You Are Being Watched. Do You Know Why?

You Are Being Watched. Do You Know Why?

Did you know that you are being watched? Saint Paul says that the apostles are “a spectacle to the whole universe, to angels as well as to men” (1 Cor. 4:9 NIV). In other words, not only do other human beings in our world watch what those who belong to Jesus do on this planet, other beings not of this world are watching as well. Sounds like a plot for a science-fiction movie, doesn’t it? But it is truth, not fiction, and this truth is confirmed in Scripture.

The Boomerang God

THE BOOMERANG GOD

“The Lord is famous for the way he punishes the wicked in their own snares!” (Ps. 9:16 TLB).

Yes, very famous indeed. It is a hallmark of God. When you see someone receive on his own head the very evil he foisted on someone else, it is immediately recognizable as God’s retribution upon that evildoer: He gets what he dished out. That is the boomerang justice of God. Here are a couple of ways it is described in the Bible:

“As you have done, it will be done to you; your deeds will return upon your own head” (Ob. 15).

Psalm 6: God’s Help and Judgment: Now and Then

Psalm 6

A psalm of someone in deep trouble. This much is clear.

6:1: “O Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your wrath.”

Psalm 5: Morning Prayer vs. Evening–the Difference

Psalm 5

5:1: “Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my sighing.”

Another psalm in which the psalmist bares his soul to the Lord. And once again his lament and pain of heart is that so many reject God and do not honor him with the praise and glory he deserves.

Psalm 4: The God that Works

This is the fourth in the series of what the Holy Spirit shared with me concerning the Psalms.

Psalm 4< 4:1:“Answer me when I call to you, O my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; be merciful to me and hear my prayer.”

At first, this might seem to be another plea for help from God to deliver the psalmist from his troubling plight. There are, after all, many such psalms and God himself invites us to do this very thing, to turn to him in our troubles and seek his help: He wants to be our God, who helps us in our time of need:

Psalm 3: God Delivers Us from Fear and Foe

This is the third in the series of what the Holy Spirit shared with me concerning the Psalms.

Psalm 3

We may tend to forget how dire were the circumstances faced by the real people of the Bible. Here in Psalm three, David is in fear for his life, as even his own son Absalom has risen up against him. And Absalom had many with him, those he had craftily stolen away from his father, king David. David shows his real fear and concern for the situation in his cry to God:

3:1“O Lord, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me!”

Psalm 2: The Danger of Defying God

This is the second in the series of what the Holy Spirit shared with me concerning the Psalms.

Psalm 2

The psalm begins with an incredulous question posed by the godly writer, who sees with the eyes of God beyond time and the limited vision of the world:

2:1: “Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain?”

Psalm 1: As Serious as It Gets

When I read the Bible, God’s Word, I hear the Holy Spirit speak to me and show me things of the Lord, just as Jesus promised: “The Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you” (Jn. 16:15 NIV).

Psalm 1

Being the first psalm imposes the responsibility of giving the first impression for all the psalms. Therefore, we can get a strong indication from God, who inspired the psalmists to write what they did, as to what he considers to be of importance. So what do we see here in this first psalm about that?

The Mystery of Unbelief

THE MYSTERY OF UNBELIEF

A great mystery troubled me for a long time: Why do some believe in Jesus and some do not? I say troubled because this is not simply a speculative question of curiosity or merely an intellectual item for discussion: There are consequences of the utmost severity for those who do not believe in Jesus. An eternity in the fires of hell (2 Ths. 1:9, Mark 9:47,48), or its equivalent, is not a trivial matter. When you think about this, then, it does trouble the heart, especially when you think of loved ones close to that heart.

2012: Why the Wild Weather?

2012: WHY THE WILD WEATHER

The summer of 2012 in the USA will always be remembered for the number and severity of storms, wildfires, extreme heat waves, and other extreme weather that struck the country. What are we to make of such widespread and extreme happenings? They are clearly out of the ordinary, as the shattering of thousands of temperature records prove. Do we just chalk it up to the vagaries of weather? Blame it on global warming? Or could there be a deeper cause?

 

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