Archive for February, 2011

Recapturing our Blush

February 21st, 2011 1 comment

Are they ashamed of their disgusting actions?
Not at all—they don’t even know how to blush! (NLT)
Jeremiah 6:15; 8:12

The passage above reveals a lot about God, the Divine Romancer, and the beauty of the blush. We often blush when we’re embarrassed. Sometimes it’s because we’re ashamed or we’ve done something wrong. In moments like these, the rosy flush in our faces reminds us of a moral absolute that has been violated. A healthy conscience points out our infraction. Our bodies respond with a blush, and good hearts respond with humble repentance before God.

Sadly, when a nation loses her ability to blush, it’s a sign that the moral warning system has been systematically dismantled. God’s laws have been repeatedly ignored and trampled. Sin, like leprosy, leaves us jaded, cold-hearted and numb to righteous feelings and holy desires. The numbness begins in our extremities and eventually brings death to our souls.

As you read through the prophets they speak for the Lord in ways that picture Him as a jilted lover. Over and over again His people have broken covenant with Him. Like a cheating spouse, they have rejected His love and turned to counterfeit lovers and one night stands. However, while that behavior is bad enough, the Lord says they have lost their blush altogether.

The prophet Jeremiah reveals the Lord’s broken heart for His people:

“Do you suppose they are embarrassed over this outrage? No, they have no shame. They don’t even know how to blush. There’s no hope for them. They’ve hit bottom and there’s no getting up. As far as I’m concerned, they’re finished.”

How terrifying to reach a place where the Lord’s word over us is , “They’re finished!” It’s time to regain our blush. Are there areas of sin in your life where your heart has grown brazenly cold to God’s voice and brazenly bold in continued acts of rebellion? Does your sin still elicit a blush?

The Divine Romancer

February 18th, 2011 1 comment

We just experienced the great American phenomenon called Valentine’s Day, where love and romance are both encouraged and even enshrined. In fact, we now spend an estimated 16 billion dollars buying cards, candy, roses and other romantic “stuff” to let our sweethearts know how much we cherish them.

Unfortunately, the love and romance we all long to experience has become twisted. Romance is often synonymous with that which is nude, lewd and crude. The question remains, “Why do we have longings to be loved, cherished and romanced?” Where do these desires find their source and fulfillment?

C.S. Lewis once observed, “If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.”

In other words, we long for intimacy because we were made in the image of God, Who exists in perfect intimacy (i.e. the Trinity).

We enjoy the thrill of romance because we long to be loved and cherished by someone just for who we are.

These longings in our hearts are sign posts directing us to the Divine Romancer, God Himself. Your heart was made for Him. Only he can satisfy the deepest yearnings of your heart. Every romance has a “beloved.”

The Lord is asking, “Will you be mine?”

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Why I Love Blizzards

February 1st, 2011 2 comments

Chicago is bracing itself for what could be the biggest blizzard of the century! For most Midwesterners, this news brings a certain sense of excitement and thrill!

Blizzards are awesome. Here’s why:

#1. Blizzards display infinite creativity on steroids!

Each snowflake that has ever fallen is absolutely unique. There have never been two exactly alike. This is stunning! It screams of the greatness of God. Pause to worship the Creator in the midst of His show!

#2. Blizzards boldly put a stop to business as usual.

Job writes, “God seals up (stops, brings to a standstill by severe weather) the hand of every man [and now under His seal their hands are forced to inactivity], that all men whom He has made may know His doings (His sovereign power and their subjection to it). (37:7, Amplified) Blizzards remind us of just how small, powerless and pathetic we are compared to the greatness and majesty of God! We are not, have not and never will be in control. God is.

#3. Blizzards remind us of what’s truly important.

When God shuts down the world as we know it, we are reminded that work, careers, cars, and other assorted stuff are not that big of a deal. We find ourselves locked safely in our homes with those we love. People matter. Relationships matter. Blizzards bring eternal focus to our lives.

#4. Blizzards are just a whisper of God’s infinite power.

Once again, Job writes, God’s voice is glorious in the thunder. We can’t even imagine the greatness of his power. “He directs the snow to fall on the earth and tells the rain to pour down.Then everyone stops working so they can watch his power. (Job 37:5-7)

#5. Blizzards remind us of the riches of God’s mercy.

God says, “Come now, and let us reason together, says the Lord. Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be like wool.” (Isaiah 1:18) The greater the snowfall, the more accurate a picture you have of the blanket of God mercy and grace that covers the sin of His people. As you watch the snow overwhelm the earth, be reminded of God’s extravagant love for you!

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