Beware shepherds, leaders, and all God's children. You're responsible to teach the Truth of God's Word. Woe to false teachers, prophets, and prophecies (chap. 23). Christ, the Righteous Branch (23:5-8); As God "sorts" us, will you be in the "good" fig or the "bad" fig pile (chap. 24)?
Am I a God at hand, saith the LORD, and not a God afar off? Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the LORD (Jer. 23:23-24).
The fact that our God knows no boundaries or limits is not the easiest concept to grasp. Everything around us has limits in some way or another. It is hard to even imagine a limitless existence. When you really think about it, there is nothing in the human realm that is not bound by limitations. And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth (Matt. 28:18).
We are bound by location because we can only be in one place at one time. In today's society, where everything is so fast paced, it would be a very usable skill to be able to be in two or more places at once. How many times have we thought, "if there were only two of me?" Of course, some people might not find it such a good thing for there to be two of any of us. Not that it matters anyway, we are bound to one place at a time.
God does not know this limitation. He can be, and is, in all places at once. It is hard for our minds to get a grasp on the fact that God is omnipresent. He can watch the Bible Pathway headquarters in Tennessee, while at the same time be looking over you wherever you are. To think about it on an even grander scale, He is also simultaneously with the astronauts on the International Space Station. As we can see, His presence is not even bound to this world. The psalmist even records that God is in all places in the spiritual realm. If I ascend up into heaven, Thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, Thou art there (Ps. 139:8).
Going right along with the thought of being limited by space, we are also limited by time. Our lives are full of little sayings that are usually complaints of one kind or another. One of these is, “if only there were more hours in the day." I think most of us know the truth of the matter is that even if there were a hundred hours in each day, we would figure a way to fill them up.
Time is one of the hardest things to understand when it comes to God. Everything in our world is bound by time. The realm of God has no such boundaries. God had no beginning, and He has no ending. The Lord has always existed and will always exist. It can be mind boggling. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty (Rev. 1:8).
We could definitely continue on and on with the ways that we are limited and God is not. We could mention power, knowledge or an assortment of other things. We are truly blessed to serve the true and living God. He can do anything, including erase the sins of an individual.
And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth (Rev. 19:6).
Thought for Today:
Preachers (prophets) who speak their own ideas are deceivers.
As THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS (Jer. 23:5-6). Of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption (I Cor. 1:30; also II Cor. 5:21).
23:10 adulterers, forsakers of God for the false gods; because of swearing, because of the curse of God upon it; 23:32 lightness, vain boasting; 25:34 fall like a pleasant vessel, break like a valuable vessel; 25:38 covert, hiding place.
Pray for Staff: Beth Carlton • Government Officials: Rep. Kathy Castor (FL), Rep Ruben E Hinojosa (TX) and Rep Ron Paul (TX) • Country: Saudi Arabia (20.9 million) on the Arabian Peninsula in southwestern Asia • Major language: Arabic • Christian worship services for foreign personnel are tolerated, but those who seek to convert Muslims to Christianity face persecution • 86% Sunni (Wahabi) Muslim; 10% Shi'ite Muslim; 1% Ismaili Muslim; 3% Others (including 600,000 Christians and some Hindus and Buddhists) • Prayer Suggestion: Rely upon the Lord at all times; He is your refuge (Ps. 62:8).
Optional Reading: I John 2
Memory Verse for the Week: Psalms 90:4