All Things to Enjoy

Raymond Rewerts

READ : 1 Timothy 6:17–21 As for the rich . . . charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. (v. 17) Several important suggestions come to us from this verse. First, those who are wealthy in earthly goods should not trust in uncertain riches. Riches are uncertain! So let us not trust in them. Rather, let us be prepared to …

The Dream and the Reality

Raymond Rewerts

READ : Numbers 14:1–10 And they said to one another, “Let us choose a leader and go back to Egypt.” (v. 4) Sometimes experiences don’t live up to their advanced billing, and the resulting frustration can lead to depression or despair. Two people may think it’s a good idea to get married, but the harsh reality doesn’t live up to the expectations. Maybe you’ve planned to go to an exciting vacation spot only to find it far less than you …

An Awesome God

Raymond Rewerts

READ : Habakkuk 3:1–6 O Lord, I have heard the report of you, and your work, O Lord, do I fear. (v. 2) Those who today boast of having had a personal experience with the living God usually communicate such attitudes with joy, energetic enthusiasm, and wordy descriptions of their feelings. In contrast, those who in biblical times met God often were thoroughly shaken. They were strangely silent and sometimes withdrew for deep reflection on the meaning of the event. …

An Awesome God

Raymond Rewerts

READ : Habakkuk 3:1–6 O Lord, I have heard the report of you, and your work, O Lord, do I fear. (v. 2) Those who today boast of having had a personal experience with the living God usually communicate such attitudes with joy, energetic enthusiasm, and wordy descriptions of their feelings. In contrast, those who in biblical times met God often were thoroughly shaken. They were strangely silent and sometimes withdrew for deep reflection on the meaning of the event. …

It’s Not So Simple

Raymond Rewerts

READ : Habakkuk 1:5–17 Look among the nations, and see; wonder and be astounded. For I am doing a work . . . that you would not believe if told. (v. 5) Recently a man confessed, “I really don’t know what to make of my religion. It seems to me that it has been just a lot of superstition.” He went on to explain, “I think I saw it as a way of doing the right thing so that nothing …

The Big Spender

Raymond Rewerts

READ : John 12:1–11 Mary therefore took a pound of expensive ointment . . . and anointed the feet of Jesus. (v. 3) Every so often we come across the proverbial “big spender.” He overtips the waitress; he doesn’t hesitate to make a night of it and sign the tab for over a hundred dollars. She says she “owes it to herself” and buys that outrageously priced dress. Mary, the sister of Lazarus and Martha, took a pound of costly …