Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Enough

Perhaps the deepest longing of every human heart is to find adequacy in everything that defines life for us.

We want an adequate car, an adequate house, and an adequate paycheck.

And we want the people in our lives to be enough.

The word “adequate” means “sufficient for a specific requirement.” 

The problem is. . . we often choose what that “requirement” is. 
One we have laid out for ourselves.  What we think will be “just enough.”

When nothing seems to be sufficient, we often listen to the cries around us that say, 
“I am enough.  You don’t have to put up with less than sufficient.  Try me.”

So we try what these voices offer. 

But they eventually come up short.  Less than we require.  
Never enough.

Why?  Why are we tempted to feel short-changed in life?
Do we have contentment issues?
Is it simply the results of living in an imperfect world?

Or could it be we’re looking in the wrong places?

Are we looking at the wrong things to be our “Enough”?

King David had enough.
Not because he was a king, won wars, and was given amazing promises.
He had enough, because of Who his Shepherd was.

He said, “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.” (Psalm 23:1)

He never suggested that his possessions or his accomplishments were enough.

His Shepherd was Enough.
His God was Adequate.

So nothing was missing in his life.

When we take a look at what we claim as ours and cry, “I want you to be enough!” let’s take a deeper look and say, “You are special enough to me . . . because I have all I need in my Adequate God.”

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Is Anything Too Hard for the Lord?

This time of year, the constellation Orion is visible.  
Orion is mentioned three times in the Bible, each account referencing God as its Creator.

Betelgeuse is the brightest star in his right shoulder.


Betelgeuse is 25 million miles wide.
(Our sun isn’t even ONE million miles wide.)

160 million of our suns could fit inside Betelgeuse.
(1,360,000 earths could fit in our hollow-out sun.)

Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars could continue their orbit inside Betelgeuse, with plenty of room to spare.
(That’s one-half of our solar system.)

Betelgeuse travels 15,000 miles every second.
(Earth travels 19 miles per second.)

This is only one star out of the 200 billion stars just in our Milky Way galaxy.

“Is anything too hard for the Lord?” (Genesis 18:14)


[Facts provided by apologist Charlie Campbell with Always Be Ready]

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Look Up!

Have you ever been doubled over with pain?  Bent completely to the ground, and unable to look up?

Imagine being “bowed together” . . . FOR 18 YEARS.

That was the state of a crippled woman Jesus met in a synagogue one Sabbath.

She was completely bent over, unable to stand up straight.
And this “spirit of infirmity” was hers for 18 years.

Imagine your “world” being only the ground in front of you. 
For 18 years.
(Think back 18 years ago.  That was 1994.  Where were you?)

She came to the synagogue one Sabbath to hear Jesus’ teaching.
She was alone in her bent-over, earth-focused life.  But to hear His voice and His straightforward teaching – unlike any she had heard before – was enough for her.
The thought never crossed her mind to ask for healing.

But Jesus saw her.
Nobody told Him she had been bowed together in spirit and body for 18 years.
Nobody brought her to Him to ask for healing.
She didn’t want to be noticed.
She was just there. . .bound with this infirmity.

And Jesus saw her.

Then, He called her to come.
He didn’t tell her to try to stand up straight.
He just called her to Himself . . . as she was.

Painfully and with a hint of shame, she made her way to His side.

Kindly, He spoke to her.
Words of healing:  “You are loosed from your infirmity.”
Like a prisoner in chains who is suddenly given freedom . . . she was set free.
Loosened from her infirmity.

But He didn’t expect her to “straighten herself up.”

He touched her.
And, immediately, she was MADE straight.

Suddenly, her eyes left that one spot on the ground where they could always and only look.
She stood straight, and looked into the eyes of the One who had done a work she never imagined possible. 
A healing work. 
An act of kindness, moved by compassion. 
The people nearby rejoiced, because this was part of all the “glorious things that were done by Him.”

He changed her.
No longer was life tied to the fact she couldn’t stand up straight. 
She had been given hope. 
She could now look into the eyes of her loved ones.
She could move freely to minister to them, to others, and for the Lord Himself.

She could now lift her eyes to the heavens.

This woman wasn’t created to be “bowed together” with her face and her spirit to the ground.

None of us were.

In fact, the Greek word for “man” (“anthropos”) means:  the “uplooking one.”

We were created as beings who stand upright.
Made with the capacity to look up.

To be able to look up, means . . . . we are the ones with HOPE.

He has:
Seen each of us.
Called us to Himself.
Spoken healing words to us.
Touched us with truth and with life.
Changed us.

There’s no reason to be “bowed together” with our faces to the ground.
He has done numerous, “glorious things” in our lives.

No matter our circumstances, we were all created to. . . Look up.


(Click here to listen to "Women Healed on the Sabbath")