TODAY'S WORD FOR Monday, February 04, 2019:
The creator and ruler of the Universe. The Supreme Being.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other Gods before me.
O Lord, God of Israel, there is no God like You in heaven above or on earth below. You who keep Your covenant of love with Your servants who continue whole heartily in Your way.
I Kings 8:23.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Many families teach their children to pray when they are young at meal time. A commonly used prayer is, “God is great, God is good; and we thank Him for this food. Amen.”
Reciting this type of prayer is usually no more than a ritual and not from the heart. But let us take a moment to see how we could build on the simple truth of the childhood prayer. It acknowledges two of God’s attributes.
“God is great.” God, being God, and as much as He reveals of Himself to us, we can see that He is surely great.
God is omniscient. He is all knowing.
God is omnipotent. He is all powerful.
God is omnipresent. He is present everywhere.
God is infinite. He is self-existing and without origin.
Our understanding of God is imperfect. No one has seen God but God reveals Himself to us through the scripture and in the person of His Son, Jesus. We have but the smallest impression of who and all that God really is. The scripture tells us that we see (Him) through a glass darkly and someday we will understand Him more. The fact is that if we were to know Him fully, we would be as God, and that will never be.
His mysteries are to be wondered at and not jealousy coveted. The assignments given to us in the scriptures as a believer is to seek to know Him better, desiring to please Him by the way we live, and seeking His will so that we may live in obedience to him.
Not only is God great but He is good. God is without sin. In Genesis 1 we read of God’s creation of the world. “God saw all that He had made and it was very good” Genesis 1:31. David said, “The Lord is good to all, He has compassion on all He has made” Psalm 145:9.
So good is God and so compassionate that while we were still sinners, He sent His only Son Jesus, to die for us and to give us eternal life. “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” John 3:16.
We are living in an increasingly anti-Christian society and many people ask the question, “Is God dead?” When God is no longer the motivating force behind a civilization’s standards and judgments, and when man ceases to acknowledge God, He is very much dead to that culture.
Believers in God, in this type of anti-God culture, now must do all they can to get God back into their society. Not that God needs our assistance, but so that we assert His rightful place in our affairs as believers. He is our creator and the foundation of our faith. When we let our foundation stones crumble, think what happens. We do not have to be an architect to know that structures can fall when the foundation breaks down.
As believers we have the responsibility and duty to fight back against the creeping secularizing of our society. Remember the childhood prayer and the words, “God is great.” He is great and the masses still know that there is a God and He is great.
When you talk today to skeptics, agnostics, atheists and secularists, they always begin their argument with statements like “How can there be a god who --?” or “Why would a loving God permit --?” When they begin a discussion with these words they are not denying the existence of God but questioning His goodness and greatness. We, as believers, must stand firm in our faith. God does not conform to what the world chooses to believe about Him. God does not change. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. God is great and God is good.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Psalm 31:7.
I will be glad and rejoice in Your mercy, for You have considered my trouble; You have known my soul in adversities.
Thank You God that You are great and You are good. Thank You that because of Your goodness You sent Your only Son to save me from all my sins. Thank You that because of Your greatness nothing is impossible for You.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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