by Dr. Foster H. Shannon
GOD is the Creator of the Universe. He has made all things; the Sun that shines; humanbeings, trees and flowers, wonderful animals, the seas, rivers, lakes, and mountains. We are his children, and are to acknowledge him as our Heavenly Father. We are to believe in him, to follow him, to depend upon him.
“Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! Let thy glory be over all the earth!” (Psalm 57:11)
“The heavens are telling the glory of God, and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.” (Psalm 19:1)
He reveals himself to us through the sixty-six books of the Bible; through the Church, which he has established; through people who have encouraged us in Christian faith. We owe to him our lives; our energy, our strength, our hopes and desires. We are dependant upon him.
God is the author of our lives and of our being. He provides us with shelter and food. How do we respond to the God who created us? Surely, we must respect him! We relate to God as we view his creative work. In the Bible, we learn much more fully. As the creator of all things, we must learn of him . Without him, we become confused, we are not able to understand the significance of life.
Through the scriptures, God teaches us how we should live: the Ten Commandments, the writings of the prophets, the advent of Jesus Chris, the teachings of Christ and of the apostles. We are reminded of the consequences of disobedience.
Without the love and mercy of God we should all be lost. Read the newspapers, many are lost, and are doing great harm to themselves. This is contrary to what God wants for us.
“My sheep know my voice, and I know them, and they follow me; and I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish, and no one shall snatch them out of my hand. (John 10:27,28) “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10)
When we stray from the teachings of our Savior, we are distancing ourselves from God. Because he loves us, he provides for our salvation that we may be forgiven of our sins. He sent his Son to the cross to pay the penalty for our sins. As we repent and seek to do his will, he heals us and assures us of live eternal with him in heaven.
We recognize God’s sovereignty. Therefore, we respect him, we adore him, we seek to obey him. We honor his authority. We find it helpful, to read the scriptures with care. We will not be overrun by the bad ideas of this day. We properly seek to do his will and seek his favor. With that we find joy and meaning and a worthwhile life.
“Preserve me, O God, for in thee I take refuge. I say to the Lord, Thou art my Lord; I have no good apart from thee.” (Psalm 16:1,2)
Many people are doing great harm to themselves, because they disregard God and his teachings.