Thursday, November 10, 2016

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

Our Awesome God and a Peaceful Kingdom
Psalm 8

 Abraham Thariath
Epiphany MTC, NY
O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
In this psalm, David confirms the creation story, that God has created everything seen and unseen and man has been appointed ruler over all the creation.
Our solar system consists of sun, which is a star, and all its planets, including earth. Our solar system is part of the Milky Way Galaxy which is estimated to have more than 400 billion individual stars.  The Milky Way Galaxy is one of more than two trillion galaxies in the universe, according to the findings by scientists announced recently. When we think of God’s creation we stand in awe at the awesome power and might of our omnipotent God. God’s glory is revealed through all His creation.
In the natural realm, man, who is confined to the earth, cannot even think of a position better than the dust with which he was made of. But in the supernatural phenomenon, God, through His breath, made man “inferior only to yourself; you crowned him with glory and honor. You appointed him ruler of everything you made; you placed him over all creation (5 & 6), David acknowledges.
Since man was given a powerful status, and a place in heaven, God expected man to humble himself and praise Him and glorify Him. Hence God gets upset and angry at the disobedience of man whose mind was taken over by the cunning Satan.
God tried many means to bring mankind back to Him, and that was not to be. Then He selected the Jews through Abraham as chosen people to serve His purpose and gave them His commandments through Moses. Still, man, stuck to his disobedience. Finally, God has to send into this world and sacrifice His only son to save the mankind, both Jews and gentiles.
Now the situation is that “Salvation is to be found through him (Jesus) alone; in all the world, there is no one else God has given who can save us.” (Acts 4:12).  God has simplified the way to save the world, both Jews and gentiles: Just believe in Jesus.
We are in the season of commemorating annunciation and birth of Christ. Angel Gabriel told Mary about the one she was selected to carry: ‘He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; and of his kingdom there will be no end."
And Mary’s reply should be our lifeline: "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.


O Lord, give us wisdom to know and do Your will always. Amen

We are serving an awesome God who is always with us to carry us through thick and thin.