Here we are at the end of June! Our family’s settled into the routine of summer. We’ve got the long, hot days in the South, and there’s sweet tea and watermelon in the refrigerator. (Full disclosure: only one person in our family drinks sweet tea.) Our younger daughter is away at camp this week, so it’s a little quieter around the house.
Recently I’ve enjoyed digging into various questions found in the Bible. Today’s questions are fundamental to our faith, and I hope you’ll join me in asking them of yourself.
1. What will I do with Jesus?
“Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ?“ ~Matthew 27:22
You know the scene. Jewish leaders are demanding Jesus’ crucifixion. Pilate offers to release either Jesus or another infamous prisoner, Barabbas. The people cry for Barabbas to be set free, then Pilate asks the question. What shall I do with Jesus?
The answer the people gave that day is, “Let him be crucified.” Yet we each get to answer as well – not because Pilate is asking us in the heat of the moment, but because it’s the answer to this question that defines our lives.
So what will you do with Jesus? Will you accept Him as your Savior? The crowd that day denied Him as their Messiah. If you’ve already become a Christ-follower, will you serve Him? Will you share Jesus and the love and hope He offers with others?
2. What do I think God is withholding from me?
“He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” ~Romans 8:32
The heavenly Father who sent His only begotten Son to die for our sins wants to bless us! There is nothing that is good for us that He will withhold. Remember Psalm 84:11? “..No good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.”
If His love for us caused Him to make the greatest sacrifice imaginable, surely He will grant us earthly and spiritual blessings. Everything else pales in comparison to what He’s already given. Just as He gave His Son freely – with no way for us to earn our salvation – so He gives all gifts by His mercy and grace. His gifts are generous and abundant.
So what do you think God is withholding from you? Could it be that what you want wouldn’t be good for you? Perhaps the time is not right for you to have it. But know that a loving God only denies us what’s not best for us.
3. How can I get right with God?
“Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way?” ~Psalm 119:9
This verse gives us an answer! No hypothetical question here. “By taking heed thereto according to thy Word.”
I daresay this applies to anyone, not just a young man. If we want to cleanse our way, have our sin revealed to us, we start with the Word of God. Scripture, applied to our hearts by His Spirit living within, will guide us. And from there, we can seek forgiveness.
So how can we be pure before God? By getting into the Bible and letting the Holy Spirit use it to convict us of our sin and lead us to repentance. It’s easy to neglect this. Holiness doesn’t happen by accident. We have to be watchful and pay attention to God’s Word as it speaks to us.
4. If God is on my side, how can I lose?
“If God be for us, who can be against us?” ~Romans 8:31
Lately, I’ve needed this reminder! Our world can seem like a dark place, yet if we’re walking with God, we don’t need to be afraid. No power is greater, no love is stronger than that of our Heavenly Father.
So what are you fearful of today? Nothing can cause God’s plan and purposes not to be fulfilled. Ultimately His will will prevail and that should comfort us!
5. Does anyone or anything else compare to our God?
“To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One.” ~Isaiah 40:25
The verses following that one describe Him as creator, great, everlasting, and strong in power. His majesty and glory are unparalleled. Our God has no equal.
So do you believe there’s anything else that compares to God? Let’s get to know our God and rejoice in Who He is. We can worship Him, knowing that He alone is God.
The song I’m sharing below has been a favorite of mine lately. Its lyrics fit perfectly here.
“Behold our God, seated on his throne
Come, let us adore him
Behold our king, nothing can compare
Come, let us adore him.“