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The Purpose of God Revealed

The final disclosure from Creation is God’s supreme purpose: dwelling with man. Four details illustrate His intention: First, God rested on the seventh day. Now, God was not tired. He had neither written too many e-mails nor stood too long on the assembly line. As He had not overextended, He had no need to rebuild His physical or emotional energy. In fact, He had no need of anything. But we do. So God rested—as an example for us. God created us with a need for balance in our lives, labor balanced with rest. When we rest, our bodies have time to restore. So do our minds. As we shut down the everyday hustle and bustle, we are able to rest and focus on God. This gives us an opportunity to meditate on Him, listen to Him, and enjoy Him. It is most curious that God provided us a pattern for worship by resting, not by doing. Go ahead, He seemed to be saying, and stay busy all week—I was—but don’t forget to aside some time to rest with Me. God expects us to reserve time for Him so that He can refresh us as we fellowship with Him. Second, God created man, enduing him with three essential life elements: breath (God’s own);12 will, ensuring his desire to be his own person; and freedom of choice, the power to exercise that desire. All three elements reflect the image of God. And all three are essential to our ability to dwell with—and worship—God.

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Called to Worship  

An exploration of worship in the Scriptures, Dr. Whaley's new book is a resourceful tool for ministry professionals, as well as seminary stu...

Called to Worship  

An exploration of worship in the Scriptures, Dr. Whaley's new book is a resourceful tool for ministry professionals, as well as seminary stu...

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