God’s holiness demands perfection yet His mercies are new every day.
Even in endeavors like my ministry to encourage people to seek God I want to push ahead and be effective and achieve something yet God’s goal is to perfect me.
“Then the king sent Jehudi to get the scroll, and he took it from the chamber of Elishama the secretary. And Jehudi read it to the king and all the officials who stood beside the king. It was the ninth month, and the king was sitting in the winter house, and there was a fire burning in the fire pot before him. As Jehudi read three or four columns, the king would cut them off with a knife and throw them into the fire in the fire pot, until the entire scroll was consumed in the fire that was in the fire pot. Yet neither the king nor any of his servants who heard all these words was afraid, nor did they tear their garments. Even when Elnathan and Delaiah and Gemariah urged the king not to burn the scroll, he would not listen to them. And the king commanded Jerahmeel the king’s son and Seraiah the son of Azriel and Shelemiah the son of Abdeel to seize Baruch the secretary and Jeremiah the prophet, but the Lord hid them.”
Jer 36:21 — 26
For wicked men are found among my people;
they lurk like fowlers lying in wait.
They set a trap; they catch men.
Like a cage full of birds,
their houses are full of deceit;
therefore they have become great and rich;
they have grown fat and sleek.
They know no bounds in deeds of evil;
they judge not with justice
the cause of the fatherless, to make it prosper,
and they do not defend the rights of the needy.
Shall I not punish them for these things?
declares the Lord,
and shall I not avenge myself
on a nation such as this?”
Jeremiah 5:26 – 29
I picked up a copy of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Discipleship (Reader’s Edition) at my local Barnes & Noble recently. Discipleship is a topic I’m focusing on in 2016 so I thought this would be a good investment in my reading this year.
My feeling while reading the first two chapters was that Bonhoeffer dealt more with the interplay from Luther’s religious interaction with Catholicism than he dealt with Biblical discipleship. Given that Bonhoeffer’s context was as a Lutheran pastor and theologian in Nazi Germany this seemed reasonable but it didn’t seem to address much that he and I might share in our faith experiences at that point.
Due to travel and multiple seminars this week Friday’s podcast will be delayed.
Faith isn’t powerful for a Christian just because he believes. It is the One in whom we have faith that matters.
God declares His goodness, His righteousness, love and faithfulness. In this life it can feel like we’ve been forgotten or abandoned but God isn’t ignorant our circumstances. His desire is that people would cry out to Him, trusting Him.
The first episode of my podcast.
Anyone can thank God regardless of how they understand Him. There are certainly greater steps to be taken in knowing Him personally but anyone can and should thank Him.
In this letter Paul spells out things about God for mature believers (Romans 15:14 – “I am satisfied … that you are… filled with all knowledge and able to instruct one another.“).