Another year is beginning. According to some church calendars, now is the epiphany period of the year. It speaks of the time that the wise men from the East came to worship the Christ child. (Matt. 2:1-11) God was leading them to the child with a star. Why did they quit following the star? Man thinks he can use his own mind and does not have to listen to God nor heed His word. It was natural for them to seek the Christ child in Jerusalem for He was called King of the Jews. He was not found in the majestic city of Jerusalem, but in the humble village of Bethlehem.
As the length of daylight gets longer and we anxiously await the budding of trees and flowers, we find ourselves in Passion Week. The prophets of the Old Testament spoke to the people of these events. Not by their own wisdom, but as the Spirit of God revealed unto them. The Lord God made known unto man His will by His Spirit. Today also, He reveals His will by His Spirit, as John records in the book of Revelations chapters 2 and 3, at the end of each of the letters to the angels of the seven churches.
As we follow the news and observe the trends of society, it begs to question — what god the people of our nation follow? As a nation, what God do we serve? Joshua, in his day, also faced this question. “And if it seems evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve:” (Joshua 24:15).
As we live the last days of this month of November, we can thankfully reflect on many things. We honored the veterans with Veterans Day and with thankful hearts remembered those who served our country. Then as we enjoyed the Thanksgiving feast with all the trimmings, we again had reason to be thankful. By the grace of God, we enjoy freedom and peace in our land.
As we read the creation history from chapter one of Genesis, we see that God created man on the sixth day in His own image. “God saw everything He had made, and behold it was very good.” (Gen 1:31) Man was perfect, without sin or fault, heaven acceptable. The Lord God told man in a commandment what he may do and what he may not do. “Of every tree in the garden thou may freely eat; But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it; for in the day thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” (Gen 2:16 and 17 )