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Bless the LORD, O my soul! O LORD my God, you are very great! You are clothed with splendor and majesty, covering yourself with light as with a garment, stretching out the heavens like a tent…He set the earth on its foundations, so that it should never be moved. You covered it with the deep as with a garment; the waters stood above the mountains. At your rebuke they fled; at the sound of your thunder they took to flight. The mountains rose, the valleys sank down to the place that you appointed for them. You set a boundary that they may not pass, so that they might not again cover the earth.“ 

Psalm 104:1-2, 5-9 ESV

            Nancy and I want to express our profound gratitude for allowing us the time away in the month of July.  The sights we saw were stunning, causing us to give glory to God, and to recognize His incredible creativity, wisdom and power.  We felt the love of our congregation in sending us, and then in support of us while we were away.  All of that together made it a wonderful experience in having that time away, but also makes us very glad to be home with the folks we missed during that time away.

            This passage and others were among my reading during that time away, and being in view of such majestic mountains, gloriously crafted valleys, and clear mountain lakes, the glory and beauty of God was on display all around us.  Such scenes just take your breath away, and make you wonder how anyone can doubt the existence of God, to think that such things can come into being by some wild chance, or by some random and uncontrolled cosmic explosion.  Romans 1:19-20 tells us, “For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them.  For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made.  So they are without excuse.”

            Mankind is without excuse when it comes to recognizing these particular attributes, and yet, much of mankind is in denial about these things because if there is a God, then there is also a judgment to come, and an eternity in hell to be considered.  Those thoughts make them squirm, and thus denying God is a much easier way for them to live.  Instead, they create their own god in their minds, one who overlooks or is unaware, or unmoved by their sinful actions, and who has no consequence in store for them in the future.

            How much more honest, how much more in agreement with how God has made us is it to trust in an all wise, holy, loving but perfectly just creator who loved us enough to provide for our rebellious actions and thoughts to be forever atoned or paid for through the precious blood of His Son, Jesus Christ.  He created us to be in relationship with Him, and His love for us is there for us to see, not just in what He has made, but more clearly, what He has made known to us through His Word. 

One day we will all stand before Him, and there will be no opportunity for excuses, or debate.  The deciding factor, according to Revelation 19:15, will be whether or not our name is found in the book of Life.  Those who are not found written in the book of life will be thrown in the lake of fire; while those who are found there will be rewarded according to what they have done for Christ and ushered into the new heaven and new earth

By His Grace Alone,
Pastor Bruce Jacobsen