Feb 17

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Life gives us many opportunities and some of them come upon us before we are ready! God’s blessings are not limited to age, however; as there is not one who has been born who is not blessed by God’s love, kindness, and generosity. Of course, there are some, and this number is growing, who have no idea that they enjoy these blessings from God.
As in the time we now are living, more and more people are rejecting God’s existence! Even though the same sun shines upon the rejecter as it does upon the believer. It is that the believer knows whom to give thanks to! Looking out the window, the words of Moses come to mind: “And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good” (Gen. 1:14 – 18). Of course, the non-believer looks at the same sun, moon, and stars that the believer does, knows there are four seasons: 1) Winter, 2) Spring, 3) Summer, and 4) Fall. He just does not know from whom the blessings of these seasons come; how sad it must be, to enjoy such blessings and having no way of give thanks for them!
Just as surely as winter changes to Spring, those beautiful little yellow flowers stand up for all to see; no one tells them to come up and brighten the early Spring days; but the Creator put it within them to come up! So, it is with the budding of the green that shows up on the trees and the brown land begins to turn green. All these are announcing that it is the season of Spring! The unbeliever and the believer see all these and enjoys them, but the non-believer has no one to give thanks; but this is never the case with the believer, as he knows from whom such blessings come. Thus, the believer looks up, as the heavens are higher than the earth; so is the Creator higher than the blessings he gives!
These are but the kindness and generosity of God! As Jesus said: “That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust” (Matt. 5:45). But, Jesus spoke these words in a context of love. For he had just spoken these words: “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you” and follow the words about the sun rising and the rain coming, upon both “the evil and on the good” and “on the just and on the unjust!” Now notice the verse which follows: “For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?” (verse 46). Therefore, one is to conclude that God’s generosity is evidence of his love; but the non-believer has no idea that he is receiving such blessings from God. On the other hand, the believer knows that as he looks upon and enjoys the rain, that he is the subject of God’s love. In such knowledge, the believer understands these are more than, just kindness and generosity, but the love of God; therefore, the believer gives thanks to God for such blessings and love.
These things are seen just by “Looking out the window!” As one who spends more time than I like in a chair located next a window, “Looking out the window,” I have learned such lovely things! A non-believer may be in another house, “Looking out the window,” but he sees not even one of these blessings as coming from God! Oh, he sees the little yellow flowers as they brighten up the first days of Spring, he sees the sun shining, the moon giving the lesser light as the sun lowers itself in the west, the brown earth and the trees turning green; but he has no one to thank! Such loneliness in the mist of God’s kindness, generosity, and love!
Yet, the non-believer is missing even more, as he sits in his chair “Looking out the window,” for he is missing the greatness of God’s love! You see, he has failed to have God’s greatest love: “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom 5:8). Yes, the sadness in failing to see and to enjoy God’s love in its fullness, the salvation of one’s soul/spirit!
The next time you look out the window, stop and think of the things you can see, just by “Looking out the widow!”

Frank R. Williams

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