Volume 8 No 3

Have you ever seen a dog or cat chase their tail? Around and round they go, thinking the faster they go, they will surely grab it, but no matter how they try it’s always just out of reach. Eventually they collapse to the ground, dizzy and worn out. Probably we have a good chuckle at them.

But at times, aren’t we like that too? Life can get really busy and become extremely stressful. Bills need paying and your hard earned cash just never seems to be enough. The latest mobile phone is released and you just need to have it! So you work harder and longer hours, yet never seem fulfilled or content. There is always something missing, an emptiness deep inside of you that just seems unable to be filled.

Part of the problem is that we have our focus and priorities all mixed up. Christ Himself warned us of this:

“Stockpile treasure in heaven, where it’s safe from moth and rust and burglars...”(Matthew 6:20-34 Message). “If you decide for God, living a life of God-worship, it follows that you don’t fuss about what’s on the table at mealtimes or whether the clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body.

Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God. And you count far more to him than birds.

“Has anyone by fussing in front of the mirror ever gotten taller by so much as an inch?

All this time and money wasted on fashion--do you think it makes that much difference? Instead of looking at the fashions, walk out into the fields and look at the wildflowers. They never primp or shop, but have you ever seen colour and design quite like it? The ten best-dressed men and women in the country look shabby alongside them.

“If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers--most of which are never even seen--don’t you think He’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do His best for you?

Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.

“Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.”

So sit back and enjoy reading this latest issue of Face to Face Magazine, and my prayer is that you enter a little deeper into the God-reality of God provision, where your real needs are truly met.

Honeymoon disaster and a glimpse of our heavenly home

I came across a sad story this week, a story about a honeymoon disaster. The newly weds arrived at the hotel in the wee hours with high hopes.

Push the boat out

I am continually surprised by how many common phrases have their origin in the Bible. At first sight the idea of ‘pushing the boat out’ does not seem to have...

Abraham’s Example of Faith: A Study of Hebrews 11:8-19

Hebrews 11 is a description of faith in action — how God’s people have always lived by faith.

My Mother’s Prayer

I had my first love affair when I was just 6 years old. It’s true…but it’s probably not what you’re thinking.When I was 6, I had a marvellous kite that...

How do we view non believers?

Here’s an important question for us to ponder: How do we view non-believers?Chuck Colson, founder of Prison Fellowship and the Breakpoint radio program, once answered that question using an analogy:.....

Sowing Seed

As a very young boy I stood one day and watched as my dad planted a small patch of mielie pips (maize seeds).

Pressing Anger Produces Strife

“For pressing milk produces curds, pressing the nose produces blood, and pressing anger produces strife.”Proverbs 30:33 (ESVUK)The proverb above has one good idea and two bad.The first idea concerns a...

The weight lifter

“For I eat ashes as my food and mingle my drink with tears because of your great wrath…for you have taken me up and thrown me aside”(Psalm 102:9-10).Like the psalmist,...

Small Things

The splendor of King Solomon’s Temple in Jerusalem was renowned. Skilled craftsmen used only the finest materials in construction.

Because He Lives…

“God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.”Acts 2:24 (NIV)It’s estimated that more...

God spoke to me?

I was enjoying a walk along the Sea Point promenade in Cape Town, reflecting on life and the magnificence of the ocean, when I noticed a young lady sitting on...

Honesty: a signpost to inspiration

“The whole Bible was given to us by inspiration from God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our...

Like a weaned child

Sometimes I skim over verses in the Bible that don’t mean anything to me personally without taking time to delve into them.

The first shall be last and the last shall be first

As Christians today, we sometimes struggle to understand everything Jesus said. One of His emphatic and often repeated statements is found in the gospel of Matthew.”But many who are first...