Who He Is

But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever,
    the purposes of his heart through all generations. Psalm 33:11

“The purposes of his heart” is an interesting phrase. It’s the WHY of what God does. Whatever reasons they are, they go through all generations.

I say that because we only know a few of the reasons God does what He does: namely that He’s motivated by love and compassion towards the world. John 3:16-18

But why?

It’s a question we’ll never get a complete answer to but it should satisfy us to know that He just loved us. They “whys” are His business. It’s who He is and what He does. If we can trust that, then we can accept it and move on.

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Does Not Sleep Nor Slumber

The Lord foils the plans of the nations;
    he thwarts the purposes of the peoples. Psalm 33:10

It’s easy with around-the-clock news and information to become concerned (and even troubled) about the world and the problems that nations have. We are bombarded with images and video footage of nations at war with one another, natural disasters, violent rampages, and so on. For instance, as I write this Vladimir Putin is set to roll into Ukraine with very little opposition, North and South Korea are exchanging missiles, and Syria is experiencing major internal political chaos.

All three scenarios are very unstable and could “go south” at any moment. Those are the possible plans of those leaders. However, at any moment God could do something in those countries that would confound even the wisest of counselors. (Incidentally, I’m convinced it’s why the nation of Israel hasn’t been successfully attacked since its formation in 1948. Many have tried, but God foiled the plans of the nations).

Our takeaway from this is fairly simple and related to the previous two posts: God is in control of world affairs. He’s never stumped by situations nor is he surprised by them.

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Does God Get Bored?

Let all the earth fear the Lord;
    let all the people of the world revere him.
For he spoke, and it came to be;
    he commanded, and it stood firm. Psalm 33:8-9

As I read over this passage today, I couldn’t help but think about the question in the title. Think about it: if you were the God of all creation, what would be your next “encore?”

In the West, we like bigger, better, and faster. If we’ve experienced something, we’ll graduate onto something else bigger, better or faster. That’s the appeal of drugs; it’s a new high people are after.

Think about actors and athlete who are at the top of their game; what’s next for them? What do they need to conquer next? It’s why they take drugs or prettier spouses. They’re not satisfied being at the top of their profession. With rare exception that’s true.

But God is wholly different than that. As He creates more and more vivid sunrises and sunsets, it’s pleasing to Him. He’s doing it for His creation. More than six billion people get to view a new angle of his works daily. And the sunrises and sunset are merely one aspect of His creation. Think of His the six billion people on the planet – all different, all special.

No, He doesn’t get bored, but we do. We get bored and want more. It’s how God has wired us. The “more” He wants us to have, though, is more of Him.

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His Bigness

He gathers the waters of the sea into jars;
    he puts the deep into storehouses. Psalm 33:7

King David continues to paint a picture of the absolute greatness and “bigness” of God. Just like someone canning tomatoes or fruits, God just puts the sea water into jars. It’s all under His control and purview. Then He puts those jars away for the season.

Those who live by a major body of water understand the vastness of the water before them. People pay extra money to be able to look out into the ocean and dream a bit. People travel hundreds of miles to be near the ocean and the beach. What’s so special about the ocean that water in a swimming pool close to home can’t provide? Vastness. Greatness. Bigness.

Take the time today to marvel at His Bigness.

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Poof! A Breath and a Word

By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,
    their starry host by the breath of his mouth. Psalm 33:6

I love these word pictures of the heavens and stars.

With a breath, poof, the stars.

With a word, the heavens.

Take a look at the heavens above. A Breath and a Word.

Scientists are still trying to count distant stars and galaxies. A Breath and a Word.

Elsewhere the Scripture says that the stars outnumber the grains of sand. I can hold a hundred thousand grains of sand in one hand. A Breath and a Word.

Some say it takes a lot of faith to believe in such a Creator. I say it takes a lot of faith NOT to believe in a Creator.

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