Daily Walk with the Holy Spirit

Thursday, July 31, 2008

He cares for you!

"Throwing all your cares on Him because you are the object of His concern." (my translation) 1 Peter 5:7 "Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you." (Actual Verse)


Being the object of God; He knows what you need, right?

God is able to provide what you need, right?

Then why bother Him about it?

Why pester Him with your constant requests?

After all, you don’t expect your children to come to you for everything do you?

You often anticipate what they really need and fulfill those needs without waiting for them to ask

Doesn’t God do the same thing?

The answer is, “Of course.”

God provides our very existence.

We can be grateful for all the things that we receive from His hand without a single word of request.

That is not the point of Peter’s proclamation, nor is it the point of Jesus’ parables of the unjust judge and the resistant friend, both of which are about the nature of prayer.

The point that Peter wants to make is that it is the nature of God to care.

If we only understood just how much God cares!!...our prayers would be radically altered and our desire to come before Him would be great.

Peter uses the unusual Greek word melei.

The translation “He cares for you,” isn’t quite what this word means. The word means “to be an object of concern.

You are the object of God’s concern! You are the object of His infinite Love!

His concern is focused on you.

You as as an individual.

When we think of someone caring about us, we might not have in mind the intense focus of heart-felt energy that God expends on our behalf.

In fact, God’s care for you and me is demonstrated in the ultimate sacrifice.

He willingly died for us.

God who willing went to those lengths to redeem you is not about to abandon you after He has paid the price to bring you back.

As the object of His concern, every tiny detail of your life comes under His watchful and gentle hand.

Peter underlines this important point by contrasting our cares (anxiety over the things of this world) with God’s care.

Our cares are merimna ! – those things that bring about mental and emotional disruption.

Anxiety fragments us.

It breaks up the peace within and creates instability, worry and fear.

God’s care does exactly the opposite.

Notice that as long as I try to manage and fix the issues of my life, I am subject to the chaos and confusion of the broken world.

Why?

Because my natural life feeds on the supply from this broken world.

It only displays what it eats.

Only when we surrender to the Spirit, we are empowered by a force outside of this natural realm.

When we find food that is not of this world; the kind of food that brings peace, harmony and order; precisely the things that characterize the nature of God who is the source of my new food.

Our daily food is in hidden manna in the form of the Bible - His Word. If we want peace in our life, then we need a new kind of diet.

A diet feasting on His Word and being in His presence.

Only then the care that He has always had for me will begin to be manifest in my life.

Attempting to achieve harmony through personal force produces chaos and anxiety.

The way to harmony is surrender.

Why do I pray?

Why would you not?

When we pray it should expresses my deepest real concerns.

We should pray because of who He is, and what He has done for us.

Our prayers will become joyful conversations with my caregiver.

They are sanity therapy for a hurting soul.

"Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts." James 4:3

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Laminins

Laminins - Cool!

A couple of days ago I was running (I use that term very loosely) on my treadmill, watching a DVD sermon by Louie Giglio...and I was BLOWN AWAY!

I want to share what I learned....but I fear not being able to convey it as well as I want.

I will share anyway.He (Louie) was talking about how inconceivably BIG our God is...how He spoke the universe into being...how He breathes stars out of His mouth that are huge raging balls of fire...etc. etc.

Then He went on to speak of how this star-breathing, universe creating God ALSO knitted our human bodies together with amazing detail and wonder.

At this point I am LOVING it (fascinating from a medical standpoint, you know.) ...and I was remembering how I was constantly amazed during medical school as I learned more and more about God's handiwork.

I remember so many times thinking...'How can ANYONE deny that a Creator did all of this???

Louie Giglio went on to talk about how we can trust that the God who created all this, also has the power to hold it all together when things seem to be falling apart...how our loving Creator is also our sustainer.

I lost my breath, and it wasn't because I was running on my treadmill, either!!!

It was because he started talking about laminin.

I knew about laminin.

Here is how Wikipedia describes them :'Laminins are a family of proteins that are an integral part of the structural scaffolding of basement membranes in almost every animal tissue.

You see....laminins are what hold us together ...LITERALLY.

They are cell adhesion molecules.

They are what holds one cell of our bodies to the next cell.

Without them, we would literally fall apart.

I knew all this already.

But what I didn't know is what laminin LOOKED LIKE.

But now I do, and I have thought about it a thousand times since (already)....Here is what the structure of laminin looks like...AND THIS IS NOT a 'Christian portrayal' of it....if you look up laminin in any scientific/medical piece of literature, this is what you will see...


Now tell me that our God is not the coolest!!!

Amazing.

The glue that holds us together....ALL of us....is in the shape of the cross.

Immediately Colossians 1:15-17 comes to mind.

"He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created; things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible,whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities;all things were created by him and for him.He is before all things, and in him all things HOLD TOGETHER." Colossians 1:15-17

Call me crazy.

I just think that is very, very, very cool.

Thousands of years before the world knew anything about laminin, Paul penned those words.

Now we see that from a very LITERAL standpoint, we are held together ...one cell to another....by the cross.

You would never in a quadrillion years convince me that is anything other than the mark of a Creator who knew EXACTLY what laminin 'glue' would look like long before Adam even breathed his first breath!!

"Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is He that made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture." Psalm 100:3