Frederick Buechner, American writer, novelist, poet, autobiographer, essayist, preacher, and theologian is one of many authors who makes us sit up and take notice of what goes on around us as well as what goes on inside of us. Here is a recent quote from Facebook.
UNBELIEF IS AS MUCH OF A CHOICE as belief is. What makes it in many ways more appealing is that, whereas to believe in something requires some measure of understanding and effort, not to believe doesn’t require much of anything at all.
In my opinion, in order to believe we must choose to do so. I’m so happy I made that choice.
Jesus told him, “Is it because you’ve seen me that you have believed? How blessed are those who have never seen me and yet have believed!” International Standard Version
Today many people are needing peace, comfort and strength in the face of losing someone near and dear to them. I pray that tranquility will touch their lives as they surrender to one of the wonders of life. May your Sunday be blessed with the peace that passes all understanding. (Philippeans 4:7)
Each day there are special things to look forward to and up to. Today I will lift up my eyes unto the hills. (Psalm 121) Someone is looking forward to a special birthday today and I truly hope her 80th birthday will be extremely uplifting. Happy Sunday.
We don’t have to be in a church, mosque, synagogue, temple…whatever…to hear that still small voice. We just need to listen and be aware that God wants to communicate with us. Listen to this:
Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know. Jeremiah 33:3 NIV
Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way;walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21 NIV
For God does speak—now one way, now another—though no one perceives it. Job 33:14 NIV
The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend. Exodus 33:11 NIV
Whoever belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.” John 8:47 NIV
God’s Revelation to Elijah
11 Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but theLord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but theLord was not in the earthquake; 12 and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.
There are those who have a difficult time believing in God. There are those who simply do not believe in God. There are some who want to believe but are hesitant for reasons of their own.
We have all heard that if you want something you simply ask. Even scripture tells us: “You do not have because you do not ask God” (James 4:2)
Mark tells us that a father whose son had suffered from demon possession went to Jesus for help, saying, “If you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.” Jesus answered, “If you can? Everything is possible for him who believes.” The anxious father then told Jesus, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”
How many of us need to make that plea: “Help me to overcome.”
When we truly want to know the meaning of something, whether a thought, a word, a conversation, a scripture, or even the meaning of life, it is good to reflect and consider the resulting enlightenment. As in the scripture below, with reflection comes insight. A social event on Friday gave me cause for reflection, and the insight that followed will be shared with someone as this day unfolds. Happy Sunday.
Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this. 2 Timothy 2:7 NIV
Today let us take time out to rest and reflect…to rest our minds and bodies and to reflect on our souls. It is not an easy task to rest and reflect but with concentrated effort, it can be done. Happy Sunday
Matthew 11:28-29“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”