Tuesday, March 15, 2016

CREATION CRIES

     Mr. Whiskers arrived at Beech Croft in December 2003. He had not waited for an invitation. We both survived a rather major adjustment. It took time, but after I began to know him, I was hooked. I loved him and that transferred to understanding and caring for other animals in a way I had not experienced before. 

     Mule deer are plentiful in this area. With no hunting permitted, they are quite tame. They stop and gaze when I come close on my trek out to the paved road. We've been seeing gorgeous bucks with impressive racks. I wouldn't mess with them, but I would love to give the does and fawns a rub behind their ears.

     When mankind listened to Satan's lies and forfeited dominion of this earth to him, all of creation came into bondage along with man. Forces opposite to God's design took over. The Lord Jesus, the sinless God-Man, came to this earth, gave His life and defeated Satan. Had Christ not won back that authority for all who serve Him, we, and all nature, would have no hope. 

     In Romans 8:19-23 Paul describes creation groaning as it waits for God's children to come into their rightful place; anticipating deliverance from oppression and corruption. Isaiah spoke of a time when the mountains and hills will sing and the trees will clap their hands. (Isaiah 55:12) Nature is prepared to celebrate when the kingdoms of this world "become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ".(Revelation 11:15 KJV)

     The deer will have no reason to be wary of other animals or humans. Isaiah prophesied of the day when the wolf, the lamb, the leopard, the kid, the calf, the young lion, the cow, the bear... all will live together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox. (Isaiah 11:6,7)

     An answer to the cry of creation will come. Until it does, our opportunity to choose to accept Father's invitation to become a member of His family and a citizen of His Kingdom through Christ is still extended. 

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

APPEARANCES

     Are you familiar with the old proverb, "The proof of the pudding is in the eating?" Whether a thing looks great or has little appeal, we learn its true nature when we sample it. Sometimes what looks like a decadent dessert just does not measure up. Appearances can trick us.

     I think of families moving west in North America in the late 1800's following their dreams. When the Rockies first came in view they may have expected to reach them before long, but the mountains were so much farther away than they appeared. As long as they kept travelling toward the distant peaks eventually they arrived.

     The enemy of our souls is a master trickster. He excels in presenting everything contrary to God's reality. A relationship, a career opportunity, a physical condition... Satan will do all he can to keep us away from what God intends for our good, or draw us into circumstances bound to harm.

     If our view is limited to what we see with our natural eyes, the enemy can deceive us. The battle is real, but Ephesians 6:12 reveals it is against spiritual forces. A situation, a condition or a challenge that Satan portrays as hopeless is not if God's Word states otherwise.

     God had told Abraham he would be the father of many nations. In fact he and Sarah were too old to have a child. Abraham chose to believe what God said rather than the natural reality and Isaac was born.

     In Psalm 34:8 we read, "taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!" (NKJV) I love to be blessed. I choose to trust God. If we believe God's Word and co-operate with it, we will obtain the promise. Too bad if it looks impossible. Like those mountains, the answer may be a tad farther off than we would like, but if we don't give up it will arrive.