Life is a series of beginnings. How you enter into them makes all the différance.
Romans 15:4 perfectly captures why the Bible was written. Yet, many people lack knowledge for they do not read, learn, meditate, and study the scriptures. They lean on false teachings instead of opening the Bible. They get their learning from Hollywood, misinformed and misguided individuals/celebrities, instead of going directly to the Word.
It’s no wonder we are destroyed due to a lack of knowledge!
To reject the knowledge of the Word of God is to reject God. Today, open your Bible and seek knowledge.
God made the world without help. We were not there to give advice or guidance, so why do we want to dictate on God’s behalf?
God was the One Who laid out the blueprint, measurements, and details. The angels delighted in the Creator’s creative creation by singing and shouting for joy.
The world is not what it once was, but when Christ returns to reclaim what’s rightfully His, we shall rejoice as the angels. Even so, come soon, Lord Jesus.
What right do we have to complain about the punishment of sin we’ve committed? None at all. We tend to want His grace, but not His fair justice. We shouldn’t even be complaining about God, but to God.
Instead of complaining, and fretting, let us instead examine our hearts, ways, thoughts, and beliefs. Let us repent, and turn again to the Lord. Saying that we are of God is easy to say, but are our actions in sync? Being a Christian is an everyday affair, not a sometimes affair.
Instead of complaining, we should encourage ourselves in hope.
How many times have we rebelled against God? Countless! Yet, God is so merciful, He tends to forgive us, and start with us all over again, once we’re willing to let Him work.
So, what’s our excuse?
It has been a whirlwind sort of affair, watching guest hosts vie to be the next permanent host of Jeopardy!. I’ve enjoyed a few of the guests, but I had a feeling that Mike Richards was going to be the chosen face, although he didn’t stand out for me. As the Executive Producer of Jeopardy!, I felt as if he shouldn’t have even guest hosted, however, I was willing to give him a chance as the new host. That was, until the angry internet mob decided to remind him of unsavory comments he made on an eight-year-old podcast series in 2013 and 2014 about women, Jews, and other groups. They cried out for blood, and Richards had no choice, but to step down.
Nowadays, people drag others down for their sins, and they mostly do it from behind the screen bringing up “receipts” and “tea”, and crying out for cancel culture. We tend to look at the past instead of the present. Who is to say that Richards is not a changed man now? Why can’t forgiveness play a role, given that we’re all fickle creatures and the ones rattling the cage are not without sin as well?
Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
Getting back to Jeopardy!, most fans were excited about LeVar Burton despite his guest hosting gig having the lowest ratings. My favorites were David Faber and Joe Buck. I was hoping that one of them would’ve been chosen to be the next face of the game show, seeing that they brought a sense of enjoyment and entertainment to the show, especially Buck.
You’ve heard this many, many times before, but be careful of what you say on the internet, for your footprints are easy to track as the internet never lets you forget.
And that’s my two cents.
VERSE OF THE MONTH (August 2021): Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight; yet I will look again toward thy holy temple. Jonah 2:4 ⛪
There are times that we may find God’s way tedious, and we turn away from His presence to frolic with the cares of the world, thus looking away from the temple.
It is when we get into a jam that we cannot get out of, we desperately cry out to God for help, thus looking again to God.
Are your eyes off the temple? Look again at the temple today, for when you do, hope blooms like a flower.
This month, I dwell on these wonderful characters of God:
“for He is gracious and merciful”: God brims and overflows with mercy. For those that hope in it, He delights in mercy and is ready to forgive when we humbly come to Him with a heart full of repentance.
“slow to anger”: God is ever patient when it comes to us, a trait that we do not deserve given our sins. However, God is long-suffering towards us by not stirring up His wrath.
“and of great kindness”: God could’ve left us to stew and die in our own sinful ways, but He did not; He sent us a Savior to die for us so that we can have everlasting life through Him (Christ).
Also see Exodus 34:6 and Jonah 4:2.
Who or what do we invest time in worshipping instead of God? Is it social media where we attempt to find our 15 minutes of fame daily? The celebrities that are only flesh and blood like us? The books and music that demean our Creator by blaspheming His Name in every other paragraph or lyric? Is it money? Cursing? Pornography? Work?
It’s such an irony that we were created to worship God, yet, we deny His existence, and choose to worship celebrities and other devices that can’t ever promise us salvation.
God is eternal. Everything else is just temporal. It’s a reason why we’re warned not to love the things of this world.
VERSE OF THE MONTH (June 2021): Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 1 John 2:15 🌎