Lifelines:

It all begins with God. We stare in amazement at the wonder of a beautiful sunrise and see His handiwork. This time of year brings an explosion of colors that scream of His glory. The earth is filled with it (Isaiah 6:3). Atheism is inexcusable (Romans 1:20) and demands a total ignoring of the evidence around us. Either it came from someone or from nothing. There are no other options. It all testifies of the extraordinary being who we call God.

He reigns as King forever (1 Timothy 1:17). Everything in this world is temporary. If we can see it, it will not last (2 Corinthians 4:18). The Lord spoke to David in terms of a never ending throne (2 Samuel 7:13) and to Daniel of an everlasting dominion (Daniel 7:13-14). There is no end to what Jesus came to do (Luke 1 32-33). Elections come and go. Power switches hands. First it’s one party then another. Not so in the eternal realm. All authority is safely in one set of hands.

The one in whom all that power resides is never going away. No need for separation anxiety with Him. He, like His Kingship, will go on forever (1 Timothy 1:17). It is hard, perhaps impossible for us to grasp such a notion. Our sense of permanence is subject to the limitations that our transient existence imposes on it. “Permanent press” has distorted our sense of the notion. “Forever” has limited meaning in such a fleeting world. Loved ones die. Homes burn. People go away. God is here for the duration of eternity. We are not accustomed to that.

No one has seen Him (John 1: 18), ever! Jesus put a face on Him, but what people actually saw was that human component. In the Christ, God and man merged into one. The Father is invisible, and it is hard to conceive of that. What do we picture? Worshiping a Spirit challenges us, but that is what we do each Sunday. Perhaps that is the reason for the many images and idols that some people use. We must resist the temptation to reproduce God in our image and according to our thoughts.

There is but one true God (Ephesians 4:6). He sits on the throne of history and always will. Neither he nor His kingdom will ever come to an end. We have not seen Him, but He is there over all, through all and in all. There is no one like Him, not even close. Our minds can not grasp Him and our hands cannot touch Him, but He is as real as the paper that you are holding. And we can add one more fact to the list; He is our Father. That is pretty amazing!

Call to Praise Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

His word on it: Colossians 3:12

Sermon: “The Patience of Love”