“But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings” (Mal. 4:2). God’s prophet, Malachi, spoke to a people well acquainted with heartache. He told them of One whose coming would be like the rising of the morning sun. As sunlight restores and reinvigorates all living things, so the rays of light from the Sun of righteousness would warm and heal those who would look to Him. Today, Malachi’s words speak again to those who carry life’s heavy load.
Has there ever been a time in your life when you looked out into the universe and wondered, “Is there really a God out there?” In April 2001, through a series of strange circumstances, a certain man found himself speaking at an atheist convention. The audience of 250 was reasonably polite until he made the statement that the Bible was filled with scientific and medical facts, written several thousands of years before man discovered them. The reaction was one of immediate and unified mockery.
“Why do you wear a covering on your head?” is a question we sisters are sometimes asked. I have replied, “It is a prayer covering. The Bible teaches that women should cover their heads when they pray. I love to wear it, and I’m ready to pray anytime.”
The creation gives us a glimpse of the Creator. It is as if we are looking through a glass darkly. No man has seen God, but when we consider His creation, we see, in part, what He has done and what He is capable of doing.
Our understanding is so limited. Our brain cannot, to the smallest degree, begin to comprehend itself. It is so extremely complex that it alone speaks of an awesome Creator.
From experiences in my life, I have been impressed lately how of ourselves, we are so weak, the devil so strong, and how we need the help of the Lord. And what we sometimes forget is the importance of encouraging our brother in the faith. I do not feel qualified to write this, as I am so of the flesh, but I want to be obedient to the Spirit’s prompting.
Once upon a time there was a perfect marriage—one time, and from then on it was different.
Peril: exposure to injury, loss, or destruction. What could be perilous about being popular? Popularity is one of life’s most sought after desires. Everybody wants friends, to be loved, to be accepted and belong. What’s wrong with that, one might ask? Why is this something we need to be concerned about? What is perilous about the desire to be popular, and how might this desire expose us to injury, loss, or destruction?
“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matt. 5:14-16). I have been inspired recently with the thought of a candle or a fire. There are so many characteristics of a fire, which most of us take for granted and seldom even think about.
Could there be any greater honor than for God to place our name at the end of the title above? Most of us likely recognize the source of the heading as coming from the book of Job, and we would clearly hesitate to write our name in place of his. And yet, we would all desire for God to see us as he saw Job: “There is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil” (Job 1:8). We would have to re-examine our view of “fiery trials” before we could willingly place our name in place of his. How do we look at the hardships of life?
Eight hours of sleep usually refresh an adult for the next day of work, but seven hours of sleep would suffice. A ten-dollar bill should be more than sufficient to pay for a gallon of milk. If one becomes a paraplegic, he should still retain the sufficiency to use his upper body and arms.