Today's Word for Pastors...
You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in both the Lord's table and the table of demons. Are we trying to arouse the Lord's jealousy? Are we stronger than he? 1 Corinthians 10:21-22
Today's Preaching Insight...
As Symbols Crumble, God Remains
We may want God to answer our questions. What have you done for me lately? But Isaiah suggests that we take a much longer look. What have you been told from the very beginning about God? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth? The God we look to is the one who is constantly business with the work of creation. The God we think has forsaken us and abandoned us, made the sun to shine, stretches the heavens like a curtain for all creation. The God we talk about as powerless is the Lord of all history who makes all rulers and kings rise and fall and pass away. Lift up your eyes on high and see, who created these? Slowly and steadily Isaiah reminds us of the God to whom we turn. God is the one who makes the winds to blow and the oceans to churn. We are reminded of the strength of God in creation and his attentiveness to all details. God is the one who governs the affairs of all nations and guards and redeems his people from despair. The praise of God's greatness is in all places. Everything in this passage becomes an object of God's actions. He sits. He stretches. God spreads. God brings, God makes. God gives. Everything submits to God's power. All life is very fragile and weak and quickly fades under the judgment of God's love.
So if you and I are reminded of the greatness of God who has done great things in all creation, who has created this world and give us life and breath this day, who has been the judge of the kings and princess who have risen up and thought they would last forever. Hitler declared, "It does not matter whether I live or not. It does not matter whether you live or not, what matters is that Germany lives on forever." God who has continued to provide and to sustain his people throughout all these ages. If we who can remember the greatness of God in God's acts of creation and history, if we can remember all of God's blessings and joys to us in the past, how can we claim that God is not able and who can we claim that God is not attentive.
(To read the entire article, "Casting Out Demons" by Rick Brand at Preaching.com, click here)
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