"If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there." -- Psalm 139:8 (NIV)
If you’ve read the Lord of the Rings or seen the movies, then you are familiar with the Eye of Sauron—the giant fiery eye. It’s a stunning image to seen (and read). It can be seen from afar and gives the eerie impression that it’s watching you. Sauron represents evil…but it got me thinking about God.
Jephthah the Gileadite was a mighty warrior. His father was Gilead; his mother was a prostitute. -- Judges 11:1 (NIV)
Jephthah was the son of a prostitute.
That’s not exactly the start of greatest; far from it—it’s really the start of something that’s doomed to failure before launch. In the eyes of man, Jephthah is pretty much dirt—as low as you can get. Surely not fit to be a warrior that leads Israel to victory.
The women living there said, “Naomi has a son!” And they named him Obed. He was the father of Jesse, the father of David. -- Ruth 4:17 (NIV)
There were plenty of good kings and bad kings alike in the Bible; above all of them in greatness—at least to the Hebrews—was King David.
If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? -- 1 John 3:17 (NIV)
There’s a 100-some-odd anecdote that goes a little something like this:
A reporter came to John D. Rockefeller one day and told him he was the richest man in the world; the reporter then asked him how much money was enough, and Rockefeller answered, “Just a little bit more.”
The story probably isn’t true—not in that context anyway, and possibly not in any context. But it’s a fun story that shows a very American value: Enough is never enough.