Prayer Request: Baltimore & Nepal

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I saw video footage last night of the rioting and violence taking place in Baltimore, MD. People are using injustice as an excuse to commit more injustice.

Please pray on behalf of the innocent who have to hide in fear of the mob; and those who’ve suffered property damage and physical injury from the outpouring of violence.

Pray for the National Guard and law enforcement who are working to protect the innocent that they will make good decisions and be successful in protecting the innocent from harm.

Above all, pray that the people in Baltimore will turn from injustice and seek The Lord before it is too late.

Lastly, please pray for the people in Nepal who have suffered loss in the wake of a devastating earthquake.

Many people use catastrophes like this to argue against the existence of God, instead of how much they need God.

Pray that many will draw near to God out of the ashes of their suffering and loss.

The Effective Prayer 4.27.15

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Each week, we turn our focus to praying for a specific person or group of people.

If you missed the original post on effective prayer, read it here.

Effective prayer is a learned habit requiring discipline and diligence. To that end, I am encouraging you to write down the people you are praying for. Part of building and maintaining habits is to have reminders and tracking tools. Making a list isn’t self-righteous or sacreligious. It is a tool. We devote time to counting calories, monitoring money, checking Facebook, making to-do lists–is prayer of lesser importance?

For other posts regarding prayer, click on “prayer” in the categories tab.


Focus for this week:
The Preacher’s Wife

A Preacher is in the spotlight every week… and his family lives in a metaphorical fishbowl.

Even though the bible doesn’t talk much about the wife of an evangelist, there are certain expectations that people have, including:

  • Raising godly children
  • hospitality
  • Constant availability
  • A sympathetic ear
  • Complete trustworthiness
  • Able to teach any of the children’s or ladies’ classes
  • Able to be present for counseling or bible classes for others in the church
  • Perfect. Flawless. Happy. Friendly….

People expect the preacher’s wife to be the paragon of a godly woman and more. It’s a tall order.

Here are some of the expectations that God has for these women, and all women who seek to live godly:

Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.

~‭Titus‬ ‭2‬:‭3-5,‬ ESV

Also,

Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.

~‭1 Peter‬ ‭3‬:‭3-6‬ ESV

So, here is a list of specific things to pray for on behalf of these women:

Pray for them to be devoted to the Word of God and to prayer.

Nothing in this world can establish our minds and heart like constant contact with God.

Psalm 1 talks about the righteous person: “his delight is in the law of the Lord and in His law he meditates day and night,” and “he shall like a tree planted by the rivers of water that brings forth his fruit in its season whose leaf also shall not wither.”

Criticism and scrutiny can wither the heart of a woman, but the Word of God can replenish her.

Pray that she will devote herself to the word and prayer so that her heart may be established against the winds of criticism and trouble.

Pray for them to be a good support to their husbands.

A preacher needs someone who will work alongside him. A woman who is strong, honest and trustworthy is worth more than gold.

An excellent wife who can find?
She is far more precious than jewels.
The heart of her husband trusts in her,
and he will have no lack of gain.

~Proverbs 31:10-11

A preacher needs a wife who can give constructive criticism as well as praise, and have the ability to encourage him to press on for the Lord.

Pray for them to be careful in what they say.

This last point is so critical. What we say has the potential to help or harm others.

Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets,
but he who is trustworthy in spirit keeps a thing covered.

~Proverbs 11:13

A preacher’s wife is privy to sensitive information. People often go to their preacher for counseling, advice or prayer. The preacher’s wife is often included in these matters. If she goes around telling what she knows to all and sundry, it will do great damage to herself, her husband and the church.

Write down the name of your preacher’s wife. Lift her up, by name, to God so that He will help her and bless her as she works with her husband.

Let us pray together to great effect this week for these women and their work for the Lord.

Remember: Keep asking. Keep watching. Keep trusting.

~Elihu

Trust: Facing the Fiery Furnace

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In whom or in what do you place your trust?

  • Do you trust in the government to take care of you? I plead the 5th!
  • Do you trust your spouse to be faithful to you? Only you know the answer to that one.
  •  Do you trust in your retirement account to provide for you later in life? don’t laugh, it’s an honest question

Just those three questions probably have a few people squirming. There is very little we can count on in the long-term. While people and forces may possess a certain reliability, they are all subject to failure.

Now for a hard question: Do you trust in God? (Think before you answer). If yes, how much?

It is easy to say we trust in the Lord, but much harder to live it.

The Bible is full of examples of people who demonstrated their trust by the choices they made. One such example is the account of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in Daniel 3. If you have never read Daniel, I would encourage you to at least read the first 6 chapters. It is chock-full of lessons in trusting in God. It will also introduce you to Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, three men who demonstrated their trust in God.

These 3 men, along with their friend Daniel and approximately 10,000 other Israelites were deported from Israel to Babylon. Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego and Daniel were trained in the language and literature of Babylon so they could work for the king. By the third chapter of the book, they had demonstrated a strong faith and well-placed trust in the Lord. In Daniel 3, Nebuchadnezzar builds a statue and he commands everyone to fall down and worship it… or else. The threat was very real. The circumstances demanded a choice. Either bow to this thing—even though you don’t believe in it—or stand tall and face the fire.

“Therefore at that time certain Chaldeans came forward and maliciously accused the Jews.…

“There are certain Jews whom you have appointed over the affairs of the province of Babylon: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. These men, O king, pay no attention to you; they do not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.”

Then Nebuchadnezzar in furious rage commanded that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego be brought. So they brought these men before the king. Nebuchadnezzar answered and said to them, “Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the golden image that I have set up? Now if you are ready when you hear the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, bagpipe, and every kind of music, to fall down and worship the image that I have made, well and good. But if you do not worship, you shall immediately be cast into a burning fiery furnace. And who is the god who will deliver you out of my hands?”

~ Daniel 3.8, 12-15 ESV, emphasis mine.

Three men versus all of Babylon. Talk about peer pressure.

They stood before Nebuchadnezzar, the great king of Babylon who possessed the authority to kill them. He made an offer of leniency: bow to my god this time and you won’t be burned alive. He challenged their faith: “If you do not worship [my idol], who is the god who will deliver you out of my hands?” Most people would be intimidated into obedience, their beliefs overpowered by the threat of humiliation and death.

How many times have people been challenged by the “so-called” elite intelligentsia about their belief in an unseen God? How many times have people been made to question their belief in God by a well-known “expert.” This was the response of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego to the king:

“O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.”

~ Daniel 3.16-18, ESV, emphasis mine

Such confidence. Can you believe they said that?! To the King?!

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego trusted in the God they could not see in the face of a fire they could see. They trusted God and no threat was going to sway them. It did not matter to them if they died that day. They counted the favor of God of greater worth than the favor of a mortal king. They feared the wrath of God more than the torture of a fiery furnace.

The account in Daniel doesn’t stop there. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego got tied up and thrown into the furnace. Then, the miracle happened: no burning flesh, no singed hair, no dead bodies. Instead, Nebuchadnezzar, the great king himself, saw four men in the furnace walking around. And one of the four “looks like a son of the gods.”

Nebuchadnezzar was so floored by what he witnessed that he exclaimed: “Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who has sent his angel and delivered his servants, who trusted in him, and set aside the king’s command, and yielded up their bodies rather than serve and worship any god except their own God.” (Daniel 3.28)

Their decision to trust in the Lord showed Nebuchadnezzar that the one true God had real power. He was deeply impressed by their unshakable trust.

In reading the first two chapters of Daniel, it is evident that this decision to trust God was not some random act of machismo. This was not their one shining moment of obedience. They had developed trust in the Lord long before this fiery test. Please read the first two chapters of Daniel because you will see for yourself that their trust didn’t start in the face of the fire.

Like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, we should be cultivating our trust in the Lord long before we are faced with the choice to obey God or obey men.

So, I’ll ask the question again: Do you trust in the Lord? How much?

It starts with the little things. Are you willing to give money to the church knowing that there will be less money for your needs or wants? Are you willing to tell people you are a Christian, knowing that they will probably think less of you for it? Are you willing to tell your kids they can’t do a certain activity because it will interfere with worshipping God regularly? Are you willing to turn down a particular job because you know it could draw you away from the Lord? Where do you place your trust?

The Word tells us: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and he will direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3.5-6)

God is faithful and therefore trustworthy. He isn’t shaky ground like retirement investments or the government. He is consistent in what He does. Look at the sunrise and sunset: every day the sun comes up and the sun goes down, even when it’s behind the clouds. It happens everyday without fail.

God’s Word gives us multiple examples of His great care for those who seek and serve Him wholeheartedly. God gives us this evidence of His faithfulness and trustworthiness if we but take the time to commit these lessons to our hearts.

And yet…

…we all fail to trust at some time or other.

Why?

For starters, we aren’t omniscient. Though we are reluctant to admit it, we often think we know what is best. (I am so guilty of this!) We don’t see the whole picture of our life like God does. Sometimes we see a “no” to our prayers as faithlessness on the part of God. Sometimes our lives are unraveling before our very eyes and we feel abandoned by God. There are times when we are faced with losing friends, jobs, positions, respect or more if we stand up for God. We think that God won’t rescue us from the fire.

God never said He would spare us from the fire, but He has promised to be there when we walk through it.

My very dear friends, you may be passing through the fire right now. There may be very difficult choices that imperil your standing with God or with men. God is there with you in the midst of your trial, just as He stood in the midst of the furnace with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. If we stand for God, He will be glorified through our decision.

We have to continue making the decision to trust Him and to obey Him and not our own desires. Lord willing, the time will come when you will look back and you see that God was charting a very sound course for you. If you turn your back on God today, you will never see what amazing things He has planned for you tomorrow. Even if we don’t get that proverbial bed of roses in this life, something better is waiting for us in the next. Keep on enduring. Keep on trusting.

If we have died with Him, we will also live with Him;

If we endure, we will also reign with Him;

If we deny Him, He also will deny us;

If we are faithless, He remains faithful— For He cannot deny Himself.

~ 2 Timothy 2.11-13

Press on to know the Lord, my friends. You can trust Him.

The Effective Prayer 4.17.15

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Each week, we turn our focus to praying for a specific person or group of people.

If you missed the original post on effective prayer, read it here.

Effective prayer is a learned habit requiring discipline and diligence. To that end, I am encouraging you to write down the people you are praying for. Part of building and maintaining habits is to have reminders and tracking tools. Making a list isn’t self-righteous or sacreligious. It is a tool. We devote time to counting calories, monitoring money, checking Facebook, making to-do lists–is prayer of lesser importance?

Before I get in to our prayer focus for the week, I want to share with you a new idea that came to me via Facebook. I had asked my readers to share the methods they used to remind themselves who or what to pray for. This was the suggestion I got and I thought it was awesome:

“I use index cards in a box and move prayer cards to answered when appropriate. It is a great visual for what God is doing, since we often forget to take note of what He has already answered.”

Thank you, Sheena for the helpful input!

For other posts regarding prayer, click on “prayer” in the categories tab.


Focus for this week:
Church Overseers

If you are blessed to worship with a group that has elders–strong, godly men who watch over the church–you possess a great treasure. The men in charge of watching over the church have a difficult job. They–like preachers or teachers–are subject to heaps of criticism. They have to untangle messy situations, address the concerns of church members, and make sure that what is being taught in the church is indeed truth. I’ve seen many a good man age drastically after becoming an elder. It’s stressful!

These men of integrity, charged with managing the local congregation, need our prayers and encouragement.

So, before you pray, write down their names. Lift them up, by name, to God. If you don’t know who they are, find out, and make an effort to talk to them if you have the opportunity. Thank them for all they do that goes unseen.

If you’re not sure what specifically to pray for, here are some suggestions:

Pray for them to stand firm in the Word.

He [an Elder] must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.
Titus‬ ‭1‬:‭9‬ ESV

If an elder isn’t grounded in the Word of God, they will not only be unstable themselves, but they risk leading those in their congregation astray.

Pray for them to be diligent in watching over your local church.

Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.
Acts‬ ‭20‬:‭28‬ ESV

There are sheep, wolves, shepherds and sheepdogs. And elder is like a sheep dog. They have to be on constant alert for danger and they occasionally have to nudge the sheep back in line. It takes diligence, patience and perseverance.

Pray that they will not succumb to pride or false teaching.

I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them.
Acts‬ ‭20:29-30

When Paul left the church at Ephesus for the last time, he gave the elders encouragement and caution (read Acts 20 for full context): some of them would rise up and twist the truth and draw others away from the church. We need to pray that our elders stay firmly rooted in truth and do not allow themselves or others to slice and dice the church to tiny pieces with unsound, divisive doctrine.


What if you don’t have elders/overseers?

Well, I suggest that you pray for the person(s) in charge of running things for your church. It could be a group of men, or if you are very small, maybe one or two men. Know who is in charge so that when an issue arises you know who to approach. Most importantly, know who is in charge so you can pray for them. If it is a large group of men making decisions for the congregation, pray for them as a group.

Let us pray together to great effect this week.

Remember: Keep asking. Keep watching. Keep trusting.

~Elihu

An Encouraging Word

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I hope that you have all been diligent in your prayers this week for the preachers and teachers who bring you lessons and teaching each week.

Please continue to pray!

There is another aspect to these prayers that I want you to consider: encouragement.

We are praying for these preachers and teachers with a purpose. Why not tell them about it?

This isn’t about puffing up and saying, “Look at me! I’m praying for you! Aren’t I great?!”

No. This is about sending them a note to let them know that they are valuable to you; that you are eager to help them in their efforts by using the most powerful tool available to a Christian–prayer.

Most preachers are used to criticism. Teachers are too. They get lots of it. Did you know that we remember a negative criticism twice as much as a positive one? It takes double (or more) the praise to cancel the effect of the negative.

This is where you come in. Send them a message of encouragement. Revitalize them.

The note or message you send to your preachers/teachers isn’t necessarily praise (although it can be), this is encouragement. Encourage them to teach the truth. Encourage them to do so without fear. Encourage them to keep on keepin’ on. Encourage them to guard their hearts and the teaching.

Have you ever had someone–out of the blue–give you some positive encouragement or praise? A few months ago, I got a Happy New Year letter from an old family friend. It was a printed letter, meant for lots of people, but handwritten at the bottom was a note saying that they were praying for us and they even told us what they were praying for–it was aimed at the difficulties were dealing with. That short little note lightened my heart. Knowing that I was in their thoughts–and especially their prayers–even though we were so far away made such a difference for me. It gave me renewed strength and joy.

So, today take a few minutes and send them an email, shoot them a text, write a card (you know, one of those paper things that get delivered to your physical mailbox) or simply give them a call. If you need to, use the notes from this last post on prayer to give them an idea of what you are specifically praying for.

Encourage others in your church to participate in this effort. Let’s flood our teachers and preachers with encouragement. Let them know that we are in the race to heaven together and we want them to endure with us. Remind them to guard their hearts & their teaching as Paul reminded Timothy.

May the Lord bless your efforts my friends

~Elihu

An additional thought on praying for teachers & preachers

Good afternoon!

Yesterday, I posted an encouragement to you to pray for teachers & preachers.

Today, as I was reading the Word, I came across something Paul the apostle told Timothy that goes hand in hand with our prayers for teachers and preachers:

Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing, you will save both yourself and your hearers.”

~ 1 Timothy 4.16 ESV, emphasis mine

Timothy was a young preacher and Paul gave him a wealth of advice. This quote is one of the things we need to encourage our teachers and preachers to do–keep a close watch on themselves and the teaching. If teachers and preachers do not do both, they will undermine the truth of God’s Word, leading themselves and others astray.

Remember to pray diligently for them today and in the coming week!

The Effective Prayer 4.10.2015

If the prayer of one righteous person has great effect, imagine that effect multiplied by 100.

Each week, I am going to encourage you to pray for a specific person or group.

If you missed the previous post on effective prayer, read it here.

Effective prayer is a learned habit requiring discipline and diligence. To that end, I am encouraging you to write down the people you are praying for. Part of building and maintaining habits is to have reminders and tracking tools. Making a list isn’t self-righteous or sacreligious. It is a tool. We devote time to counting calories, monitoring money, checking Facebook, making to-do lists–is prayer of lesser importance?

About 2 years ago, I was able to lose about 25 pounds over a 6-month period. In the beginning, I was checking my measurements and weight weekly as well as tracking my activity. Within about 2 months, I didn’t have to check quite so often because the results were so obvious. In the same way, track your prayers–frequency, results etcetera–until you have built up to a consistent, effective prayer routine. If you start falling out of habit, go back to your original tracking methods. Prayer is a healthy habit–your spiritual health will decline if you don’t take care to do it.


Focus for this week:
Preachers & Bible Class Teachers

Teachers have the power to encourage or lead astray. They need prayers in their endeavors. It is no small duty to be a teacher, for we know that they will receive stricter judgement.

If you’re not sure what specifically to pray for, here are some suggestions:

Pray for them to teach with the Word of God without fear.

“Fear?! This is America! People don’t get put to death for teaching the Bible!”

True, we are in America. Yet, more and more, people are under attack for proclaiming the Word. They lose businesses, jobs, and reputations for taking a stand.

It isn’t just happening outside either.

In the church, a preacher can face losing their job; a bible class teacher might face an irate parent or the wrath of the man or woman who disagrees with them. Preaching the word might even lead to a lost friendship.

Pray that the preacher in your congregation teaches the truth without fear; pray that the bible class teachers will do the same. Write down their names and pray for them.

Pray that they will use the right words at the right time.

Have you ever kicked yourself for thinking of a good response to someone after your conversation? I have. More than I care to admit. A timely and accurate response is worth it’s weight in gold. It can sway someone who is teetering on the edge to turn to God or to turn away. Teachers and preachers have this opportunity regularly. Pray for them.

Pray for them to teach the Truth.

Yup. I said the ‘T’ word.

Truth isn’t relative, my friends. Einstein came up with the theory of relativity for physics, not ethics and morals.

God expects those who worship Him to worship in Spirit and Truth. We have a responsibility to seek the truth for ourselves. Teachers have a responsibility to make sure they are teaching truth. They will have to answer to God for what they teach.

Pray diligently that God will guard their hearts and minds from attack.

Whenever a person makes the choice to teach God’s Word, they will come under attack in some form or another. Our enemy–Satan–cannot endure truth. He does not want anyone to be saved. You know the old saying, “don’t shoot the messenger.”? Satan does shoot the messenger. Pray that the “messengers” before you will endure and stand strong in what is right so that they will not lead anyone away from God.

Let us pray to great effect this week.

Remember: Keep asking. Keep watching. Keep trusting.

~Elihu

The Sky Cries Out

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Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon, and stars in their courses above;
Join with all nature in manifold witness,
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy, and love.

Thomas Chisolm “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”

As a young child, I can remember looking in awe at a beautiful sunset and my mother telling me that God was an amazing artist. Men could only copy what God painted everyday in the sky. The variety of colors, the variance of light from season to season–no man has ever been able to create (out of nothing) anything so beautiful.

I also remember a young preacher telling me about an experience he had while watching a gorgeous San Diego sunset over the Pacific. A variety of people were watching the sunset, and as he heard all the “oohs” and “ahhs” he mischievously blurted out, “It’s amazing how all this happened by accident!” Everyone present began to emphatically contradict him. “How can you say such a thing?!” and, “How can you deny there is a higher power when you see something like this?!” Of course, he himself didn’t believe that it had occurred by accident. His point to us youngsters was this: it is very hard for people to witness something so awesome and flat out deny its source.

From my youth until now, I have always been drawn to nature as a reminder of God’s wisdom and power. It has testified to me time and time again that God is the creator and that nature was not the result of some random accident. When I was thirteen, I was faced with a science teacher who told our class, “people that believe in God are stupid!” and proceeded to throw all sorts of “evidence” in our faces (some of which is no longer used as evidence in science texts because it has been discredited). Even at that young, influential stage in my life, I could not shake the conviction that God was and is the creator. I had seen enough of nature to understand and believe.

When I reread the lyrics to the song, Great Is Thy Faithfulness, a very obvious truth occurred to me: The testimony of the earth and the rest of the universe isn’t limited to God’s wisdom and power. The earth and skies also testify of God’s faithfulness and consistency. 

The Seasons.
Even in my brief stint on the earth, I have never observed a season skipped. Occasionally there are freak snow storms in Summer or heat spells in winter, but they are always preceded or followed by the correct weather patterns. Animals hibernate in the same pattern, trees and plants go dormant in keeping with the seasons according to their design. Ancient secular documents testify to these truths as well. The seasons are orderly and have always been so. We rely on their approach year after year. Our God is a God of order, we can rely on Him as surely as we rely on hot summers days and cold winter nights.

The Sun, Moon and Stars.
These three bodies each follow consistent predictable patterns that humans have relied on for centuries.

The earth orbits the sun every 365.242199 days. Even when you don’t see the sunrise with your own eyes, the sky lightens and you have greater visibility during the daytime hours.

The earth is tilted at an angle of 23.5 degrees. Without that tilt, we wouldn’t have the seasons that we are familiar with. Mathematicians and scientists have analyzed these numbers, patterns and cycles for years and they know everything works with precision and certainty. Likewise, the phases of the moon are so reliable, they are printed on a calendar a year in advance!

What do all these witnesses tell us about God? Is he a God who is whimsical? Capricious? Scatterbrained?

OR…

Is our God so orderly and careful that we can count on Him as much as we count on the rising and setting of the sun?

The Manifold Witness of Nature.
All of nature–the trees, the water cycle, the rocks, the animals, the chemicals, all the way down to atomic structure–testify of God’s “faithfulness, mercy, and love.” The song says, “sun, moon and stars…join with all nature in manifold witness.” Yeah, I don’t speak car either, but in this context, manifold means “multiple.” God doesn’t just rely on the Bible to testify of Him. He didn’t rely solely on a few good men to be His witnesses. There is overwhelming testimony to God’s faithfulness. He exists. He is powerful. He is Wise. Artistic… Even… humorous (ever seen a duck-billed platypus?)

People are constantly trying to shout down God. The constant refrain that “there is no evidence of God” is like a child putting its hands over its ears and shouting, “I can’t hear you!” (If they can’t hear, then why do they plug their ears and make lots of noise?)

God has placed evidence of His faithfulness before our very eyes. 

We are prone to doubt. It’s a part of our human condition. God calls us to be stronger than that. He asks us to have faith and  He does not leave us without any reassurance. When you begin to doubt that God is a faithful, orderly, unchanging God, look up! Look at the sky! The sun testifies. The moon testifies. The stars testify.

They testify this: You can count on God. His coming is as sure as the dawn.

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge.

There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard. Their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the earth.

In them he has set a tent for the sun, which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber, and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy. Its rising is from the end of the heavens, and its circuit to the end of them, and there is nothing hidden from its heat.

~Psalm‬ ‭19‬:‭1-6‬ ESV, emphasis mine

When you read the text from Psalm 19, notice the personification given to the heavens. They “declare,” they “proclaim” they “pour out speech” and “their words [go out] to the end of the world.” Even when men and women lived without the Bible, they were not without evidence that Someone exists who is greater than themselves. The sky cries out!

My dear friends be thankful that our God has provided for us such overwhelming testimony to His existence and His constant nature. The God of the Old Testament is the God of the New Testament. He is still in control now and He always will be.

Do not allow man nor circumstance to destroy your trust in Him. Look up! Let the heavenly bodies be a reminder to you. Look up and have hope. God is faithful and He will be with you to your journey’s end and beyond.