Are you weary? Look up!

December 23, 2014

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.
(Matthew 11:28 (NIV))

I am weary!

I don’t know just how much more of this world I can stand. Jesus is mocked and chastised while evil is declared truth. Common sense and civility no longer seem to exist.

The whole world simply seems to be upside down and getting worse!

Perhaps I spend too much time watching and reading about events in the world and the current state of what the world says is good. It is heartbreaking to see, but I believe that it is important to know what is going on so that I am at least aware and possibly prepared. We were told to know the seasons. We can’t live our lives in a vacuum where we are completely oblivious to what is going on around us. That is what the enemy wants us to do.

I am weary, or should I say saddened by the current state of the world. I am also very excited, for we have a promise from God. He sent His Son Jesus to be our Savior. Because of this, even when I am weary from what I see in the world, all I have to do is look up to see my Savior.

Don’t forget the promises that God has fulfilled in sending His Son.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
(John 16:33 (NIV))

Copyright 1998 – 2014 Dennis J. Smock
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Celebrate Jesus!

December 26, 2013

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”
(Luke 2:8-14 (NIV))

What an honor it must have been to be the first to hear the good news! The shepherds must have been terrified by the presence of the angels, after all, angels were not, and are still not an every day occurance.

Luckily for us, God’s plan does not discriminate against us for not being there. In fact, it is probably with mixed blessings that we are embraced as part of God’s Kingdom. We do not have the first hand experience of having seen the angels, the star, or Jesus’ life. Sometimes, I wonder if I would have believed if I lived at the time of Jesus!

On the other hand, we have the faith of millions of people who have gone before us. We have the New Testament, the hundreds of years of prophesy study that proves Jesus is King of kings, the Messiah. It may be easier for someone today to come to faith than it was in Jesus’ day. Yet, through all of this “historical proof”, I sometimes feel empty. I think it is the desire of every believer to be able to go back in time and be a witness to the miracles and hear the teachings of Jesus first-hand.

Today, we celebrated the birth of Jesus and look back in awe to the miracles. At the same time, we should look around us in awe of what God is doing today and look to the not-to-distant future and know what God is going to do. Today we celebrate the First Coming. Some tomorrow we will celebrate the Second Coming.

Merry Christmas

Copyright 1998 – 2013 Dennis J. Smock
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Join me in a rousing chorus of praise!

August 10, 2011

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphs, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another:
“Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty;
the whole earth is full of his glory.”
(Isaiah 6:1-3 (NIV))

Most of us are very familiar with the words in Isaiah 6:3 – “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.” These words are often spoken in churches to this very day, and rightly so. They are true.

What I want to take a closer look at is the seraphs, or angels, that are in attendance in the throne room of God.

What do you think of when you think of angels?

Do you think of beings that look human but have wings?

What do you envision angels doing?

Probably most of us envision the white robed, human looking creatures that act as messengers. Some even believe that angels are among us to protect us. Having never seen one, I will only speculate about their actual appearance, but I know beyond any doubts as to their function.

They glorify God!

Whether in the throne room, or on missions in this world, they glorify God in all that they do.

Do you believe that people, as created beings, are separate from the angels?

Do you not know that we will judge angels?
(1 Corinthians 6:3a (NIV))

Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?
(Hebrews 1:14 (NIV))

If we are to judge angels, then I only find it fitting and proper that we should do as they do and glorify God. How can we judge if we do not do?

Each one of us needs to sing within our hearts, and out loud when we can, the very praises that the seraph sing in the presence of God.

Join me in a rousing chorus of praise!

“Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty;
the whole earth is full of his glory.”

Copyright 1998 – 2011 Dennis J. Smock
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