There are competitions galore. Track and Field competitions, swimming, football, soccer, basketball, even political competitions when we go to the polls and vote. You get the idea.
One competition this world is in, and cannot win is the competition that is going on against God and His Word. The following is what the Psalmist recognized in his day…
“Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?” Psalm 2:1 (KJV)
“The heathen” is another word for the nations of the world. Hey world! You cannot win against God. It is already decided. Jesus won on the cross. The enemy is defeated. The bodily resurrection of Christ is the evidence. Submit to Him or perish in your sins, and rebellion.
The question of the Psalmist is a great one, “Why do the heathen rage?” It is a foolish endeavor. Believe Jesus and be delivered from your condemnation.
“He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” John 3:18
“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.” Psalm 1:1 (KJV)
It is said that “Blessed” means happy, and indeed that is the Hebrew meaning as well. How does a man become blessed? By walking the counsel of the godly, stands firmly against all that is sin in the eyes of God, and does not make a mocker of sin or God.
Keeping that in mind I think of Galations 6:7 –
“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”
If you desire to be a Blessed individual – man or woman – then choose the ways of God. The way of God is by the cross of Jesus Christ, the God Man, who died, was buried and bodily rose from the grave; and is soon returning.
All That Your Eyes Have Seen
1. Israel had seen the loving hand of God (v. 2).
2. Israel had seen the miracles of God (v. 3).
3. They had seen how God deals with rebellion (v. 6).
4. They are called to keep the commandments (v. 8).
I. THE CHRISTIAN CANNOT BEGIN TO NAME ALL THE THINGS WE HAVE SEEN OF GOD (1 Cor. 2:9; Isaiah 64:4).
II. THE CHRISTIAN COUNTS THE GREATEST MIRACLE TO BE THAT OF NEW BIRTH IN CHRIST (John 3:1-8).
III. THE CHRISTIAN IS COMFORTED, CONVICTED, AND CORRECTED BY THE ABIDING PRESENCE OF GOD’S SPIRIT (John 16:7-11).
IV. THE CHRISTIAN IS CALLED TO KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS (John 14:15; 1 John 5:3).
1. We ought to always be watching – on look out for the working of God. If not in ourselves in the lives of others and places and things around us.
2. We need to be open for God to work a miracle in our own hearts and lives every day.
Having a “Bad day” is that opportunity for God to work.
3. We ought to always have our hearts and ears and eyes open for the comforting, convicting, correcting work of God’s Spirit in us.
4. We are to always keep the commands of our Lord.
Loving God; loving one another is the work of God in us.
Watch always for the “Great acts of the LORD”.