Summary: God's word in Nature and our hearts
Opening prayer: "Dear God, So far today, I've done all right. I haven't gossiped. I haven't lost my temper. I haven't lied or cheated. I haven't been greedy, grumpy, nasty, selfish or overindulgent. I'm very thankful for that. But in a few minutes, Lord, I'm going to get out of bed; and from then on, I'm probably going to need a lot more help. Amen."
YOUR NEXT HAPPY MEAL ISAIAH 55:2
When you buy a kid a Happy Meal, you're not just buying fries, McNuggets, and a toy; you're buying happiness. Their advertisements have convinced my children they have a little McDonald-shaped vacuum in their souls: "Our hearts are restless till they find their rest in a Happy Meal." The problem with the Happy Meal is that the happy wears off, and they need a new fix. No child discovers lasting happiness in just one. Happy Meals bring happiness only to McDonalds. You ever wonder why Ronald McDonald wears that grin. Twenty billion Happy Meals, that's why. [Taken from the article Happy Meal Spirituality, Christianity Today, May 1993]. "When you get older, you don't get any smarter; your happy meals just get more expensive." What's the last Happy Meal you bought for yourself? A car? Some clothes? A house? A new toy? How long did it last? No matter how hard we try, or how much we spend, as long as we live with a happy meal mentality, happiness will escape us. David said, "My soul finds rest in God alone..." (Psalm 62:1) Take a moment today to think about your next Happy Meal. Instead of pursuing one more thing, one more possession, one more purchase, spend a few minutes alone with the God who loves you, and let his presence in your life satisfy you. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good and your soul will delight in the richest of fare. Isaiah 55:2 John Ortberg
"There comes a time when we all must realize that life is short, and in the end the only thing that really counts is not how others see us, but how God sees us. For the believer there is hope beyond the grave, because Jesus Christ has opened the door to heaven for us by His death and resurrection." Billy Graham,
God’s Works and God’s Word in our souls
1. A Revelation through Nature in which we may easily read the power and godhead of the Creator. This shows us the power and Godhead of the Creator. Vs. 1-6
GEN 1:16 tells us: “he (God) made the stars.” PS 147:4: “He tells the number of the stars; he calls them all by their names”. IS 40:26 “Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who has created these things that brings out their host by number; he calls them all by names by the greatness of his might for that he is strong in power; not one failed.”
Job 9:8, 9 “(God) Which alone spreads out the heavens, and treads upon the waves of the sea. Which makes Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades, and the chambers of the south “.
Man is at an advantage over the animals. Animals are built looking down whereas man is built upright. Man is made upright, to look upwards, because upwards his spirit must shortly go. Then we have the constant and regular succession of day and night. This speaks of the glory of that God who first divided between the light and the darkness, and has, from the beginning to this day, preserved that established order without variation. According to God's covenant with Noah, that, while the earth remains, day and night shall not cease. The counter changing of day and night, in so exact a method, is a great instance of the power of God, and calls us to observe that, as in the kingdom of nature, so in that of providence, he forms the light and creates the darkness and sets the one over-against the other. It is likewise an instance of his goodness to man; for he makes the out-goings of the morning and evening to rejoice. He not only glorifies himself, but satisfy us, by this constant revolution; for as the light of the morning assist the business of the day, so the shadows of the evening assist the recline of the night; every day and every night speak the goodness of God, and, when they have finished their testimony, leave it to the next day, to the next night, to stay the same. Then the light and influence of the sun in a special manner, declare the glory of God; for of all the heavenly bodies that are the most clear in itself and most useful to this lower world, which would be all dungeons, and all desert, without it. Man walking upright was evidently made to scan the skies to know that God has created all things.