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The “answer”

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I couldn’t sleep the other night. So I turned on the living room television, but found mostly infomercials. Some guy with a mullet and a bow tie hoped to sell me, “The Answer.”

“Yes! For just two easy payments of $39.95, you can possess the greatest wealth building secrets of all time–conveniently printed on three laminated cards.”

The huckster claimed he carried these cards in his back pocket at all times; they allowed him to make thousands of dollars while he slept.

“Your pajamas have pockets? There’s not an app for that?”

There’s nothing like talking back to a TV at 2 a.m.😉

After about 30 minutes, I returned to dreamland. But something from that silly infomercial stuck in my head: the idea of making money in your sleep. There’s a passage in the Bible about God working while we sleep, I thought. Sure enough, I found it over breakfast.

It is vain for you to rise up early, to retire late, to eat the bread of painful labors; for He gives to His beloved even in his sleep.

Psalm 127:2 (NIV)

What strikes me about this verse is the fact that God GIVES. One of the cross references is Isaiah 55:1–where the Lord invites everyone to “Come to the waters and drink at NO COST.”

Inspired, I dug deeper into the Bible to find more things that God gives us. Here’s a sampling:

  • God gives us songs in the night (Job 35:10).
  • He gives food to every creature (Psalm 136:25).
  • The Lord gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness to those who please Him. (Ecc. 6:22).
  • God gives strength to the weary (Isaiah 42.29).
  • Jesus gives us peace that’s not like the world’s (John 14:27).
  • He gives us life and breath and everything else (Acts 17:25).

Of course, all these things aren’t REALLY without cost; they are free to us because Christ already paid for them. That could be a discussion in itself.

In the meantime, isn’t it wonderful that God freely offers His best to us?

You don’t need the “answer” to anything if you know the God of everything!

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Christian Living Perspective

Context Lenses

I put my disposable contacts in my eyes but something was wrong. Everything looked wonky. I blinked several times, thinking they would adjust, but nothing doing. I covered my right eye and looked through my left–the one with the higher prescription. I couldn’t read the bedroom alarm clock 10 feet away!

Then it hit me. My contacts were in the wrong eyes! Sure enough, when I switched them, life came back into focus.

It’s like this in the world sometimes–looking at life through the wrong lenses. Our limited perspective appears wonky compared to God’s immeasurable wisdom. We seriously need a better focus.

Looking at things from God’s perspective can make a world of difference. But there’s a problem. We can’t manufacture heavenly reality for ourselves. Apart from His help, divine wisdom is beyond our comprehension.

“Oh, the depth of the riches, both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who became His counselor?” –Romans 11:33-34 (NASB)

There are so many scriptural examples where folks on the ground got it wrong. One of my favorite stories is when the guys on the water did.

Jesus is crossing a lake with the disciples when a sudden squall begins to swamp the boat. Time for the seasoned fishermen to wake up the carpenter.

“Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” – Luke 8:24 (NIV)

Jesus spoke to the fierce storm, “Peace, be still!” And the wind died down completely and there was a miraculous calm (Mark 4:39).

The disciples thought the “truth” was they were about to drown. But their context lenses were in the wrong eyes. As Henry Blackaby says, “Truth was asleep in the back of the boat!”

Christ not only speaks truth to a situation, He CREATES it.

Again, here’s Blackaby: “You can never know the truth of your circumstances unless you have first heard from Jesus.”

Is it time to wake up the carpenter?


Context Lenses

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Christian Blog Peace

The Prince of Peace in Our Time

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.

Mother Teresa

The blogger, poojaG, has a weekly feature on, lifesfinewhine, called Six Word Story. Awhile back, her weekly entry read: “It just keeps on getting crazier.”

PoojaG didn’t speculate about the cause of the craziness, but my mind immediately went to the social upheaval caused by COVID-19 and inflamed racial tensions stoked by police brutality against minorities. Later, the divisive presidential election here in the U. S. rounded out the ultimate cray cray trifecta.

However, despite the chaos caused by current events, I submit to you that craziness is NOT the default setting of God’s creation.

As we know from the account in Genesis, the heavens and the earth were once formless and empty and darkness was over the surface of the deep (Genesis 1:3). That sounds chaotic. However, you know the story, God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. “God saw that the light was good, and He separated the light from the darkness.”

At God’s command, chaos turned to calm.

Submission #2: God is the supreme ruler over ALL of time–including ours (Isaiah 46:10b,11b).

Yes, in spite of recent developments, the God of the universe remains on the throne. And that means the cure for crazy is still calm (peace). And the best place to find God’s peace is still with the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).

As the time of His death neared, Jesus knew the events of His betrayal and execution would plunge his disciples into grief and despair, but He also knew their grief would turn to joy after His resurrection (John 16:16-33). Furthermore, the Holy Spirit would come–as promised, after His departure–to guide His followers into all truth. (John 14:16; 25-26)

That same Spirit of God’s truth is still at work today—bringing peace in our time.

I have told you these things, so that you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.

John 16:33 (NIV)
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Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

John 14:27 (NIV)

For a story about how to be a peacemaker in difficult times, please read peace by piece.