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I just got back from spending the afternoon at the ocean.  And I’m still struck with the glory and splendor of it. God surely is an awesome creator to fashion such a magnificent landscape and presentation. And to think that this is only the first-fruits, that He’s not done yet, and we’re only getting a taste of the new creation.  Why we don’t wrestle with elation is now quite beyond me.  However, perhaps what caused me to ponder such thoughts was that I was also blessed with the company of a copy of the Heidelberg catechism (part of the Three Forms of Unity) and was attempting to read through it for the first time (yes I admit it).  And what I found was joy beyond joy.  Oh the beauty and rapture of the gospel of Jesus Christ proclaimed to us miserable sinners, now saints — simultaneously sinful and yet justified.   I never knew there was so much gospel in the Heidelberg!  That’s what it is — amazing good news! A clear and precise explanation of the gospel!  One article after another. One (out of many) which stood out to me:

Question 26. What do you believe when you say, “I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth”?

Answer: That the eternal Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (who of nothing made heaven and earth, with all that is in them;  who likewise upholds and governs the same by his eternal counsel and providence)  is for the sake of Christ his Son, my God and my Father;  on whom I rely so entirely, that I have no doubt, but he will provide me with all things necessary for soul and body  and further, that he will make whatever evils he sends upon me, in this valley of tears turn out to my advantage;  for he is able to do it, being Almighty God,  and willing, being a faithful Father.

[That] he will provide me with all things necessary for soul and body.

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…for he is able to do it, being Almighty God,  and willing, being a faithful Father.

This is just so encouraging and true.  We need to be reminded of this… That God surely will look after us and provide all that we need… All things for our good, in this life and surely, in the life to come — eternal salvation.   And that he not only is capable of doing this (being all-powerful and sovereign, not letting any slightest thing happen outside of his will) but that he is also willing!  Brothers and sisters, do you know how encouraging this is?  We can think of Christ our Lord when he spoke that if our earthly fathers give good gifts to their children, how much more will our heavenly father give good gifts to those who ask him. (Mat 7:11) And what greater gift then life everlasting? Indeed we have a most wondrous God. Most gracious and good.  How can we not worship? How can we not adore?

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