God Knows and Understands

(This is Part 2 … in followup to “How Would You Describe God?”)

Question, “How well do you know yourself?” Sometimes I think I understand myself well, until something surprisingly happens and I find myself reacting in a way that I think is unlike me. Next question,  “How would you feel if you knew someone was aware of every detail of your life … the physical marks on your body, the emotional scars of your soul, your mental strengths and weaknesses, the situations that you find yourself in every day, and all the decisions you have made and will make?” WOW, that is mind boggling! There is a good summary, in Psalm 139:1-9, of what God says about His knowledge and understanding of you. God does not need to find facts to make His conclusion. He knows all things equally well, and not one thing does He know better than another.  You will never hear God say, “If I really knew him or her, I might have a different opinion about them.” Why?

  • First, God knows us inside and out. We humans look on the outward things to evaluate a person’s life. But God’s knowledge penetrates to the depth of the human heart (1 Samuel 16:7; 1 Chronicles 28:9; Psalm 44:20-21; Hebrews 4:12; “Integrity”). “No action is lost or thought overlooked!” Actually, God is nearer to you and me than our own thoughts are.
  • Next, God knows the progress of all events in our lives, the timing and when they actually come to pass. With exactness, God knows their real relation one to the other. No surprise or Plan B with God (Job 28:23-24; Romans 11:33-36).
  • Also, God knows the hidden meaning of things. It’s often hard for us to understand why bad things happen, or to acknowledge that we have messed things up by our own bad choices. We wonder if God’s overall purposes can stilled be worked out in our lives. The story of Joseph shows us that that he faced great difficulties through the bad choices his brothers made against him.  Yet when things turn in his favor years later, Joseph saw God’s providence (Genesis 50:20).

The truth is… we really don’t know ourselves as well as God know us. And though we may think knowing about things can make us free, it cannot. God places greater value on our response to Him than on our comprehension of things in life. He asks us to draw near to Him and promises that He will draw near to us (Isaiah 55:6-9; Hebrews 4:16; 11:6). PMC  Consider:  “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you…” (James 4:8).

This thought was written by Paul M.Curtas, General Director of FCAP.

How Would You Describe God?

There are many ways people try to explain who God is… especially at this time!  Some base their understanding of God on all the things they have heard people say about Him or claims of things that were done “in the name of God.”  Others understand God through the many things they receive “from the hand of God.”  We readily acknowledge God for kind and generous people we like, or the things we have that make life fun and enjoyable. Then we mix all this together and come up with a description of what we think God is like.

Then a virus shows up in the world taking people’s lives, others are stricken with sickness, while the vast majority are paralyzed by the fear of it.  So how do people perceive what God is like now? Is He indifferent or passive? Maybe the job of fixing this is just too big for Him. Or could it be He just doesn’t care and chooses not to be bothered, or is He just disgusted by how humans have gone downhill in history? How can we know what God thinks about all this? All meaningful relationships require people to reveal themselves to some degree to each person. People closest to us, those we know best, are that way because we have learned to trust them and respond personally to each other. Without this trust our quest for friendship and intimacy is futile.

There was a man named Moses, who was confronted with God in audible conversation. God told Moses that He was going to send him back to Egypt, to lead a people out of there who knew Him. In his efforts to try and figure how all this could work, Moses asked God, “Who are you, to send me?” God’s reply was simple yet profound, He said, “I am that I am” (Exodus 3:14).  God is not what people project Him to be at any given time. Later Moses wrote that there are things about God which we cannot know, but there are things about Himself that He has revealed to us (Deuteronomy 29:29). It was the prophet Isaiah who posed a provoking question… “To whom then will you liken God? Or what likeness will you compare with Him?(Isaiah 40:18). The next few weeks we will look at a few things that God has revealed about Himself for us to consider. PMC

This thought was written by Paul M. Curtas, General Director of FCAP.

Men’s Fellowship Over Zoom

                                                                                                                                                     …over Zoom

A time to share and pray for one another…
A time to encourage one another in the things of God…

Join Us!
Tuesday, May 12

Time: 9:30 am Eastern Time in U.S.  (1330 GMT)
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Ladies Virtual Fellowship/Prayer – May 5

Women today are facing unique challenges. It does not matter if you are single or married; nor does it matter if you are actively employed within the airline/aviation industry or have a spouse who is there.  We invite you to come together with women of like hearts seeking comfort, peace and hope in these critical times as we encourage and pray for one another. Please join us…

 

Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 5

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The Value of Relationships

Yesterday I had the wonderful opportunity to speak (over Zoom) to over fifty 11th and 12th grade students at a Christian school about God’s view of work and their future work life. It seemed to be well received. At the end of our time, the teacher/administrator held back tears as she said to the students, “We miss all of you so much!” I could see the students on video… most nodding their head and others responding, “We miss you and everyone too.” I am quite sure that on a typical school day before this pandemic we would not have seen such a response. I was then asked to pray especially for these senior class students. This week was supposed to be their prom and in a few weeks their graduation ceremony … both have been cancelled. When this pandemic is over and we get back to what seems normal, what will we have personally learned from it?  Okay … most would probably respond with keeping up good hygiene habits. But I think, to a bigger degree, we will realize and appreciate the fact that we humans are interdependent on each other. We were created as social beings for personal interaction. A deep and essential need is met when humans integrate with one another through friendship, school, work, sports, society, and church. We know problems exist among humans and sometimes we even go to great extent to expound upon them. Right now, however, we are being reminded how our sphere of influence, with a big part of it being our relationships, is valuable for our growth and fulfillment. And when we can, we should make every effort to prevent those relationships from going into long-term isolation. This is because our relationships follow a universal model. God’s example shows the great extent He went in reaching out to us and calling us into a relationship with Himself, now and for eternity. PMC   Consider:  “In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the payment for our sins.  Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another” (1John 4:10-11) and “Greater love has no one than this – that one lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13).

This thought was written by Paul M. Curtas, General Director of FCAP.

Crisis Support and Prayer – April 30

As an airline employee… do you feel alone, or overwhelmed with life because of the paralyzing effects caused from the corona virus? Join an online Crisis Support Chat and prayer time with other airline people, who have found comfort, peace and hope in these critical times, to encourage one another and to pray together. Please join us…

Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 30

Time: 9:30 am Eastern Time in U.S.  (1330 GMT)
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On God’s Radar

As a child, I once got lost from my mother in a grocery store. She went off my radar, and suddenly the environment seemed scary and people seemed threatening. It was frightening until my mother located me, then all was well again. When conditions around me become troublesome, beyond my ability to understand or change them, I not only can become disoriented with the conditions themselves but also overwhelmed by my impressions of them. Our faith becomes disoriented when we allow the difficult conditions to take our focus off of God and become fixated on the problems. We then start to trust our own senses and make poor decisions based on fear or anger. Our faith becomes depleted and we no longer trust God’s Word or believe He has the ability to change the conditions or to change us personally. God encourages us to walk by faith, and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:6-7). Walking by faith is not a leap in the dark, rather it is a step in the light. With each step we look to God believing He is in control, knows every detail perfectly, and will provide what we need. PMC  Consider this: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not unto your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

This thought was written by Paul M. Curtas, General Director of FCAP.

Women’s Support and Prayer – Tuesday, April 21

The Fellowship of Christian Airline Personnel invites all women: single, married, crew members, administrative, agents, and spouses of airline employees  to a scheduled Zoom meeting!  It will be a blessed time of heartfelt sharing and prayer to our Lord and Savior.  Please join us!

 

 

 

 

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Time: Apr 21, 2020 09:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Gaining and Growing in These Times

This global pandemic has rearranged our personal, social, and professional way of life.  In one way it is restricting us to basic routines that don’t seem normal, like wearing masks, keeping distant from people, etc. At the same time, it is making what we’ve thought as routine, like going to work, school, and church, very unpredictable. We wonder… How will all this affect us next? Could this also be exposing something we need to see, something that has been deeply rooted in us, a core belief from the spirit of this world? Perhaps we have been led to view relationships, marriage, family, work, and church not as a responsibility and commitment…but instead merely as an instrument or means for personal happiness and pleasure.

Right now this pursuit of pleasure and happiness has come to a screeching halt. We are being forced to look at life differently. The truth is that we learn much more about ourselves in difficult times than in prosperous times (Psalm 119:67,71). We have become more aware of others around us. We seem to form a common bond with other people because of treading through the same deep waters of hardship. Interestingly, the Bible describes this kind of shared activity as “fellowship.” The word actually suggests that we identify with one another through the things we share in common, not only the good things, but also the difficult things of life (Hebrews 10:32-34).

Could it be that our passionate pursuit of pleasure and prosperity have become an idol to which we have sacrificed our God-given responsibilities of commitment, loving, and caring for each other? The greatest pursuit anyone could have in life is to personally know our Creator God (Jeremiah 9:23-24), to love Him, and to love one another (Mark 12:29-31). PMC  The Psalmist prayed… “Search me, O God, and examine my heart, test me and know my thoughts; see if there is any idolatrous tendency in me and lead me in everlasting paths.(Psalm 139: 23-24)

This thought was written by Paul M. Curtas, General Director of FCAP.