That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
(Mat 5:45 KJV)
We have all seen them. The horrible pictures. The rain that came so fast. They expected some rain yes but THIS?
So much loss. So much tragedy. So much pain. If you did not lose a loved one then the rest is just stuff right? Sure, as long as it was not your stuff. Right? We know that is the truth. Be thankful. While it might be the truth, when you are in the middle of this you are sad. Maybe you lost all your family photo’s. Maybe you lost everything except your life, like Job.
So, again we ask why?
By the breath of God frost is given: and the breadth of the waters is straitened.
(Job 37:10 KJV)
Also by watering he wearieth the thick cloud: he scattereth his bright cloud:
(Job 37:11 KJV)
And it is turned round about by his counsels: that they may do whatsoever he commandeth them upon the face of the world in the earth.
(Job 37:12 KJV)
He causeth it to come, whether for correction, or for his land, or for mercy.
(Job 37:13 KJV)
(Here the Lord gives us 3 possible reasons. ‘I personnnally found for his land interesting’.)
Hearken unto this, O Job: stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God.
(Job 37:14 KJV)
Dost thou know when God disposed them, and caused the light of his cloud to shine?
(Job 37:15 KJV)
Dost thou know the balancings of the clouds, the wondrous works of him which is perfect in knowledge?
(Job 37:16 KJV)
I see these last 3 verses and think… Do we notice when the sun shines on us and the temperature is that perfect 75 degrees? Do we notice when everything is going perfect? Do we notice when we buy and buy more and more things? Do we give thanks in all of the good things ALL of the time?
God is good ALL the time. When it rains it comes on the just and the unjust. We all should look within and see if we have any house cleaning to do. I for one know I always so. After taking a personal inventory and doing some personal repenting, maybe just maybe it would do us some good to notice all of the beauty that surrounds us most days. The butterflys that we watch land on a beautiful flower. The hummingbirds looking for some sugar. Sit in a quiet place and listen to the birds sing. Go to a park and watch children play. Learn to enjoy some of the simple things God surrounds us with on most days.
Thank you LORD God! Thank you for helping us to look up into the heavens. Look up and just shout THANK YOU JESUS! For you are an Awesome God and YOU are so very worthy of more than all of our complaints. Thank You!!! We praise your Holy name!
The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side. And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore. And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
Matthew 13:18-23: “Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”
Verse/Commentary courtesy of ‘Verse-A-Day’ android app.
Darkness seems to be growing.
Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me? He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.
In verses 31-32 Jesus says, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” Jesus is addressing Jews who have believed Him, yet knowing their hearts He clarifies that they need to be set free. His audience is having a difficult time understanding why they need to be set free. Jesus responds that everyone who sins is a slave to sin. He confront them more by saying, “You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires.” Satan is in the business of twisting truth into lies and these folks are unable to see Jesus as the truth: the only way to God the Father. Holy Spirit, protect us from being unable to hear the truth. Reveal to us any corrupt allegiance that we have to evil, and let the light of Christ illuminate our hearts.
Verse/Commentary courtesy of ‘Verse-A-Day’ android app.