I didn’t know if my resume’ was a bridge or a roadblock. I sat on one side of the table. He sat on the other. It separated us or united us. I couldn’t tell. His smile gave me no hint.
“So, why don’t you tell me why you should be part of our organization?”
“Well,” glancing down at my resume’ then back up at him “I’ve detailed my accomplishments.”
I forced a grin. He just smiled back.
Yes, fellow Christian, just sit back and relax. God is in control.
You want to end a conversation about the chaos in the world today? Utter these soothing words, “God is in control.”
Case closed. Go on to the next subject. Crab grass. Vacation. Car shopping. Whatever.
Then sit back and do absolutely nothing.
It takes from 8 to 10 hours to travel the 50 mile passage that connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Was it worth the price?
It was first thought of in the 1500s by King Charles I of Spain. Actual construction did not begin until 1880 by France. Faced with mudslides, malaria, and yellow fever, it was abandoned in 1888. American president Theodore Roosevelt purchased the French assets in 1902. Construction by the Americans began in 1904.
“For I know the plans that I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.”
That familiar verse is Jeremiah 29:11 from the New American Standard Bible.
Many times you and I have quoted and claimed the promises from that verse. It speaks to our needs. We don’t want calamity. We do want a hopeful future. It affirms our faith in a personal God who does, in fact, have a purpose for each of us.
Some claim that verse has been lifted out of context. I disagree. Other verses and passages confirm God’s desire to give us a life of purpose and a hopeful future.
In fairness to those in the lifted-out-of-context crowd let’s take a look at that verse within the context of Jeremiah 29.
Jeremy walked into the kitchen, stopped, and stood speechless.
“What’s wrong?” Karen inquired.
“It’s official. War has been declared. The Commander-in-Chief has order the mobilization of the military.” Jeremy responded.
Karen returned a blank stare.
“We both have been called up” announced Jeremy.
“But we’re in the reserves” pleaded Karen.
Is God a man? Is He made like a man? Does He have physical characteristics like a man?
Did He really write the Ten Commandments with His finger?
Exodus 31:18 – When He had finished speaking with him upon Mount Sinai, He gave Moses the two tablets of the testimony, tablets of stone, written by the finger of God.
Moses wrote most of the laws as spoken by God.
Moses had been on Mount Sinai for forty days. God had given him instructions regarding the tabernacle, the priests, and the rules of conduct for the nation of Israel.
Moses received the Ten Commandments from God.
Moses also received the Ten Commandments from God. These ten laws were not written down by Moses. According to scripture they were written by God in stone then given to Moses.
Is Exodus 31:18 just symbolic and not to be taken literally?
- According to Strong’s Concordance
- The word ‘finger’ is translated from the Hebrew word meaning the forefinger.
- The word ‘written’ is translated from the Hebrew word meaning ‘to write.”
- The word ‘God’ is translated from the Hebrew word meaning God.
- The word ‘gave’ is translated from the Hebrew word meaning ‘to give.’
Thanks to Casting Crowns Wedding Day for the inspiration for this post.
Looking at the ceremony program she paused and turned to her friend.
“This is almost unbelievable. What an odd couple. She’s the last person I thought he’d end up with.”
“Yeah,” her friend replied. “I mean think about who he is and then who she is. If there was ever a time to ask ‘Why’ this would be it.”
She chuckled at her friend’s comment. “Do you remember what she was like in high school? Talk about having a reputation.”
“Do you think he knows?” she asked.