Hope

      When I said I would write about hope during the Advent season, I thought it would be easy. Hope is a wonderful thing, right? So surely the words would flow easily, giving way to a hope-filled post. Only, when I started to write, the words simply wouldn’t come. I wrote “Hope.” at the top of the page and it just sat there, as if it were mocking me. You see, lately I’ve been afraid to hope. It seems like every time I get my hopes up about something, it all comes crashing down around me—my heart in …

Understanding God

“Therefore I will make the heavens tremble; and the earth will shake from its place at the wrath of the LORD Almighty, in the day of His burning anger.” Isaiah [13:13] Our God is faithful and His heart is for us, but He is also a wrathful God. He is perfect, and in the same way that darkness cannot remain in the presence of light our imperfection cannot remain in the presence of His perfection for long. We are warned multiple times that His day is coming, the day the whole world will see His power. Here in Isaiah 13, …

God’s Wrath

“Therefore I will make the heavens tremble; and the earth will shake from its place at the wrath of the LORD Almighty, in the day of His burning anger.” Isaiah [13:13] Our God is faithful and His heart is for us, but He is also a wrathful God. He is perfect, and in the same way that darkness cannot remain in the presence of light our imperfection cannot remain in the presence of His perfection for long. We are warned multiple times that His day is coming, the day the whole world will see His power. Here in Isaiah 13, …

The Wisdom of God

I Corinthians [3:18]-20  “Do not deceive yourselves. If any one of you thinks he is wise by the standards of this age, he should become a ‘fool’ so that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: ‘He catches the wise in their craftiness,’ and again, ‘The LORD knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.’” I’m sure you can think of someone who is smarter than you. I could tell you about a few different people I’ve taken classes with or listened to lectures from who I …

The Alpha and Omega

Revelation 1:8  “I am the Alpha and Omega,’ says the LORD God, ‘who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.’” Alpha and Omega—the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. Nothing before alpha, nothing to be added after omega. He created the world, but He himself wasn’t created. It was at His command that all of time began, and when time as we know it comes to an end—when everything else turns to dust—He will remain. He is eternal. Eternal. Infinite. Such small words, but both have such a huge, almost incomprehensible meaning. Everything in …

God’s Power

  “And God said…And it was so.” This phrase is scattered throughout the first chapter of Genesis. All of Scripture begins with a statement of God’s power. He simply speaks, and things happen: light appears and is separated from the darkness; the waters and skies are split; dry land appears and plants burst forth from the ground; the sun, moon, and stars fill the sky; animals begin roaming the waters, skies, and land. Our God has the power to speak things into creation. That would be amazing enough if we were talking about just the things here on earth—but it’s …

Glimpses of His Magnificence

Deuteronomy [3:24] “O Sovereign LORD, You have begun to show to Your servant Your greatness and Your strong hand. For what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do the deeds and mighty works You do?” Proverbs 1:7 “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.” Sovereign: supreme in power or authority Fear: profound reverence and awe toward God (definitions from the Life Application Study Bible) How powerful is your God? Have you ever really thought about that question? So often today, studies focus on God’s great love for …