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From Him and Through Him and to Him

October 31, 2019

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From Him and Through Him and to Him

From the time we were young,  we’ve heard things like:   “I’m the best runner in our class.”      “I’m the best drawer in our class.”      “I’m the best reader.”      Then,  when we’re older,  we hear:   “I’ve got the best car.”      “I’m the richest.”      In every one of these boasts,  the person is proud  of their accomplishments  —  as if they are to get  all the credit  for whatever it is  that they are “best” at.

Sadly,  it is so easy to forget  how it is  that we really accomplished certain things.      We can become the best runner  only if God Almighty  gives us such physical ability.      We can be the best drawer  only if God grants us  a perceptive eye  in seeing  physical  things.      We can become the “richest”  only if God grants it  to us.

God can just as easily  take any of these things away  from any of us.      We don’t have the ability  to always be the best runner.      God can also allow disasters  that take away riches.

In whatever our Lord gives  or takes,  all things are intended  to draw us closer  to Him in truth.      If our sins are over ruling us,  we will not give thanks  or glory  to God each day  of our lives.      But,  if we can see God’s faithful love  in teaching and guiding us,  we will grow in faith,  hope,  and love  as we give all glory to God.      Paul,  in Romans 11:36 tells us,

For  from Him  and through Him  and to Him  are all things.      To Him  be the glory  forever.      Amen.

And when Job,  the richest man in his day,  had all things taken away from him  —  children,  oxen,  donkeys,  servants,  sheep,  camels,  health — he said  in Job 1:21,

Naked I came  from my mother’s womb,
And naked  I shall return there.
The LORD gave  and the LORD  has taken away.
Blessed be the name  of the LORD.

God was not being hateful  towards Job,  but was allowing him  to be tested.      It was said of Job  that in all this  he did not sin  nor did he blame God.

In every testing,  let us always declare with Job  in Job 19:25-26,

And as for me,  I know that my Redeemer lives,
And at the last  He will take His stand  on the earth.
Even after my skin is flayed,
Yet  without my flesh  I shall see God.

In all that happens to us  in this world,  God is in control,  and we can be assured  that our “Redeemer lives”.      God has faithfully led His children  through this world  in the past,  and He will lead us  as He has promised.      Even in our suffering,  we can declare,  To Him be the glory  forever.      Amen.”

Knowing God’s love for us,  we say,  “Hallelujah!      Lord,  thank You for abiding in us.”

Love,
Margaret

 

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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