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|Posted on November 17, 2014 at 11:25 AM||comments (34)|
While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”
On a high mountain with Peter, James and John, when Jesus was transfigured and spoke with Moses and Elijah who appeared there, Peter had plans of his own and he voiced them, but was stopped by the Father in heaven, who explicitly told him..... “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”
Are you listening to Jesus? He once said.... My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.....
Jesus knows what's best for you. Listen to him. Let not your own voice or the voices of people crowd out the voice of the Savior. Look to him, listen to him, live for him. Be blessed and be a blessing.
|Posted on October 27, 2014 at 3:20 AM||comments (0)|
This morning as I went out for a walk, I noticed a few birds hopping and bathing in the small water pools, near our residence. The water came from a sprinkler system that watered the grass on the lawns. As I watched, the bigger birds time and again scared away the smaller birds like the sparrows by charging at them. There was enough water for all but the attitude of the big birds was surprising. The water was not theirs, it was freely given, yet they were not willing to accommodate the smaller ones. We can forgive them, for they are just birds; not as wise or intellectual or with reasoning power as us humans.
Looking at this from a Christian point of view, the blessings that come from accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior are for every Christian to experience and be blessed. The river of blessings flow because of Jesus' atoning work on the cross. The big birds should not look down on the smaller ones, for the price was paid by Jesus. God has released the blessings because of the obedience of his son. God is not limited by denominations or human reasoning. He says, "I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion. It does not, therefore, depend on man's desire or effort, but on God's mercy. (Romans 9:15, 16)
|Posted on October 25, 2014 at 4:20 AM||comments (1)|
God is interested in details, that's for sure. Consider the minute details of many things that he has included in his Word, especially in the Old Testament books. Some of us skip through these to more interesting portions. Reading the book of Ezra this day, I noticed the author writing about the number of silver and gold articles that were brought back to Jerusalem by them who were released from captivity. I don't think anyone would have objected if the author had just mentioned that the gold and silver articles that Nebuchadnezzar had taken from the temple in Jerusalem were brought back. But God, the Holy Spirit inspired the writer to mention the numbers.
This was the inventory: gold dishes 30, silver dishes 1,000, silver pans 29, gold bowls 30, matching silver bowls 410, other articles 1,000. In all, there were 5,400 articles of gold and of silver. Sheshbazzar brought all these along when the exiles came up from Babylon to Jerusalem.
God is interested in the details of our lives too. Things that people may consider trivial are important to him. Not only the big matters, we can take our smallest issues to our Lord....He will hear...he will care.....that's for sure.
|Posted on October 18, 2014 at 3:40 AM||comments (1)|
Then this Daniel was distinguished above the presidents and the satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm. Then the presidents and the satraps sought to find occasion against Daniel as touching the kingdom; but they could find no occasion nor fault, because he was faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in him. Then said these men, We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find it against him concerning the law of his God. (Daniel 6:3-5)
Daniel's enemies examined his life to find some fault, so that they could bring accusations against him to the king, but they could find nothing. They found that he was faithful and without error. Yet, they did not stop there. They knew that Daniel was a true Israelite and worshiped his God faithfully, so they devised a plan to trap him in that aspect. They made the king sign a royal statute that whoever shall ask a petition of any god or man for thirty days, except the king, he shall be cast into the den of lions.
Daniel did not swerve from his devotion to Almighty God and prayed and worshiped him, as was his routine; as a consequence, he was thrown in to the lion's den. His enemies were happy and thought that, that would be the last they saw of Daniel, but God Almighty had other plans; plans of not only rescuing Daniel and destroying his enemies, but more importantly, making his power and glory known to a gentile king.
Daniel had a testimony; the king had a decree to proclaim....
Daniel said......My God has sent his angel, and has shut the lions' mouths, and they have not hurt me; because as before him innocence was found in me; and also before you, O king, have I done no hurt.(Daniel 6:22)
The king decreed.....in all the dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel; for he is the living God, and steadfast forever, His kingdom that which shall not be destroyed; and his dominion shall be even to the end. (Daniel 6:26)
End of story......Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius, and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian. (Daniel 6:28)
If God has blessed and exalted you, know that the enemy is jealous of you and would want to put you down, as he did in the life of Daniel, but be assured that the plans of the enemy will not materialize for you have found favor with God. Another blessing awaits you.
|Posted on September 28, 2014 at 12:15 AM||comments (0)|
The Believer's Inheritance
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. (1 Peter 1:3-5)
Q. Where is the inheritance?
A. Inheritance kept in heaven. (1 Peter 1:4)
Q. What kind of an inheritance is it?
A. Inheritance never perishes, spoils or fades. (1 Peter 1:4)
Q. For whom is the inheritance?
A. For those who are called and sanctified.
For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant. (Hebrews 9:15)
Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.(Acts 20:32)
Q. How do you receive the inheritance?
A. By faith and obedience
By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. (Hebrews 11:8)
Q. What's the guarantee for the inheritance?
A. The Holy Spirit.
And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God's possession to the praise of his glory. (Ephesians 1:13-14)
Q. What's the inheritance?
A. Eternal Home: I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. (Revelation 21:2)
Eternal Life, Eternal Joy, Eternal Peace, Eternal Strength: He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. (Revelation 21:4)
Eternal fellowship with God: No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. (Revelation 22: 3, 4)
|Posted on September 22, 2014 at 11:00 AM||comments (0)|
I was pondering how much a change the Holy Spirit brings in our lives once we come to Christ and submit to the Word Of God. While in college, there was a time when bad language and coarse jesting dominated my life, perhaps not when with family, but when with friends and colleagues. It became a way of life, so as to say, for the company was so. But when I accepted Jesus as Savior, things started changing. The Spirit of God used the Word to cleanse me and the words that came to my mouth were filtered before they were uttered.
Put away perversity from your mouth; keep corrupt talk far from your lips. (Proverbs 4:24)
Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. (Ephesians 5:4)
and a few more guided me in the right path regarding this.
James, the writer of the epistle by his name, writes....
If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless. (James 1:26)
|Posted on September 21, 2014 at 2:50 AM||comments (0)|
I was reading about the history of the Bible the other day and was amazed how painstakingly manuscripts of the Old Testament and New Testament were written before the printing press was invented.
Manuscripts were written initially on papyrus (thin paper-like material made from the papyrus plant) and later on parchment or vellum (processed skin of animals). Papyrus scrolls were around 35 feet long, and about 10 inches high.
Imagine yourself holding one of these instead of the printed Bible that you have and if you happen to be the preacher reading and preaching from one of these.
To add to that, until the Bible was divided into chapters in the 13th century by Stephen Langton and into verses in the 16th century by French printer Robert Estienne, everything was put together. The oldest manuscripts were in Capital letters called Uncials and there were no spaces in between words with very little punctuation. Try reading IAMTHEWAYTHETRUTHANDTHELIFENOONECOMESTOTHEFATHEREXCEPTTHROUGHME. One may have to read a few times if not familiar, and imagine the elderly ones woes without proper vision.
Now when God has made it easy i.e. we have the printed God's Word in our hand's....people fight over versions, punctuation's and interpretations.
If you have a Bible, praise God brother, praise God sister.
|Posted on September 20, 2014 at 2:45 AM||comments (0)|
The Lord watches over you; the Lord is your shade at your right hand.... (Psalm 121:5)
When Abraham stayed in Gerar, he said of his wife Sarah, "She is my sister." So Abimelech, king of Gerar sent for Sarah and took her. But God came to Abimelech in a dream one night and said to him, "You are as good as dead because of the woman you have taken; she is a married woman." Abimelech had no bodily relations with her, so he said, "Lord, I am innocent. The man told me she was his sister and she said, 'he is my brother', 'I have done this with a clear conscience'." Then God said to him in the dream, "Yes, I know you did this with a clear conscience, and so I have kept you from sinning against me. That is why I did not let you touch her. Now return the man's wife, for he is a prophet, and he will pray for you and you will live. But if you do not return her, you may be sure that you and all yours will die."
Abimelech and his men were very afraid. When Abimelech confronted Abraham as to why he had lied to him, Abraham replied, "I said to myself, 'I see no fear of God in this place, and they will kill me because of my wife. Moreover, she is my sister as we have the same father."
"Then Abimelech brought sheep and cattle and male and female slaves and gave them to Abraham, and he returned Sarah his wife to him. And Abimelech said, "My land is before you; live wherever you like." To Sarah he (with some sarcasm) said, "I am giving your brother a thousand shekels of silver. This is to cover the offense against you before all who are with you; you are completely vindicated."
Abraham and Sarah had their limitations and short comings. They harbored fears. They tried to rely on half truths to protect themselves. Yet God was watching over them for their good. Things could have gone wrong very easily, but God was in control of the situation here, for Abraham. As he told Abimelech, "I have kept you from sinning against me. That is why I did not let you touch her."
God is watching over us too,...and at all times. He is there to intervene on our behalf in all situations of our lives. But let us not rely on half truths for our safety. The one who has called us in to the fellowship with his son, Jesus Christ is faithful. Let us look to him each day and sing what the Psalmist sang, "My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.(Psalm 121:2)
|Posted on September 17, 2014 at 2:25 AM||comments (0)|
Reading about William Tyndale recently, I realized that many are the heroes of the Christian faith, some among them martyrs, who have paid the price for the translation, printing and publication of the Bible in English.
Tyndale, called by some as "The father of the English Bible", underwent immense persecution, imprisonment and finally was strangled and burned at the stake in 1536 for translating the Bible in to English.
At a time when Bible translation was prohibited by the church, he had a burning desire to make available the Bible in English, so that the commoner in England could easily read it. Educated in Oxford and Cambridge, he could speak seven languages and was good at Hebrew and Greek.
He traveled to Hamburg, Germany and worked on the New Testament and got it printed in Cologne, but the press was raided; he however escaped with the printed pages to the city Worms where the New Testament was soon published. Around 6000 copies were published and smuggled to England. King Henry VIII was furious. Some bishops burnt the bibles, others bought them to destroy them. Another called it the
"Testament of the Antichrist."
Tyndale hid in Antwerp and began translating the Old Testament while the King's soldiers searched England and Europe for him.
Finally, Henry Phillips, an Englishman, who befriended him, betrayed his trust and Tyndale was captured by soldiers.
On October 6, 1536 he killed by strangling and burning. Some say, his last prayer was "Lord, open the eyes of the King of England." Around 3 years later, King Henry VIII ordered every church in England to make a copy of the English Bible available to its worshipers.
Around 90% of the King James Version and 75% of the Revised Standard Version are from the Bible translated into English by William Tyndale.
I believe when he was burnt at the stake, Jesus was welcoming him in heaven saying, "Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!" (Matthew 25:21)
|Posted on September 15, 2014 at 10:45 AM||comments (0)|
An old pastor used to visit my clinic in Kerala, India, a few years back. He was in his nineties, short, bald and very frail. It was on the insistence of his children that he used to come for check ups. The moment he stepped in to the clinic, I knew he was there, because he always had a song in his mouth regarding the Lord Jesus Christ. Most of his songs were regarding eternal life and life with Jesus in heaven. It seemed that he was already living in heaven though on earth. Hope and confidence ++. Not that he was in the best of health, yet the praises were flowing. I marvelled at his love for the Lord. Later, one day, his son, also a pastor, called me to tell me that his father had passed away, the previous night. He continued, "Last night, my father called us as a family to his bedside and told us that his time was up and he was ready to meet his Savior. He spoke of angels coming to take him and breathed his last with a smile on his face." I was at his funeral and testified regarding my observance of this holy servant of God. Praise God for such confidence, such hope........
Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. (2 Corinthians 5:1)
|Posted on September 15, 2014 at 3:30 AM||comments (0)|
God, The Watcher
Then the Lord said to Cain, "Where is your brother Abel?" "I don't know," he replied. "Am I my brother's keeper?" The Lord said, "What have you done? Listen! Your brother's blood cries out to me from the ground. (Genesis 4:9, 10)
The first murder on earth had taken place and the Lord was watching it all. Cain had killed his brother Abel because he was jealous and angry that God had looked with favor only on his brother's offering and not on his. Though warned by God, Cain in his anger took his brother's life. Sin had mastered him and he buried his dead brother in the ground.
When God questioned him regarding the whereabouts of his brother, he replied, "Am I my brother's keeper?"
God rebuked him and punished him. A curse was upon him that his tilling of the ground would be unfruitful and that he would be a vagabond.
How true then, what the Psalmist sings.....
The Lord is in his holy temple; the Lord is on his heavenly throne. He observes the sons of men; his eyes examine them. The Lord examines the righteous, but the wicked and those who love violence his soul hates. On the wicked he will rain fiery coals and burning sulfur; a scorching wind will be their lot. For the Lord is righteous, he loves justice; upright men will see his face. (Psalm 11:4-7)
The Apostle John exhorts us in this manner.....
Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own actions were evil and his brother's were righteous. (1 John 3:12)
John goes 1 step ahead and writes.....
Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life in him. (1 John 3:15)
Great advice to all of us, who are believers in Jesus Christ.
|Posted on August 30, 2014 at 3:55 AM||comments (0)|
But in your great mercy you did not put an end to them or abandon them, for you are a gracious and merciful God. (Nehemiah 9:31)
What a great privilege it is to serve a merciful God!
Nehemiah writes about God's "great mercy" towards his chosen ones. Despite their unfaithfulness and stubbornness, God did not put an end to them or abandon them.
He did punish them for their rebellion, but did not put an end to them or abandon them.
His promise to "never leave nor forsake" remains true even for us. No doubt, as believers in Jesus Christ, he disciplines us for our sins, yet he shows mercy.
Do not fear that the Lord will abandon you, even if you have strayed from him. He is the one who leaves the 99 faithful sheep in the open country and goes searching for the one lost.
Luke, the Physician writes,
"Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, 'Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.' (Luke 15:4-6)
O lost sheep, your Shepherd seeks you. And when he finds you, he intends to joyfully put you on his shoulder and rejoice; so great is his mercy.
Good Shepherd Jesus, we love you, for you are a gracious and merciful God.
|Posted on August 21, 2014 at 3:55 AM||comments (0)|
God, The Adorner
The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. (Genesis 3:21)
Adam and Eve, who realized they were naked after they disobeyed God and had eaten the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, were clothed by God for the first time with garments of skin. God cared for them even though they had disobeyed him.
In his righteous judgement, he drove them out from the garden of Eden, but before sending them away, he showed them that he still loved them, by clothing them.
The perfectness of their relationship with their Creator was broken, yet it was not severed completely by this loving act of his.
A statement made by Eve after the birth of her first son, points to God maintaining his love and fellowship with them....
Adam lay with his wife Eve, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain. She said, "With the help of the Lord I have brought forth a man." (Genesis 4:1)
No doubt she must have gone through pain during labor as said earlier by God; nevertheless, she acknowledged that it was God who helped her bring forth a child.
The love of God clothes us with Christ and salvation, on believing in Jesus' atoning work on the cross.
This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. (1 John 4:9, 10)
Great is God's love.
|Posted on August 17, 2014 at 3:40 AM||comments (0)|
In that day; "Sing about a fruitful vineyard: I, the Lord, watch over it; I water it continually. I guard it day and night so that no one may harm it."(Isaiah 27:2, 3)
God desires that his chosen ones be fruitful; that his church be a fruitful vineyard; so He watches over it, waters it and guards it. In a world filled with chaos and confusion, God's vineyard is kept safe by God, despite furious and repeated attacks of the enemy.
Everyday thousands accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and the Church is growing. God waters the Church by His Word spoken by His servants. The Holy Spirit watches over the church and the angels of God guard it day and night. There are constant wars in the heavenly's involving the body of believer's with Satan and his cohorts fighting against the angels of God. Sometimes the Church suffers loss, but the Church remains strong, protected by the blood of the Lamb.
We are to be a fruitful vineyard to the Lord, not warring against each other, but following God's greatest command to love each other, despite our differences in doctrines.
Jesus emphasized this when he spoke about him being the "True Vine" in John Ch.15...
My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. (John 15:12)
This is my command: Love each other. (John 15:17)
God's desires regarding His Vineyard will be fulfilled and His name will be glorified forever; that's for sure. As branches of the "True Vine- Jesus", let's be fruitful at all times.
|Posted on August 9, 2014 at 3:20 AM||comments (0)|
God, The Righteous Judge
But the Lord God called to the man, "Where are you?" He answered, "I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid." And he said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?" The man said, "The woman you put here with me - she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it." Then the Lord God said to the woman, "What is this you have done?" The woman said, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate."(Genesis 3:9-13)
4 questions were asked by Almighty God, the Righteous Judge, to his first human creations.
3 to Adam....
"Where are you?"
"Who told you that you were naked?
"Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?"
1 to Eve....
"What is this you have done?"
There was no justifiable answer; Adam blamed Eve, Eve blamed the serpent, but none of it could save them from being removed from their perfect environment. God pronounced curses upon the serpent, Satan, Adam, Eve and the earth. The sufferings of mankind began then and continues. Jesus Christ came to set mankind free from the curses upon them and those who believe in his atoning sacrifice on the cross are set free. Yet while they live on earth, there are sufferings. Summing this up,Paul, the Apostle writing to the Romans says,
We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. (Romans 8:22, 23)
O, What a glorious day that will be when we achieve the redemption of our bodies. Hallelujah!
|Posted on July 30, 2014 at 2:20 AM||comments (0)|
God The Arranger
So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man's ribs and closed up the place with flesh. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. (Genesis 2:21, 22)
God did not want his first creation "man" to be alone and so he decided to make a helper suitable for him. Anesthesia and surgery took many centuries to come in to our world, but here we see God putting the man in to a deep sleep and operating on him. Painless, blood less and suture less surgeries are being advertised these days but the Almighty was at work even at the beginning of all life, setting a trend that his human creations would eventually follow.
All comparisons with humans cease when we think of the final stage of creation of the first woman. God Almighty transformed the rib that he had taken from man in to a woman. Awesome is God, the Creator.
Finally he brought her to the man. God set up a family, arranging someone whom Adam could relate to and immediately we see Adam saying, "This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called 'woman, ' for she was taken out of man."(Genesis 2:23)
Even today, God arranges people and situations in our favor as we look unto him and call upon him faithfully.
|Posted on July 20, 2014 at 7:20 AM||comments (0)|
God The Planter
And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. (Genesis 2:8)
God was in love with his creations from the beginning, so we read in the first two chapters of the Bible. Jesus spoke of Father God as the gardener.....
"I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. (John 15:1)
This was not something the Father started when Jesus did his Father's will on earth.
In the title verse we read of Almighty God, the Planter.
He planted a garden eastward in Eden and.....
He took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. (Genesis 2:15)
Imagine God the Father watching Adam as he worked in the garden. Moses writes....
And the Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground; trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. Also.....
A river watering the garden flowed from Eden..
God intended fellowship from the beginning and still does. But for sin, the fellowship would have been perfect.
Yet, his intention of fellowship remains alive with the Holy Spirit he gives to all who accept Jesus as Savior.
And these verses from John 14, sums up God's intention of everlasting fellowship with his righteous ones......
Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God ; trust also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. (John 14:1-3)
Praise the Lord.
|Posted on July 19, 2014 at 12:25 AM||comments (0)|
God, the life giver
And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
The breath of God brought life to the first man created by him and he became a living being. Every organ in his body started functioning simultaneously. And then God brought to him the woman who was made out of one of his ribs; and he exclaimed..." This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man."
Wonder when they must have seen their own selves; perhaps a reflection in the waters.
Come to think of it, our bodies with its varied functioning organs are so complex in its being, it is such a huge miracle that it works efficiently. But for sin, it would have remained perfect without sickness and decay. Yet, there is definite hope for those who have believed in the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross that they will receive perfection in their bodies in the resurrection of the righteous.
|Posted on July 13, 2014 at 4:20 AM||comments (0)|
And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.
It was not that God was tired that he rested after creating all things. So, was he setting an example for his human creations then? Perhaps! Our bodies and minds need rest regularly so that they are refreshed. A refreshed body and mind can function better than them that are stressed. Over stress of our beings can be detrimental, resulting in physical and mental illnesses. Since our body is the temple of the living God, let's take care of it as long as we live.
|Posted on July 12, 2014 at 3:30 AM||comments (0)|
Almighty God- Planner, Creator, Provider, Blesser
In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth
Genesis Chapter 1 speaks of Almighty God planning and creating everything and then providing for and blessing his creations. His final creation, he decided to make in his own image and likeness and give him dominion over all other creations of his. His provision of food for his living creations establishes him as the Provider from the beginning of creation. We see an Almighty God satisfied with his own work and blessing the works of his hands. God is THE planner, creator, provider & blesser and wondrous are his ways. Praise be to his holy name.