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Who Was and Who Is and Who Is to Come

January 1, 2020

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Who Was  and Who Is  and Who Is to Come

It usually doesn’t take much  to put our human minds  on over-load.      We can only clearly think about  a limited number  of things  at a time.      Even though we might pride ourselves  in being able  to chew gum  and walk  at the same time,  there are more instances  in which we cannot multi-task.      No one  can fully comprehend  all the glories  of God Almighty  at one time.      God is unlimited  in time,  space,  power,  wisdom,  knowledge,  and glories  of all sorts.      God does more  in a mere moment  throughout His creation  than we can possibly do  in a lifetime  of hard work.

At Christmas time,  our thoughts  are directed  to the birth  of the Christ Child.      We envision  a tiny babe,  lying in a manger,  with the shepherds and wise men  paying Him homage.      But  there is so much more  in that lowly manger  than a baby.      God Almighty  is lying there  in human form,  ready and willing  to take on  a human life time  of suffering  for our sakes — all for the love  of us.

In heaven,  this God  is being praised continually,  without end — even right now,  at this very moment.      In Revelation 4:8,  they say,

Holy,  holy,  holy,  is the LORD GOD,  the Almighty,
who was  and who is  and who is to come.

This baby  is the LORD GOD who was  and who is  and who is to come.      Jesus has existed  from eternity.      He has no beginning  and no end.      He always has been God  and He  always will be God.      Nobody  can comprehend  how  He could also become our Savior,  in the Lord Jesus Christ.      But, He is “God with us” — Immanuel.   ( Matthew 1:23 )

It doesn’t matter  that our minds  can’t comprehend all  that God is.      God made us this way,  and we can trust Him  to know all  that is best for us.      Even though  we cannot imagine  all the wonders  of God Almighty,  we can  spend time thinking  about how  He is Him  who was.      God always has been God.      There is  absolutely no other god — never has been  any other god  and there never will be  any other god.    ( Isaiah 45:21 )

We can take time  to realize  that this baby  in the manger  is also He  who is.      Christ Jesus  is with us  every day.      In our every moment,  we can always turn  to Him  with our praises , thanksgivings,  and requests.   ( Hebrews 13:8,  John 14:18 )

In all the turmoils  of this world,  we can also think  about how  He is He  who is to come.      Jesus is returning  in glory  and victory,  to take all of His own  up to heaven  and judge  all those  who insist on  despising His name.      God has kept  all of His promises  and we can know  that He will  also keep  His promise to return, so we consider the following:

2 Peter 1:16

For we did not follow cleverly devised tales when we made known  to you the power and coming  of our Lord Jesus Christ,  but we were eyewitnesses  of His majesty.

2 Peter 3:12  

…looking for and hastening the coming  of the day of God,  on account of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning,  and the elements will melt with intense heat!

1 John 2:28

And now,  little children,  abide in Him,  so that when He appears,  we may have confidence and not shrink away  from Him in shame  at His coming.

Since  God is faithful  in loving us,  we say,  “Hallelujah!      Lord Jesus,  when You come,  then we will know You  as You are.      In the meantime,  help us  to daily realize  Your nearness  and love.”

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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