Thursday, October 23, 2014



For behold, He who forms mountains, And creates the wind, Who declares to man what his thought is, And makes the morning darkness, Who treads the high places of the earth— The LORD God of hosts is His name.  (Amos 4:13)

God alone is the Fountain of Life—the Spring from Whom we may drink and find satisfaction.  All the wells of this world, promise much, yet are as drinking water from the ocean—the more you consume, the thirstier you become.  No wonder that Hell is a place of endless thirst, for it is a place devoid of the Presence of God except for His wrath.

A foretaste of Heaven can be ours, as we enjoy the Blessed Lord now.  We are invited to drink deeply from the well of salvation, in anticipation of the River that flows from the throne of God above, that we shall enjoy eternally.

Who is this God that we may enjoy today?

Amos describes Him as, “He who forms mountains.”  The God who has molded the mountains, can shape us into His grand design.  The Potter takes the human clay and forms us on the wheel of Providence for His glorious purposes. 

He “creates the wind.”  Where does the wind come from?  The Creator has ordained the refreshing breeze to blow.  He sends the Wind of His Spirit to blow upon us as we wilt under the searing sun of this world’s harsh environment, causing us to stand erect and bloom in beauty.

The Eternal Word “declares to man what his thought is.”  We can know the mind of Omniscience for He reveals Himself in His Book, and instructs us by His Spirit.  Imagine—we are directed by the One Who knows the end from the beginning and in every twist and turn of life’s road will show us the way as an unerring Guide! 

Our God “makes the morning darkness,” as when the Jews in the wilderness had the pillar of cloud by day to overshadow them.  In the desert of this spiritual wilderness we must travel, we are sheltered under His shadow. 

He “ treads the high places of the earth.”  It is our privilege to walk with Him, and gaze upon the wondrous vistas and breathe in the exhilarating air—and what a Companion we have to enjoy it with!  Surely there are valleys we must travel through, but He brings us to mountaintop experiences as well.

He is “The LORD”—the Great I AM.  Whatever we need, He is I AM: I am Bread when you are hungry; Water when you are thirsty; Rest when you are weary; Comfort when you are troubled; Mercy when you need forgiveness; Strength when you are challenged; Refuge when you are threatened…and we could go on and on.  God does not supply these needs apart from Himself, but imparts Himself as the fulfillment of the need—an Inexhaustible Supply as an Infinite Source. 

He is “God of hosts” who directs the armies of Heaven—His angel soldiers that He sends to encamp around those who fear Him, therefore, we need fear no man, nor circumstance.  Not even the demons of Hell are a match for Him!  He that brought down the Dragon, and crushed him will grind Satan beneath our feet.

Let Him be the center of our thoughts, the focus of our affections, the goal of our steps—our magnificent obsession.  What a difference that would make!  Do not be detoured from the One thing, even by other good, but lesser things.  As the Westminster Shorter Catechism puts it, “Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and enjoy Him forever.”

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