Questions

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1. Why do we long for beauty, Lord,
While you hold out forgiveness?

2. Why do we thirst for luxuries,
While you pour out your blood?

3. Why do we dream of riches,
While you offer us salvation?

4. Why do we yearn to see the world,
While you wait in us all, with love?

 


References

1. Beauty does not last (Proverbs 31:30; NLT).

You are a God of forgiveness, gracious and merciful, slow to become angry, and rich in unfailing love (Nehemiah 9:17; NLT).

2. You have lived on earth in luxury, satisfying your every desire. You have fattened yourselves for the day of slaughter (James 5:5; NLT).

This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins (Matthew 26:28; NIV).

3. A person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God (Luke 12:21; NLT).

If the Gentiles were enriched because the people of Israel turned down God’s offer of salvation, think how much greater a blessing the world will share when they finally accept it (Romans 11:12; NLT).

4. The younger son gathered together all he had and travelled to a distant country, where he squandered his estate in foolish living (Luke 15:13; CSB).

The Lord must wait for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion (Isaiah 30:18; NLT).

You are the temple of the living God (2 Corinthians 6:16; NLT).

Every tree

Yesterday, I saw this little apple tree flowering at the edge of a stony beach,
where it seemed to blaze with the presence and love of God.

1. Every tree is blazing
With the presence
Of our God.

2. Every bud is bursting
With his beauty
And his peace.

3. Every wave is breaking
With his splendour
And his might.

4. Every star is burning
With his truth, and love,
And light.


References

1. Though the bush was engulfed in flames, it didn’t burn up (Exodus 3:2; NLT).

God is a consuming fire (Deuteronomy 4:24; NIV). 

Surely the Lord is in this place, and I wasn’t even aware of it! (Genesis 28:16; NLT).

2. There is […] one God and Father, who is over all and in all and living through all (Ephesians 4:5-6; NLT).

The Lord is peace (Judges 6:24; NLT).

3. The Lord will display his glory, the splendour of our God (Isaiah 35:2; NLT).

By his power the sea grew calm (Job 26:12; NLT).

4. God shines in glorious radiance (Psalm 50:2; NLT).

The Spirit is truth (1 John 5:6; NKJV).

God is love (1 John 4:16; NIV).

God is light (1 John 1:5; NIV).