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The Living God

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by Tim Watts
As the chapter of another year of our life closes, perhaps the most encouraging fact before us is the opportunity to worship and serve "the living God." Likely most who read this journal understand and ap­preciate this ONE who deserves to be the object of our worship. Nonetheless, remind­ing ourselves of the existence of He who "breathed into" our "nostrils the breath of life" should help keep us on track, solidify our youth and provide us all with blessed assurance in a world that every day seems to grow more unsettled!
In Matt. 16, Jesus inquired of His disci­ples concerning what others were saying about Him. Of Peter he directly asked "Whom say ye that I am?" Peter answered, "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God." This apostle knew Jesus not to be the son of some mythical being or even an image made of stone, wood or metal. Rather, he lifted up the Saviour to be the offspring of "the living God." In I Tim. 3:15, Paul spoke of our relationship to the church as Christians. He spoke of what should be our behavior "in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth." The God who sent His Son to die for our sins and pur­chase the church by such is ALIVE! Friend, He is alive and living today. No god or goddess that mere mortal man has ever fashioned has been able to provide a Sav­iour. We should be humbled by this fact.
As a parent, I feel a tremendous obliga­tion to convey to my children how depend­ent they will always be upon this "living God." David wrote in Ps. 50:10 - "For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills." It all belongs to God but He shares it with us. Man can think himself to be so self-sufficient. If he surrounds himself with treasures of this earth and enjoys good health he may come to believe that he is really in control. When folks are prosperous and all is going well we may have a tendency to forget where our blessings come from. Let us develop a habitual inner self - government within our boys and girls that ever looks to "the living God" for life, health and the right exercise of our minds. Such a mindset, we pray, will guide them in choosing a mate for life who likewise honors and faithfully serves this Supreme Being!
Unfortunately, American culture is acquiring a more satisfying "taste" for things that deny Jehovah's existence or His Judg­ment to come. Some believe God is dead. Others may wish He were dead so they could have no thought of consequence for their ungodly deeds. God is not dead! There were those in Thessalonica who "turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God" (I Thess. 1:9). They turned from that without life, intellect and compassion, to serve God who is alive and without error. Such allegiance is required of any nation or any individual should they be "delivered from the wrath to come."
The lyrics of an old hymn suggest: "All along on the road to the soul's true abode-There's an eye watching you. Every step that you take this great eye is awake-There's an eye watching you." As Christians we are grateful not only for His existence but also for His loving presence and protection. Jehovah is worthy of our adoration. He is worthy of our praise and reverence. He deserves to be glorified by our faithful obedience. After all, He is the ONLY "true and living God." -454 Wilson Hill Road, Readyville, Tennessee 37149


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