Conclusion to the Significance of Women in Luke

This post will finish up the series of “The Significance of Women in Luke.” This conclusion will remind us how Luke shows a model of faith, discipleship, and trust. Luke’s pairing style gave a great way of showing different responses that showed a poor or incorrect response contrasted with a correct or faithful response. The gospel of Luke reminds us that Christ came for all and salvation is available for all, yet many deny this gift.

A bibliography is provided at the end for a list of all resources that were used in this writing for any further research that a reader may want.


Conclusion

Luke shows how Jesus has done much to dignify and elevate women. “The news of His [Jesus] birth was shared with a Jewish maiden, His death was witnessed by grieving women, and the good news of His resurrection was announced first to a woman who had been demon-possessed.”[1] The women who followed Christ provide a model of true discipleship as they heard Jesus’ call, followed Him during His ministry and suffering, and gave faithful witness to His resurrection.[2] Luke is not merely about the discipleship of the women, but more importantly it appreciates their abilities and resources to focus on Christ to receive and act upon the Word of God in truth.[3] The theme of the women of Luke’s Gospel is the grand theme of the whole of the Scriptures: that after the “barrenness” of Israel and the world, a seed born of a woman would conquer sin and death, be resurrected from the barren womb of the grave, and provide grace, mercy, and life to all who believe in Him.[4] The Magnificat celebrates the reversal of existing social structures. The story of Mary and Martha reflects an opening for women into a rabbinic group that was against the custom of the day. The women during the crucifixion show what faithfulness looks like in the midst of suffering. Because of Luke, we can learn from Mary and Martha that while serving is good, it is best to be at Jesus’ feet hearing God’s word. Luke’s style of contrast between the male and female offer many examples of what true faith looks like through the suffering and oppression of the women. Luke reverses the social norms and elevates women to a level of dignity through the life of Jesus that was unseen of during those times.


[1] Warren Wiersbe, “Luke,” in The Bible Exposition Commentary, vol. 1 (Wheaton: Victor Books, 1996), 274.

[2] Rosalie, “The Women from Galilee and Discipleship in Luke,” 59

[3] Kopas, “Jesus and Women: Luke’s Gospel,” 202.

[4] Benson, “The Women of Luke’s Gospel.”


Bibliography

Benson, Mary. “The Women of Luke’s Gospel.” Testimony Magazine. 2007. Accessed March 14, 2015. http://www.testimony-magazine.org/back/aug2007/benson1.pdf

Butler, T. C. Luke, vol. 3. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2000.

D’Angelo, Mary Rose. “Women in Luke-Acts: A Redactional View.” Journal of Biblical Literature 109 (1990): 441-61, Accessed March 14, 2015.  http://www.jstor.org/stable/3267051.

Erickson, Millard. Christian Theology. 3rd ed. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2013.

Green, Joel B. The Theology of the Gospel of Luke. New York: Cambridge Press, 1995.

Guthrie, D. New Testament Introduction. 4th ed. Downers Grove: Inter-Varsity Press, 1996.

Henry, Matthew. “Luke.” In Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible: Complete and Unabridged. Peabody: Hendrickson, 1994.

Johnson, Luke. “The Gospel of Luke.” Sacra Pagina, vol. 3. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1991.

Kopas, Jane. “Jesus and Women: Luke’s Gospel.” Theology Today 43 (1986): 192-202.

Maly, Eugene H. “Women and the Gospel of Luke.” Biblical Theology Bulletin: A Journal of Bible and Theology 10 (1980): 99-104.

Ryan, Rosalie. “The Women from Galilee and Discipleship in Luke.” Biblical Theology Bulletin: A Journal of Bible and Theology 15 (1985): 56-59.

Sproul, R. C. A Walk with God: An Exposition of Luke. Great Britain: Christian Focus, 1999.

Stein, R. H. Luke. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1992.

Wiersbe, Warren. “Luke.” In The Bible Exposition Commentary, vol. 1. Wheaton: Victor Books, 1996.

Witherington III, Ben. Women in the Earliest Churches. New York: Cambridge Press, 1991.

The doctrine of Inerrancy and a working definition for the Inspiration of Scripture

The concluding post on the doctrine of inerrancy and how it ties together with the inspiration of Scripture. Also, I conclude with a personal working definition of the two concepts.

The Doctrine of Inerrancy

“Divine inspiration assures the inerrancy of what God inspires.”[1] The inerrancy of Scripture is demanded by the doctrine of inspiration to affirm that Scripture is true. To put it simply, inerrancy says that if God is true, then what His Word says is true, and if Scripture is God’s Word and God is a trustworthy God, then Scripture is true, or inerrant. To say it another way, God’s Word is always true and is never false.[2] Paul Feinberg defines inerrancy as, “that when all facts are known, the Scriptures in their original autographs and properly interpreted will be shown to be wholly true in everything that they affirm, whether that has to do with doctrine or morality or with the social, physical or life sciences.”[3] In a response to attacks and misunderstandings on inerrancy, a group of biblical scholars gathered in Chicago to produce what is known as “The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy.” In it, they define inerrancy as, “being wholly and verbally God-given Scripture is without error or fault in all of its teachings, no less than what it states about God’s acts in Creation, about the events of world history, about its own literary origins under God, and its witness to God’s saving grace in individual lives.”[4] This group went on further to say that one of the essential components to fully grasping and confessing the authority of the Holy Scriptures is a recognition of its total truth and trustworthiness.[5] Recognizing the importance of the issue, the board went on to say, “to deny it is to set aside the witness of Jesus Christ and of the Holy Spirit and to refuse that submission to the claims of God’s own Word which marks true Christian faith.”[6]

Before moving any further, some qualifications and clarifications must be made about inerrancy. First, the doctrine of inerrancy only applies to the original autographs. Technically, it does not pertain to the copies or transmissions of the original text. In conjunction with that, inerrancy does not deny that there are not any contradictory or “problem” texts. It does not guarantee that solutions will ever be discovered to those text, only that a solution does exist. Believing in inerrancy, one can only assume that all the information is not available to address those problem texts.

Furthermore, inerrancy applies to the affirmations of Scripture. Scripture does record lies, errors and false statements but those are quoted accurately. Inerrancy does not demand strict adherence to the rules of grammar.[7] Inerrancy “does not exclude the use either of figures of speech or of a given literary genre.”[8] This means that general, phenomenal and metaphorical assertions are allowed. Inerrancy does not demand chronological, historical and scientific precision. It also does not require direct quotations in the quoting of others. This includes the “verbal exactness in the citation of the Old Testament by the New Testament writers.”[9]

What does inerrancy mean and allow? It means that the accounts that are presented as historical are accurate and actually occurred. It asserts that they are not myth or legend. Inerrancy means that what is stated in the sacred Scriptures is fully and completely accurate, reliable, trustworthy and authoritative. It means that the Bible is infallible, true and has no contradictions that cannot be resolved. Inerrancy means that Scripture is completely sufficient to achieve its purpose that is, the revelations of God and His redemptive works through Jesus Christ. Finally, inerrancy means that the authors aren’t simply stating their opinions, but the interpretations presented by the authors are truth.

Tying the doctrine of inerrancy back to inspiration, Bahnsen reminds us, “As the Spirit of truth He would not generate error…their message was made inerrant.”[10] Since the doctrine of inerrancy is grounded in the biblical teaching about inspiration, then Scripture being given by “divine inspiration, is infallible…it is true and reliable in all the matters it addresses.”[11] “If one interprets Scripture according to its own nature, standard, and purpose, there is no need whatever to hesitate in affirming its infallibility…God is himself truth, and his Word never falters.”[12] So, what does inerrancy mean? In this writer’s opinion, inerrancy applies to the original autographs of Scripture and affirms that Scripture is the true, authoritative, accurate and reliable Word of God. The Holy Spirit, as the witness to the Scriptures, authenticates and gives authority to the Bible’s claims and purposes by presenting a trustworthy collection of books that is infallible and free from all error and deceit.

Conclusion

Taking into account what has been discussed about inerrancy, the doctrine of inspiration can now be summarized. Inspiration applying only to the original autographs, is the act of the Holy Spirit working, moving and breathing out the very Words of God through human authors that were prepared by His Spirit to produce a sacred work that is totally inerrant and authoritative. The Holy Scriptures were written by God to provide instructions and promises to His people to obey in equipping them for His service.

The doctrine of inerrancy and inspiration technically applies only to the original autograph. One must remember that because God is God and in His providence has given and established His Word that we use today, and has not tried to distance Himself from it, yet calls us to obey it and for it to have authority in our lives, then we must conclude that it is the Word of God. Since it is the Word of God, and God is the source, it must be true and thus inerrant. God in His sovereignty and authority could have corrected the transmission or printing errors at any time, yet He continues to use this Scripture to mold and shape His believers, to reach the rest of the world and change hearts. At stake here is the character of God, and God has proven that He is willing to have His name attached to these Scriptures and use them to reach people each day, thus even the Bibles we use today must be called inerrant. “Copies and translations of Scripture are the Word of God to the extent that they faithfully represent the original.”[13] As Jesus Christ made all of His references to the Hebrew Scriptures of the Old Testament, most likely using the available copies, we too can put our entire confidence in the accuracy and veracity of God’s written Word.[14] They must be true because God is truth. “The Holy Spirit bears witness to the Scriptures, assuring believes of the truthfulness of God’s written Word.”[15]

The Scriptures are at its simplest a product of the divine, that “God-breathed” them out by His creative breath.[16] We do not have any idea or indication as to how God operated in producing them, only that God did breathe them out of these human authors to produce His inerrant masterpiece of literary work. “The purpose of the biblical writings is to give man all that is necessary and sufficient for his redemptive rescue and obedient service of his Maker.”[17]

[1] Ibid, 35.

[2] Paul Feinberg, The Meaning of Inerrancy,” in Inerrancy, ed. Norman Geisler (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1980), 294.

[3] Ibid.

[4] “The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy,” in Inerrancy, ed. Norman Geisler (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1980), 493.

[5] Ibid.

[6] Ibid.

[7] Feinberg, 299.

[8] Ibid.

[9] Ibid, 300.

[10] Greg Bahnsen, Inerrancy of the Autographa,” in Inerrancy, ed. Norman Geisler (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1980), 152.

[11] The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy, 496.

[12] Henry, 34.

[13] The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy, 496.

[14] Archer, 82.

[15] The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy, 496.

[16] Benjamin B. Warfield, “Inspiration 1-7” International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Internet, available from http://www.bibletools.org/index.cfm/fuseaction/Def.show/RTD/isbe/ID/4618/Inspiration-1-7.htm, accessed 13 April 2014.

[17] Henry, 25-26.

Bibliography

Archer, Gleason. “Alleged Errors and Discrepancies in the Original Manuscripts of the Bible,” in Inerrancy, ed. Norman Geisler, 57-82. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1980.

Bahnsen, Greg. “Inerrancy of the Autographa,” in Inerrancy, ed. Norman Geisler, 151-193. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1980.

Bromiley, Geoffrey. “The Inspiration and Authority of Scripture,” Eternity, August 1970, 14. Quoted in Carl F. Henry, “The Authority and Inspiration of Scripture,” in The Expositor’s Bible Commentary, ed. Frank Gaebelein, vol. 1, 2-35. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1979.

Erickson, Millard J.. Christian Theology. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1983.

Feinberg, Paul. “The Meaning of Inerrancy,” in Inerrancy, ed. Norman Geisler, 267-304. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1980.

Henry, Carl F.. “The Authority and Inspiration of Scripture.” in The Expositor’s Bible Commentary, ed. Frank Gaebelein, vol. 1, 2-35. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1979.

Ryrie, Charles. Basic Theology: A Popular Systematic Guide to Understanding Biblical Truth. Chicago: Moody Publishers, 1999.

“The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy,” in Inerrancy, ed. Norman Geisler, 493-502. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1980.

Warfield, Benjamin B.. “Inspiration 1-7.” International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. Internet. Available from http://www.bibletools.org/index.cfm/fuseaction/Def.show/RTD/isbe/ID/ 4618/Inspiration-1-7.htm, accessed 13 April 2014.

Warfield, Benjamin B.. “Inspiration 8-18.” International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. Internet. Available from http://www.bibletools.org/index.cfm/fuseaction/Def.show/RTD/isbe/ID/ 4618/Inspiration-8-18.htm, accessed 13 April 2014.

defining inspiration and inerrancy of Scripture

This is the first part of a three part post to discuss the pivotal doctrine of inspiration. Over the next three post, we will discuss inspiration: what it is, what it includes and what is part of it. Also, the doctrine of inerrancy will be discussed.

defining inspiration and inerrancy

Second Peter 1:21 states “For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” One of the key doctrines of the Christian faith is that of inspiration, specifically the inspiration of Scripture. A key ingredient to inspiration is the idea or concept of inerrancy, which is commonly thought of as “without error.” The Bible, and everything included in it, is a central and pivotal part of the Christian faith. To deny its Divine Authorship is to also deny its accuracy, authority, sufficiency and sacredness which is quite dangerous because it is to deny God’s character. The character of God and the descriptions of Him are revealed in Scripture as a truthful and trustworthy God; this is what makes the issues of inspiration and inerrancy so significant.

While the terms and ideas of inspiration and inerrancy have come under attack, it is the goal of this paper to lay out a definition that will be profitable and truthful to God’s revelations that are found in His Word. While these terms, inspiration and inerrancy, have been misconstrued and redefined by the modern world, it is important that we understand the concepts that these two terms refer to, and why they must be maintained as part of the Christian faith. God gave us the original writings by breathing out of the authors His divine words that those who believe in Him may be “thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Tim. 3:17, NIV). It is those original writings that were inspired and inerrant, but the copies that we can hold in our hands today are still accurate and reliable.

Why this Issue is Important

“The Bible presents itself first and foremost, as the Word of the Lord, given to man through chosen recipients and transmitters of divine redemptive revelation.”[1] The doctrine of the inspiration of Scripture says that God is the Source. The writings are inspired which means they came from God, or to say it in a more biblical sense, they are God-breathed. With God as the Source, Scripture describes, discloses, and marks His character. Among the many disclosures about God throughout His Word, is that He is true and perfect. Thus, if God is the source of the inspired Scriptures and of all truth, then what is written in His Word must be true and free from error. Since God is the source of Scripture, we can imply that Scripture has the authority of God; because God is who He says He is, Scripture is to be obeyed, and have authority and influence in a person’s life. The nature of Scripture as the Word of God means that every part of it is authoritative and trustworthy. “At stake is the credibility and reliability of the Bible as authentic revelation from God.”[2] “The result of inspiration is that God’s revelation is fully, permanently, and reliably committed to writing, assuring as a consequence the full trustworthiness of the prophetic-apostolic writing.”[3]

In recent years, skeptics have criticized the character of God through the attack on the inspiration and inerrancy of God’s Word. By describing that the Bible contains errors and questioning the process of inspiration, critics are challenging the providence of an Almighty God that is the only perfect and infallible being. Therefore, to challenge the Divine Word of God and bring His character into question is of utmost importance. For God cannot lie or deceive and what He reveals in His sacred Word must be true because God is the standard of truth.

[1] Carl F. Henry, “The Authority and Inspiration of Scripture,” in The Expositor’s Bible Commentary, ed. Frank Gaebelein, vol. 1 (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1979), 5.

[2] Gleason Archer, “Alleged Errors and Discrepancies in the Original Manuscripts of the Bible,” in Inerrancy, ed. Norman Geisler (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1980), 59.

[3] Henry, 26.

My refuge and shield

Psalm 119:114 – You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word.

In a world filled with hate and pain. In a world so filled with anger and rage, what are we to do? The chaos seems too much. The attacks are too great. The weight is too heavy for us. Somehow for some reason, we have hope. We have hope in something greater than what this world can offer. We have the Almighty that will shield and protect us. We have a Father that gives everything to us. We have a Redeemer that will never leave or forsake us. We simply have hope.

But… we need to hold on to those promises. There are days in my life and I am sure in yours where it seems that every moment is just another attack. It is another arrow Satan shoots at me. Another arrow that is too great for my defenses. One after another after another they come. What seemed like it was going to be a good day; a day full of God, a day full of joy has quickly turned into a day full of fighting for life. I feel like I am drowning in a sea of sin. The moment I come up for air, something else pushes me down. It is just too much. I get stuck on how God can love me.

But, our God reminds us of His Word and how He keeps His word. By the time I remember all of that, the battle has gotten the best of me. There are days when 9 AM rolls around and I am so lethargic and down on myself because the battle has been waged all morning and I am a beaten, bloody mess. How can something as simple as being reminded who God is and what He can do escape me? Why must I try to overcome on my own?

God promises us to give us everything we need each day. He will sustain our needs for that day. He will provide for us. Throughout these Psalms, it is mentioned time and time again about God being our refuge and shield. Our Rock and fortress. Our strength and strong tower. But how or why can I forget that? How do I not call out for God earlier? It is so easy to get caught up in the battle of Satan’s attacks that I forget the one thing can actually help me and stop these attacks. But, God gives us a defense. He will shield us.

Ephesians 6:16 alludes to this, “In addition to all this (speaking of the armor of God), take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.” There it is again. There is that word. Shield. God is our shield. Faith in God will shield us. It will not only shield us, but it will extinguish the flaming arrows of Satan. The worst, most wretched things he throws at us, the shield of faith will extinguish. Before it can do anymore damage, before it can hurt us anymore, it will rid us of it.

But how? The author of this Psalm gives us a hint. One, don’t be double-minded. Love and cherish and delight in the law of God. Enjoy who God is. He is our refuge. He is our hiding place. He is our defender. He is where we need to turn to. Whether it is an attack on our spiritual lives, or it is some type of other suffering like financial, health, job, and addiction. Ask God for help. Remember who He is. But as James mentions in chapter 1 of his book, in verse 6-8 he says, “But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.” Expect God to come. Stand firm on the promises of God. Stand firm on who God is and His goodness. Man, I need to do that so much better!

Second, stand up to evil (v. 115). Remember the power of the name of Jesus. Behind God, grounded in confidence in God and who He is, speak out against evil. I once heard Max Lucado talk on this and he said that since Satan was an angel, he cannot read our minds thus we must verbalize it. So if you can, try it and see what God’s power can do. Because as the Psalmist says, I want evilness away so I can follow God and enjoy Him.

In verse 116, “Sustain me, my God, according to your promise, and I will live…” the author remembers that God is our sustainer and reminds us to seek sustenance from God. Look to God for He alone will sustain you in the worst of times. You may not know how, you may not know when, but God will come through.

The last part of this section, verses 117 to 120, is a fantastic reminder on who we are and what we truly need to fear. God will uphold His people. He will uphold His children. No matter how much we mess up, He still amazingly calls us valuable. He still loves us and wants us to have a deeper life with Him. I forget this so often. I struggle sometimes thinking of God in ways that are not true. I think of Him as a father that is just shaking his head at me and questioning why He even tries with me. Yet, He doesn’t think like that. He loves me unconditionally. He still has a plan for me. He still has a purpose for me.

For that and more importantly who He is, I stand in awe. Who am I to be in the presence of God? Why should I have that privilege? But oh for the grace of God that I can enter the throne room confidently because of the gift of salvation. That is my hope. That is my refuge. That is my shield. That while I was an enemy, still a sinner, God loved me enough and you enough to send us His Son so we could have life, hope and a greater joy than we could ever imagine.

In our lives, may God be lifted high. May we stand in awe of who He is this day. What He has done. He has so much to offer. But this day, may we just focus on Him, not what He can give us or do for us. But oh the glory, the beauty and majesty of God. In tough times, in attacks, in hurt and in pain, God is our refuge. God…is…our shield. Hallelujah!

Following and enjoying God’s Word

My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me. (Psalm 63:8, KJV)

Today I started a new book study (The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer) and this verse was the start of chapter 1. What a way to start. The reason I chose this verse was because of what I needed to hear, to follow hard after God. These past few days and weeks there has been a theme that keeps coming up: Enjoying and delighting in God and His Word.

It is interesting when we hear something like, enjoying God’s Word more, and we like the thought but it is hard to apply. Or we don’t even know how to apply. This has been a theme for me in a couple of devotionals, a book and now another book. I felt it even came up in a sermon. So finally, it hit me, only after being hit over the head for the 100th time, that I don’t only need to pray to enjoy God and His Word more, but I need to constantly pray that. I need constant reminders to not just read the Word of God, not just go before Him in prayer, but to truly enjoy Him. To truly behold and enjoy His insights. To seek Him that I may find Him and not just mark off a box. It is funny as I write that, I am reminded of a verse that I have committed to memorize, Jeremiah 29:13, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart”.

When we seek God, truly seek God, isn’t our prayer time so much sweeter and better. Isn’t it so much more of a joy when we don’t come to him to make ourselves feel better but to learn and grow from Him? In the book Desiring God by John Piper, he quotes from George Mueller about Scripture. Here is what Mueller said:

I saw more clearly than ever, that the first great and primary business to which I ought to attend every day was, to have my soul happy in the Lord. The first thing to be concerned about was not, how much I might serve the Lord, how I might glorify the Lord; but how I might get my soul into a happy state, and how my inner man may be nourished…. I saw that the most important thing I had to do was to give myself to the reading of the Word of God and to meditation on it.

I have started to try to apply this in my morning devotionals. As I go from my mundane prayers marked with motions and not of value until the last few minutes when I am late and need to get done, I am doing my best to focus on feeding this inner man. Realizing that I can’t do this day on my own. I can’t drive to work, I can’t accomplish my responsibilities, and I can’t even breathe without God. I am completely dependent on Him for everything, yet all too often I live a life of independence. I don’t follow hard after God. The NIV of this verse says “I cling to you; your right hand upholds me”. That is definitely what I need to do, every hour and every moment of the day. I need and desire to cling to God, to cling to the cross and remember what God has done, to cling to my Savior who because of Him I can be a child of God. I cling to God and follow and seek Him because He is what my soul needs. It is what my soul desires. It is the only thing that will satisfy.

I recently read a devotional in the YouVersion app from “15 days in the Word with John Piper”. On one of the days he talked about struggling reading the Bible and why we should do it even when it feels like a duty. He also mentions this in the revised editions of his Desiring God book in the last chapter, but the main thing that hit me was to confess to God that I don’t always enjoy His Word like I should. I have broadened this to my prayer life as well mainly because as much as I pray throughout the day, somehow I make talking to the amazing, awe-inspiring Almighty a box to check off to make myself feel better. Then, the next step was to asking God to help me enjoy Him, enjoy and delight in His insights that He gives and behold the awe of God. So, I have started that and today God answered in awesome ways.

In different parts of the Old Testament, there are several verses that talk about the right hand of God upholding us. Isaiah 41 mentions this and how it strengthens and upholds us. There are several Psalms that make mention to this. I have wondered about the right hand of God and even going as far to think of God holding my hand with His but then I would start thinking about how Jesus was at His right hand and it would throw me off. Today it hit me and there was such joy in an awesome insight that I completely forgot about. An insight I never thought of. While this isn’t new to many, it was of great delight to me.

The reason I am upheld by the right hand of God is simply Jesus Christ who is at the right hand. I am in Christ. When the Father looks at me, He sees Jesus. He sees His only Son. I am upheld because “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us; so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21, italics mine). I can enter the throne room and be near God because of the eternally great and awesome sacrifice of Jesus. I am declared righteous because Jesus took the full brunt of the wrath of God. How awesome is that!!! I am new. God is making me and all things new!

Here is the thing with this verse. I think it is a great reminder about not being satisfied in things of this world. It reminds how we should seek after God. I think it is reminding us that the only thing that satisfies is not found in this world and what it treasures. The money, the fame, the popularity, the power, the security, the relationships will all fail us and leave us empty. We will keep building broken cisterns. But if we seek after God, He will uphold us. He will strengthen us. He will show us the beauty of a relationship with Him. A relationship we will never be able to fully grasp because of the infiniteness of God.

But here is what I want to focus on: seek God with all your heart and follow Him. Enjoy and delight yourself in God. Enjoy His teachings. Let Him teach you and show you new things. It may not happen immediately. Maybe it will. But the thing is if we have the right attitude and pursue our Lord, what an awesome promise He makes in upholding and strengthening us. During all periods of life, He is there and will be there. Ask God to help you. Ask Him to enjoy His Word, prayer and restore the joy of your salvation. He will help you and lead you. He won’t let you down. He won’t disappoint. Instead, He will encourage and open new things to you. Your “inner man” will be fed and nourished in new ways or in ways of delighting in Him again. I am on this journey with you and need so much help to enjoy God each day. I let stresses and other things distract me. But, when those light bulb moments come, my soul rejoices and leaps in joy. God has so much to offer, it is a joy to know more about Him.