Posts from July 2020

Posts from July 2020

Willpower

Thy will be done (Matthew 6:10). France entered WWI relying upon something they called élan. We would call it the fighting spirit. It boils down to willpower. France wasn’t much concerned about defensive strategy before that war. It ignored the advancements in weaponry. The leaders felt what was inside the Soldier counted most. With bands playing to arouse a fighting spirit, it sent out troops marching in straight lines across open fields with fixed bayonets. Willpower would win the day! As it turned out,…

Improvise Not

He took what they handed him and made it into an idol cast in the shape of a calf, fashioning it with a tool. Then they said, “These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt” (Exodus 32:4). “I’ll wipe them out—all but Moses!” That was the conclusion the Lord God came to as he looked in at the sickening sight of Israel bowing down to gods of gold. He burned with anger. While they danced…

I Need Him

He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul (Psalm 23:2,3). I prefer to think that I am in control of my life. If I am smart enough, work hard enough, and get some breaks, I should be able to take care of myself. How foolish of me! If I am going to be compared to an animal, I would prefer it be a lion. Lions are strong. We call them…

Sun and Moon Waited

“Sun, stand still over Gibeon, and moon, over the Valley of Aijalon.” And the sun stood still and the moon stopped until the nation took vengeance on its enemies (Joshua 10:12,13). Those who expect the Word of God to contain only pious phrases and stories are shocked to discover that it opens doors to reveal what is beyond human comprehension. It challenges the reader to admit there is much that he needs to learn. Foolish is the person not willing…

A Lament

Hear this word, O house of Israel, this lament I take up concerning you (Amos 5:1). He was a farmer. He lived a couple of hours away from Bethlehem when the northern tribes broke from Judah. He was called, Amos. The breakoff group called itself, Israel. The nation was strong in those days. The economy was robust. About Israel, it could have been sung, “God shed his grace on thee!” But the God of Israel called Amos to deliver a…