Honey anyone?

by Rev Lai Kai Ming

Readings: Nahum 1-3; Proverbs 25:16

READ (verse/s chosen for meditation)
Proverbs 25:16 (NKJV)
Have you found honey? Eat only as much as you need, lest you be filled with it and vomit.

REFLECT
Too much of a good thing – food, money, power – can become bad! Why? Because we are human, which means we are limited. Limited in our capacity to consume all the “honey” in the world (issue of marginal utility), and limited in our ability to resist making honey into gods (issue of sin and idolatry). God loves us too much to give us too much honey … can we accept that?

RELATE
I am strongly aware that as I settle into Vancouver for the next 2 years, I have entered into what many consider a land of milk, honey, and plenty. I have tasted the goodness of world-best fruits, beef, desserts, and human prosperity. But do all these make me happier than my friends back in SG? Not necessarily. For I have brought here the same sinful me, with all my impatience, habits and struggles. No amount of honey can make me whole. Only Christ can. Yes, I have indeed found much honey here – may the Lord help me to eat only what I need.

REST
Lord, may the prosperity that I see and experience in this land – draw me closer and not further from You. Amen.

A pastor’s prayer

by Rev Lai Kai Ming

Readings: Colossians 1; Psalm 81

READ (verse/s chosen for meditation)
Colossians 1:9-10 (NKJV)
9 For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10 that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;

REFLECT
The above might sound like a lot of big words, but it is really the essence of the Christian faith. To know God and His will is to live with wisdom. Yes, to live, not just to know and understand. Each of us will be rewarded according to what we have done, whether it was worthy, fruitful, pleasing and good in God’s eyes. This is an impossible calling upon imperfect humans … that’s why it can only be achieved through unceasing prayer.

RELATE
As I end my pastoral ministry in PMC, I am so happy to read this passage again. I am reminded that this is my calling, which is to build up the body of Christ for good works that will make Him known (Matt 5:16). At my farewell on 21 July, I am humbled and extremely grateful that despite my weaknesses, God has used me to touch some lives. Yes, thank you, PMC, for reminding me of my calling in Christ. Thank you for the affirmation that I have (somehow) fulfilled my pastoral duty. Now, I can go in peace. 🙂

REST
Lord, the church is Yours. Take good care of her, and transform her into Your most beautiful and glorious bride.

The Lamb’s Wife

by Rev Lai Kai Ming

Readings: Revelation 21; Proverbs 24:28-29

READ (verse/s chosen for meditation)
Revelation 21:9 (NKJV)
Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls filled with the seven last plagues came to me and talked with me, saying, “Come, I will show you the bride, the Lamb’s wife.”

REFLECT
The image of a city married to a lamb, how strange! Yes, a glorious city adorned with precious jewels and streets of gold … tying the knot with a slain lamb (Rev 5:6) – the contrast cannot be greater. To some, the imagery might sound ridiculous. As ridiculous as the message that God must die on the Cross, and humans can get saved for free. Yes, ridiculous though all these might seem, the important question to ask is whether they are true – and if they are, then our life after death is at stake.

RELATE
I’m glad that what excites me about heaven is not the pearly gates or the gold buildings. If humans stay on earth long enough, we could probably achieve the same glorious constructions. My desire is to see the Lamb, who was slain for my sake. To look into His eyes, and see pure love. To let His light shine so brightly into my heart that all fears and folly dissipate. Yes, this is the day my soul yearns for.

REST
Come, Lord Jesus, your servants are waiting!

Fear God, my friend!

by Rev Lai Kai Ming

Readings: Revelations 14; Psalm 76

READ (verse/s chosen for meditation)
Revelation 14:6-7 (NKJV)
6 Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth—to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people— 7 saying with a loud voice, “Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water.”

REFLECT
Often, in our busy lives, we are unaware of the work of the gospel in this world. If God’s word is true (and it is), then the “everlasting gospel” has gone out to every nation, tribe, tongue and people. Before long, the end will come, and God will reveal Himself in all His power and glory and majesty to everyone – believers or not. Meanwhile, Christians are called to partner the angels in proclaiming that there is only One God to be feared, and all idols must bow and be destroyed.

RELATE
Recently, I visited the house of a friend, and saw that he kept many idols, big and small. Although he had told me that he wasn’t religious, but only believed in himself – his practice seemed contradictory. How I wished I could have declared to him on the spot that his idols were worthless and that he must fear God and glorify Jesus Christ! Yet, it did not feel like a wise thing to do, at least not yet. Unless his heart was softened and his eyes unblinded – my words would fall on hard ground. To this day, I continue to pray for the Holy Spirit to touch this man, and his family, that they too might receive God’s blessed salvation. And when the time comes, may I have the faith to declare the eternal gospel to this household.

REST
Lord, have mercy! Do Your saving work in the hearts of our loved ones, friends, and even enemies!!

Purified by Perseverance

by Rev Lai Kai Ming

Readings: Revelations 7:1-17, Proverbs 24:13-14

READ (verse/s chosen for meditation)
Revelations 7:14
I said to him, “Sir, you know.” And he said to me, “These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb

REFLECT
I think I sometimes read too quickly the imputed righteousness of Christ into these verses. Indeed, all of us will be saved only by the sacrificial work of Jesus – but is that what is meant here? It seems to me that the “ones” here have played a part in washing their robes. And they did so with the blood of the Lamb. Could this be a reference to the costly persecution and suffering they faced by being obedient, and the “blood” to that of physical harm and death? Could the “white” robes be more likely the reward for faithful Christians purified by perseverance?

RELATE
How would I feel if all the reward I get in heaven is a white robe? Would I be disappointed if I don’t get a big mansion and lots of heavenly goodies? Well, I don’t think so. To stand before God, pure and holy, is the greatest reward I can wish for. To have fought the good fight, overcome sin, and completed my mission on earth – is highest happiness. Even if I am to be a bell boy in heaven (dressed in white), I would be very contented.

REST
Lord prepare me, to be a sanctuary, pure and holy, tried and true. With thanksgiving, I’ll be a living, sanctuary for You.

Love or Labour?

by Rev Lai Kai Ming

Readings: Revelation 1; Psalm 69:19-36

READ (verse/s chosen for meditation)
Psalm 69:30-31 (NIV)
30 I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving. 31 This will please the Lord more than an ox, more than a bull with its horns and hooves.

REFLECT
I sometimes wonder, isn’t it so easy to praise God and thank Him, as compared to sacrificing ox and bull? The former are acts of the mouth, the latter requires considerable financial resources. Then why does the Psalmist says that songs and praises please God more? Don’t we sometimes see people who are worshipful on Sundays, but who don’t seem to live out their faith practically after that? Well, I think that the Lord is seeking for our love, rather than our labour.

RELATE
I must admit that for me, it’s easier to labour than to love. I would rather spend time working for God (like Martha), than having a chat with Him (like Mary). Sometimes, I wonder if my songs-singing in church is really praising and glorying God. Or is it just enjoying the songs for its music and meaningful words. The difference is subtle, but it’s real. The test comes when I have to sing a song that I don’t really like, or if the worship leader leads badly. Can I still give thanks and praise, if I don’t enjoy the singing?

REST
Lord, help me to keep learning what it means to worship You in spirit and in truth. Help me to love You with my whole being, as You love me with Yours. Stop me, when I confuse my love for labour, with my labour of love.

Excellent Emissaries

by Rev Lai Kai Ming

Readings: Daniel 6:1-28; Proverbs 24:1-2

READ (verse/s chosen for meditation)
Daniel 6:18-19 (NKJV)
18 Now the king went to his palace and spent the night fasting; and no musicians were brought before him. Also his sleep went from him. 19 Then the king arose very early in the morning and went in haste to the den of lions.

REFLECT
The first thing I asked when I read this was – did Darius believe in Daniel’s God? I concluded that he didn’t, or he would not have allowed the royal edict in the first place. The next question is – then why did he seek to help Daniel? I believe it was because he treasured and respected his servant. While he wasn’t very interested in Daniel’s spiritual life, the latter’s physical well-being mattered to the king. So much so that he tried all means and ways (v14), fasted (to his gods?] and lost sleep, for the sake of his servant. Even if king Darius did not believe in God at first, he believed at last.

RELATE
This is a good time to ask how our non-Christian bosses at work will respond when we are in trouble. Will they be happy, or sad? How far will they go to save us? Crucially, will they “pray” for us, asking that our God deliver us (v16)? Well, I think it depends on at least 2 things. Firstly, if we are considered a valuable employee. Secondly, if we have made known to our colleagues that we worship Jesus Christ (despite likely persecutions). May Daniel’s life be an inspiration for us to be both excellent employees and emissaries for Christ!

REST
Lord, grant me wisdom to live as Your light, and courage to be Your words to my family and friends.

Transmitting holiness?

by Rev Lai Kai Ming

Readings: Ezekiel 44:1-45:12; Psalm 64:1-10

READ (verse/s chosen for meditation)
Ezekiel 44:19 (ESV)
And when they go out into the outer court to the people, they shall put off the garments in which they have been ministering and lay them in the holy chambers. And they shall put on other garments, lest they transmit holiness to the people with their garments.

REFLECT
This is an interesting instruction for the priests. Or rather, an interesting reason for the instruction to change out of their holy robes, lest the holiness gets transmitted somehow to the common people. Commentators have varying views on this. One thinks that many people would want to touch the priests, which could become very chaotic. Another commented that if the holiness of the priests’ garments were transmitted onto the people’s garments, then the latter’s clothes would have to be confiscated for holy use! While we don’t know the exact reasons for this command, what is clear is that there is a distinction between what is holy, and what is not.

RELATE
Today, pastors don’t have one set of clothes for conducting the worship service, and another for meeting the people afterwards (phew!). In fact, all Christians are now the priesthood of believers (1 Peter 2:9). What we wear today are “holy” not because they were sprinkled with holy water, but because we who wear them are vessels of the Holy Spirit. Holiness was never meant to be skin deep, but a transformation of our hearts. Today, we don’t transmit holiness by passing around holy items. Rather, we do so through pure words, and blameless lives. Yes, by all means, infect the world with your holiness!!

REST
Lord, make me holy, as You are Holy!!

Enjoy like hell?

by Rev Lai Kai Ming

Readings: Ezekiel 31:1-32:32; Proverbs 23:17-18

READ
Proverbs 23:17-18 (NKJV)
Do not let your heart envy sinners, but be zealous for the fear of the Lord all the day; For surely there is a hereafter, and your hope will not be cut off.

REFLECT
How often do we envy others! Nice car, big house, good looks … etc. And they are not even Christians! We wonder if our faith in God is worth it after all. Why can’t we live freely like unrepentant sinners, having the cake and eating it? What’s the point of obeying God and being holy? Well, says the Psalmist, it’s about the future. Do we want a future with hope, or one that is cut off from God? In other words, do we want heaven, or hell?

RELATE
Yes, in my flesh, I can identify with the struggles above. I want to enjoy like hell, and still go to heaven. Everyone around me seems to be having a good time doing (and watching) whatever they like, but I’m constrained by God’s Word. Why? Because I fear God. Yet my human desires are strong, shouting to be fulfilled. Where do I direct all my energies? To being zealous for God, for His kingdom and glory – says the Psalmist. Earthly satisfaction is only skin deep. Heavenly pursuits are what makes us truly human.

REST
As the deer pants for the water, so my soul longs after You … Lord, help me to find joy in You and You alone!

Faith misplaced?

by Rev Lai Kai Ming

Readings: Ezekiel 18:1-19:14, Psalms 57:1-11

READ (verse/s chosen for meditation)
Ezekiel 18:22-23 (NKJV)
None of the transgressions which he has committed shall be remembered against him; because of the righteousness which he has done, he shall live. Do I have any pleasure at all that the wicked should die?” says the Lord God, “and not that he should turn from his ways and live?

REFLECT
The Israelites were accusing God of being unfair. Those who were wicked, when they repent, were forgiven. Those who were righteous, when they sin, were punished. Apparently, the Israelites thought that all their previous sacrifices and good works had chalked up for them enough merits. When they sinned, they had expected God to take into account their past credits, and pardon them. No, says the Lord. If the Israelites had truly been righteous, they would not have fallen into such idolatry. God wants to save everyone, even the wicked. But He will look for the fruits of His grace, to determine if we are truly saved.

RELATE
Am I saved by works, or by grace? Why does God required righteous living, as proof of our faith? Are we not saved purely by the merits of Christ’s sacrifice on the Cross? Saved by grace we are … but what is grace? As someone once said, grace does not come cheap. Grace is costly, and grace demands that we respond in a worthy manner. Every time I sin willfully, I despise the grace of God. If my repentance does not bear lasting righteousness, I need to ask if my faith has been misplaced.

REST
Lord, show me the true state of my heart, and save me from delusions in my mind. Help me to receive your grace gratefully, and worthily.

Loving enough to tell

by Rev Lai Kai Ming

Readings: Ezekiel 1:1-3:15, Proverbs 23:1-3

READ (verse/s chosen for meditation)
Ezekiel 3:14-15 (NKJV)
14 So the Spirit lifted me up and took me away, and I went in bitterness, in the heat of my spirit; but the hand of the Lord was strong upon me. 15 Then I came to the captives at Tel Abib, who dwelt by the River Chebar; and I sat where they sat, and remained there astonished among them seven days.

REFLECT
Ezekiel was given one of the most amazing visions ever recorded in history. In fact, he saw the living God, and survived. But instead of being on cloud nine. the prophet’s heart was rooted to the ground. He felt for his fellowmen, and wept for their plight. The Lord has given him a hard message for the exiles, and he wasn’t sure how he could tell it to them.

RELATE
I’ve been in somewhat similar situations, when I know I have to speak the truth in love. But it’s hard, and awkward. I don’t like seeing people offended, or angry with what I have to say. I would rather keep quiet. But alas! If I keep quiet, I would be responsible for their continued folly. If I stay silent, they might go the way of no return. Do I love them enough to risk the hostility? Do I care enough to turn them from sin, and death?

REST
Lord, it is so difficult to love. But love I must. Help me to care enough to declare the truth, and to pay the price.

The dissipated life

by Rev Lai Kai Ming

Readings: Luke 21:29-22:13; Psalm 50

READ (verse/s chosen for meditation)
Luke 21:34 (NASB)
“Be on guard, so that your hearts will not be weighted down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life, and that day will not come on you suddenly like a trap;

REFLECT
How apt a reminder for Singaporeans! How prone for us to be dissipated! Yes, dissipated – by work, by pursuits, by entertainment, by pleasures both “harmless” and sinful. What drives our incessant striving for more and better and newer? Why do we worry so much about the future, thereby generating a billion-dollar industry just to ensure worry-less retirement? Oh Lord, forgive our lack of faith in your goodness, and unpreparedness for the day of Your coming!

RELATE
I find myself checking my phone more than I should. Why? Maybe I’m OCD – I just don’t like to see those little round numbers beside my WhatsApp and email icons. I like them cleared. But they keep coming back! But perhaps the real reason I keep checking is because it keeps me occupied. Occupied so that I don’t have to face the weightier things in life. Like my inner struggles … and God. It’s much easier to clear messages than to face my own messiness. It’s less risky to read emails than to meet God. But meet God I must, if I am to experience the truly blessed life.

REST
Lord, save me from dissipation and distractions. Grant me the wisdom and courage to leave behind the urgent, so as to encounter the eternal.

Truly Praying

by Rev Lai Kai Ming

Readings: Luke 18:1-17; Proverb 22:16

READ (verse/s chosen for meditation)
Luke 18:7 (NIV)
And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off?

REFLECT
This parable always intrigues me. Jesus compares God with a lazy judge! Yet the point is clear. If a lousy and lazy judge would give justice to the woman, how much more the best Judge in the world! The condition? Faith expressed in perseverance. The widow was prepared to be stubborn, for she believed she would get justice. Do we?

RELATE
How often do I ask, once, then stop asking. God is not deaf, I’m sure he heard it the first time. Yet I wonder if my “prayer” was merely cursory and courtesy. Was I really asking and trusting God, or just placing Him as one of my many options? When I keep asking, it shows that I’m serious about Him answering. Yes, it’s not that God enjoys seeing us “cry out to Him day and night”. He just wants to be sure we are actually calling Him.

REST
Lord, increase my faith, and help my unbelief!

Mercy First

by Rev Lai Kai Ming

Readings: Luke 13:1-21; Psalm 44:1-8

READ (verse/s chosen for meditation)
Luke 13:8-9 (NIV)
8 “‘Sir,’ the man replied, ‘leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it. 9 If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.’”

REFLECT
This parable was told in the context of repentance. God will have mercy on us always. He will give us time. He will “dig around” our heart to find a soft spot. He will pour out His grace so that we might be fertilized and grow. His goal is that we bear fruit. Yet time is running out. There is an end to all things. After mercy, there will be judgment for the unrepentant soul!

RELATE
The recent saga of the NUS student who filmed a female student showering has received national attention. Should the culprit be shown mercy, or given a harsh sentence for the sake of deterrence? It seems that most people want the guy jailed for his shameful act. Yet I wonder how would our response change if he was our brother, or son? Sure, the victim was traumatized and lost something precious. Yes, imagine if it happened to one of my daughters! Still, I believe that mercy triumphs over judgment. One more person in jail would not make the world a better place. Only grace will.

REST
Lord, you have shown me mercy, and grace. Help me to do the same – to be a mediator, and not a judge. In Christ’s name. Amen.

Calling fire down

by Rev Lai Kai Ming

Readings: Luke 9:51-10:12; Proverbs 22:5-6

READ (verse/s chosen for meditation
Luke 9:53-54 (NIV)
but the people there did not welcome him, because he was heading for Jerusalem. When the disciples James and John saw this, they asked, “Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them?”

REFLECT
Why did the people not welcome Jesus – was it because they were Samaritans, or because he was heading towards Jerusalem for His death? While we might never know, the disciples’ response is memorable – “kill the whole village, Jesus!” Apparently, James and John were quite confident that they could call down fire from the sky … something which only Elijah has done before at Mt. Carmel (1 Kings 18). I am so glad that Jesus did not agree with them!

RELATE
Sometimes I do wish that all the evil people around me are destroyed. Like the disciples, I don’t like people who reject me, and block my path to “Jerusalem”. Yes, the easiest is that these difficult people be removed – in Jesus’ name! I am thankful that Jesus would never answer such a prayer. In fact, He would rebuke me. Why? Because Jesus came to save, not kill. Because I have called others evil without looking into my own heart. Because, Christ has called us to love our enemies, not burn them.

REST
Lord, teach me to love my neighbor as I love myself. Show me that I too have often rejected Jesus, and prevented Him
from His way in my life.

Greatness

by Rev Lai Kai Ming

Readings: Luke 7:11-35; Psalm 38:1-22

READ (verse/s chosen for meditation)
Luke 7:28 (NIV)
I tell you, among those born of women there is no one greater than John; yet the one who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.”

REFLECT
Why did Jesus make this statement of comparison? And what does it mean? John was considered the greatest of prophet, who resembled Elijah and announced the Messiah. He was also a cousin of Jesus. Yet for all this, Jesus said that the least in the kingdom would be greater than John. Some would explain that John belonged to the old covenant. But this would have to apply to Abraham, Moses, and Elijah. And was John greater than these three, also “born of women”? There is no easy answer. My guess is that Jesus was trying to frustrate our human definitions of greatness.

RELATE
When reading such a passage, we quite naturally think in terms of human greatness. In fact, we are often interested in who is better than who. Jesus probably saw that in the audience. But why do we want to compare? If we want to be great, then Jesus’ advice is for us to be least in the kingdom (Mark 10:43). There is no guarantee on how “great” we would be considered in God’s kingdom, except that we would be “greater” than the Baptist. But would we be?

REST
May I always seek to serve, like Jesus, my Lord and Saviour.

Imperfect Fathers

by Rev Lai Kai Ming

Readings: Luke 3:23-38; Proverbs 21:23-24

READ (verse/s chosen for meditation)
Luke 3:33 (NIV)
the son of Amminadab, the son of Ram, the son of Hezron, the son of Perez, the son of Judah,

REFLECT
I used to be very bored with genealogies. It seems so irrelevant and repetitive. But why did the gospel writers bother to list them? Why did they take trouble to do the research? Because it matters. It matters that Jesus was a historical person. It matters that the prophecies about him are true. It matters, because our salvation depends on it.

RELATE
It is somewhat comforting to know that Jesus did not descend from a faultless lineage. He was not from a perfect breed. Judah, the man who broke his promise and paid for prostitutes. David, the king who betrayed and murdered. Abraham, the patriarch who lied. While the above does not give me permission to be sinful, it does remind me that God uses weak humans for His purposes. All that He requires is that we repent, and keeping trusting Him.

REST
Heavenly Father, help me to be a good father, just like You. Despite my failings, save my soul, and bless my family. Amen.

Worm and Fire

by Rev Lai Kai Ming

Readings: Isaiah 66; Psalm 34

READ (verse/s chosen for meditation)
Isaiah 66:24 (NKJV)
“And they shall go forth and look upon the corpses of the men who have transgressed against Me. For their worm does not die, and their fire is not quenched. They shall be an abhorrence to all flesh.”

REFLECT
This is how the book of Isaiah ends – with solemn words of judgment for those who have rejected the grace of God. The picture is that of eternal damnation, where worms and fire devour those who have done evil and promoted wickedness. The Holy One of Israel cannot allow evil to go punished, for that would render Him unholy.

RELATE
Although the world has largely become more advanced and developed, there seems to be an increasing wickedness. All the education and wellbeing has not brought about a better world (cf. Christchurch massacre, Syrian war, Singapore elderly suicide rates). Why is this so? It is because we are dealing with human beings. While the facade can been upgraded, the foundation remains shaky. No wonder the building crumbles to the ground every so often. God wants to deal with the root issue, i.e. our sinful nature. If we would allow Him to save us from the inside out, then we have nothing to fear – neither worm nor fire.

REST
Save me, O Lord, from the lie that I can save myself, and the deception that hell does not exist.

Necessary Places

by Rev Lai Kai Ming

Readings: Isaiah 45:11-48:11; Proverbs 21:8-10

READ (verse/s chosen for meditation)
Isaiah 46:10 (NKJV)
Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things that are not yet done, Saying, My counsel shall stand, And I will do all My pleasure,’

REFLECT
It is comforting to know that God sees all things in all time. Nothing that happens to my life is an oversight on God’s part.

That person who bullied me, God knew it would happen. That accident that I got into, God let it happen. That sin I committed, God chose not to intervene. Why? Because He wants us to grow up, and take responsibility. God has given us everything necessary (even His Spirit!) for life in this world. Yes, it is the Father’s pleasure to see His kids fight evil, and win!

RELATE
As I write this, I’m feeling quite tired. This year, I turn 50, and my body is already showing many signs of aging. Aches and pain everywhere. Low energy. Deteriorating vision. I wonder how long more do I have on earth before my journey is up. Like Apostle Peter, I feel like I am constantly being led to places I would rather not go (John 21). Necessary places. Places where I won’t feel comfortable, but challenged to the point of despair. In the light of all that I am feeling and thinking, it sure is comforting to know that God has already gone ahead to prepare the way. All I need to do, is trust.

REST
Trust and obey, for there’s no other way, to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

Marvel Hero

by Rev Lai Kai Ming

Readings: Isaiah 28-30; Ps 31

READ (verse/s chosen for meditation)
Isaiah 29:14
Therefore, behold, I will again do a marvelous work among this people, a marvelous work and a wonder; For the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hidden.”

REFLECT
Amidst the judgment facing Israel, there is hope. For God is not one who enjoys disciplining others, but one who does marvels and wonders. The leaders of Israel have relied on their own knowledge and intelligence, rather than follow God in obedience. But God will show them that His weakness is stronger than their strength, and His foolishness their wisdom (cf. 1 Cor 1).

RELATE
Recent years have seen the resurgence of Marvel comic heroes, like Spider-Man, Captain America, Ironman and so on. We love such heroes, because they make us marvel and wonder … and fill our deeper longings for a greater and glorious life. Even evolutionists must marvel at the beauty of creation and the creativity of humans. The next time you watch a Marvel movie, remember to praise the Lord during the credits.

REST
Lord, thank you for making such a beautiful and marvelous world. Grant me wisdom and grace to see Your glory in the created.