Look Around

Today, take some time to stop and look around. I know it’s Monday. I know it’s going to Monday all day long. I know that many of us have long weeks ahead, full of tasks and worries and stress.

I totally understand that.

And because of that, those of us that are extra busy or extra worried need to stop. And look around.

Listen to the words of Psalm 89: 5-11 this morning:

Let the heavens praise your wonders, O Lord, your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones! For who in the skies can be compared to the Lord? Who among the heavenly beings is like the Lord, a God greatly to be feared in the council of the holy ones, and awesome above all who are around him? O Lord God of hosts, who is mighty as you are, O Lord, with your faithfulness all around you? You rule the raging of the sea; when its waves rise, you still them. You crushed Rahab like a carcass; you scattered your enemies with your mighty arm. The heavens are yours; the earth also is yours; the world and all that is in it, you have founded them.

sunsetLet the heavens praise you, O God. You rule the raging sea. You still the waves. The heavens are yours. The earth is yours. All the world is yours.

Today, stop and look around at the wonders that God has made. Stop and look around at the glory of God that’s all around us.

The beauty and power of creation. The sun rise (for early folks!), the sun set (for later folks!). God’s glory is all around.

The laugher of children. The virtue of hard work. The gift of health and family. The grace of friendship and of love.

The joy of salvation.

Take a moment today to look around. See what God is doing. See the small blessings. See the quiet glimpses of grace. The small wonders of God’s mercy.

Look around. And you will be blessed. You will be stunned. And you will be thankful. For we will see just how, and how glorious our God is.

And we will see just how much it is that He loves us.

Today, take time to stop. To look around. And behold the glory and beauty of God!

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Why Does God Forgive Us?

urlGod is a God that forgives His people. He is a God that longs to restore and renew His people.

We get that. You’ve heard me say that a lot. You’ve seen me write that a lot. If you’ve been around my ministry for any length of time, you’ve heard multiple times that God is a God that loves us and forgives us. That His love for us is more than we can ever understand.

Ok, Andy, sure.

But why?

Why does God forgive us? Why does God restore us? Why does God renew us?


There are lots of reasons why. Lots of reasons why the Lord forgives us our sins and renews us.

The first is because He made us. He created us. He made us in His image and He loves us. As a father loves His children, so does God love us. Jesus came, suffered and died for our sins to pay the price for our sins.

Why? He loves us.

He made us. He loves us. That’s one reason why.

But, that’s not the only reason.

We see Isaiah talk about another reason this morning. Listen to what he says in Isaiah 63:13-14:

who led them through the depths? Like a horse in the desert, they did not stumble. Like livestock that go down into the valley, the Spirit of the Lord gave them rest. So you led your people, to make for yourself a glorious name.

He says that the Spirit of the Lord lead the people, He gave them rest. He restored them. He forgave them.


To make for Himself a glorious name. God forgives us and renews us to restart that relationship with us. And as we are renewed and restored, we have so many reasons to praise God and to give Him glory.

His forgiveness in our lives makes us praise Him. His mercy in our lives makes us to praise Him. His grace in our lives makes us to praise Him.

He loves your and forgives you because He loves you. And wants you to live your life for His glory. To make His name great. To live with love. With purpose. With joy. With peace. With mercy.

To give Him glory.

We aren’t just here for us. But for Him. That’s really our purpose in all of our lives. To give Him the glory.

To live for Him.

Today, you are forgiven. Know that you are loved. And live today as a response to that grace and love. And in that you will find your purpose.

And in that you will bring glory to His name.

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For Our Good and God’s Glory

One of things that I know in life that is true, is that all things will work out for our good and for God’s glory.

All things.

God is going to use every circumstance of your life and everything that happens in your day today for your good. And for His glory.

Listen to what God says through Paul today in 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12:

To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

1-all-things-markHe says that God will give us power to fulfill every good work, so that the name of Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in Him.

In other words, today, in what’s happening, God, through His power, will work it out, in some way so that He receives glory.

No matter what it is. Somehow, no matter what’s happening, He is going to use it for His glory somehow.

His name will be praised through the circumstance of your life.

I don’t know how all the time, but it will.

And likewise, even if you don’t understand, He will work it out for your good as well. Somehow, someway, whatever it is that you are going through, God will work it out for you good.

You may think it’s impossible. And it may not be immediate. But, this situation you are going through, somehow, someway, God is going to work it out for your good, and for His glory.

He promised.

And He is true to His word.

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For God’s Glory

God has promised to take care of us. To give us what we need. To give us life, grace, and mercy.

To restore us. To give us a hope. To give us a future. To give us life and peace.

The word says that God will give us the desires of our hearts. Now first, through He must have our hearts. So, when He has our hearts, the changes them, and forms them in His image.

And then, as our hearts are drawn closer to His heart, we gives us the desires of our heart.

But does all this, not just for us. But, for Him. Listen to what it says in Ezekiel 36:23-24:

And I will vindicate the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, and which you have profaned among them. And the nations will know that I am the Lord, declares the Lord God, when through you I vindicate my holiness before their eyes. I will take you from the nations and gather you from all the countries and bring you into your own land.

God will be at work in us, and for us, not just for us. But for His glory.

He is going to use all things in our lives in our lives and for His glory.

All things.

He is going to use you today in this day to bring glory to His name. You are His prized possession. You are the apple of His eye. He loves and adores you.

And He will give you life and grace and peace.

And He will use all of your life, all of your circumstances, all that you are for His glory.

Today, all things in life, they will work for our good. And for God’s glory.

All things will. He has promised us.

And so when life is hard, we don’t understand or question or doubt or are afraid.

Remember. It will work for our good, and for God’s glory.

Remember. All things.

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To Give Him Glory

Today, in Psalm 50, God tells us to call upon Him in times of trouble. To thank Him and to make our vows to Him. And to call for His strength and might in our times of trial.

Listen to what verses 14-15 say:

Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and perform your vows to the Most High, and call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.”

God says – call upon me. I will deliver you. And you shall glorify me.

He has saved us, literally and figuratively, for that purpose. To glorify Him. To give Him praise and glory.

Because He is worthy of that praise and of that glory. He is worthy.

So, let’s tell the story. Let’s tell the story of how He has saved us. Let’s give voice to the ways that He has changed our lives for the better. Let’s talk about what He has done for us.

Does this mean you have to pin your co-worker or classmate down and make them become a Christian?


But, do your words glorify Jesus? Do our actions bring glory to His name? Do we let our lives honor Him?

Can others tell the difference that Jesus has made in our lives? He has saved us. He has restored us. He has rescued us. He has changed us.

For this purpose. For this reason. To give Him glory.

Today, in our lives, we give God glory through action through, word, action, and deed. He has saved us.

May we glorify Him.

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