A WORD for the Week
Science Talk Question: Why can’t our bodies live forever? In other words, do we have to die?
I challenge you to discuss this with someone in the next few days. Try talking about it with a Christian and then again with a non-Christian.
We were asked to discuss this in a science class one time in college. I said to my table “Yeah that’s super interesting, especially because people used to live much longer- like Adam for over 900 years.” Everyone at my table stared at me like I just said something insane like there being a God above all gods who sent his perfect son to the earth to die for my and their misdeeds. THEN, set us right with that holy God in one fell swoop so we will live forever if we believe him!
Oh wait, it’s true! “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die.” John 11:25-26
So now with that real happening in mind, how can we discuss this question with unbelievers? Continue to point them to God’s word, and how that has worked wonders in our lives. Give a reason for the hope you carry for admiring and appreciating a God who brings us back to Life!
356. Lord, You Know by Erica Koester
I coached a women’s’ cross country team at a Christian college. They told me about a long-standing team tradition. When a race started to get tough mentally and physically, they would simply pray, “Lord, you know.” \
This prayer is taken from Psalm 139 (1-4, 23-24):
“You have searched me, LORD, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, LORD, know it completely. …Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
This portion of Scripture strikes such a balance of comfort and conviction. I cannot help but be convicted as I consider all of my anxious thoughts and offensive ways. Those sinful thoughts and actions, which are a result of a
tight grip on earthly desires and the tight grip that sin has on my life – the Lord knows them. However, it is so comforting to be reminded that God knows something else. He knows our hearts and knows every word before we even speak it. He knows our worries and our fears. But he doesn’t just know us in our weakness, he does something about us. He leads us to know him, and He leads us to His everlasting love.
Next time you are overwhelmed, pray those three words. Your Heavenly Father fully knows you, and fully loves you.
211. Do Not Worry by Carolyn Webb
Worry… Worry... Worry...
I know it’s not a productive thing to do, but there are times when I worry. Most of the time when I worry it’s about whether or not I’m making the right decision. This is especially true of decisions that will affect family, friends, or coworkers. I debate for a long time about the pros and cons of each option. I try to predict what the future will be after the decision is made. I want to make sure my decision has the right outcome. Wow, isn’t that conceited on my part to think that I am in control of the outcome of any decision I make? God is the architect of the world and all who live in it. He might use me to accomplish his purpose, but my decisions aren’t what make the world go around.
Psalm 104:27-30 puts some perspective on the worry associated with decision making.
“These all look to You to give them their food at the proper time,
When You give it to them they gather it up;
When You open Your hand, they are satisfied with good things.
When You hide Your face, they are terrified.
When You take away their breath, they die and return to dust.
When You send your Spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the earth.”
What a relief to know that God is in control of everything, not me. He makes sure we have everything we need. Life and death are not the result of my decisions, but are acts of God. Matthew 6:34 offers some excellent advice. “Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” There will always be choices to be made, but I needn’t worry about how those decisions will affect the future. God already has the future in his hand.