April 15

Deuteronomy 32:3-4 (NIV) 3I will proclaim the name of the LORD. Oh, praise the greatness of our God! 4He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he.

The name of the LORD is the sum of His attributes. Notice that when Moses says He will proclaim the name of the LORD, he proclaims the character of God. Whenever we read of 'the name of the LORD' we should see this implied.

He is great! His greatness should be praised. Because He is all-powerful, He never lacks the ability to carry out His decrees. The goodness He has planned will be brought to pass, for He has the power to make it happen.

He is a rock. Theologians call this immutability. The world is ever changing. Our great hope is that we do change, but with God there has never been and never will be a change. He is always the same perfect God He has been and will be. Because He is outside of time and the Creator of time, time never affects Him, the Ancient of Days. You can count on Him to always be the same loving God that keeps His promises.

His works are perfect. A perfect God acts perfectly. He makes no mistakes. In spite of our limited perception of things, one day you will see all His actions are perfect.

All His ways are just. He is a holy God. It is impossible for Him to be unjust. His justice is beyond question for He is the very standard for justice.

He is faithful. He will keep His promises. He promised to complete the work He started in you. Because He has always been faithful and can never change, you will see He'll be faithful to transform you into His likeness.

Meditate on these attributes of God.

April 15

Mark 7:32-33, 37 (NIV) 32There some people brought to him a man who was deaf and could hardly talk, and they begged him to place his hand on the man. 33After he took him aside, away from the crowd, Jesus put his fingers into the man's ears. Then he spit and touched the man's tongue.

37People were overwhelmed with amazement. "He has done everything well," they said. "He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak."

Jesus returned to the Decapolis region some time after being asked to leave. You may recall the story of the demons going into the pigs. The man who was delivered had witnessed to the area what Jesus had done for him. This time crowds met Him. They brought a man who could not hear nor speak well.

Jesus never seems to follow a pattern. I hope that is a lesson for us today. His only pattern is to hear the Father's direction and obey. The passage doesn't say clearly, but it sounds like He spit on His fingers and touched the man's tongue. If the problem is the man's hearing, there is not a natural chance that his speech will clear up. That would require years of listening and mimicking just like a child learns. But Jesus is not a natural chance. He can instantly teach what is not known. He can enable where there has been no learning experience, and He does it through the most unpredictable means.

When the man was healed and his speech miraculously made clear, the crowd was overwhelmed with amazement. When was the last time you were overwhelmed with amazement? If we watch the Lord at work in the world around us, it will happen quite often. We may need our eyes touched so that we are enabled to see. Jesus does everything well, even today in your life.

Prayer: "Lord, touch my eyes to see Your work in the world around me, that my heart might overflow with amazement, that today, You do all things well!