Monday, January 3, 2011

Daily Light - January 3, 2011

Daily Light from the Lighthouse
40 Days of Faith

"By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God,
so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible."
Hebrews 11:3

Some of you remember a day when someone's word was all that you needed to make a contract. A verbal agreement and a handshake were much more binding than any signed piece of paper. Unfortunately, that has changed over time, and we are afraid to trust people enough to take them at their word. Some have even applied this mistrust to God and His Word.
The Bible tells us that God cannot lie. He by His very nature is truth; therefore all that He says is truth. Even from the Garden of Eden, our enemy has been trying to cause people to doubt and eventually deny the Word of God. The Bible begins with the words: "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." Somehow that has become one of the most attacked and denied teachings of the Scriptures. You are considered a fool in many circles if you believe that this world came to be because God created it. For years now we have taught multiple generations of school children that they are the product of chance and that they have evolved from a coincidental explosion billions of years ago. The attempt of this logic is of course to deny that there is a God to whom all men will one day give account. If there is no God, then there are no absolutes. If there are no absolutes, then the truth is relative to your situation, and you decide what is right and what is wrong. With this kind of logic, it is no wonder that the world is spinning completely out of control.
Believing that God's Word is true by faith is essential to the spiritual development of our lives. The word "framed" means "perfectly joined together, complete." When God created this world, He said everything that He made was good. There is not one person that is living in this world today that is a mistake. God has a purpose for all things that He does. If we believe, however, that everything has happened by chance, then we see no purpose or value to our lives. God has a purpose and a plan for you, because He does all things well. He knew you before the foundation of the world, and He desires to use your life to bring glory to Himself and give you joy unspeakable and full of glory. This must take root in our hearts by faith in order for us to become productive to His kingdom. That is why the writer says that by faith we "understand".
May you see your value to the Almighty Creator today!

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