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Thinking Through the Bible

THINKING UPSIDE DOWN January 26, 2009

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Brandt and John

Brandt and John

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Grandchildren sure light up my life. They remind us of God’s infinite ability to create. Each child is, of course, entirely unique, but also a reminder of the families’ genes from which he comes.
He is our creator; we are the clay, not the potter who molds it. Remembering that principle makes all the difference in how we live. These three boys remind us all of that everyday!

Isaiah used this Creator principle to rebuke the citizens of Jerusalem 2700 years ago:

“Ah, you who hide deep from the LORD your counsel, whose deeds are in the dark, and who say, ‘Who sees us? Who knows us?”
You turn things upside down! Shall the potter be regarded as the clay, that the thing made should say of its maker, ‘He did not make me’; or the thing formed say of him who formed it, ‘He has no understanding’? (Isaiah 29:15-16)

Probably the most important thing to teach little children is a regard for God as their Creator. Do all you can to instill it early because that view of God leads to reverence and awe. All of our earth and what we can see of the universe screams it. And that screaming will be a reminder to them the rest of their lives not to turn things upside down
thinking they are in charge and God has nothing to do with their daily lives.
Of course, upside down thinking has lots of repercussions for you as well. Are you approaching God with reverence, respect, and a biblical fear? In that awesome day of His judgment (or your physical death), are you righteous enough or perfect enough to enter His holy and pure presence? Why should He let you into His courtyard? Upside down thinking has all kind of answers–even to believing there is no life after death.

“It (

righteousness, perfect life) will be counted to us who believe in Him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification” (Romans 4 :24-25).
We have to ask the right questions to think correctly about spiritual things. The question is not: Do I talk to God? Or to use a currently popular way of putting it: Do I have a personal relationship with God?
The real question is: Since God is just and perfectly holy, how can I even think about entering His presence? Who am I to claim to have a personal relationship with the Creator of the universe? The books of Isaiah and Romans have the answers. Read them, asking the right questions! I will come along beside you and help.

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Devotional For Mothers January 16, 2009

Children want our attention. Have you noticed? Just pick up the phone and see what they can get into! My grandchildren love it when I have no other agenda than to play with them–at their level. It’s great not to have that electricity in the air which occurs when a pre-schooler is competing for attention. Just let Daddy walk in the door and desire a conversation with you…you can feel that tension. It goes much better if everyone focuses on welcoming him home and if he has no agenda himself for a half hour. That’s not so easy when everyone arrives home together. But, wise decisions show their correctness later on.

Don’t ask for a blueprint. Take biblical principles and work these daily things out for yourself. Talking about them help you “work it out.”

Identify the foundational principles that apply to the circumstances.They frequently seem to conflict.

Children are self-centered, immature, and are affected like all of us by the sinfulness of human nature.

Children must be trained, corrected… helped to grow…sometimes disciplined.

We are all to love God and each other.

Honor your father and your mother.

What other biblical principles do you think apply here?

Think about how these principles impact what you do.
If I had my grandchildren every day, my non-agenda approach would be impossible. If I over-focused on their natural self-centeredness, I might think it wrong to play so much with them. If I only thought about training and correcting, then playing would seem like a waste of time. If I forgot they need correction and discipline, what kind of grandparent would I be? If I played only fun things with no reference to God or just a quick prayer….oops. Out of balance again.

Enjoy your freedom to do things the way you think is best.

Just remember to keep a clear conscience, serve the LORD with gladness, and pray that God will bless your thinking it out for yourself.