in darkness. Physical darkness causes us to stumble, possibly be injured. Spiritual darkness does the same for our eternal souls. The light of Jesus leads to life. You and I cannot live without it.

*To know how to “walk in the light”, click on the link: https://www.cru.org/how-to-know-god/would-you-like-to-know-god-personally.html

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