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Devotional Bytes for Believers on the Run Devotions

Title: Watching and Listening
Date: 01-Oct-1998
Category: Devotions
Description: Creation - God's Other Book. In the process of modern development, men, women and children often lose sight of the reality that God is in charge of the whole universe. We take things into our own hands as we begin to feel, think and gradually believe that we can achieve what we want by our own efforts. God is becoming irrelevant. Maybe there is a place for us to stop...ponder... and look at our natural surroundings...be it a flower by the roadside or the cascading showers of Malaysia's gorgeous waterfalls, and wonder whether man....or....God....is really in charge.

Creation - God's Other Book. In the process of modern development, men, women and children often lose sight of the reality that God is in charge of the whole universe. We take things into our own hands as we begin to feel, think and gradually believe that we can achieve what we want by our own efforts. God is becoming irrelevant. Maybe there is a place for us to stop...ponder... and look at our natural surroundings...be it a flower by the roadside or the cascading showers of Malaysia's gorgeous waterfalls, and wonder whether man....or....God....is really in charge.

David asserted:

By the word of the Lord were the heavens made,
their starry host by the breath of His mouth.
He gathers the waters of the sea into jars;
He puts the deep into storehouses.
Let all the earth fear the Lord;
let all the people of the earth revere Him.
For He spoke, and it came to be;
He commanded , and it stood firm."

Psalm 33:6

A psalmist wrote:

In the beginning You laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of Your hands.

Psalm 102:25

Reflection:
* If you were imprisoned in a cell which had only one small window, what would the view of the sky, moon, birds and raindrops mean to you?
* Imagine that you had to live in the concrete jungle of Kuala Lumpur for one month. As you step out of your apartment building, the lush natural greenery of a garden greets your eyes; the freshness of the morning air fills your lungs. What would you say to God?Isaiah wrote:

"'To whom will you compare Me?
Or who is My equal?' says the Holy One.
Lift your eyes and look to the heavens:
Who created all these?
He who brings out the starry host one by one,
and calls them each by name.
Because of His great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.
Why do you say, O Jacob, and complain, O Israel,
'My way is hidden from the Lord;
my cause is disregarded by my God'?
Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary, and His understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and qeary,
and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint."

Isaiah 40:25-31

"The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the One who subjected it, in the hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God."

Romans 8:19-21

Reflection:
* When was the last time you told God that your time, your resources, your family and your life are all in His hands?* When was the last time you knew and felt that He is your Boss...wiser than you are...more able than you are...and yet also your gracious and all-powerful Father and Friend who longs to let you know that He accepts you unconditionally and has the best of your wellbeing in His mind and heart?

 [From Looking at Creation, God’s other Book, a ReconRe publication.]

May the Lord Bless you and keep you till we meet again....

See You in November!



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