and sang the song of God’s servant Moses and of the Lamb: “Great and marvelous are your deeds, Lord God Almighty. Just and true are your ways, King of the nations.” Revelation 15:3
People and the world as a whole love to blame God for many things. They believe that God is not doing His job or is doing a bad job. When there is a sickness, death, or something goes ‘bad’, the first thing many people want to do is blame God.
All that people see in this world is the pain, suffering, and sin. They do not understand why God would allow such a bad thing, if He is such a loving and good God. A number of people have walked away from God, because of some trouble in their life. They think that God is a cruel and unjust God.
John was given a vision of people who had overcome Satan and was worshipping God. They acknowledged the great and wonderful works of God and how true and just His ways are.
When a person really looks at what God has done and is doing, all he can see is how great and marvelous His works really are. No person on this earth deserves to live, because of any one sin that they have done, and everyone has done many sins. Yet, God has provided a way to remove that sin and give them life.
God did this in a way that is fair and true for every person. No one is excluded. Every person can have eternal life.
He works in the lives of each and every individual person to bring them this eternal life. This alone is a great and marvelous work, that is true and just.
If God were to be just as the world sees it, there would not be one person left alive on this earth. Every person would have to be destroyed.
Moses and the Israelites saw the great deeds of God as they left Egypt. You must also see the great and marvelous works of God in your own life and in this world as you are traveling out of Egypt on the path to heaven.
Realize how much God has done for you and refuse to see things in a negative way. Notice that all that occurs in your life is for a purpose to bring you closer to God and make you more like Jesus. Give Him praise today.
I pray today that you will know the works of God in your life; that you will know how God is building you up; that you will know how great God is; and that you will see God’s ways are best and praise Him.
“Do not believe me unless I do the works of my Father.” John 10:37
Several opponents of Jesus came up to Him with stones to stone Him. They were ready to stone Him because of blasphemy. Jesus had been saying that He was one with God the Father, that He was God. Jesus told them not to believe Him unless He was doing the works of His Father.
All over the world, there are many things or people who want others to believe in. Politicians want people to believe that they will do what is best for them. Salesmen want people to believe that their product is the best for them. Actors and singers want people to believe that their performance is the best. Parents want their children to believe that they are making the best choices for them. Believers want people to believe them that Jesus is the Savior and God loves them.
The challenge for people is knowing who to believe and who not to believe.
While there are many who are being honest in this world about who they are and what they are trying to get others to believe in, there are many who are not speaking the truth. Being dishonest, yet looking good, is how thieves work, or kidnappers work.
In order to know if a person is being honest and can be believed, one must look at his life and see if it lines up with His words.
Jesus understood this concept and told the people that they must look to see if what He was saying and doing was lining up with what God was saying and doing. If He was doing the works of God, then He was to be believed. If He was not doing the works of God, then He was not to be believed.
The same principle applies today. When you hear someone speaking about God, look to see if it lines up with what the bible says. Look to see if his life is lining up with the life of Jesus. Believe what is said only if it lines up with God’s word.
At the same time, take a look at your own life and see if it lines up with what God’s word says. Are you doing the works of God or are you doing the works of man?
Don’t just believe, but believe when it follows God’s word.
I pray today that you will know God’s word in your life; that God will reveal Himself to you; that you will believe because you see God at work; and that your life will line up to God’s word so others may believe.
Great are the works of the LORD; they are pondered by all who delight in them. Psalm 111:2
Over the centuries there have been many different great thinkers or philosophers. Some of the known names are: Aristotle, Plato, Socrates, Confucius, John McDowell, and Judith Butler. Some are ancient and some are modern. One thing common in each of them is that they each look at life and ponder or think about what the meaning of it is.
Not every person thinks very deeply about the meaning of things in life all the time, but every person does think about at times. This especially occurs when things are not going very well, when life throws them a curveball and makes it very difficult. People wonder why there is death and sickness, pain and suffering. The reasons that people give for answers to these questions are of a great variety.
Scientists are trying to figure out why there is life on this planet and how it all began. Philosophers are trying to figure out what all this life really means.
In searching for answers to these questions, the answer can only be found in God. He is the one who started everything and He is the one who can bring it to an end.
Those who believe in God can look at all the works of God and be amazed. The works of God are all the things He has created on this earth and His work in the lives of men and women around the world.
Just take a moment and think about all the things God has done for you. He has provided air to breath, ability to think, move and talk, the beauty of trees, animals, sunrises and sunsets, food and water, and much more. Along with these things He has given you His presence, being by your side at all times.
The ultimate works that He has done is giving you forgiveness and salvation.
Take time to ponder all these things and be delighted in what God has done in and for you.
It will take you all of eternity to think about all the things God has already done for you, if you will just take the time to list everything. The list is too enormous to ever fully finish.
What are you pondering about?
What gives you great delight to think about?
I pray today that you will see the things God has done; that you will think about what God has done and is doing; that you will take delight in God’s work; and that you will give God praise for His great works.
But they soon forgot what he had done and did not wait for his plan to unfold. Psalm 106:13
The psalmist is talking about the time when the Israelites were taken out of Egypt and were in the desert. They had almost immediately forgotten what God had done to get them out of Egypt and started complaining about the desert. They were unwilling to wait for God to fulfill His plan for them.
When a promise is made to a person, it is usually expected to be fulfilled very quickly. If a person borrows some money from a friend, it is usually expected to be paid back within a few weeks or maybe a month or two, but not having to wait a few years for the payback. With businesses, contracts are usually drawn up and signed to state when the agreement must be fulfilled.
With a friend, one must look back on how that friend has been in the past to know what to expect in the future. If he has always fulfilled his promise, then most likely he will continue to do so in the future, though it may take some time.
God is faithful in keeping His promise to do what He says He will do. However, often people must wait for the promise to be fulfilled.
You know the number of promises God has made for you. Some of those are to all believers, while others are specific to you alone. You may be waiting for some of those to be fulfilled.
As you are waiting, you must think back to all that God has already done for you. Think about all the promises He has already fulfilled in your life.
When you forget what God has already done, you begin to question whether He can do more or whether He will actually do more for you. God has not forgotten you or His promises to you.
Be patient and wait for Him to unfold His plan for you. In the right time God’s plan for you will be fulfilled. His promises will come about at the perfect time.
Do not give up on God. He is faithful to you. Keep waiting and trusting, and in the end it will be worth it.
I pray today that you will know God’s promise to you; that you will remember what God has already done for you; that God will give you strength to wait for Him; and that God will finish His plan for you.
I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember all your works and meditate on all your mighty deeds. Psalm 77:11-12
There are times in the lives of people when God is silent. They are going through difficult times that do not seem to end. The world seems to be winning the battle.
At these times, the world likes to say that God does not really exist, or is not really in control. Believers begin to wonder if they really had ever heard God speak before and if the world may be correct. Many will spend hours crying out to God for an answer, lying awake during the night in fear as they cry out to God.
Others will start to blame themselves for God being so silent. They will confess sins and ask to be forgiven on sins that had been confessed a dozen times. They may begin to question whether they are really believers or not.
The psalmist in this passage had some of those same questions. He wondered whether God would reject them forever or not. He questioned whether God had failed in His promises or not. These are the same questions people ask to this day.
However, the psalmist then says that He will remember the deeds and miracles God had done in the past. He will then focus and meditate on those good things.
There will come times in your life when you feel that God has rejected you. God will be silent and appear to be leaving you all on your own. You may be crying out to God for help and appearing to get no answer.
When these times occur, turn your focus on who God is and what He has done. Read the Bible and learn how others had times where God was silent. Learn how there were times when God seemed far away. Yet, God always fulfilled His promises.
God will not reject you. You have to be the one to walk away. During these times, God may be testing you to build your trust in Him higher. If you read the Bible, you know that God will never leave or forsake you, and that He will always fulfill His promises. Now stand on that and meditate on those things that God had done in your life.
God will speak again at the right time.
I pray today that you will know God’s presence in your life; that you will trust God is with you; that you will meditate on what God has done for you; and that you will remember all that God has done.