Why God Quenches His People’s Thirst

Isaiah 41:17-19 tells us that God will quench his people’s thirst.  In the first part of the chapter, God is shown to be a warrior king who redeems his people from their worm-like state of being (vv. 13-14).

At the end of the chapter, God tells us why he quenches the thirst of his people (vv. 17-19).  Verse 20 says, “That they may see and know, may consider and understand together, that the hand of the LORD has done this, the Holy One of Israel has created it.”

Everything that God does is meant to draw attention back to himself. He acts for his own glory and no one else’s (see 42:8). Everything that God does for his people is meant to bring us to a deeper understanding of his sovereign control over all creation and that everything works for his purpose.

This does not mean that God rolls with the punches and everything just happens to fall into place with a desired outcome for the world. Rather, God creates the punches to bring about his designed outcome for the world, namely that he would receive glory and his people would receive salvation and joy in him.


The Curse of Time

Before sin, there was no time in the sense that we know it now.  Ecclesiastes says that our hearts were made for eternity.  That is why the issue of time can be frustrating to us:

“Why are things taking so long!”

“We need more time!”

“This day has flown by.”

Time is a product of evil.  We were made for a timeless enjoyment of God, but we rejected that truth in the Garden and exchanged it for a lie.  Things won’t get better until we reach that timeless enjoyment of him.  Lord willing, that time will come soon.


Hawking Says Alien Life May Exist

Famed astrophysicist Stephen Hawking claims that there is most likely life in the universe outside Earth.  He said, “if the human race is to continue for another million years, we will have to boldly go where no one has gone before.”  This is the best quote of the short article though:

Hawking compared people who don’t want to spend money on human space exploration to those who opposed the journey of Christopher Columbus in 1492.

“The discovery of the New World made a profound difference to the old. Just think we wouldn’t have had a Big Mac or KFC.”

I’m so happy that Columbus discovered the New World, just so I can stuff my face with a greasy Big Mac.  Yum!  No wonder we celebrate Columbus Day!   Maybe in the new “New World” we’ll find more fast food that can vastly fuel our addiction to angioplasties.


Sproul Interviews Ben Stein

Ligonier has posted a 27-minute video of R.C. Sproul interviewing Ben Stein.  You may know Ben Stein from his comedic acting career, particularly as the dry teacher in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.  Stein has now committed much of his efforts to disprove Darwinian evolution in favor of Intelligent Design.