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Today’s Bible Reading: Lamentations 3:1-66; Hebrews 1:1-14; Psalm 102:1-28; Proverbs 26:21-22

Old Testament

God is good. Not everything that happens on this earth is good – people do cruel things to each other. But God can bring good out of the bad that we do. Notice that God is good to those who search for Him – not only those who already know Him (Lamentations 3:25). If someone sincerely seeks to know God and approaches Him with an open mind willing to find truth then God will be actively involved in that person’s life.

Without a doubt, the earlier in life someone gives their life to Jesus, the better their entire earthly life will be (Lamentations 3:27). It took me 28 years before I became a believer after years of resistance and denials but I wonder what my life would have been like had I made that decision years before.

God does not enjoy seeing us hurting. He will allow us to go through painful experiences – usually by giving us what we think we want – but He’s always ready to show compassion (Lamentations 3:32-33). God wants to bless us. The reason we don’t experience that blessing is because we want to make our own decisions which circumvent or negate it.


New Testament

We begin the book of Hebrews today. This book, written by an unknown author, exhort Jewish Christians be strong in their faith in light of who Jesus is and what He did for us.

No one has ever seen the sun. All we ever see are the rays of light which emanate from the sun. In a similar way, we have not seen God but we experience God in the person of Jesus (Hebrews 1:3). Jesus was 100% God living in a human body.

Far too many people think they can make themselves right before God. They think they can clean up their act and then God will accept them. But this is not true. Jesus is the only one who can cleanse us from our sins (Hebrews 1:3) which He did without us even asking. We had no idea we needed such cleansing. But God did. Out of His immense love for us He gave us something we never asked for but which He knew we desperately needed.

Jesus is not simply a human being and the author of Hebrews takes the time to prove this in this first chapter by demonstrating that Jesus was (and is) greater than even the angels (Hebrews 1:5-14). Notice that angels are servants (Hebrews 1:7, 14) but Jesus, the Son, is God (Hebrews 1:8-9) who made the earth and the heavens and who is not mortal, but ever lasting (Hebrews 1:10-11).

As we’ve read a few times already this year, angels live a life of constant service. They serve God (Hebrews 1:7) by taking care of human beings (Hebrews 1:14). There are no recorded passages of an angel ever sitting down as Jesus did when His work was done on earth. When God was finished creating the earth after 6 days He rested. When Jesus ascended back into heaven he rested. Angels apparently don’t rest.


Psalms

This earth is a tough place to live. Many things go wrong and cause people much pain and sorrow. Like the author of Psalm 102 we can be overwhelmed by our situation to the point where we have no energy or appetite and feel like we are all alone (Psalm 102:4-7). But our circumstances never change the fact that God is still in control and sees all that is going on in our lives (Psalm 102:12, 19-20).

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