God knows all about us
He should! He created the Universe – our world with its mountains and streams, oceans, lakes and plains and made the clouds, stars, planets, the atmosphere in which we breathe and in which our plants grow. He created the animals: dogs and cats, sheep and cattle, horses, lions and tigers, camels, giraffes, kangaroos and monkeys, all kinds of fish, sharks, penguins, whales, seals, and turtles. And He created us – with a capacity to work, reproduce and provide for our families, enjoyment and studies. He made it possible for us to have all we need: flowers and trees, fruits and grains.
God made so many of us!
It is evident that God wants us to have a good life. He provides for us and taught us how to live as friends by following the Ten Commandments:
1.You shall have no other gods before me.
2. You shall not make for yourself a graven image
3.You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
4. Remember the seventh day to keep it holy
5. Honor your father and your mother.
6. You shall not kill.
7. You shall not commit adultery.
8. You shall not steal.
9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
10. You shall not covet.
Surely we want an orderly life in our homes, and in our neighborhoods! We do not want to be robbed. We expect our promises to be kept. We want the teachings of God to be respected. To ignore and break the teachings of God is to commit sin. The word sin is in the Bible again and again. God understands everything, and warns us when we disregard his teachings. Nations fight with one another, and people steal and lie and kill and curse, not realizing they can have their needs met an easier way, by following God’s advice.
We can receive forgiveness through Jesus Christ and be renewed day by day
He knows us well. We delight in the teachings and Counsel from God by reading His word every day!
Some become cranky, resentful, harmful and destructive. God can help us love and encourage one another.
Nations fight with one another, killing and destroying, and God gives us directions in great passages throughout The Psalms, Gospels, and scriptures for guidance.
God calls us to live in peace. He wants us to be faithful in our marriages and not to commit adultery with another man or woman. He wants us to love each other and not to divorce. Love covers a multitude of sins and can help us overcome many problems. We should teach our children to be responsible to ourselves and others, to avoid fornication and not to abort their babies. Our good example will speak volumes.
“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbals. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful. I is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on is own way, it is not irritable on resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all thing, hopes all things, endures all these things.” (I Corinthians 13:1-7)
Whether we live in the United States or in some other country, our hopes are founded on the teachings of God. Moral citizens and happy families will produce a happy nation. Unfortunately this is not the case. Many don’t go to church and about 60,000 murders and 830,000 divorces occur each year in the USA alone – including over 70,000 opioid deaths.
Sometimes, we get disappointed with ourselves, that we are not very good Christians: God teaches us and gives us encouragement:
“Fear not, for I am with you, be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you which my victorious right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)
“My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if any one does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous and he is the atoning sacrifice for our sins – and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.” (I John 2:1)
SCRIPTURES THAT GIVE US ENCOURAGEMENT
“Count it all joy my brethren, when you meet various trials, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. (James 1:2-4)
“But our commonwealth is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will change our lowly body to be like his glorious body by the power which enables him even to subject all things to himself.(Philippians 3:20)
“All scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching for reproof, and, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that everyone who belongs to God may be complete equipped for every good work. (II Timothy 3:16,17)
“For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which none of your adversaries will be able to understand or contradict. (Luke 21:15)
In other words, DON’T GIVE UP THE SHIP!
Foster H. Shannon