The supreme authority who determines all is our Sovereign Lord. On the radio program today the discussion focused on self esteem. Just the knowledge that you are created in the image and likeness of God, your creator, should be all the esteem you will need to go by. God does not make junk. We are to preserve life in all form, for everything is created with purpose.
Today my friend sent out an e-mail to announce that she has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. Trusting in God's sovereign authority, she submits to His will as He knows what's best for each one of us. She is asking for prayers as much will needed to be done and soon.
I went to church to pray for her today, and while I was sitting there in the pews I recalled the scripture about the fig tree. When Jesus was hungry it bore no fruit, and He cursed it and it withered and died. This is from the Orthodox Study Bible. Mark 11:20 "Now in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. (21) And Peter, remembering, said to Him, "Rabbi, look! The fig tree which You cursed has withered away."
Jesus is Lord of all and all is under His Sovereign Power. (22):"So Jesus answered and said to them, " Have faith in God."
He could turn stones into bread, he can calm the raging sea, walk on water, fill the nets with the catch of the day, multiply loaves and fish to feed the hungry, change water to wine, and raise a four-day stinking corpse to life. There is no limit to what God can do.
Everyone and everything has its purpose, the fig tree did not bear fruit. It met with destruction. We will all be accountable for our tallents. Having faith in God leads to works. Work is serving God and neighbor.
Luke: 13:7 "then he said to the keeper of his vineyard, 'Look, for three years I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree and find none. Cut it down; why does it use up the ground?' (8) "But he answered and said to him, 'Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and fertilize it. (9) 'And if it bears fruit, well. But if not, after that you can cut it down.'
Noone knows just how much time we have to repent and bear fruit. His will is sovereign, so we need to take a lesson from the fig tree.
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