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FAITH BOOSTER:

Do Whatever![May 30,2020]

WORD OF FAITH:

For without him, who can eat or find enjoyment?(Ecclesiastes 2:25)

Also Read Ecclesiastes 2:17–25

In a recent film, a self-proclaimed “genius” rants to the camera about the world’s “horror, corruption, ignorance, and poverty,” declaring life to be godless and absurd. While such thinking isn’t unusual in many modern film scripts, what’s interesting is where it leads. In the end, the lead character turns to the audience and implores us to do whatever it takes to find a little happiness. For him, this includes leaving traditional morality behind.

But will “do whatever” work? Facing his own despair at life’s horrors, the Old Testament writer of Ecclesiastes gave it a try long ago, searching for happiness through pleasure (Ecclesiastes 2:110), grand work projects (vv. 4–6), riches (vv. 7–9), and philosophical inquiry (vv. 12–16). And his assessment? “All of it is meaningless, a chasing after the wind” (v. 17). None of these things is immune to death, disaster, or injustice (5:13–17).

Only one thing brings the writer of Ecclesiastes back from despair. Despite life’s trials, we can find fulfillment when God is part of our living and working: “for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment?” (2:25). Life will at times feel meaningless, but “remember your Creator” (12:1). Don’t exhaust yourself trying to figure life out, but “fear God and keep his commandments” (v. 13).

Without God as our center, life’s pleasures and sorrows lead only to disillusionment.

QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION:

  • How much do you seek happiness through things that won’t last?
  • Since the writer of Ecclesiastes didn’t know the hope of resurrection, how would you consider his search in light of Romans 8:1118–25?

PRAYER OF FAITH:

God, today I place You anew at the center of my living, working, joys, and disappointments, for without You nothing will satisfy or make sense.

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-Witness Ministries-

For More Teachings And Articles Visit Our Website: http://www.witnessministries.in

Melwyn And Ruth Misquitta

The Maker of the Moon

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FAITH BOOSTER:

The Maker of the Moon[May 29,2020]

WORD OF FAITH:

[The Lord said,] “I will be their God and they will be my people.”(Jeremiah 31:33)

Also Read Jeremiah 31:33–37

After astronauts set the Eagle down in the Sea of Tranquility, Neil Armstrong said, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” He was the first human to walk on the surface of the moon. Other space travelers followed, including the commander of the last Apollo mission, Gene Cernan. “There I was, and there you are, the Earth—dynamic, overwhelming, and I felt . . . it was just too beautiful to happen by accident,” Cernan said. “There has to be somebody bigger than you and bigger than me.” Even from their unique view in deep space, these men understood their smallness in comparison to the vastness of the universe.

The prophet Jeremiah also considered the immensity of God as Creator and Sustainer of the earth and beyond. The Maker of all promised to reveal Himself intimately as He offered His people love, forgiveness, and hope (Jeremiah 31:33–34). Jeremiah affirms God’s enormity as He who “appoints the sun to shine by day, who decrees the moon and stars to shine by night” (v. 35). Our Creator and Lord Almighty will reign above all as He works to redeem all of His people (vv. 36–37).

We’ll never finish exploring the immeasurable vastness of the heavens and depths of the earth’s foundations. But we can stand in awe at the complexity of the universe and trust the maker of the moon—and everything else.

 

QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION:

  • How does imagining God’s bigness as Creator and Sustainer of the universe help you trust Him with the obstacles that come your way?
  • How does the complexity of the universe help you trust God with the details of your life?

PRAYER OF FAITH:

Creator and Sustainer of all, thanks for inviting us to know You and trust You today and forever.

Give hope, prayer, and encouragement below. Post a comment & talk about it.

-Witness Ministries-

For More Teachings And Articles Visit Our Website: http://www.witnessministries.in

Melwyn And Ruth Misquitta