Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Who Lives Who Dies Who Tells Your Story

 

  Omri was maybe the most powerful king of Israel’s northern kingdom. He built the capital city of Samaria. Artifacts from that period, like the Mesha Stele and the Black Obelisk of Shalmaneser III, refer to him and his reign. If fact, the nation of Israel was known by the Assyrians as the land of Omri. In history, he is a predominant figure.  

 



However, the Bible only gives him eight verses (1st Kings 16:21-28). Those deal with the civil war that brought him to power, how he bought the hill that Samaria would be built on and how “did evil in the sight of the LORD, and acted more wickedly than all who were before him”.  It‘s not that is doesn’t acknowledge his reign as significant (it tells us where to look to see those details) but rather it is unimportant to God’s purpose.


 Omri might have been great historically, but to God, he is rather inconsequential.


  Many people think an important life is one that garners attention culturally or historically. A life that is a story people will tell. A name in the history books.


 Consider what we read in Romans 14:12;  So then each one of us will give an account of himself to God.” We will all get to tell our life story before God. Each one will stand before Him with a chance to tell him what we have done. That story will be judged by Him and our fate will be determined. What will impress him? Our mighty deeds? The power we acquired? The battles we won? Or rather will it be the right or wrong we did?

  People talk about how history will judge them. I don’t think that is what we really should be concerned with.  God will be our judge, no matter if the future world forgets all about us.


He must be the one that we please with our story.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Satisfied

 


  No matter how good the meal is you will still get hungry later. No matter how much water you drink, the thirst will return. As Solomon said in Ecclesiastes 6:7, “All a man's labor is for his mouth and yet the appetite is not satisfied”. There is no ultimate thirst quencher. There is no permanent cure for hunger pains.

  It isn’t just that way with food and drink. We chase after money, fame, power, and prestige, yet in the end, no matter how much we get, it leaves us feeling unfulfilled. Nothing fully satisfies

  That’s what makes Jesus' word in John 6:35 so compelling.

Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.

  Here Jesus promises a meal that will stay with you. A drink that will satiate. Jesus is promising more than just the free lunch the people in the passage are seeking, he is offering them a chance at a life that will bring a satisfaction that nothing in this world has to offer.

  Everything and everybody in this world will ultimately come up short of satisfaction, expect Jesus. When we hunger and thirst for the righteousness he provides will be filled.

"For this reason, they are before the throne of God; and they serve Him day and night in His temple; and He who sits on the throne will spread His tabernacle over them. They will hunger no longer, nor thirst anymore;…”

Revelation 7:15-16