You Are Here

YOU ARE HERE

Do you see what I see?  I see a universe being held together by God’s own hands.  I see stars that He calls by name.  I see the earth in this picture relative to distance and time.  Yet, even the details of our own planet cannot be seen, except in the image on the bottom left. This image of God’s creation is what I call big.

Do I have any Biblical evidence that my statements are true?  Sure.  First let’s consider:

 John 1:3
All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.

This supports my claim that God made everything you see in this image, and all the tiny details which you cannot see, on every dot in the image, including planet earth.

What about God making it all, and holding it together?

Proverbs 30:4-6
Who has ascended to heaven and come down?
Who has gathered the wind in his fists?
Who has wrapped up the waters in a garment?
Who has established all the ends of the earth?
What is his name, and what is his son’s name?
Surely you know!
Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.

Do not add to his words, lest he rebuke you and you be found a liar.

Hebrews 11:3
By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.

Colossians 1:16-17
For in Him all things were created, things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities. All things were created through Him and for Him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

What about God knowing all the names of the stars?

Isaiah 40:26
Lift up your eyes on high and see: who created these? He who brings out their host by number, calling them all by name; by the greatness of his might and because he is strong in power, not one is missing.

Look at the image again and see the marvelous truth that we are NOT ALONE!  “You are here” in this image gives clear indication that the LORD of all the universe is fully in control, has sole authority over this pandemic and your life individually.  But most important of all, HE is RIGHT HERE TOO!  He is present with us. Right now, right here.

Based on these truths, let me pray for you now.

Father, thank you for demonstrating your power, in Your words, as seen in this image.

I pray today for all those reading these words, who need your hand to touch their hearts and minds with peace.  There are those reading this who are terrified, please calm their hearts.  There are those who are single, living alone, facing the hours and hours of uncertainty, so please Father, reveal your presence to them in these moments.  Help those who live alone, know without doubt, they are not alone because You are there with them.

There are moms and dads who while loving their children, have never been faced with this much time together and under these conditions.  Father I ask that love, gentleness, and relationship building take the place of frustration, anger, and depression.  In addition to these relationship struggles LORD, some families are facing financial crisis, and I pray You would send them help.  Not just from our government, but from Your people.  Open our eyes to see the needs around us.

For those infected, and in varying degrees of failing health, LORD JESUS, Healer and Savior, I ask for You to say the word from Your throne which brings healing around our world.  We ask it selfishly, for our friends and our families who have been effected.  But we also seek this to happen for Your glory.  What greater evidence could there be than Your own healing power to be demonstrated this way?  Yet, just as You prayed Jesus, not our will, but the Father’s will be done in our world today.

Keep us strong LORD.  Keep our minds in perfect peace as we face the unknown.  We trust You alone LORD, help us when our trust and confidence waivers.  Give us your wisdom on a daily basis, until this unseen force has passed us by.

To You alone be all the glory and honor for all our days.

In Jesus name,

Amen

Mustard Seeds and Mites

via Massive

cosmos

West Texas was a great place to look up the stars when I was growing up.  I used to go outside, look up, and just be mesmerized by those twinkling lights in the night sky.  My tiny little brain struggled to understand how big our universe is.  Because everything on earth seemed so very small compared to these massive night portraits of God’s creation.  In the time you took to read these first few lines, a photon of light has travelled from the Sun some 10 million kilometers.  Thats the same as going around the earth 250 times.  The universe we see is massive.

These facts are hard for me to comprehend, and even if my mind wants to believe they are true, for me to believe them requires faith.  Massive amounts of faith.  What does “massive amounts of faith” actually look like though?  On one occasion the apostles came to Jesus and said, “Increase our faith.” [Luke 17:5]  I found that to be a strange request. Did these men really believe Jesus would make it that easy, by just “giving” them massive faith?  But stranger still was the answer Jesus gave them.

Luke 17:6
“If you have faith the size of a mustard seed,” the Lord said, “you can say to this mulberry tree, Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.” 

There have been vast numbers of sermons and bible lessons built around these two verses, and almost always they appear to be stand alone lessons from Jesus.  But if these two verses are all that’s examined, we will surely miss the point of Jesus’ teaching.  Because verses 7-10 are the CONTEXT by which this mustard seed/massive faith is understood.

Luke 17:7-10
Which one of you having a slave tending sheep or plowing will say to him when he comes in from the field, Come at once and sit down to eat?  Instead, will he not tell him, “Prepare something for me to eat, get ready, and serve me while I eat and drink; later you can eat and drink?”  Does he thank that slave because he did what was commanded?  In the same way, when you have done all that you were commanded, you should say, “We are good-for-nothing slaves; we’ve only done our duty.”

Massive faith is balanced in this life with massive obedience.  When we daily bring glory to God with our lives, we are obediently living out our singular purpose, which in turn brings the kind of faith that can move mountains, according to Jesus.  Why then do we see so little “mountain-moving” among people of faith today?  Good question, huh?  Another example may give us the clue to massive faith.

One day Jesus had been teaching his disciples to not be like the Scribes and Pharisees who put their “so-called-faith” on display, to be praised by men.  These false teachers were show-men.  They wanted to be seen as the ultimate model of righteousness.  So Jesus, while sitting in the temple, across the hall where the money was being collected, He watched how people gave their offerings at church.  The collection place was a large metal urn where people would place their money in such a way as to make a really big clanging noise against the metal.

About this time a widow who was massively poor came along and dropped in two tiny, almost obscure, copper coins (mites) which didn’t even rattle as they hit the urn.  Jesus sees the opportunity for another lesson on massive faith, turns to his apostles and says…

Mark 12:43-44
“I assure you: This poor widow has put in more than all those giving to the temple treasury.  For they all gave out of their surplus, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she possessed–all she had to live on.”

Massive faith is giving all.  Giving everything you know about yourself to everything you know about God, and believing He will take care of it all.  Massive faith is believing when I align my will with God’s will, then God’s will … will be done.  More importantly, when I align my will with God’s will, His Holy Spirit will guide me to what needs to be done, and empower me to do what needs to be done, to accomplish God’s will.  Penniless and powerless, this widow brought more glory to God than anyone else in the temple that day.  There is no doubt in my mind that God blessed this woman in ways we can’t even imagine.

Mustard seeds and mites are the formula for mountain-moving massive amounts of faith!

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