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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

God Is Like A Cloud

He rains blessings and sometimes we forget to see that he's blessing us and we complain that is raining. We complain that it's cloudy and when the sun comes out we complain that we get burned after we asked for sunshine. We teach our kids the song, Oh Mr. Sun, Sun, Mr. Golden Sun, please shine down on me. I suddenly feel sick to my stomach because that song sticks in my head. I've just now seen it written out in front of me for the first time and actually see what it says. We forget that it's man's fault that it even started raining in the first place.

Gen 2:5
And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and [there was] not a man to till the ground.

Gen 2:6
But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.

God created the earth in seven days, and in seven days he destroyed everything that was in it. He just kept letting it rain for forty days and forty nights because he was mad. Then he remembered Noah. In order for God to make the rain quit, he had to create a wind which would also would allow tornadoes and hurricanes. By opening the fountains in the earth, he had to also allow there to be earthquakes. And we wonder why God doesn't stop the hurricanes and the earthquakes from killing so many people. I think if He could, He would have been able to save us from sin without sending His Son.

When all the animals were released from the ark, he made them fear us. All my life as long as I've remembered to not show an animal that I was afraid, I've never been attacked by one, as a matter of fact, I've been so "not afraid" before that I've actually had dogs run away with their tail down. I don't ever want to try this with a Grizzly Bear, but it's good to remember if I ever encounter one. God said all animals would fear man, not that we would fear animals.

He was going to wipe us all out, but because of Noah we're here. He gave man another chance. He promised us that he wouldn't kill ALL of us by a flood. With the wind he created he knew that there would be floods, but it wouldn't be enough to flood the whole earth. It's been many, many, many years since He sent His Son. He decided that many years ago that never would he at some point ever be forced by the laws that He made, to have to give up on any of us. He made it so easy for him to save us. We just have to choose to let him.

Rom 5:17
For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)

Rom 5:18
Therefore as by the offence of one [judgment came] upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one [the free gift came] upon all men unto justification of life.

Rom 5:19
For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.

Rom 5:20
Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:

Rom 5:21
That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

It doesn't matter what we have done in God's eyes. He will give us grace, but we have to accept it. We may not understand why God would forgive even murderers, and some of us may even think that he doesn't. Some people even tend to make issues over it and even say that their crime is unforgivable even in God's eyes. We even question why God would let someone do something that was so horrible to someone who was so good.

We ask why He won't control others, but we don't want Him to control us. God gave all of us a free will. He can't make any of us do anything. He can protect us, but we have to ask him to. We can even pray for the protection of others, but sometimes we also have to listen when he tells us to do something. It's hard for some of us to believe that there is nothing so terrible that we've done that He won't forgive us. Man gave crime different punishments. It's hard to imagine that all sins are the same. There's not one sin that is worse than another except for blasphemy of the Holy Ghost, then you're on your own.

Some people have even said that if God was that forgiving then we could all go out and do what we want and then come back and ask for forgiveness and then go and do the same thing again. My guess is they've never experienced God's forgiveness for themselves. It's a good thing that he is that forgiving. I've asked forgiveness for the same thing more than once, but the reason I try not to have to ask forgiveness for the same thing is because it's so much more rewarding staying forgiven than it is having to be forgiven again.

I pray that the survivors and the potential victims will look for God in the clouds. He put a bow in the clouds as a promise to us that He would never kill ALL of us with a flood. If I ever need His protection from a natural disaster, I hope that I can stay close enough to Him so that I can holler loud enough for Him to hear me.


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