I am hearing a lot these days about “all the lies” coming from people in high places. I live in “low places” and I hear a lot of lies down here as well. That is where you learn to lie, people usually don’t wait til they “hit it big” to begin lying. They have made a habit of it already. So before we get down on those who are lying who live in “high places,” let us be sure we are not lying to our parents and spouses and children, our teachers and bosses and all others to whom we are accountable, and our friends and neighbors. Oh, and let us be sure we are also not lying to ourselves and God, who alone knows the truth and will one day bring everything out into the light.
The Old Testament has many “memorials” erected by man to cause future generations to not forget the significant acts of God on behalf of men. It is a good thing, too, to remember the sacrifices of men and women for the sake of their fellow men and future generations. This Memorial day, when you remember what others have done from which you have benefited, don’t forget to remember the kindness and goodness of God, who not only graciously gives and sustains your life, but gave His Son, Jesus Christ, to be your sin-bearer upon whom God’s righteous wrath was poured, so that God could be just, and the justifier of ungodly sinners who place their faith only and completely in the work of Christ for their salvation from sin. God has erected a memorial so we can easily remember what He has done for us, and that memorial is the universe! The next time you marvel at the ocean, or a star-lit night, or the mountains, or study ants, bees, or any of God’s marvelous creatures, remember that God is worthy of our praise and thanks.
As Mothers Day approaches, I am compelled to express my appreciation for my mother and the unselfishness she has constantly demonstrated. She will be 90 in October and I am very happy to still be able to pick up the phone and call her or get in the car and go see her. She is still a huge blessing to me. My heart goes out to those whose mothers have died. Let us thank God for all the wonderful things about our mothers, and for those who are still alive, let us show them how much we appreciate them at some point this weekend. If for some reason your mother failed being a mother to you (sometimes it happens), maybe God gave you someone else who was “like” a mother to you. If so, give them a call and show them your gratitude. You will be glad you did.