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Marriage and God's Timing

  Today is a special day in our household.  My youngest son celebrated his 14th birthday today.  It is also 35 years ago that I met my wife.  Little did I know that when I met her, that I would marry her.  I had attended a Christian college, with over 2,000 blond Dutch girls there.  In His wisdom, the Lord closed the door.  So I completed my navy training and was commissioned on 24 September 1976.  Then the next night, I went to a fund raising dinner hosted by the New York International Bible Society (now the International Bible Society).  And it was there that I met my red-headed wife 35 years ago.  God knows better than I do who was best for me.  Humanly speaking, I went to college with 2,000 Christian girls, yet I could not find my wife.  I joined the navy, and the very day after I was commissioned, I met my future wife.  In his infinite wisdom, God provided me a wife, when I needed a wife.  Kathy has been a blessing to me.

Coram Deo - Before the Face of God

Coram Deo is a Latin phrase that means "before the face of God."  R.C. Sproul uses this phrase in his publications at Ligonier Ministries, and the below is taken from his website:  http://www.ligonier.org/blog/what-does-coram-deo-mean/
      He writes "To live coram Deo is to live one’s entire life in the presence of God, under the authority of God, to the glory of God.  To live in the presence of God is to understand that whatever we are doing and wherever we are doing it, we are acting under the gaze of God.  God is omnipresent.  There is no place so remote that we can escape His penetrating gaze. . .
    The Christian who compartmentalizes his or her life into two sections of the religious and the nonreligious has failed to grasp the big idea. The big idea is that all of life is religious or none of life is religious. To divide life between the religious and the nonreligious is itself a sacrilege.
    This means that if a person fulfills his or her vocation as a steelmaker, attorney, or homemaker coram Deo, then that person is acting every bit as religiously as a soul-winning evangelist who fulfills his vocation. It means that David was as religious when he obeyed God’s call to be a shepherd as he was when he was anointed with the special grace of kingship. It means that Jesus was every bit as religious when He worked in His father’s carpenter shop as He was in the Garden of Gethsemane."
     As I wrote last time on labor, all labor is good labor.  All must be done to the glory of God as He is indeed sovereign over all of our life.  We must obey God in all aspects of life.  We must "act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with [y]our God" (Micah 6:8).

Our Calling

    Today is Labor Day - a day to celebrate work.  (Please also read my Aug 08 post on Labor Day).  John Calvin is rightly heralded as the man that changed the thinking of the world in relationship to work.  And because of this new attitude, the Western world began to lead all other continents.  John Calvin wrote in The Institutes of Christian Religion:  "The Lord bids each one of us in all life's actions to look to His calling."  In other words, each one of us has a calling.  In English we use the word "vocation."  According to Webster: from Latin vocation-, vocatio summons, from vocare to call, from vox voice.  According to Webster a vocation is a “summons.”  Two examples from Webster are “This isn't just a job for me; it's a vocation” and “He never felt a real sense of vocation.”  A job is something you do.  A vocation is a calling by God to a certain work.
    Traditionally, vocation was restricted to God’s calling to the ministry.  Webster says: “especially : a divine call to the religious life.”   But Calvin contended that all of us have a vocation, a calling to a specific task.  Vocations was no longer just a calling to go into religious work.  In other words, being a pastor or a priest is not a higher calling than being a trash collector or a janitor.  He goes on to say: “It is enough if we know that the Lord’s calling is in everything the beginning and foundation of well-doing. . . .  From this will arise also a singular consolation: that no task will be so sordid and base, provided you obey your calling in it, that it will not shine and be reckoned very precious in God’s sight.” 
    Simply put: follow God’s calling and you will be happy in your vocation and no vocation is more important than other vocations.