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Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Worship | CNN reports...

Every day at 8:30am, Maxwell staff spend a few minutes together worshiping the Lord. Every week, a different faculty member is assigned to the week's worships. This week, it's "Mr. Webb's" turn. I'll be publishing my worship thoughts to the site every morning (hopefully). Today's worship: God reveals his self to us through His providential care.

STAFF MEETING ROOM - Did you see the news on CNN this morning? Did you catch the top headlines? “Going Hungry: World runs out of food.” Or “Countries unable to harvest anything this year.” Or “All cropped out: Drought kills off over 90% of earth’s vegetation.” Or, my favorite, “Price of rice in China shoots up to $500,000 a grain.”

What? You didn’t? Well, praise God!

17He proved he is real by showing kindness, by giving you rain from heaven and crops at the right times, by giving you food and filling your hearts with joy." (Acts 14:17 NCV)

Every day, we ask God for this blessing and that blessing, and every day, God pours out everything’s got on us. We pray for guidance, for help, for whatever thing, colossal or trivial, and he hears us and keeps on giving. And the best part is he loves to do it.

A simple flip through the pages of the Old Testament leaves no doubt about this fact. It’s hard, if not impossible, to hit a page where he hasn’t done something for his people. He leads armies into battles. He knocks buildings’ walls down. He makes iron hatchets float like a Nerf ball.

“My kids are being chased by bad guys and are about to be trapped against the sea? Let’s open it up and let them walk through.”

“Some of my most promising young leaders are about to be roasted in the oven? Ok, we’ll block the heat from them so they don’t even sweat.”

“My people are about to take a 40-year long hike through the wilderness and they didn’t being any groceries? Ok, I’ll just create a whole new type of food and rain it down on them.”

God loves giving to us, and we love receiving his blessings: quite literally, a match made in heaven. Is there a better, more effective way for him to prove it to us? We can live in the city and not experience nature, per say. The law he’s place on us can be misinterpreted as something bad. Some people don’t appreciate the scriptures. Jesus is huge to Christians, but isn’t he that guy who lived 2,000 years ago? What can he do for me now?

Our father’s providential care is daily, constant, and unending. Praise him for giving to us, without restraint. Today, take some time to consider what he’s done for you in just the last 24 hours. It doesn’t have to be shown on CNN to be the top story in your life.


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