"I will praise thee, for thou has answered me and has become my deliverer." Psalm118,21 (5.1.14)
"the god who answers by fire is God indeed." 1Kings18,24
"Then David built an altar to the Lord there and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings. And he called to the Lord and He answered him with fire from heaven on the altar of burnt offering." 1Chronicles21.26
Thirty-nine people died in the last few days from floods and tornadoes across a vast swath of the good ol' U.S.A., but we're asking questions about the future of the LA Clippers?
(And by the way, the stock market hit new highs yesterday.)
I stumbled upon someone in real need recently and the Lord gave me an answer for all of us- "Jesus cares about your life ( John3,16) and He will answer all your questions."
"Ask and you shall receive."
You and I shall receive an answer, if we want one.
But we live in a time, as one Christian rapper put it (T.E.S.T), in which "everyone is asking questions, but no one is looking for answers."
To ask a question is human (and so smart).
But to get an answer is divine.
To get his answer is our salvation
Only someone with real wisdom has answers to our questions, even the toughest ones.
God answered Abraham and Sarah, a barren couple- "this time next year..."
God answered Moses in the burning bush - 'go back to Egypt, where you killed that guy, to deliver my people."
God answered Isaiah's uncleaness- with fiery coals from the heavenly altar.
God answered the Apostle Paul's 'thorn in the flesh'- "my grace is sufficient for thee.'
His answer is our deliverance.
At the NRSV translation of Hosea 14,8 God defines himself as our answer man: "It is I who answer and look after you." To answer us is God's way of caring for us.
The Jesus I know is always answering my questions, if I have the courage to ask anyway. How so? By citing chapter and verse, by object lessons right in front of my face such as Ezekiel walking through the breached wall of Jerusalem. By sending someone with a word from him, like Micaiah. By giving me my belly full of what it feels like not to follow his word.
All these are answers.
All these are my salvation.
Jesus is our ever present help in our time of need, and God's final answer, an answer of mercy, until the day of judgment (Amos 8,11).
He is not fooled or stumped by our questions.
But we live in a time when we are being steered by insta technology and media not to ask Jesus much of anything. Folks are primed to ask Rush, or Amy, or Bill, or Mike, or Megan, or Howie or Ruth, or Dr. Oz. or Yahoo or ask.com or our "personal" computer or device. And all these do their best, given the limitations of their formatting, to give today's best "answer."
But thirty nine people died this week in the good old USA, and I'm asking Jesus. I want His answer.
I want his word, the final word.
A word in real time, with His wisdom and his mercy and faithfulness mixed in.
Praise the Holy NAME of Jesus, our savior and our answer man.
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