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Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Acadia National Park (photo by Greg Schneider)
This photo was taken in Acadia National Park in Maine by Greg Schneider, a friend of ours.
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"God Seekers"

"You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart" (Jeremiah 29:13). 

Since I was a child I've enjoyed reading the "National Geographic" magazine. This last Christmas my sister gave me a subscription as a gift and I look forward to reading through the magazine and of course looking at the stunning photography.

The March 2008 issue features a story about a massive super accelerator known as the Large Haldron Collider in Europe that physicists use for testing. In my opinion Physics is the hardest type of science to in any way comprehend, but I still found the article interesting.

A main focus in the experiments is to discover the "Higgs particle", which also has the designation "the God particle."  According to the article it's the missing evidence in a theory in physics that explains a basic characteristic of the universe. Now (and this is where it becomes absolutely incomprehensible to me) the article states that the Higgs particle will last "less than a millionth of a billionth of a billionth of a second before decaying into a spray of other particles."

I am a person of faith. I believe what the Bible says and I see so much evidence (and more all the time) for the truthfulness of the Bible. I am deeply moved by the statement in Hebrews 11:3: "By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God's command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible." Yet my faith is often maligned by the world and is considered by many as scientifically naïve, uninformed, simplistic and more recently, even dangerous.

But I contend that in this life faith, in one way or another, is always required. For instance I read the article and among other things I must have faith that they can actually determine a time measurement less than "a millionth of a billionth of a billionth of a second."  But in the article it's stated as an absolute fact, with no words like physicists believe, conjecture or even estimate, but merely printed as a matter of fact statement.

I had a stop watch in high school that measured time to the tenth of a second and have seen measurement to one/hundredth of a second in races on TV such as the Olympics.  But I have to believe really, really, really hard that there is any way a time measurement of "a millionth of a billionth of a billionth of a second" can be determined.  I think the physicists do as well, though many would never admit it.

I find it interesting that the National Geographic article is subtitled "The hunt for the God particle." Ever since the fall and the blight of sin on the human race, man has in one way or another been seeking for the missing element in life. Satan has a massive array of substitutes of that which is claimed to fill this void.

The almighty God of the entire universe speaks in the daily text, "You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart" (Jeremiah 29:13).  He goes on to state in the next verse with a word of blessed assurance: "I will be found by you," declares the LORD."

Hebrews 11 has a foundational statement in regard to our relationship with God.  "And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him."  Let us be God Seekers!

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Daily prayer: Holy God, I want to seek You as a lifelong pursuit. Thank You for the promise that when we seek You with all our heart we will find You.  I want to have faith that pleases You.  I do believe You exist and are a rewarder of those who earnestly seek You.  Help me to be a God seeker!

Yesterday we shared a message titled "Why Lord" and received numerous responses from readers. Let us share a few with you today.

A long-time reader in a closed Middle-Eastern country, known for severe oppression of Christians wrote,
"I am so happy reading this article, it really relates not only to me but to all the brethren here who have gone through tremendous trials in their lives. God uses people like you to shade light on things that sometimes are so hard for us to understand…thank you so much Brother Weber, your great toil in the Lord will be rewarded in due time….God bless you and may more and more and more people will be blessed through you…"

(This is from a former District Superintendent, now retired, whom I especially esteem.) Allow me again to commend you for the outflowing of your lives through the Daily Encouragement Net.   I appreciate its practicality, relevancy, doctrinal soundness and solid encouragement.  Keep up the great work. 

I wanted to reply to your "why Lord?" devotional.  Not that I'm a super Christian.  I'm 35 years old and have been a Christian for about 16 years.  Due to a form of muscular dystrophy, I started using a wheelchair when I was 14. After being a Christian for about five years, I was just enjoying my day with God and the Holy Spirit seemed to remind me of all the blessings God has given me.  So I'm completely blessed even when something bad happens (and because my disease is progressive and degenerative things don't always go the way I would like it.)  But God is good!  I have learned instead of asking "why me", I now ask "why not me."

Today's Suggested Music and
Supplemental Resources

"Take My Life And Let It Be"  (Audio)

"Blessed Assurance"  (Instrumental audio)

Today's photo is by Greg Schneider, a friend whom we both knew from our chaplaincy work several years ago. He is a professional sport's photographer for a local paper but enjoys sharing his travel photos with us to share with daily encouragement readers!

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