VIDEO 20/20 The Heavy Hand of God

I will guide you with My eye. Psalm 32:8

Earlier this year, Ashley Winter, 37, of Hereford, England, set a new Guinness World Record after running a mile in 10 minutes, 11 seconds while blindfolded. Perhaps you’re wondering why anyone would run blindfolded. It was for a good cause. Winter suffers from keratoconus, a vision-impairing eye disease, and he was raising money for a foundation that supports medical breakthroughs in ophthalmology. 

Pity those who run the race of life blindfolded! What if there was no divine plan for our life? What if every step was a gamble, and every mile a riddle? What if our entire journey was without God’s guidance?

Thankfully, there is a divine plan for us! God knows and orders the arrangement for every day. He knows tomorrow as well as He knows yesterday. And He invites us to ask Him for guidance at every point. He guides us with His eye, so that our own eyes can see the way.

If you’re at a juncture or facing some hard decisions today, claim the promise of Psalm 32:8—He will guide you with His eye.

The first condition of securing real guidance in our daily life is to ask it, and that the next is to look for it, and… the third is to be quite willing to accept it. Alexander Maclaren


The Heavy Hand of God, Psalm 32 – Pastor Chuck Smith – Topical Bible Study

You Will See Her Again

For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive .1 Corinthians 15:22

The room was dim and silent as I pulled a chair close to Jacquie’s bed. Before a three-year battle with cancer, my friend had been a vibrant person. I could still picture her laughing—eyes full of life, her face lit with a smile. Now she was quiet and still, and I was visiting her in a special care facility.

Not knowing what to say, I decided to read some Scripture. I pulled my Bible out of my purse and turned to a reference in 1 Corinthians and began to read.

After the visit and an emotional time in the seclusion of my parked car, a thought came to mind that slowed my tears: You’ll see her again. Caught up in sadness, I had forgotten that death is only temporary for believers (1 Corinthians 15:21–22). I knew I’d see Jacquie again because both of us had trusted in Jesus’ death and resurrection for the forgiveness of our sin (vv. 3–4). When Jesus came back to life after His crucifixion, death lost its ultimate power to separate believers from each other and from God. After we die, we’ll live again in heaven with God and all of our spiritual brothers and sisters—forever.

Because Jesus is alive today, believers in Him have hope in times of loss and sorrow. Death has been swallowed up in the victory of the cross (v. 54).

By:  Jennifer Benson Schuldt

Reflect & Pray

How has God comforted you in times of sorrow? How might He want to use you to comfort someone who’s grieving today?

Dear Jesus, thank You for dying for my sin. I believe that You’re alive today because God raised You from the dead.

Read Life After Loss: Grieving with Hope at DiscoverySeries.org/CB131

Prayer for the Church

Colossians 1:1-8

Although we’re usually quick to bring God our own requests and the needs of loved ones, we must also remember to pray for our local churches. If you’re not sure where to start, the apostle Paul’s writings offer some help. Today’s passage, from his letter to the Colossian believers, expresses gratitude for what the Lord has done in four specific areas of their lives:

  1. Faith. God’s salvation is something we should never take for granted. Thank Him for bringing the gospel to the people in your church and giving them the faith to believe.
  2. Love. Ask the Lord to increase their love for one another so they can respond—both inside and outside the church—as Christ would. 
  3. Hope. Pray that the hope of heaven would be their focus rather than the fleeting pleasures and values of this world.
  4. Truth. Praise the Lord for the gospel, which has been proclaimed in your church. Ask that it would bear fruit and increase so more people will understand its truth and receive God’s grace.

Let’s make it a habit, perhaps on Sundays, to spend time praying for our church and pastor, asking God to accomplish His will through them

You Must Be Filled with the Knowledge of His Will

“For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding.” (Colossians 1:9)

Paul has chosen a particular word, pleroo, to describe an action that “fills to the top” so that the knowledge about which he prays has no more space to fill. While speaking to his friends in Rome, Paul said that he was “persuaded of you, my brethren, that ye also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another” (Romans15:14).

This includes the kind of knowledge (Greek epignosis) of God’s will that stresses precise and complete understanding of that will for our lives. “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness….that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature.” These “things” (the knowledge, the precious promises) enable us to escape “the corruption that is in the world through lust” (2 Peter 1:3-4).

This magnificent and complete knowledge of His will includes the wisdom (Greek sophia) to use the knowledge acquired by experience. And even that grace God made to abound “toward us in all wisdom and prudence” (Ephesians 1:8), which, since it comes from God, is “first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy” (James 3:17).

The wonderful knowledge and wisdom that God has provided for us includes a spiritual understanding (Greek pneumatikos sunesis), an ability to put complicated matters together with the “mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:16). Indeed, “he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man” (1 Corinthians 2:15). “Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things” (2 Timothy 2:7). HMM III

Just Stop Tinkering

And she called the name of the LORD that spake unto her, Thou God seest me: for she said, Have I also here looked after him that seeth me? —Genesis 16:13

Faith is the least self-regarding of the virtues. It is by its very nature scarcely conscious of its own existence. Like the eye which sees everything in front of it and never sees itself, faith is occupied with the Object upon which it rests and pays no attention to itself at all. While we are looking at God we do not see ourselves—blessed riddance. The man who has struggled to purify himself and has had nothing but repeated failures will experience real relief when he stops tinkering with his soul and looks away to the perfect One. While he looks at Christ, the very things he has so long been trying to do will be getting done within him. It will be God working in him to will and to do….

When we lift our inward eyes to gaze upon God we are sure to meet friendly eyes gazing back at us, for it is written that the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout all the earth. The sweet language of experience is “Thou God seest me” (Genesis 16:13). When the eyes of the soul looking out meet the eyes of God looking in, heaven has begun right here on this earth.   POG084-086

Keep my eyes fixed on You, Lord. Help me to stop tinkering and realize my total inability to change. I look to You to change me and give me victory as I focus on Your friendly eyes looking lovingly at me. Amen.

The Divine Displacement

Sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh. —1 Peter 3:15

With [the] desire to please men so deeply implanted within us how can we uproot it and shift our life-drive from pleasing men to pleasing God?

Well, no one can do it alone, nor can he do it with the help of others, nor by education nor by training nor by any other method known under the sun. What is required is a reversal of nature (that it is a fallen nature does not make it any the less powerful) and this reversal must be a supernatural act.

That act the Spirit performs through the power of the gospel when it is received in living faith. Then He displaces the old with the new. Then He invades the life as sunlight invades a landscape and drives out the old motives as light drives away darkness from the sky. POM029-030

We ought never to confound the things we do with what God does. We get ready for Him. We place ourselves in position, and the fire descends. We sanctify ourselves that He might sanctify us. It is God’s work. SAN017

Too Fast for Me!

Hebrews 13:8

In the early 19th century, railroads ran at what were considered dangerous speeds. After all, God never intended people to travel at 10 miles per hour!

Over the years life has accelerated to keep pace with transportation. In 1947 Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier. Today military fighter planes fly at three times the speed of sound.

The year 1996 marked the 50th anniversary of the ENIAC computer. It was the size of a grade school gym and used enough electricity to light a major U.S. city. Now computers are sub-notebook in size. The computer you bought yesterday may become obsolete before the warranty expires.

Some industry experts calculate that computer performance and power will double every 18 months. If so, the one I am using now will soon be as antiquated as a quill pen.

Life is whizzing by at 100 megahertz (and then some) every minute of every day. Just yesterday we saw our kids watching “Sesame Street.” Now we are wondering, “How can we pay for college?” Where did the time go?

If you feel things are speeding faster than you can control, you are right. Even when we are sitting still, the earth is zipping along on its solar orbit going 66,000 miles per hour.

Technology is not the only thing that is speeding ahead at a reckless pace. In terms of personal and spiritual ethics, things that used to be clearly right and clearly wrong are now relative and open to individual interpretation. Right is wrong and wrong right in many cases.

Is there something or someone in the entire world that is stable, solid and worthy of my trust that won’t be obsolete in the near future? Yes! Scripture reminds us that the grace of God is eternal, secure and unchanging. It is never out of fashion. It never spoils or fades. It doesn’t come with an expiration date.

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).

Those who know Jesus as their personal Savior from sin can count on His grace never changing. He is as powerful for their needs as He has been throughout generations.

A. Kenneth Wilson, The War Cry