The Shadow of the Almighty

“Ah, stubborn children,” declares the Lord, “who carry out a plan, but not mine, and who make an alliance, but not of my Spirit, that they may add sin to sin, who set to go down to Egypt, without asking for my direction, to take refuge in the protection of the Pharaoh and to seek shelter in the shadow of Egypt!”  Isaiah 30:1-2 Who do you look to when you need to be saved?  Who is your refuge? Back in the time of the prophet Isaiah, the “stubborn children” of Israel looked to Egypt and its Pharaoh for hope when facing threats from the nearby kingdom of Assyria. Egypt, however, was an ironic choice since it had cruelly enslaved and oppressed God’s people in the past, Read More

The Character of God

  “So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us.” Hebrews 6:17-18 After reading this passage, I have to ask myself, “Why do I ever falter in my faith when I have a God like this?” I have a God who is absolutely unchanging in his purpose and trustworthy in his character. I have a God who is simply incapable of telling a lie or even formulating the idea of a lie in his Read More