As I thought about what I would write for my first Overseer Blog posting, I suddenly realized just how unqualified I am for the task. Not so much for the task of filling the role of Overseer, although that alone is humbling beyond belief, but for writing something down that others may look to as an insight into God’s word. Yikes!
For those of you who like a good western, you may have seen the movie “Quigley Down Under.” In my humble opinion it is a good movie. In this film the star, Matthew Quigley, played by Tom Selleck coins a phrase that I keep in my memory bank and use from time to time. The phrase is “That’s for sure and for certain.” So borrowing his phrase let me try this blogging thing on for size.
Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so…is the only thing that I can honestly say fits within Quigley’s phrase for me; “That’s for sure and for certain.” At least it sort of sums it up for me. Everything else seems to have been thought through over and over, written down time and again, analyzed, opinionized, catergorized, and viewed from every possible perspective by men far more learned and much smarter than I. At times, I question whether or not there are really any original thoughts left on the subject of the Bible.
Now that we have that established let me comment on some of what we read the week of 2-13-11.
I think Psalm 37 is worth some discussion. It is of course a psalm of David. Did you know or notice that each verse in this psalm begins with a letter of the Hebrew alphabet? Example…two verses of this psalm begin with Aleph, two with Beth, two with Gimel, right on through the alphabet. Think about that. It is similar to the way we teach our kids. “A” is for apple, “B” is for baby, “C” is for cat and so it goes. One difference is that our children’s books generally have pictures and there is a definite shortage of pictures in the Bible.
Many of us have something in common with David that is described in both Psalm 37 and then again in 73. It bugged David when evil people prospered. I have to admit it bugs me right here right now in today’s world. David came to a conclusion that seems to help a bit. He concluded not unlike Asaph in psalm 73 that someday the wicked will be cut down and like grass that has been cut it soon withers away. I can recall a fairly recent conversation with some guys where we were discussing how God could have allowed a wicked evil guy like Hitler to do some of the terrible things he did. How about Musolini and all of his atrocities? You don’t have to go nearly that far in world history to find evil dudes but those are a couple who might be somewhere near the top of more than one list. But where are those men
today? Give God time and He will deal with the evil and wicked people.
What can we do today when we see so many evil doers prospering? Might I suggest psalm 37:3 & 4. “Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” These were promises for Israel but I think it applies to us today. Far be it from me to say that you can translate any of this into “He is therefore going to bless my career or my personal financial investments. It does however point to the fact that He will shower you with spiritual blessings. Then in verse 4 he tells us something else we can do; “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Wow! His promises just get better as long as we keep the proper perspective.
God was telling Israel don’t spend time or effort worrying about the evil doers. Trust in me and I will take care of you. I think that is still His message to us today. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will do this…”and that’s for sure and for certain.”
Posted on Thu, February 17, 2011
by Jim Wilson