Monthly Archives: January 2011

and God knew

This past week I spent some time on the phone with a dear friend in Alabama.  He, and his wife, have been waiting on the Lord for a long time.  As I spent time on my knees for him, God reminded me of Isaiah 40 – that incredible picture of our God and the promise for those who wait on Him.  I prayed for us as well – still waiting on our house in Alabama to sell.

Then, this morning, while reading through the bible, I noticed something I hadn’t before.  A great little phrase in Exodus.  Chapter 2. Verse 25.  In the ESV, just before the calling of Moses, it says,

God saw the people of Israel – and God knew.

For hundreds of years the people of Israel were enslaved.  For hundreds of years they waited.  For hundreds of years they cried out to the Lord.  Not sure if He would answer.  Not sure if He would deliver them.  Did He know what was going on?  He knew.  And He had promised.  Egypt was not their inheritance.  Not the promised land.  God had a plan and He knew.  He knew what was going on.  And He knew what He was going to do.

And…He knows.  He knows what my friend is going through.  He knows and He knows what He’s going to do.  He knows what we are going through and He knows what He’s going to do.  Why does He tarry?  Why does He delay?

With Israel, He waited to display His glory and His might.  He waited to deliver a mighty nation that had grown as He’d promised.  He waited so that He could give them riches and plunder that they had not battled for.

In chapter 3, God says things like, “I have seen,” and “I know.”  Then He tells them what He is going to do.  In the end, they get to plunder the Egyptians.  Plunder?  That what the ESV says.  Usually you see that term after a military victory.  This time, it will be after a mighty move of their God.  Our God.

So we wait.  Our friend waits.  But we know this, God knows.  He knows what’s going on.  He knows what He’s going to do.

Are you waiting?  God knows.

To Him be the glory forever and ever.  Amen!!!

Brian

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and I thought it was cold here

I saw this on my iPhone Friday:

I’m not sure it was that cold. But even if it was it would be nothing compared to this:

Now that’s cold!

Brian


1.23.11 @ Lynwood

I’m breaking my blog silence because I am so pumped about tomorrow.  Please don’t miss tomorrow at Lynwood.  Here’s what we are gonna sing:

AM:

To the King

Only a God Like You

Our God

Jesus is the Lord

PM:

Today is the Day

Marvelous Light

I can’t wait to worship with you!

Brian


the difference between me and “them”

I love the Psalms.  They express worship.  They speak of God’s attributes and character.  His holiness, His awesome majesty, His great power, His unending mercy, His lovingkindness.  They show the sinfulness of man.  The wickedness of the human heart.  The struggle to follow God.  The temptation of the world and the lure of evil.  They pretty much cover everything.  They even expose the pride and bigotry of the fleshly mindset.

It was Psalm 5.  I was reading it and loving those opening verses.  The plea for God to hear.  The worship of sacrifice.  Then the description of evil men.  They’re despicable.  Evil.  They don’t please God.  Then, the psalmist turned the attention on himself.  Well, kinda.  He really didn’t focuseon his actions or character.  Well, take a look at verses 4 – 8:

You are not a God who takes pleasure in evil; with you the wicked cannot dwell. The arrogant cannot stand in your presence; you hate all who do wrong. You destroy those who tell lies; bloodthirsty and deceitful men the LORD abhors.

But I, by your great mercy, will come into your house; in reverence will I bow down toward your holy temple. Lead me, O LORD, in your righteousness because of my enemies– make straight your way before me.

Psalm 5:4-8 NIV

Did you catch what he said (emphasis mine, of course, I’ve never heard my MDiv friends discussing the bold type in Hebrew)?  “By Your great mercy…in Your righteousness.”  The focus is all on what God has done and who He is.  He is righteous.  His mercy has granted us access to His house and the privilege to boldly approach His through.  Then, the contrast hit me.  The only difference between David and those guys in verses 4-6 is God’s mercy and God’s righteousness.  We all know that David’s actions were just as bad as those other guys at times.  But God’s great mercy made the difference.

So what about me?  I see those “other guys.”  Often, they don’t look like me.  They don’t act like me.  They certainly don’t act Christian.  Then again, I don’t always act Christian either.  What’s the real difference between me and them?  Nothing to do with me.  It’s God’s great mercy.  I have it and they need it.  So why do I so easily look on them with judgement?  That’s the battle.

Lord, help me to see all people as Your precious, treasured creation.  Help me to be ready with love, a helping hand, and the gospel message.  Thank you for Your great mercy.  Without it, I would be lost and doomed for destruction.  Your lovingkindness knows no end.  Thank you.  Amen.

Brian

 


just like me, taking God’s job

I woke up early this morning.  Long before the alarm went off.  My mind swirling with all the many things I need to do today as I return to the office.  Fretting over the planning I’ve not done.  Stressed about the To-Do list that keeps growing.  Services to plan.  Sundays.  Easter.  4th of July.  Christmas 2011.  Yes, even as far as Christmas.  Then God spoke.  The conversation went a little something like this:

God: “Why are you doing my job?”

Me: “What job?  What are you talking about?”

God: “Being Lord of your life.”

Me: “Oh, that one.  I guess I did it again.  I took over.”

God: “That’s my job.  Let me rule.  Let me reign.  Let me direct.  Let me remove the pride.  The fear.  The anxiety.  Let me have control.  I know what’s best.”

Me: “It’s all yours.  I don’t want it anymore.  Take it.  Take me.  Take it all.  It’s all yours!!!”

A simple conversation that made a huge difference.  I still couldn’t sleep.  But now it was because I was pumped.  Pumped about the day.  Pumped about the year.  Pumped to hit my knees and get into the Word.

But still I ask, why do I do that so often?  So quickly?  I take over and the result is always the same.  I end up in fear and anxiety.

To refocus me, God took me back to Romans 10:9.  It starts at salvation, confessing Jesus Christ as Lord.  It’s not just lip service.  It’s a real confession.  An acknowledgement of the truth.  When we confess Him as Lord it is a life change.  A submission.  A surrender.  We submit to Him as Lord.  Lord of our lives.  Lord of all.  Lord of salvation.  Lord of our hearts.

Then, I made a commitment. 1 Peter 3:15a:

But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord.

Before fear.  Before anxiety.  Before persecution (the context of this verse).  Before breathing.  Before my heart beats of the first time each day.  Before anything, I’m setting aside Christ Jesus as Lord.  Lord of my life.  Lord of my heart.  Lord of my family.  Lord of the Crisman house.  Lord of the ministry at Lynwood.  Lord of everything.

And now Lord, I’m listening…

Brian