The Thought of God, ch.3 – “The Still Small Voice”

I must have started this post a couple of months ago… it’s been a while since I’ve dipped back into The Thought of God, which is a shame, because it’s a great book! However, the fact that the book is made up of a series of articles makes it very easy to pick up again and read new material — or to review old material and finish old blog posts 🙂

I’ll try to refrain from quoting this whole chapter – as it is, I think I’ll be quoting quite a bit of it, so please bear with me. Roberts opens this article on “The Still Small Voice” (chapter 3) with this paragraph:

There is nothing about God’s being, nature, or ways which embarrasses us more than his gentleness. We readily think of power, majesty, greatness and sovereignty when we remember God. It is right and good that we should do so. These are all parts of his ways. They do not surprise or unman us because we expect them and are, in a manner, prepared for them. But God’s gentleness is somehow awesome and overwhelming to our minds. It catches us off balance and staggers us by its very wonderfulness.

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Thoughts on Isaiah 29:9-24

I came across these incredible verses last week while doing my quiet time:

9 Astonish yourselves [2] and be astonished; blind yourselves and be blind! Be drunk, but not with wine; stagger, but not with strong drink!
10 For the Lord has poured out upon you a spirit of deep sleep, and has closed your eyes (the prophets), and covered your heads (the seers).

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Celebrating Christ’s Birth

I’m woefully behind on posts – I have 4-5 stacked up waiting to either be finished or started… but I felt I needed to write something on this wonderful day of celebration!

Praise God for His incredible, unimaginable, unspeakable gift! He sent His Son into the world for sinners – for enemies – that He would ultimately die a horrific death on the cross so that we might live. What incredible love! That God would reach out to us to reconcile us to Himself, bridging the gap caused by sin that we cannot cross by ourselves… If you haven’t yet, do take some time to consider the most important decision of your life – whether or not Christ is Lord of your life, or if you have set up something other than Him as Lord. That something could be yourself (pride), money, power, pornography, status, material things, even your family – but there is only one proper “object” of your worship, one proper Lord you can put in place at the center of your heart and life – and His name is Jesus Christ!

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A matter of the heart

Driving home from visiting with family over Thanksgiving (yes, I started this post over a week ago and am just now getting around to finishing it), I was thinking about Ps. 119:1-2 and 36-37, which I memorized a couple of months ago:

1 Blessed are the undefiled in the way,
Who walk in the law of the LORD!
2 Blessed are those who keep His testimonies,
Who seek Him with the whole heart! (NKJV)

36 Incline my heart to Your testimonies,
And not to covetousness.
37 Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things,
And revive me in Your way. (NKJV)

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The Gospel vs. Religion and Irreligion

Here’s another great quote from Of First Importance:

“Christians come to see that both their sins and their best deeds have all really been ways of avoiding Jesus as savior. They come to see that Christianity is not fundamentally an invitation to get more religious. A Christian comes to say: “Though I have often failed to obey the moral law, the deeper problem was why I was trying to obey it! Even my efforts to obey it has been just a way of seeking to be my own savior. In that mindset, even if I obey or ask for forgiveness, I am really resisting the gospel and setting myself up as Savior.”

 
To “get the gospel” is turn from self-justification and rely on Jesus’ record for a relationship with God. The irreligious don’t repent at all, and the religious only repent of sins. But Christians also repent of their righteousness. That is the distinction between the three groups–Christian, moralists (religious), and pragmatists (irreligious).”

– Tim Keller, “The Centrality of the Gospel”

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Initial thoughts on Isaiah 19:22

I woke up late today and didn’t do my quiet time, so I ended up re-reading Isaiah 19 by “accident” over a Chipotle burrito (yum!) today at lunch when I should have been in chapter 21. Part of the reason I didn’t realize I had already read 19 was because I recently started using Pocket e-Sword on my iPAQ, with which I’m trying out the ESV. Plus, I don’t usually use my iPAQ when I do my quiet time. Anyway, between the new translation and the new tool (which I very much like so far!), I managed to land on the wrong chapter.

I’m glad I did! I somehow glossed over this verse the other day:

Is. 19:22 The LORD will strike Egypt, striking but healing; so they will return to the LORD, and He will respond to them and will heal them. (NAS)

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