God is just…this gives us our terror at first; but is it not marvellous that this very same belief that God is just, becomes afterwards the pillar of our confidence and peace! If God be just, I, a sinner, alone and without a substitute, must be punished; but Jesus stands in my stead and is punished for me; and now, if God be just, I, a sinner, standing in Christ, can never be punished. God must change His nature before one soul, for whom Jesus was a substitute, can ever by any possibility suffer the lash of the law.
–Charles Spurgeon, MORNING AND EVENING: DAILY READINGS (Morning, September 25)
When human relationships are broken, the remedy comes when both sides are willing to make amends. Both parties must be willing to do whatever it takes to forgive, show mercy, and to love one another again. However, in the case of of man’s broken relationship with God, only one party is at fault. Therefore, one normally would expect the person at fault to make things right, right? Wrong…this is where the gospel comes in.
It is God who has been offended, but it is God who makes amends.
It is God who has been wronged, but it is God who makes it right.
For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”
–1 Corinthians 1:26-31 ESV
During my days of working in hotels, I often had the privilege of functioning as a concierge. I would direct people to the best restaurants and points of interest. This blog feature is my attempt to point Christians to some of the best articles online. I provide an excerpt from or a note about the article. Click on the title of each article to view it in its entirety.
Today is the Tenth Wedding Anniversary for Suzie and me. It has been a wonderful decade in which God has demonstrated his kindness, mercy and grace. I am grateful.
Nevertheless, they were disobedient and rebelled against you and cast your law behind their back and killed your prophets, who had warned them in order to turn them back to you, and they committed great blasphemies.
While spanking may be abusive, it is not abusive when parents spank rightly.
What we take in by the Word we digest by meditation and let out by prayer. These three duties must be so ordered that one may not jostle out the other. Men are barren, dry, and sapless in their prayer for want of exercising themselves in holy thoughts.
- Title: Wrestling With God
- Text: Genesis 32:22-32
- Location: First Boynton
- Date: September 7, 2014