Galactic Starveyors – The Image of the Invisible God

Colossians 1:15-16

He is the image of the invisible God,
the firstborn over all creation.
For everything was created by Him,
in heaven and on earth,
the visible and the invisible,
whether thrones or dominions
or rulers or authorities —
all things have been created through Him and for Him.

He is the image of the invisible God.

God revealed Himself to us through Jesus Christ – fully God and fully man. Even His name implies both.

Jesus was a common Jewish name during the time He walked on earth. He was born to a human and walked among us as a human so he had to have a human name.
Christ means Messiah or Anointed. Those who use this name for Jesus in scripture wanted their readers to know that Jesus wasn’t just a great man, a wise teacher, a healer, a compassionate friend…He was the one that the Jewish nation had been waiting for — the Messiah.

God spoke through Isaiah to let His people know that he was going to come to earth through Immanuel – “God with us.”

Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.

And Matthew translated that for us as he showed us in his gospel how the prophecy and the fulfillment came together.

Matthew 1:22-23 Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet: “Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear A Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which translated means, “God with us.”

John tells us that no one has seen God at any time. But we know from his writings and others that many saw “the image of the invisible God;” following him, loving him, disputing him, pursuing his destruction.

John 1:18 No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him.

Aren’t you thankful that God planned, before the foundation of the world, while we were yet sinners, to send Jesus Christ as his image so that we could know Him and be right with Him?

Father, thank you for sending Jesus Christ, the image of you – the invisible but all-powerful , all-knowing God. How we praise you, Father, for this opportunity to study Christ because knowing Him better helps us to know you better. Help our teaching come out of a passion for knowing you.

Are you committed?

Psalms 37:5 Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you.

I am really enjoying “Jesus Calling,” which is the most powerful devotional book I have ever encountered. This morning I was particularly struck by,

“Don’t divide your life into things you can do by yourself and things that require My help. Instead, learn to rely on Me in every situation.”

Busted!

Psalms says to commit EVERYTHING I do to The Lord – not just the stuff I can’t get on my own. And, if I REALLY did some soul searching, I’d probably realize there’s a lot less I can do on my own than I typically think.

Lord, help us rely on you in every moment today as we strive to make a difference in our world for you.

Postscript – I don’t read “Jesus Calling” as if God has given the writer new revelation and messages. Evidently, some people do – which is very dangerous. I read it, comparing it to God’s revelation to us through His word and find no new message. What I seek is the same kind of meditation on God’s Word that draw me closer to His presence. I think that matches up with His heart.

Are you in Egypt?

As I read my chronological Bible reading plan today (OliveTree Reader) I saw a parallel between Joseph of the Old Testament and me.

Joseph was sold as a slave and sent to Egypt. Are you in Egypt right now trying to figure out how you got there and what the Lord could possibly be doing in your life through this difficulty?

As you know, Joseph’s story ended up in an amazing way and he was able to see God’s hand in it.

4 “Please, come closer,” he said to them. So they came closer. And he said again, “I am Joseph, your brother, whom you sold into slavery in Egypt. 5 But don’t be upset, and don’t be angry with yourselves for selling me to this place. It was God who sent me here ahead of you to preserve your lives.

I’ve been in Egypt. Many years ago I went through a long separation and divorce with two young boys to raise. It was very difficult. Fortunately, the pain is so distant now that I know I don’t remember how much of struggle it was at times. And even moving to be closer to my family and good male role models for the boys was like going to a foreign country to an extent. I had no close friends, I took a 30% pay cut and working in a family business is not always a bed of roses.

Yet, now I can see that I had to get here to meet my husband of 16 years. Not only that, but God has helped me become a trusted leader in the family business as it has grown. God has been faithful to teach me all along when I was seeking His input.

I’m sure I wouldn’t be as dependent on him now if I hadn’t gone through that time. It was so worth it. One of my favorite songs summarizes how to survive the Egypt time, “When you can’t see His hand, trust His heart.”

If you are in Egypt, seek the Lord through it and He will bring you to the promised land.

Love Our Kids – Devo for Teachers – What Are You Afraid Of?

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise– in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?   Psalms 56:3-4 NIV

What are you afraid of?  Be honest before God and ask Him to replace your fear with praise.  Trust Him.  He has been so faithful.

Now think about the kids you are responsible for each day.  What are they afraid of?

  • Physical abuse?
  • Sexual abuse?
  • Being left alone
  • Not having enough to eat?
  • Moving . . . again?
  • Parents splitting up?

I pray that today you can give them stability – perhaps the only stability they have in their life.  I pray that you can be sensitive to needs – even when you don’t know what they are.  I pray that you will allow the Lord to replace YOUR fears with praise and trust.