Daily Devotional, Year 4 – January 1st: O Taste & See That The Lord Is Good: Closing Time

By admin On March 26th, 2021

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Daily Devotional, Year 4 – January 1st

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O Taste and See That The Lord Is Good! Closing Time

To read Part 1, click here….February 28 (O Taste and See That The Lord Is Good! Part 1: “The Wedding At Cana”)

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“O taste and see that the LORD is good…

He left not Himself without witness,

in that He did good,

and gave us rain from heaven,

and fruitful seasons,

filling our hearts with food and gladness.”

Psalm 34:8 & Acts 14:17

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http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:South-American_butterfly.jpgThere is no excuse for anyone who disbelieves in God!

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Nature has its witnesses, who stand up and speak eloquently on the Creator’s behalf!

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South American Butterfly – cropped – Wikipedia – Share-Alike License

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“AND GOD SAW EVERY THING THAT HE MADE, AND BEHOLD, IT WAS VERY GOOD!”

Genesis 1:31

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Just look at the beauty of nature!http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Starry_Night_at_La_Silla.jpg

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Behold nature’s awesome grandeur!

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And seek after its wisdom! Its poetry! Its law & order! Its love!

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Look up, and behold the inscribed, “signs in the sun….moon and…stars”! (see Luke 21:25)

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These are the faithful witnesses found in all of nature, which proclaim their Divine Maker!

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Starry Night at La Silla – cropped/altered image – Wikimedia – Share-Alike license

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THE TRUE NATURE OF SELFISHNESS IS SEEN BY ALL

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But nature also speaks of evil.

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Take, for example, the spider and its web, which teaches about the enslavement and even the death which results from sin.

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Spider Web – Wikipedia – Public Domain

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This world is full of the countless beautiful things! From the lovely flowers that grow to the majestic snow-capped peaks. From the little butterflies collecting their daily store of sweet nectar, to the great whales frolicking in their ocean playgrounds! From the tiniest atomic particle to the greatest galaxy and even beyond! This entire universe is God’s Book of Love, mysteriously proclaiming His Beauty and goodness and wisdom and poetry, and Law and Order!

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And all through history, and especially in the last few centuries, mankind has been given the privilege to explore and behold the goodness of God. From the happy meals together with family and friends, to the joys of a newborn baby! From intriguing hobbies, to building a new home! There are countless joys to experience in this world! And all these many joys and wonders all give mankind a greater appreciation of the Creator’s love for His creatures!

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Oh yes, this world has much evil! But Scripture reveals…“An enemy hath done this.” Matthew 13:28

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Yes, there is also a power of evil in this world. And the tokens of his presence are likewise seen as well. And God has allowed these unseen spirit-beings to work their woe through the long centuries.

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And so, those who are wise can compare these two governments and realize the vast difference between the two.

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Nevertheless, everything in this world has an ending. And we have reached that time in which God says, “And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.” Daniel 12:1

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Yes, Michael our great Prince, “shall stand up and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time:” Daniel 12:1

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And so, even though the time before us will be extremely difficult, yet God has allowed it for the deliverance of His people…all those whose names are written “in the Book Of Life Of The Lamb, slain from the foundation of the world.” Revelation 13:8 & Daniel 12:1

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Now don’t imagine for a moment that God enjoys seeing His creatures suffer! Such a time as that which is now coming upon the world grieves God deeply! But He knows that He must allow evil to come to the full, so that there will never ever be another rebellion against His Kingdom of Unselfish Love. And so, He will allow Satan’s Kingdom of Selfishness to fully manifest itself before the onlooking world.

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The Good News is, that God has allowed the day of Salvation to continue. And every man, woman, and child who decides to abandon this selfish world, can begin to cry out for deliverance to the One who died n the Cross for their sins! And that incredible sacrifice on the Cross to save us is the ultimate way in which you and I can “…taste and see that the Lord is good!” Psalm 23:8

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https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Beagle_and_sleeping_black_and_white_kitty-01.jpg

TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Give me the joy of knowing more about the wonders of nature. Help me to see, not only the beauty and poetry of nature, and the wisdom and law of nature, but also the many pictures of Love: God’s love in nature…and the joy of nature…

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Beagle and sleeping kitty – cropped – Wikimedia – Creative Commons Attribution 2.0

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read…January 15th (Emperor Penguins & Us!) or you may also read…February 16th (Joys of Parenthood!) or you may also read…January 25th (Nature’s Witnesses, Part 1)

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THE END

Soldiers of the Cross - Armor-Up!.

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

Info & pics of constellations on this site from Wikipedia & International Astronomical Union (click here)

 

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HEAVENLY OBJECT LESSON

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“Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed, when the LORD of hosts shall reign in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously.” Isaiah 24:23

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When God created the Moon and the stars, He ordained them to “rule the night” (Gen. 1:16). The Moon, especially when it is full, can light your pathway through the night, as it reflects the light of the Sun.

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So too, the Christian is to be a light to the world: to this sin-darkened world. But as the Moon must reflect the light of the Sun, in order to be a light to the world, so also must the Christian reflect the light of Jesus, to be a spiritual light to this planet in rebellion. Listen…

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“Ye are the light of the world…Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16

.This is a drawing of a winter-time total lunar eclipse, first published in Bilder- (Picture Atlas of the Stemenwelt) in 1888

However, during an eclipse, the Earth passes directly between the Sun and the Moon, preventing that sunlight from shining on the Moon’s face. This is an incredible object-lesson about when the child of God allows the world to come between him and his Lord. Like the eclipse, that person no longer reflects the light of Jesus, because his or her love of this dark world of sin has eclipsed the light from the “Sun of Righteousness” (see Malachi 4:2).

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And so, this is just one of the many poetic truths seen in the Moon. (For more on this subject of an eclipse, you may link to the article… “Lunar Eclipse & Spiritual Eclipse”)

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Dutch Painting: Um_moinho_dominando_a_baía_à_luz_lunar – wikimedia – US public domain

This is a drawing of a winter-time total lunar eclipse, first published in Bilder- (Picture Atlas of the Stemenwelt) in 1888

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Moon Into Blood Trilogy: 1st Face: The Night Watchman”

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TOMORROW:

June 25 (What’s An Aristaphagist? Part 4 “How To Cure Fibromyalgia”)

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