Monthly Archives: November 2011

The Quest For God

In most people’s lives there is a sense of a higher power, but the degree of importance of this underlying sense of a God varies dramatically. When something wonderful happens to us we want to say, “Thank you”, but to whom? Our human heart calls out to worship on a deeper level, and so we create the god of our own understanding. Sometimes God is “I” and sometimes it is “We”–all based on human reason.But that would mean that the world just happened. It is like a clock without a clock maker.Therefore, we need more than human reason to understand who God is. We need a spiritual revelation!

The nature of God is revealed in His Word, the Bible. Paul the apostle states, “For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20) So according to this passage, God is revealed in His creation, and there is no excuse for not seeing Him. Just look around and you will see evidence of an invisible heavenly Creator, whose masterpiece is humanity. We are created In God’s image, so that we might have fellowship with Him.

We also know about God through His Son, Jesus Christ, who is the mirror image of God in all His glory. Jesus said, “He that has seen me has seen the Father.” (John 14:9) Through Jesus we have seen how “God so loved the world that he gave His only Son that whoever believes in him will not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

Do we need any more proof that God exists?¬†¬† He really is “Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. (Revelation 22:13) If we truly believe this the quest will be over and we will be complete in Him at last…….(Judy Whittaker)

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“The glory of the Lord has departed from Israel; for the ark of God is taken.” (1Samuel 4:22)

Sometimes we put so much faith in God’s symbolic presence that we lose sight of God himself. We hang “crosses” from our car windshields, bury St. Joseph statues in our yard to bless our houses, and worship icons instead of our Creator. Yet when Jesus was crucified, the veil in the temple was torn from top to bottom, giving us free access to communicate directly¬† with God through Jesus Christ. We don’t need symbols to block the pathway
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A case in point is described in the book of 1 Samuel. The Israelites had just been defeated by the Philistines and decided to bring the ark of the covenant with them into the battlefield. In ancient times, the ark was a wooden chest that contained the 10 Commandments and other symbols of God’s presence. The ark began to be used as their good luck charm, and instead of seeking counsel from God, they put their confidence in the ark itself. The result was defeat in battle and the capture of the ark by the Philistines.

So the next time you reach for the rosary, remember that the power does not come from objects but from a direct connection to our heavenly Father through Jesus Christ. He has opened the door to the throne of grace. Won’t you walk through it, unhindered by symbolic roadblocks? He is waiting…..(Judy Whittaker)

Forgiveness is Difficult!

“If you do not forgive men your sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” (Matthew 6:14)

Forgiveness is an unnatural act, so why must we forgive? The Greek translation of the word “forgiveness” means release. When we forgive we are set free from the bondage of the past, but unforgiveness enslaves us and destroys the potential for change. The Bible tells us that God forgives and if we are to reflect the character of God in our life, we need to learn to forgive. In fact, forgiveness is not an option; it is a command. In Matthew 6:14-15, Jesus says, “If you do not forgive men your sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”
According to Peter Yancy, a Christian author, the gospel of grace begins and ends with forgiveness. God forgives unconditionally and seeks no benefit for himself. We need to forgive others unconditionally, remembering that forgiveness is a process and may take time. Don’t wait for the other person to make the next move. Take the first step. Love your enemies. Do not seek revenge for that is God’s business. He will administer judgment to those who have wounded our spirit. (Romans 12:19)
We have received an amazing grace. Let us not hoard it but pass it on to others……..(Judy Whittaker)

Intimacy With God

“He has showed you what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, and love mercy, and walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8)

How can we integrate our multi-faceted personality into our true self, whose entire aim is to walk humbly with our God? Lack of time is not the enemy, but rather a lack of enthusiasm. Do we want intimacy with God? Sometimes it is easier to carry out the second greatest commandment, “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.”, and serve at soup kitchens, hospitals, prisons, etc. , but ignore the first part which is to “love your God with all of your heart, mind, and strength.” (Matthew 22:36-40)

A half hour daily devotion time is a good beginning to a life of silent prayer that can become our spiritual center. Our goal is to discover His glory and splendor in the most mundane tasks. Our new outlook will spill over into every area of our life and the love of God will impact everyone we meet. Our direction is no longer comes from earthly entanglements; it becomes heaven-sent.

Our pace is set by the Creator Himself. He prompts us through His Holy Spirit to say “yes” or “no” to calls for service, but never complicates our schedule with unnecessary projects. If we keep our focus God-centered, at the end of the day we will be able to lie down in peace, knowing that we are guided by an invisible hand that will sustain us in all things. (Judy Whittaker)