Sunday, June 21, 2015

Jehovah-Tsaddik. . . God is Righteous




Psalms 18:30
As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.

I have been a designer for 29 years. Every day I begin with a blank sheet of paper, and create a new mechanism to perform a task more efficiently, faster, or more accurately for my customer. . .I am quite good at what I do, but in those roughly 56,840 hours which I have spent designing chucks, I have never designed one which could not be improved upon.

There is always something which can be lightened, strengthened, made easier to use or machine or assemble. Every year a new model of car comes out. . . higher fuel economy, less pollution, more features, longer lasting. . . easier to maintain. . .safer. . . This process never ends, and never will end. We will never come to the end of the process of improving everything around us.

I feel confident in saying that there is nothing in existence, which could not be made better. . . with one lone exception.

. . . as for God. . . His way is perfect. . .
. . . as for God. . . His way is perfect. . .
. . . as for God. . . His way is perfect. . .

At the end of the day, no one can point a finger at God, and say that He did anything which was less than just, and righteous, and perfect.

Pharaoh was the first recorded in the Bible to call God righteous. . . to name God: Jehovah-Tsaddik. . . Jehovah the Righteous one:

Exodus 9:27
And Pharaoh sent, and called for Moses and Aaron, and said unto them, I have sinned this time: the LORD is righteous, and I and my people are wicked.

In the midst of the plagues, which God was raining down upon Egypt, you could understand anger, and bitterness, but in the midst of this judgment of God, Pharaoh was convicted and admitted his own failings, and the failings of the Egyptian people. . . admitted that he was wrong. . . humbled himself, and admitting the perfection of God.

In my unbelief I cursed God. . . but when my eyes were opened, and I stood before Him. . . I was greatly humbled by His perfection and His righteousness, I saw my own wickedness and sin revealed by the utter contrast with His perfection. I had looked upon myself as good and righteous, until I saw the righteousness of God. And then I understood as Isaiah wrote:

Isaiah 64:6
But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.



I rejoice today. I have found His righteousness. . . I have found His perfection. Again as Isaiah writes:

Isaiah 61:10
I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.

I now wear the robe of His righteousness. . . YES!!! With the garment of salvation which cost Him so very dearly. . .His sacrifice clothes me. . . covers me from the shame of my sin. I now have His Spirit living within me. . . guiding me. . . convicting me of all pride and pretense and self-righteousness. . . I owe everything to Him. . . to His perfection. Without Him I am nothing.

Jehovah-Tsaddik. . . the Lord is Righteous. . .
Jehovah-Tsaddik. . . the Lord is Righteous. . .
Jehovah-Tsaddik. . . the Lord is Righteous. . .

I love you my God. . .
I thank you for my life
. . . for my salvation. . .
. . . for my second chance.

Dave






Thursday, June 11, 2015

Don’t misinterpret your blessings as curses. . .




Over the years, it had almost come to be an expectation. . . get a little money, and something was almost certain to break. . . Income tax refund check came in the mail one day, the next day the water heater would spring a leak, or I would have a car problem. . . or a tooth ache. . . It always happened, and I would curse my bad luck.

Until one day it dawned upon me, that the water heater springing a leak, the day after the tax refund check came in the mail, was a blessing, and not a curse. What if the water heater had gone bad a week or a month before the refund check came, and I therefore didn’t have the money to fix it.

I had this discussion last night with the fellows in the jail. One man was having trouble believing, and I shared some of the many blessings in my life, which were exactly in the same vein as above. . . time and time and time and time again the car would break down, or something else would go wrong in the best possible time and the best location.

Coming back from San Antonio about 3 a.m., the alternator on our car went out just as we crossed the apex of the bridge over the Mississippi River coming into Vicksburg, Mississippi. We were able to coast into the welcome center parking lot, which was right next to a well lit 24 hour Pancake House restaurant. It was a very cool night, but we had bought 12 blankets in Mexico, so we were warm and safe, in the best possible spot. . . We had spent hours traversing the very dark countryside of Louisiana before coming into Vicksburg. . . and that alternator waited until the precise moment where we would be safe and sound.

This happened to me again this morning. I was riding my bike to work, when my chain came off a couple hundred yards from where I work. I tried to put my chain back on, but I just could not do it. Even at work using some tools , I couldn’t get it off, so I took it to the bike shop and there was a problem with my derailleur. One of the tension gears was frozen, and it would cause the chain to come off every time I backpedaled.

Sunday I’m going on the Bike the Bend bike ride with 2 of my daughters, and my granddaughter. If this problem had occurred Sunday, it would have ruined the bike ride for all 4 of us. . . So AGAIN!!!!! Things break. . . and my bike broke, but at the absolutely best possible time that it could have.

I cannot even begin to count the number of times that this has happened. . . I can easily name a dozen instances just like this. . .over and over again I see evidence of God’s hand on my life. . . today, and even more significantly in my yesterdays, when my back was turned to Him. . .

Be sure not to confuse your blessings for curses. . . Yes bad things do occur, but seen with spiritual eyes, often you can look back find the hand of God leading you, guiding you, protecting and helping you, thereby turning what you thought to be a curse into a blessing. . .
I love you my God. . .
Thank you my God for watching over me. . .

Dave