Saturday, 3 October 2020
Title: God cares for the insignificant
Author: Pastor Johnson
Translator: Shirley Moo
Psalm 8:4 What is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?
Among all things in the universe and before God, man often forgets who he is, so he often deceives himself. Not seeing the true meaning of life clearly, not seeking eternal life, he fades away in a blink of an eye. In the eternal process of the universe, he does not live as long as an atom, nor as a photon flying to a distant place. There are good explanations and instructions in the Bible for what man actually is.
Mankind is nothing but dust, at most a mass of mud. However, when compared to everything in the universe, the world is just like a drop in a bucket. Even if it is as dust in the sky, in the eyes of God, it seems to be nothingness or even void. The world is like grass, and its beauty as flowers that soon withered.
Psalm 90:5-6 “Yet you sweep people away in the sleep of death – they are like the new grass of the morning. In the morning it springs up new, but by evening it is dry and withered.”
Verses 9-10: “All our days pass away under your wrath; we finish our years with a moan. Our days may come to seventy years, or eighty, if our strength endures; yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away.”
We finish our years with a groan. The seemingly most secure time is completely illusory. All actions are like phantoms, and all the busyness is in vain. Human life is as mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Life is just as a breath of air, a dream, and a night’s sleep.
But man is not so aware of the length of his short life, thinking that his years are long, faraway from death. He toils all day long, contemplating, rushing about, coveting, accumulating, and considering that his possessions will last forever, and that his home will remain for all generations. Not awakened, as animals in general, even like insects such as moths, he will be destroyed sooner or later, dead in the middle of the night, at most a few years more to be on the road of no return. Even the rest of his remaining life he will live as extinct rotten things and moth-eaten clothes. Once he passes away, his appearance changes immediately and will no longer rise up.
Dear brothers and sisters, it is important to know what kind of people we are. A person is not considered good when he is good occasionally; A person who does good deeds occasionally is confounding and imperfect. He seems to have two kinds of character, which contradict each other. This shows that he has not yet developed a certain special character in him that is to become the characteristic of his life and temperament.
A wavering and confounding man is also immature and unformed. He is worthless before God. Unfortunately, many of the apostles were like that. They behaved as the Corinthians who were regarded as carnal even though they had many spiritual gifts and knowledge, let alone some who were sinful & evil men. God works in us, edifies us, guides and disciplines us to make us to be a people after God’s own heart. He does not wish that we continue to be confounding, childish, weak, immature, and unshaped. Psalm 4: 3: “know that the Lord has set apart the godly man for Himself “(NASB). In particular, it is mentioned here that the godly man is set apart for Himself. Anyone who does not reach this level cannot be considered as belonging fully to God, and God is not pleased, because it is not consistent with God’s requirements and God Himself.
Dear Abba Father, you are the Great God. You are the God worthy of praise. Thank you that you reveal to us through this psalm for us to understand and to see our insignificance. Just as David looked up at the stars in the sky intently, he couldn’t help but to feel awe. “What is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?” O Lord, your majestic name fills the earth, and yet you care for the insignificant. Lord, We thank you and praise you for always remembering and caring for us. Let those who believe and trust in you be blessed with grace, from humbleness to honor! We pray in the holy name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.
Saturday，3 October， 2020
神在我们身上的工作、造就、引导、管教，就是要我们成为神所喜悦的人，不愿我们一直作一个混杂、幼稚、软弱、不成熟、不定形的人。诗篇4：3节； “你们要知道耶和华已经分别虔诚人，归祂自己。” 在这里特别提到分别虔诚人，归祂自己，凡没有达到这种程度，则不能算为完全属神的，神也不喜悦，因为与神的要求和神自己都不相合。