Finding Faith

But who can endure the day of his coming?
Who can stand when he appears?
For he will be like a refiner’s fire or a launderer’s soap.

Malachi 3:2

The other day I received a message on my computer; evidently I had done something that fouled the computer and it could do some irreparable harm if not corrected immediately. I called my daughter Nancy, our computer person, and she came and rescued me.
We receive messages all the time. Most are non-threatening but occasionally you get one like the one about my computer.
The most important and sometimes frightening are the ones we get from the Lord. Such was the case with Malachi’s message to Israel. He came as a messenger from the Lord with a most alarming message. To an unfaithful  people, the Lord, the messenger of the covenant, would come, and would come suddenly. And he would come as a refiner’s fire to see if there were any who in faith revealed something of the likeness of their Lord. In the words of Jesus, “would he find any faith?”All he found were unrighteous, self serving covenant breakers. To keep covenant was to love God and their neighbor, but there was no evidence of this. Consequently God said, “I will come near to you for judgment.”(3:5)  But there is a word of hope a promise of rescue: “But to you who revere my name the sun of righteousness will arise with healing in it’s wings.”(4:12)
For us today the sudden coming of which Malachi predicts will happen once again. Once again the question Jesus posed will be valid, “Will he find any faith on the earth?”(Luke 18:8)
We live in a difficult day for Christians. Our testimony to the Truth is being challenged and abnegated with venom. Speaking the name of Jesus in the Public Square will, by some, cause you to be charged with Hate Speech.  We are going to be challenged openly and viciously at every turn. It will come to the point that our very lives will be in danger.Are you and I willing to give our lives for the Lord Jesus?  The “rescuer” says, “Fear not I have overcome the world.” I wonder if this is why Jesus posed the question, “When the Son of Man comes will he find faith on the earth?”
~Pastor Jack Matheis

Everything That Has Breath

Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.   Praise the LORD!
Psalm 150: 6  

As living creatures, with breath, we are commanded to praise the LORD!
WHEN do I praise the LORD?

Only on Sunday?

Only when something “good” happens in life?

Only during my devotional time?

Only at dawn, like the birds?

Or like Paul, who reminds us to “pray (praise) constantly”?

HOW do I praise God?

Only with the spoken / written word?

With song: voice and instruments?

With my actions?

WHY do I Praise the LORD?

Because He has blessed me richly.

Because He has designed and created a beautiful earth for us to enjoy.

Because He is just and merciful.

Because He is righteous.

Because of His steadfast love for His people.

Because He is faithful and true to His promises.

Because He is Holy!

Because He is LORD of Lords and KING of Kings!

Let everything that has breath PRAISE the LORD!

~Pam Herbert

As a Mother Comforts

Isaiah 66:13–As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you; and you will be comforted over Jerusalem.

Even the most grown up of adults needs a mom again when times get rough — we need someone who loves us no matter what, who knows exactly what to say, what to do,  and how to make things feel better.  Even Jesus, God Incarnate on earth, needed a mother.  The one God chose, Mary,  stood by Him through his tough times of being rejected by men, even to the end of His life.  As He was lifted from the cross she likely received Him into her arms once again, cradling Him just as she had when He was born and needed her loving comfort.

God knows His Son needed the comforting of a mother, as do we.

And so a young woman became His mother that holy night.

E. Gibson