The printed word is a marvelous, exciting, and adventuresome way to communicate. Since readers are all different, this page will hopefully appeal to a broad variety of people, their worldviews, likes, dislikes, and collective understanding of the world around them. Hopefully you'll see some of those things in the Print Library, designed to help you come to understand why you draw breath on this life-sustaining planet. I invite you to visit this page often.
Do you like to change? Our physical lives demand change and some of it can be very uncomfortable, sometimes depressing. Before you assume that you do like changes in your life, think about circumstances in your past life that were negative, sometimes painful, and somewhere between annoying and depression. During those times...and we all have negative changes forced on us...we complain to others that life is tough.
Does God know this? Could God have a hand in this? If He does,why would He allow negative changes to happen in our lives? Those are good and healthy questions. God does know our physical shortcomings and the difficulties we go through in this life. Why? God explains why in the book of Ecclesiastes: "I have seen the God-given task with which the sons of men are to be occupied. He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end. I know that nothing is better for them than to rejoice, and to do good in their lives, and also that every man should eat and drink and enjoy the good of all his labor—it is the gift of God. I know that whatever God does, It shall be forever. Nothing can be added to it, And nothing taken from it. God does it, that men should fear before Him (Ecclesiastes 3:10-14).
So human beings are allowed to live on God's earth to suffer both good times and bad, so that men should learn to fear God in order to learn from Him. As we learn from God, by studying His Word and praying or asking for His help, He shows us the glorious purpose for our lives! Our ultimate destiny is to be changed into very God, sons of God, to be with His family of multi-billions of former human beings for eternity...forever!!! The universe will wear out; it's physical. You and I are given the opportunity to live forever, to never wear out, to be excited for and satisfied with what God has planned for...yes, you guessed it...eternity.
Check my article on this subject: https://www.ucg.org/members/united-news/billions-are-waiting-on-you.
All the best. jwa
The Handwriting is Still on the Wall: not a "one and done" judgment!
History repeats itself! Woe be to those who ignore painful historical lessons. The brief story about the grandson of King Nebuchaddnezzar, King Belshazzar of Babylon (Daniel 5), might seem like a "one and done lesson" I can assure you it isn't. To be sure, that signal event spelled the end of the ancient world ruling empire, Babylon, executed by God's handwriting on the wall that warned of Babylon's climactic ruin. Yet this phrase also serves as a double entendre or double meaning.
The second application of this meaning addresses God's judgment of humankind. Godly judgment also includes setting someone back on track...that's God's track (1 Cor. 11:31-32). The world is suffering today because of the pandemic; this could be viewed as a preview of worse things to come (Matt. 24:21-22).
Have you never thought that God is trying to get our attention by allowing such frightening things to happen?
Check this link for the rest of the story. "The Handwriting is still on the Wall." https://www.ucg.org/the-good-news/the-handwriting-is-still-on-the-wall".
All the best. jwa
Shocked by the Bible, Changed by the Truth!
The Bible holds many shocking truths that few people have ever known or recognized. Fewer still are those who go beyond the shock of the Bible and allow themselves to be changed by the truth. Will you be one of them? This article can be of help.
Have an enjoyable week.~jwa