September 28

Psalms 19:1-3 (NIV) 1The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. 2Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. 3There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard.

David looked up at the night sky and saw a declaration of the glory of God. With the Hubble we can see even more wondrous and amazing sights far beyond the range of David's eyes. But we have a different response. We have the audacity to think we have figured God out. Even macro-physicists have to include God in their equations. The more we discover the less we realize we know. Today you will find a majority of astronomers believing there must be a God. One astronomer wrote that to find an argument against the existence of God, he had to go to another department. Yet the average person on the street has the impression that astronomers have it all figured out as a natural process. Let's hope that more astronomers will speak up about their lack of understanding of all that they see so that our perceptions will be corrected.

One of the sad byproducts of city life is that the stars can barely be seen. Our skies are so polluted that we have hidden the declaration. To replace that effect, we have the pictures from the Hubble continuing to come in as it shoots picture after picture of wonders full of color, design, and phenomena that causes us to wonder. It doesn't need to be translated into French or Russian. It speaks in every language. It displays the knowledge of an infinite Creator who set laws and order and design. When you see those pictures, listen to God.

Consider: The heavens are still declaring the glory of God. Are you listening?

September 28

Ephesians 2:19-21 (NIV) 19Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God's people and members of God's household, 20built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 21In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord.

Paul explained to his readers that Christ makes Jew and non-Jew one "by abolishing in his flesh the law with its commandments and regulations." Ephesians 2:15a (NIV) Jesus fulfilled the Law, became our sacrificial lamb, and made us right with God through His sacrifice. The law was the thing that separated the Jew and non-Jew, but now they are both recipients of the same promises and blessings through accepting Jesus' keeping the law for them. Now there is no difference between believing Jew and another people group that believes.

The Jews had the promises and words of God. They were God's special people, the family of God. Now, all who believe in Christ have become citizens of heaven, the favored ones, and part of God's family. We stand together on the foundation of the teaching of the apostles and prophets, all of which is squared with the main cornerstone, Jesus Christ. It is in Him that the building takes shape, with you as a part of it, rising to become a holy temple in the Lord.

Are you on that foundation? Do the words of the prophets and apostles form the basis on which you stand? Is Jesus your point of alignment in all you do today? Then you are a part of His family. You are a part of His temple. You are a habitation of God through the Spirit. The promises of God's word are yours. Though you will face trials that are painful and tough, your destiny is certain. Every test will shape you to fit into your place in this holy Temple.

Remember: Yours is a high and holy calling. Don't be moved. Stand firm as the Master Craftsman shapes you to be a perfect fit in Him.