Wonderment

By Linda Tancs

The poet William Wordsworth exclaimed, “Go forth into the light of things; let nature be your teacher.” That theme is illustrated by Psalm 104, which meditates on the natural world and God’s care for it. The psalmist marvels at the rhythm of the sun and moon, the behaviors in the animal kingdom, the life-giving properties of water. The wonderment underlying this psalm leads to a greater appreciation of the One who created the Earth. Wordsworth was right: nature is our teacher. It teaches us to seek after God.

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It’s No Coincidence

By Linda Tancs

Dictionaries usually define coincidence as two or more events coming together in a surprising, unexpected way without an obvious causal explanation. Did you know that there’s no word for coincidence in Hebrew? The reasoning is that everything is divinely orchestrated, a belief supported in the Bible. After all, it tells us that every hair on our head is numbered (Luke 12:7) and every day recorded in His book (Psalm 139:16). If God knows every moment and characteristic of your life, then how could anything be coincidental? Think of those moments in your life when someone, or something, seemed to come at just the right time. Do you think of that as happenstance? Coincidence? What you see is not all that you get. What seems so random is actually perfectly controlled by the Creator, the governor of the heavens, the earth and the universe. 

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God’s Instruction Manual

By Linda Tancs

Have you ever ignored an instruction manual? Maybe you’ve never bothered to read that appliance manual or assembled something without reading the instructions. Chances are, on at least one occasion, it wasn’t a very good idea. Imagine doing the same with God’s instruction manual, the Bible. Everything you could ever want to know about navigating life is in there, so it’s not a good idea to do without it. In fact, Solomon says that it’s better than silver or gold (Proverbs 8:10), which we know are valuable, precious metals. The wisdom of the Bible is unassailable and unquantifiable (Job 28:15). Read your manual.

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Wise Humans

By Linda Tancs

The species to which human beings belong is known as Homo sapiens, which is Latin for “wise human.” How appropriate that the word chosen for this human race was “wise.” Good choice. The Bible has much to say about wisdom. For instance, God ordained it a valuable treasure (Proverbs 8:11) and even commands us to acquire it (James 1:5; Proverbs 3:13-18). How do you do that? By reading the Bible, the source of all God’s knowledge and understanding and the means to discern the truth in all things. Be wise, human.

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As part of FOOT FORWARD MINISTRIES, Go Forward in Faith represents faith-based meditations for personal and professional growth. Follow us on Twitter @moveonfaith and join the Facebook group @goforwardinfaith.

Wonderfully Made

By Linda Tancs

You know that you were made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27), fearfully and wonderfully (Psalm 139:14). So imagine how wonderful His image is! Actually, you don’t have to imagine. The Bible provides information on the countenance of God. For instance, John’s epistle tells us that God is bathed in light (1 John 1:15). No wonder, then, that Jesus tells us we’re the light of the world (Matthew 5:14), just like Him. Likewise, the countenance of Jesus is described as featuring eyes like flames of fire and snow-white hair like wool (Revelation 1:14), with feet like burnished bronze and a voice like the roar of many waters (Revelation 1:15). Now there’s an image worth emulating.

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Life in the Comfort Zone

By Linda Tancs

The story of the tower of Babel is found in Genesis (Genesis 11:1-9). It relates the construction of a massive tower by God’s people, designed to keep them in their comfort zone in the land of Shinar. It was easy for them to stick together; after all, they shared a common language and were not keen to disperse. As so often happens, though, God had other plans. Just like Jesus commanded his disciples to go and make disciples of all the nations, God had no interest in seeing the Israelites stay put. He wanted them to populate the whole earth (Genesis 1:28). His solution was to confuse their language so that they could not understand each other, thus thwarting the building project. In the end, they had no choice but to scatter.

In our common parlance, God was a social disruptor. He’s probably keen to disrupt you, too. Where have you gotten too comfortable? Are you safely ensconced in a way of thinking, doing, being or living? What’s going on outside your tower walls? How can you participate? There’s life outside the comfort zone.

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Ignore the Lions

By Linda Tancs

In the Old Testament, the story of Daniel in the lions’ den is an ancient illustration of the punishment for civil disobedience. The account takes place in chapter six of the Book of Daniel, wherein we find Daniel thrown into a lions’ den by the Babylonian king for his failure to stop praying to God. The scene is expressed poignantly by the British painter Briton Rivière in his 1892 painting, “Daniel’s Answer to the King.” In his portrait, Daniel is standing serenely in profile with his hands bound behind his back, looking up to the light in a window while surrounded by a pride of menacing lions. The story, as you may recall, has a happy ending; Daniel’s faith in God saves him from the kind of certain death experienced by other prisoners. In the end, the lions were no impediment.

Think of the “lions” in your life, the things that are lurking around menacingly. Maybe it’s an old grudge, a bad relationship, poor career prospects. Look up (Psalm 121:1-2). Ignore the lions. After all, He Who is in you is greater than anything lurking in the world (1 John 4:4).

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Which Way

By Linda Tancs

Frank Sinatra is known for his rendition of the song My Way. It’s an anthem of self-determination wherein you’ll find the statement, “I did it my way.” It’s easy to fall into a trap of wanting to have things your way. As the old idiom attests, “My way or the highway.” But more often than not, we need to get out of our own way. The Bible instructs us not to lean on our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5). It also reminds us that whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool (Proverbs 28:26). When you seek God’s way of doing things, He directs your path (Proverbs 3:6). You can’t outsmart God. Which way are you going? Your way or His way?

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The Power of Seven

By Linda Tancs

The prophet Elisha’s healing of the Syrian commander Naaman from leprosy is a familiar story for many (2 Kings 5:1-15). In short, Elisha commanded Naaman to dip his body into the Jordan River seven times to be healed. It’s important to recognize that seven is not an arbitrary number selected by Elisha; biblically, it’s the number of completeness and perfection. We all need healing in some respect. Maybe it’s a physical malady or a vexing problem. It may not miraculously disappear. Like Naaman, you may need to exercise persistence until the issue resolves to completion. Practice makes perfect.

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Brothers and Sisters

By Linda Tancs

National Siblings Day is April 10, a day that celebrates sibling relationships. It’s an especially good day to remember that brothers and sisters are a gift from God. And God commands sibling love (1 John 2:9). In fact, God feels so strongly about it that He reminds us that you cannot claim to love God if you don’t love your own brother or sister (1 John 4:20). God is love. You are created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). Love who God loves.

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