Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Monday, January 2, 2023

 Opus 2023-003: Freaking or Faithing

We need to stop living by freak and start living by faith.

Assume the impossible, the same thing happens to two different people.  Let’s take something simple and low key in the scheme of things:  You, a father of three, lose your job.  What is the next step?  How do you respond?

One person lives by freak.  They get depressed.  They might start drinking.  They get angry and violent.  Or they might sit on the porch and stare at nothing.  They freak out.

The other lives by faith.  They assess that this is serious.  They might go through a time of self doubt and fear but they know they trust God.  Within a short time they commit things to prayer, share with others and begin looking for something new.

The responses are different.  The results are different.  Think of the tree of influence that spreads out from that one event.  How much damage can be done to family and friends when you freak out?  When the word spreads, what will that do for your future chances of finding more work?  Your response could close doors that might have been opened.  If God is trying to teach you something then there may be more persecution ahead.

If you are living by faith that gives God a chance to work some miracles.  Most of them will be small.  Think of the widow of Zarephath.  Doesn’t ring any bells?  The story starts in I Kings 17:8.   I am sure you have heard it.  Elijah was sent to Zarephath and told to stay with a widow who was destitute.  While he was there God supplied just enough flour and oil to feed them for the day.  God gave a promise.

(1Ki 17:14 NAS77) "For thus says the LORD God of Israel, 'The bowl of flour shall not be exhausted, nor shall the jar of oil be empty, until the day that the LORD sends rain on the face of the earth.'"
To be honest, this is the kind of promise I think God gives us more than the ones of overflowing bounty.  Why?  I think God reveals that in a prayer found in Proverbs.
(Pro 30:7-9 KJV)  Two things have I required of thee; deny me them not before I die:  Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me:  Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.
Do yourself a favor.  Give God a chance to make the difference in your life.  He will provide on His timeline and in His way.

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