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Tranquil Thoughts from the Texas Hill Country
By J. Herbert Larson
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Tranquil Thoughts on Random Biblical Verses or Themes
Like a Whisper in The Wind
Like a whisper in the wind our voices send
words which are lost in the sounds of a world
not tuned to the still, small voice of God.
Again our voices send whispers into the wind
Which our LORD sanctioning hardened hearts rend,
Conveying blessings to all mankind.
Our voices send gentle whispers in the wind
To soothe souls wounded by sin's cruel flood
As they hear of the Holy Christ's blood
Through which we all are reconciled.
Of old the LORD to Elijah, His prophet, said:
"Go, on the mountains, before Me now stand."
Then began to blow a mighty wind.
The LORD, though, was not in the wind.
Then the earth trembled as never it had before,
Igniting fire as never seen before.
But the LORD was not in it either.
His words to us are quieter.
Yet again the sound was heard of a still, small voice.
The LORD was in the still, calm, quiet voice.
And after the fire a still, small voice.
Disregard it? Yours is the choice.
The still, small voice carries the fullness of the LORD.
To you, to me, to all comes but the word:
"Repent of sin! Believe My Son, by grace be saved."
1 Kings 19:11-12 God's Revelation to Elijah: Then the LORD said to Elijah,
Go out and stand on the mountain before the LORD." And behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind, and after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD WAS NOT in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire A STILL SMALL VOICE ...
The Prince of Peace
The war has ended!
Peace has been declared!
Peace is a good word!
Voices rejoice in song
Praising and glorifying
Of kings The King
Uncounted centuries earlier,
In the Garden of Eden
Immediately after Eve
Had eaten the forbidden fruit
Of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil
Even though her Creator LORD
Had forbidden their eating of it,
The LORD had given
His promise of the eventual coming to earth
as True Man and True God of
His Son, Jesus Christ.
Some 800 years prior to Christ's birth
Isaiah, one of the Lord's prophets,
By the Holy Spirit of God
To proclaim concerning the Messiah who would come.
His name shall be called
The mighty God,
The Everlasting Father,
THE PRINCE OF PEACE.
It is in His Name that these words come to you
Asking His blessings to be upon you.
As you read and ponder
My Tranquil Thoughts.
My Soul Thirsts
The psalmist David observed deer drinking from a brook.
"My soul is like them" he said,
"My soul thirsts for the Living God,"
Again, in Psalm 63, verse 1 he says to his God,
And also Psalm 143, verse 6,
"My soul thirsts for you."
The thirst in my soul is quenched by God's Holy Book.
His words echo and re-echo in the depths of Christian souls:
For the Living God thirst our souls.
My soul thirsts for the firm foundation He gives,
For a child's assurance of a loving and forgiving Father
Who will be with me always and leave or forsake me never.
A Father who listens, who soothes and
eases my pain, whatever it is.
My thirsty soul wants to know Him,
not merely to know about Him.
My soul thirsts for the Water of Life,
For thirst-quenching drinks from the Word of Life,
Which Jesus promises believers do satisfy
So that never again will their souls be thirsty [John 4].
The sound of other words of David echo in my soul:
"He leads me beside the still waters, He restores my soul!"
My soul thirsts for the eventual sight in heaven
of what I now believe:
"for the Lamb [Jesus] who sits on the throne
will dwell among them.
They shall neither hunger anymore nor thirst anymore;
The sun shall not strike them, nor any heat;
For the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne
will shepherd them
And lead them to living fountains of waters."
Revelation 7, verses 14-17.
For my heavenly Father, my Savior Jesus,
the Holy Spirit, thirsts My soul
As it prays He will create the same thirst in every soul.
A Rose and a Lily
Roses and lilies are among the most beautiful of flowers.
Horticulturists, nurseries, home gardeners
—Professionals and amateurs
Dedicate loving care to them over the hours.
Roses and Lilies of the Valley
suggest Jesus to people who know Him.
He is more beautiful and fragrant and lovely
Than roses and lilies which gain acclaim.
Eventually they will wither and die.
He is alive forevermore and never will He die.
The Lord wants to plant Him,
To take root, to grow, to bloom,
In everyone's heart and mind and life
So that in time they will know heaven's life.
Though His eyes are upon everyone
Only the eyes of the faithful are upon Him.
From Him they derive alone
The sweet fragrance which issues from Him.
They see and enjoy other roses and other lilies,
And through loving eyes of faith,
Also Jesus who saith
"I am the rose of Sharon and the lily of the valleys,"
Song of Solomon 2:1.
Come, look more closely at Jesus. He is a beautiful Savior.
The Roses of Sharon in the Holy Land were known to be the best of the best. Theirs was a sweet aroma. The Rose of Sharon also possessed medicinal qualities. In believers' eyes Jesus is the peak of beauty, a beautiful Savior, the King of Creation, etc.
To Some Folks, Wildflowers Are Texas!
Many full- and part-time Texans wait anxiously each year
For the first appearance of wildflowers.
When there has been adequate winter moisture
We anticipate a virtual explosion of
Bluebonnets, Indian Paintbrushes, Mexican Hats,
Lantana, hundreds of varieties, each in its season,
Mixing blues, yellows, reds, oranges,
In small patches or blanketing acres.
Their flowers range from large to small to minuscule,
All of perfectly formed intricate designs.
In many people's opinions they are among the
most beautiful of God's creations, '
More beautiful than anything man can make.
And if we will let them they will awaken something in our souls.
Such as awe of the beauty of God's creation which surrounds us,
Jesus looked at wildflowers in His day
And remarked that not even rich King
Solomon of Old Testament times
Was clothed as finely as even one wildflower, Matthew 6:28.29.
Flowers wild and domesticated can also remind Christians
That God clothes their souls in
The Robe of Righteousness and the Garments
of Salvation, Isaiah 61:10.
Garments of Salvation &
Robe of Righteousness
"I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my
soul shall be joyful in my God;
For he has clothed me with the garments of salvation,
He has covered me with the robe of righteousness." [Isaiah 61:10]
Are not these words among the exciting discoveries
Believing souls experience while reading
the Old Testament prophets?
Our LORD clothes Christian souls with the garments of salvation
And He covers them with the robe of righteousness;
In one word: with His Son Jesus Christ.
That's why "I will greatly rejoice in the LORD
And my soul shall be joyful in my God."
The beauty of such souls is beyond description.
Meditating on such Truth is to be lost in
wonder, love and praise of Him.
Isaiah 64:6—say it reverently—only hints
at man's national condition
That "we are all like an unclean thing,
And all our righteousnesses—the best things
about us—are like filthy rags!"
The words in 1 John 1:7 are equally true:
"The blood of Jesus Christ, His [God's]
Son, cleanses us from all sin."
Washed, and wearing these garments and this robe
Christian souls stand before their LORD and Maker
Now and through all eternity
Singing on earth and in heaven:
Jesus, Thy robe of righteousness,
My beauty is, my glorious dress,
Midst flaming worlds in these arrayed
With joy shall I life up my head.
Search the Scriptures
If you have a Bible
And if you value it,
Would you care if someone stole it from under your nose?
In a way, as I will try to show, that has
been going on for a long time.
Go back several generations to somewhere in
the 18th Century for a starting point.
My great-great grandparents were in their prime years.
My great grandparents were growing up.
My grandparents came along ...
That is seven generations.
That is approximately how long certain
anti-biblical, anti-God views
have been focused on the Bible.
The "thinkers" of the world are always active.
For generations critics have been picking at the Bible
To discredit it in the minds of intelligent persons.
It is not that thieves carry Bibles out of buildings.
It is people in and out of churches and church schools
Rephrasing the devil's question to Adam
and Eve in the Garden of Eden:
"Are you sure that really is what God said to you?"
"Are you sure? How can you know?"
The apostle Paul writes about spiritual wickedness in high places
saying that is one of the battles which the
Church always has to fight.
Claiming "new insights" into understanding it
some professors, ministers, church leaders
are in fact robbing unsuspecting people of their Bibles.
They sow seeds of doubt as to the authority the Bible
should have in this day and age,
and they ask about its accuracy generally
and in specific chapters and verses.
They may claim only to be helping people get past
"the errors in the Bible; its obvious contradictions of itself."
Jesus urges people to "Search the Scriptures."
I have a drawer in my desk which I just cannot seem to keep tidy,
so that things actually are where I put them when I want them.
That means that I have to take almost everything
out of the drawer before I find what I am looking for,
and then of course put things back in the drawer.
That is the meaning in the Bible for the word "search."
It is not just a quick glance in the direction of my desk.
It is a piece by piece search of its contents.
Search the Bible like that.
The search is worthwhile.
The words are packed with meaning.
Scripture's words testify of Jesus
that eternal life is to be found in Him.
Search the Scriptures.
The Heavens Declare the Glory of God
and the Firmament Shows the Work
of His Hands
Psalm 19, verse 1
I like to sit in my living room chair.
I can nap there.
I can day-dream and I can ponder,
my Bible open to a holy author.
Please! Don't anyone move my chair!
Would its distinctive features vanish were it elsewhere?
From my chair I look through a window.
I wish I knew how far I am seeing.
Beyond a branch at the edge of the window
My view is far reaching.
As he began his Psalm David penned
"The heavens declare the glory of God
and the firmament shows the work of His hand."
With clear skies
"How far does my vision stretch into the heavens?"
David probably wondered as his eyes
peered into the heavens.
How far into the heavens do reach my eyes?
How large a universe has our God created?
How many years are needed,
Let's say, for a single spark of light
Travelling at the speed of light
to reach the universe's outer edge,
if indeed there is such an edge?
Friedrich Schiller was a German poet
who died in the early 18th Century.
He posed the query.
The thought intrigued another poet
Who would say the universe reaches to INFINITY.
Imagine, then, the speed at which light races.
If at the very moment of the creation of the heavens
a spark of light set out to reach the edge of the heavens,
how far would that be? How long do measure the spaces?
Light travels at 186,000 miles per second.
24 hours a day, 60 minutes per hour, times 60 seconds per minute,
And on and on without end
since the first spark of light began its voyage, perhaps infinite.
In the poem half-way on its journey the spark is met by another
coming from the opposite direction with the same purpose in mind.
They meet. They confer
and conclude the universe may have no end.
Infinity is the word!
Light travelling at 186,000 miles per second
Will circle our earth at the Equator
approximately 7.5 times per second;
Multiplied time and time again as must be these numbers
Would conceivably require tens of millions of light years
For a single spark of light to reach the universe's end!
From my living room chair I look into the
heavens in awe of God's creation!
Oh Lord my God
When I in awesome wonder
Consider all the works
Thy hands have made,
I see the stars,
I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy power throughout
The universe displayed,
Then sings my soul
My Savior, God, to Thee,
How great thou art,
How great thou art.
Then sings my soul,
My Savior, God, to Thee.
How great Thou art
How great Thou art!
* * *
A light year is the distance the spark would travel
in an entire year at the speed of light.
The images from space on various websites
showing the handiwork of our God are incredible.
In one sense "The Truth" changes constantly.
We are children,
We are teens.
High School senior!
In time we are grown-ups, we become parents.
Keep going and we start to draw Social Security,
With the passing of years we become Senior Citizens.
separated or divorced.
Prices that are true today
may change overnight.
Some things once taught as "Truth"
are no longer considered true.
God is a God of truth, Psalm 31:5.
It is impossible that God should lie, Hebrews 6:18.
Jesus says to His Father, "Your Word is truth," John 17:17
"Everyone who is of the truth hears my voice," John 18:37.
Jesus Christ is
"the same yesterday, and today, and forever," Hebrews 13:8.
The Truth never changes.
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Table of Contents
ContentsPart I Tranquil Thoughts on Random Biblical Verses or Themes,
Part II Brief Thoughts On Nine Subjects,
Part III You Meet Some Really Nice People In Church,