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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

His Desire

God's desire is for a covenant relationship with man.  Since the loss of fellowship at the Fall, God has made provision to restore man to the position that Adam and Eve once enjoyed.  The exclusive means by which one enters into relationship with God is acceptance of Jesus Christ as one's Lord and Savior.   God is Love and in that love, He desires a relationship with every human being as II Peter 3:9 proclaims, “God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

The Teleological Argument is a theory concerning the existence of God. Telios in the Greek, means “perfected.” This argument presents creation as akin to a mechanism, such as a watch. It asserts that in order for a watch to exist a watchmaker would also be necessary. The Word of God leaves no margin for logical error. Psalm 139:14 declares, “I will praise Thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.”

God, the Father is the impetus of all creation and the image in whom humans are made. John 4:24 reveals God's nature, “God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth.” I John 4:8 further explains His nature, “He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.” The specific names of God reveal aspects of His personality. The name El denotes strength. El-Roi is the God who sees. El-Shaddai is our all-sufficient God, Jehovah-Shalom speaks of our peace. Jehovah-Nissi is our banner. Song of Solomon 2:4 assures us, “. . . His banner over me was love.”

Any attempt to describe God pales in comparison to His true Glory. Above all, God is merciful and just, as Ephesians 2:4 puts forth, “But God who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us.  Throughout the illness and death of my mother God sustained me and gave me the strength physically and emotionally to bear it. She passed away under Hospice care on December 15, 2003.  I was at her bedside when she drew her last breath at 2:55 am. She had given her heart to God in 2001 and, during her last days He gave me the Grace to help care for her.  I felt a peaceful calm during this very difficult time. God covered my heart and allowed me to do what was necessary. As I officiated her memorial service, He empowered me to minister to others in her death, even in my mourning.

God is real, God is love. He will do what He promises. If we could only completely set aside our human contrivances, we may truly see what this means. He is leading us, if we allow Him, and loving us in the duration. This is the meaning of life. . .being led by love to what Glory only He knows. I can categorically say that God loves you, no matter who you are, or where you have been. Whatever sin you may have committed, whatever vice you may be entangled in, God has forgiveness and healing for you. I pray that converse with Him, wherever you are, His arm is long enough to reach you. Please heed his call, it means eternity.

For more about my mother please read “Look Ma, No Hands” in my June archive.

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