I Found God in Water!

Creation and Amazing Water… 

It truly is amazing what we can see if we just open our eyes.  The Bible tells us that “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.” (Psalm 19:1 ESV)  That is a powerful verse written by King David of the Old Testament.

So, what is it about the sky above that talks to me about the glory or majesty of God? What can I see when I look to the sky and see the workings of God’s fingers in His creation?

Honestly, there are many things we can look at and be amazed.  The size and power of the Sun, the number of stars in the sky, the vastness of the universe, to the exactness of the rotation and revolution of the earth around the sun.  We could look at the perfect distance of the Earth and Sun to provide heat, cold, and seasons that are suitable for life of both mankind and plants.

Whenever I look to the sky I always take notice of the clouds.  We can look at clouds and predict weather.  If you remember back to your school science classes; Cirrus were the wispy faint clouds of a beautiful sunny day.   Cumulonimbus are those heavy dense clouds which often produce thunderstorms, hail, and tornadoes.   Clouds are all made of moisture, water vapor from the Earth’s surface.

The water in the sky or the water flowing free down the babbling brook is absolutely amazing! It has no color, no taste, no smell.  However, no living thing could possibly survive without water.  We are made of water, at least they say 2/3 of our body is composed of it.  Water helps our body to maintain a consistent temperature even though we live in areas of extreme heat or cold.

Water dissolves and transports the different chemicals, minerals, vitamins, and nutrients our body needs.  Water can flow upward against gravity through capillary action to reach tree tops.  Pooled water freezes from the top down, and also floats allowing fish to survive during the winter season.

The whole water cycle is an amazing phenomenon of recycling and purification.

How did this just happen? Only by the hand of an amazing God.  It is a statistical impossibility for hydrogen and oxygen to just randomly form into this amazing fluid we call water.  God created it with perfection.

3 States of Water and God…

Many times I have a difficulty trying to comprehend the idea of what we call the Trinity. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, three distinct persons but yet one GOD.  The next time your brain hurts as you ponder that subject think about water!

Water is H2O, two elements of Hydrogen connected to one element of Oxygen.  We call the liquid form of H2O, water, the solid form of H2O, ice, and the gas form of H2O, steam. Three very distinct forms…yet they are exactly the same thing – H2O.

God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are three very distinct forms…yet they are exactly the same thing…GOD.

Water and Salvation…

In Genesis chapter 6 we find that in the days of Noah the world was full of sin and wickedness.  God was sorry that he created mankind and decided to destroy all of mankind with a global flood.  You know this story well I am sure.  Noah was a good man God entrusted to build a ship so that mankind could survive the flood.  Noah built the ship and his family was saved.

I would conclude that it was the ship that saved them from the flood. Yet, Peter says that they were saved by water (cf. 1 Peter 3:20) The water killed everything on the earth, how could water save Noah and his family? You see, water saved them from the destruction of sin.  Peter also says that we have something similar today that saves us like Noah was saved – baptism.  We, just like Noah, are saved from our sins through water baptism because of what Jesus Christ has done for us – his death on the cross.  (cf. 1 Peter 3:21 & Rom 6:1-4).

I Found God in Water…

God is truly found in water – I found that God exists because of how unique and perfect water is – a marvelous creation.  I found that I can better understand the Godhead through the three states of water.  I found that God offers salvation in baptism through Jesus Christ by the washing away of my sin.

I thank God that I found Him in water!

~David S. Deagel

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Return to Sender

Over the Christmas holiday we had sent several cards through the mail to wish family and friends a Merry Christmas as we do each year.  There were a great deal of many changes that have happened over the course of the year.  Many friends changed jobs, changed phone numbers, some had children and some had a relative pass on.

Of all the cards that were sent we did receive a few of them back.  A handful of friends had moved over the course of the year.  We either neglected to change the address or had forgotten about the move.  Consequently those friends never received a card to wish them a Merry Christmas from our family.  Now comes the worry.  Will they be angry at me the next we see each other?  Will they not send me a card the following year?

Yesterday a young gentleman, who obviously has had a difficult life, came up to me as we were serving at a soup kitchen. He wanted to know how to become closer to God.  We some time talking about scripture and how the Bible lays out how one becomes and Christian and the gravity of such a decision.  We prayed together and he went on his way. Someone then asked, “You think we will ever see him again?”

For a millisecond i began to doubt…then I was reminded of a verse.  “So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth: It shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11)  We may never know who will be impacted by God’s word.  It is not our place to judge who should be allowed to hear the Gospel of Christ and who should not.

Jesus said, “I have come to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10).  Peter stated that God is “not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).  For the whole world, God sent Jesus (cf. John 3:16).

The Christmas cards that were returned, have come back void.  No one read them but the sender.  When we send out the Gospel message in any form, it makes a difference.  When we share our story of salvation, it makes a difference.  When we share scriptures, it makes a difference.  When we pray, it makes a difference.

The mission given to us by Christ, “to go into all the world and make disciples” (Matthew 28:19) is a universal and serious issue.  Without hearing the Gospel to believe the Gospel one cannot obey the Gospel.  Without obedience to Christ there is no salvation. (cf. Acts 4:12; John 14:21; Matthew 7:21)

It is our Christian duty to plant the seed of God’s word and to water it…however, it is God who provides the increase.  (cf. 1 Corinthians 3:6-7)

~David S. Deagel

Are You Drowning?

Drowning? Yeah that sounds very inspirational doesn’t it.  So many time we can be drowning from all sorts of things in life.  We drown in debt.  We drown in relationship issues.  We drown ourselves with work, hobbies, activities…anything.  Most of the time we never anticipated it happening.  We never go and get a credit card and say to ourselves …I just can’t wait to max this thing out! But gradually over time it happens.

I have been thinking about the man in scriptures referred to as the Rich Young Ruler in Luke chapter 18 and Matthew chapter 19.  We know how the man came to Jesus and wanted to know what he could do to have eternal life.  I had often wondered why Jesus just did not say to this young man what he told Nicodemus in John chapter 3.  And I think it may because this young man was drowning.

All of this young man’s life was filled with keeping the Old Testament laws – specifically the Ten Commandments.  He knew what he needed to do to be a good person but yet he was seeking greater things than he had known.  He was wealthy, what was there that he could not have bought?

He was seeking something greater – something he could not purchase and yet something that he could not obtain because he was drowning.  Jesus told this young man if he wanted to be perfect to sell the things that he had and become a follower of Him.  However, instead of doing what Jesus suggested this young man went away.

You see, he was drowning in his possessions and riches.  Those things had him tied to the world.  It must have been what he worried about and thought about continually.  If he didn’t care about it so much he would have gladly gave what he had away and followed Jesus.

What kind of things do we all drown ourselves with?  Each day we awake and worry about things like work, bills, the economy, politics, …..and some odd fascinations with the zombie apocalypse…..(whatever that is all about).  How many of these things and other like it literally consume our lives – and when things like this consume our lives we begin to drown in them and we fail to survive and to thrive in this life.

Worry less and live more.  Seek God above all things (cf. Matthew 6:31-34)

~David S. Deagel