Monday 27 January 2014

TFTD - 27 January 2014 - Thoughts from Today's Bible Readings

27 January 2014

Genesis 44; 45
Psalms 49
Romans 1; 2


The opening verse of Psalm 49 says, "Give ear, all inhabitants of the world" Well, those who believe that they have an immortal soul or spirit that will always exist should take note as to how it bluntly contradicts that belief.

From verse 5 to verse 20 [Psalm 49:5-20] it provides one of the most appropriate messages in the Bible to every individual in the world. Take note "those who trust in their wealth and boast of the abundance of their riches" [Psalm 49:6] "their graves are their homes forever" [Psalm 49:11] "Man … is like the beasts that perish. This is the path of those who have foolish confidence …" [Psalm 49:12,13] It seems to us that the world lives on foolish confidence as it serves the God of money.

The Psalmist continues, "Be not afraid when a man becomes rich … when he dies … his glory will not go down after him. For though, while he lives, he counts himself blessed … his soul will go to the generation of his fathers, who will never again see light. Man in his pomp yet without understanding is like the beasts that perish" [Psalm 49:16-20]

But this is NOT the future for everybody, which is what the atheist would have you believe is wrong. The Psalmist says, "the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning … God will redeem (resurrect) my soul from the power of the grave, for he will receive me"

Note the words early in the Psalm, "My mouth shall speak wisdom ; the meditation of my heart shall be understanding" [Psalm 49:3] This is the kind of mind the "upright" possess - the only real source for such wisdom and understanding is the Bible.
- DC

Thought for the Day

27 January 2014

"If God is the Saviour there cannot be failure: He has given His only begotten Son and with the greatest gift will also freely give all other things necessary. We are assured of God’s faithfulness in the redeeming love revealed in the sacrifice of a beloved son. When doubt assails or trials seem near to overwhelming us, we can remember the “wondrous act” of God. The abstract quality of faithfulness may seem too remote to assure our hearts, but the revelation of that faithfulness in one of ourselves, in one who partook of our nature, can give us faith and courage."

- John Carter
The Faithful God (1950)

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