No Wonder They Call Him Savior

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No Wonder They Call Him Savior
Max Lucado


READ Psalm 105

SITUATION David reminded the people of God's mighty deeds. God's past miracles encouraged Believers to remain loyal to him.

OBSERVATION By recounting God's work in history, Christians can be encouraged to praise God -- because he is trustworthy.

INSPIRATION "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." It doesn't say "God made the heavens and the earth." Nor does it say that God "Xeroxed" the heavens and the earth. Or "built" or "developed" or "mass-produced." No, the word is "created."

And that one word says a lot. Creating is something far different than construction. The difference is pretty obvious. Construction something engages only the hands while creating engages the heart and the soul.

Now, imagine God's creativity. Of all we don't know about the creation, there is one thing we do know--he did it with a smile. He must've had a blast. Painting the stripes on a zebra, hanging the stars in the sky, putting the gold in the sunset. What creativity! Stretching the neck of the giraffe, putting the flutter in the mocking birds wings, planting the wiggle in the hyena.

What a time he had. Like a whistling carpenter in his workshop, he loved every bit of it. He poured himself into the work . . .

And then, as a finale to a brilliant performance, he made man. With his typical creative flair, he began with a useless mound of dirt and ended up with an invaluable species called a human. A human who had the unique honor to bear the stamp "in his image."

At this point in the story one would be tempted to jump and clap. "Bravo!" "Encore!" "Unmatchable!" "Beautiful!"

But the applause would be premature. The Divine Artist has yet to unveil his greatest creation.

As the story unfolds a devil of a snake feeds man a line and a apple, and gullible Adam swallows them both. This one act of rebellion sets in motion a dramatic and erratic courtship between God and man. Though the character and scene changes, the scenario repeats itself endlessly. God still the compassionate Creator, woos his creation. Man, the creation alternately reaches out in repentance and runs in rebellion.

It is written this simple script that God's creativity flourishes. If you thought he was imaginative with the sea and stars, just wait until you read what he does to get his creation to listen to him!

For example:

A ninety-year-old woman gets pregnant.
Another woman turns to salt.
A flood blankets the earth.
A bush burns (but doesn't burn up!)
The Red Sea splits in two.
The walls of Jericho fall.
The sky rains fire.
A donkey talks.

You talk about special effects! But these acts, be they very ingenious, still couldn't compare with what was to come.

Nearing the climax of the story. God, motivated by love and directed by divinity, surprises everyone. He became a man. In an untouchable mystery, he disguised himself as a carpenter and lived n a dusty Judean village. Determined to prove his love for his creation, he walked incognito through his own world. His callus hands touched wounds and his compassionate tongue touched hearts. He became one of us. (From No Wonder They Call Him Savior by Max Lucado)

APPLICATION Take a blank piece of paper and write "God is faithful" at the top. Then write as many instances as you can remember that show God's faithfulness to you. Use biblical examples and personal experiences. Don't stop until the page is full! Praise God for his faithfulness to you!

EXPLORATION Praise the Faithful God - Psalm 31:21; 57:9; 59:16; 63:3; 86:12; 89:1; 100:4; 108:3, 117, 138:2.

The Devotional Bible - Experiencing the Heart of Jesus - Max Lucado General Editor, Thomas Nelson Publishers


Faithful To The End

Untitled Poem by Kool Christian Girl


Hes never been unfaithful
Hes always been holding us
And Hell be holding us till the end
Hell come and rescue us again
Just as He came before
Hell never be unfaithful.

Friendships will fail
Promises will break
But God will never be unfaithful
Hell always be holding you
Hes calling you
He loves you
Hes never been unfaithful.

Just look into His eyes
So beautiful, so loving
Shining with light,
Loves to watch us through the night
Hes never been unfaithful.

Just be still and listen to His voice
So loud, so peaceful
So calming and welcoming
Speaking words of love and grace
Loves to sing over us
Hes never been unfaithful.

Climb into His arms
Listen to His heart
Cause with every beat
He says I love you
It has its own rhythm
That you can dance to
A dance only your spirit knows
Hes never been unfaithful.

Faithfulness is His name
There is no blame in Him
No darkness, no deceit
He fights for justice
And puts the broken back together
He loves everyone of us
The way we are
We were made unique in His heart.

Hes never been unfaithful
Since the first day we fell away from Him
He had a plan
A plan of redemption to rescue us
He knew what He was doing when He made the world
Hes never been unfaithful.

The world starred in wonder
When Gods Son
Became flesh and blood
And instead of declaring a triumphal entry
He was humble and many did not who His He was
For who would have thought that God,
The God of the universe
Would send His only Son to become flesh and blood
And who would have thought that
This very same God,
Would take notice of the broken and the weak

Gods plan of redemption
Even had the angels in awe
A God, born in a stable
On a dark cold night
Fully equal to God
But took time to care for those in need
And He despised the proud, the rich, and the religious
He chose 12 ordinary men to be His disciples
He came to earth just to give His life
But God had a plan
Hes never been unfaithful.

One would have thought
God was unfaithful
When He let His Son die
For sins He didnt do
But He had a plan

God was up to something
We can only see the physical
Theres so much God does we dont see
Everything was part of a plan
He had since the world began
Since He knew the fall of man
Hes never been unfaithful.

Although He let His Son die
He had a plan
A plan that even made the demons tremble in awe
Angels were astounded
But God had a plan
He knew what He was doing
Although no one else did.


So just look into His eyes
So beautiful, so loving
Shining with light,
Loves to watch us through the night
Hes never been unfaithful.

Just be still and listen to His voice
So loud, so peaceful
So calming and welcoming
Speaking words of love and grace
Loves to sing over us
Hes never been unfaithful.

Climb into His arms
Listen to His heart
Cause with every beat
He says I love you
It has its own rhythm
That you can dance to
A dance only your spirit knows
Hes never been unfaithful.


We never fully know
What the Father is planning
So just because you cant see His plan
And you dont always hear His voice
Hes never been unfaithful
No matter what seasons of life you go through
Remember Hes never been unfaithful.


2 comments:

Heart2Heart said...

Charlotte,

Love the example of the faithfulness exercise. Too often we have a tendency of forgetting all the wonders God has done for us, when we are in the midst of yet another storm. If we simply stop struggling and remember how he has brought us through each storm, perhaps we can remember that there is good in everything if we but only search for it.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Sara said...

Charlotte, I wanted to thank you for being a part of my first year of blogging! What a wonderful year it has been. I'm throwing a little party and as an honored guest, I would love for you to stop by and share a highlight of your year with all of us.

http://justsarahdawn.blogspot.com/2010/04/cactus-happy.html

Cactus Happy,
Sara

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