Evening With God

Then John’s disciples came and took the body and buried it and went and told Jesus.

[Matt 14:12 NET]

When one dies in our home, and our hearts are breaking, we should go and tell Jesus. It will do us good to tell Him.

We may not care to tell our trouble to any human friend. Some sorrows are too sacred to be unveiled to any eyes. But we need never shrink from telling Jesus. He can understand our grief, for He knows all human pain, not alone as God, but as man, for He experienced all sorrow. He will treat our sorrow, too, with most delicate gentleness.

The very words spoken in love to comfort us fall ofttimes with rude impact upon our bruised heart and give fresh pain. The gentlest touch of a human hand hurts where it is meant to help. But the voice of Jesus is so gentle that its tones fall like soothing music on the quivering heart, and the hand of Jesus is so skilful that its touch gives healing.

We need never fear to tell Jesus of our sorrow: He is the truest Comforter and the wisest Healer of hurt hearts.

Evening Devotional

What Is Natural Revelation?

For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.

[Romans 1:20]

What does creation tell us about God? First, in Romans 1:20, Paul said that in natural revelation we see God’s “eternal power.” How do you explain the intricacy, the design, the complexity, the vastness of this universe? Chance did not do this. Chance has no power. It is the power of God. It is through creation that we see a testimony of God’s eternal power.

Second, Paul said that through creation we can learn of God’s “divine nature” (1:20). When God came in human form in Jesus Christ, we learned from Jesus many things about God the Father. Jesus said, “He who has seen Me has seen the Father” (John 14:9). But even apart from Jesus, apart from the Bible, there are some things we can know about the character of God simply from looking at creation. One thing we can know about God’s character just from nature is His kindness. The universe is a testimony to the kindness of God. In Acts 14, Paul and Barnabas were on their first missionary journey, and they came to Lystra. Because they were able to work miracles, the people started to worship Paul and Barnabas and call them Hermes and Zeus. Paul quickly corrected them and pointed them toward the true God. He said in Acts 14:15-17, “Men, why are you doing these things? We are also men of the same nature as you, and preach the gospel to you that you should turn from these vain things to a living God, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and all that is in them. In the generations gone by He permitted all the nations to go their own ways; and yet He did not leave Himself without witness, in that He did good and gave you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness.” Paul was saying, “Even though you wandered away from God, God still left a witness for Himself.” Everyone in this universe can know of the kindness of God.

We hear the question all the time: “Why do bad things happen to good people?” Yet a bigger question is: “Why do good things happen to bad people?” We are all bad. We have all wandered away from God, and God continues to bless everyone, Christian and non-Christian alike, with His gifts, whether it be rain, food, family, friendships, or health. God does that as a witness to Himself. These gifts of God are the kindness of God that should lead us to repentance (Romans 2:4). The Bible says we can know from creation about the goodness of God.

No one will go to Hell for rejecting a Christ they have never heard of. Those who go to Hell will go there because they rejected the limited knowledge of God that God sent them through creation. That is what Paul was saying here. Everyone has received the knowledge of God. That general knowledge is not sufficient to save us, but it is sufficient, if rejected, to condemn us.

Evening Prayer

TRUST AND GIVE THANKS

[1 Chronicles 16:8; Ephesians 5:20; 1 Thessalonians 5:18]

I pray that you will never stop thanking God for His goodness, even in hard and trying times. May you give thanks to the Lord even when you do not understand His ways, because the Lord cares for you deeply. I pray that you will be confident that He understands your needs and the desires of your heart, even before you tell Him. I encourage you then, to lift up a sacrifice of thanks, even if your heart is downtrodden. May you think of all the goodness God has shown in your life, and remember His faithfulness. I pray that you will trust that His goodness never changes, so give Him thanks!

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Evening With God

I will praise the Lord at all times; my mouth will continually praise him.

[Ps 34:1 NET]

It is not hard to bless the Lord at some times. There are days when all is bright. There is no sickness in our house. No recent sorrow has left our heart sad. It is easy then to bless the Lord.

But there are other times when things are different. Business is not prosperous. Or, health is broken. We begin to say this verse, but we cannot get through it. “I will bless the Lord at _____.”

We cannot bless the Lord for the broken health, for the empty chair. Yet there the words stand. We cannot make them read: “I will bless the Lord at some times: His praise shall be in my mouth on certain days – days when the sun shines.”

It is not our business to write Bible verses; it is our business rather to bring our lives up to the standard of the inspired words. So we must learn to say the verse just as it is written.

We must learn to bless the Lord on the dark days as well as the bright days. We must learn to praise God in pain as well as in pleasure.