Only Three Years

Three years, that is how long the earthly ministry of Jesus lasted. From the time John the Baptist said, “Behold the Lamb of God” to the time when a Roman soldier said, “Surely this Man was the Son of God” was only three years. There was only thirty six months between the day He left the carpenter shop to the day when He ascended to heaven. He had one thousand and sixty five days to train twelve men to turn the world upside down.

He knew His time was limited so He did not waste it. He prayed a lot, slept when He needed to and was always about His Father’s business. Satan tried to distract Him, family members did not believe in Him and religious leaders were afraid of Him. But He would not be hindered. Only three years to bring salvation to the world. Nevertheless with His last breath, He could say, “It is finished” as He commended His Spirit into His Father’s hands.

As Jesus ascended into Heaven, He spoke a Great Commission to all who would trust and follow Him. He told us to “Go into the whole world making disciples of all nations and baptize them in the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.” This is the business that God’s children are to be invested in.

Jesus knew exactly how much time He had and did not waste it. You and I however do not know how much time we have. The Bible teaches us, it is impossible to know what will happen tomorrow and that our life is like a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. Like Jesus we must realize that our time is limited and determine not to waste it.

The salvation of many souls may depend on your obedience to The Great Commission. We must follow the example of Jesus. Satan will try to distract you, put him behind you. Family members may not understand you. Religious leaders may feel threatened by you. Do not let this hinder you. Pray a lot, sleep when you need to, always be about the Father’s business and never stop until God says “It is finished.”

Douglas & Deborah Huff

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Preparing for the Appointment

My five time great grandfather, Robert Huff, was a wealthy man who owned property in several Georgia counties. He ran a general store which also served as a post office and a small bank. Well respected in the community he held several positions in the county government.

When he died at the age of 54 in 1842, he was survived by 10 children and was buried in the family cemetery on a hill overlooking his spacious home in the Glade District of Oglethorpe County, Georgia.

In Psalms 49:10-12 New Living Translation, I read these words “Those who are wise must finally die, just like the foolish and senseless, leaving all their wealth behind.— They may name their estates after themselves, but their fame will not last. They will die, just like animals.”

In 2018 I went looking for the place where Robert Huff is buried. The cemetery had been abandoned many years ago. When I found his grave in the middle of some large oak trees, I had to use a wire brush and water in order to read the inscription on his grave marker. I sat and looked at this moss covered stone, thinking about the life that it memorialized. It occurred to me, as important and loved as this man may have been in the early 1800’s, no one alive today knows or cares that Robert Huff ever lived.

The Bible teaches that our lives on this earth are like a vapor that can dissipate as quickly as a wisp of a cloud on a hot summers day. Rich or poor we all have this in common, the Lord is the maker of us all. God has told us that we all have an appointment with death and then the judgement. During the judgement you will not be asked about your wealth, loves or intentions. You will be asked, “Did you follow Jesus, did you love him with all you heart, soul and might?”

I do not know about the spiritual state of my ancestor. I hope he was a follower of Christ and one day I will meet him in Heaven. However, most important right now is your spiritual state. Do you follow Christ with all your heart? Are you prepared for your appointment with God? You know we are not promised tomorrow and the clouds are blowing in the wind.

Douglas Huff & Deborah Huff

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Fade Away

On a clear morning as the sun rises, the sky seems to be full of jet planes. At an altitude of five miles you don’t really see the planes, you only see the contrails they leave behind. And yet contrails are nothing but water vapors formed by the exhaust of the jet engines. Some contrails are long while others are short. Some spread out and last a while, but others disappear almost immediately. All contrails are different. But they all have one thing in common. They all fade away.

As I watch these planes in the sky, I know that they all have importance and purpose for being. Each one carries hundreds of people to their predetermined destination. Even so their greatest impression on the morning sky is nothing but condensed water vapor evaporating in the air. This reminds me that in spite of our importance and purpose, the Bible teaches that our lives are only a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.

Someone once asked President Ronald Reagan how he wanted to be remembered after he was gone. His answer was, “ I don’t care, I won’t be there”. This great man understood that in the grand scheme of eternity even the actions of presidents will dissipate in the winds of time. You and I should also remember that our life on earth is like a shadow and like a cloud our works will fade away .

There is great good news for those of us who love Jesus with all our hearts. This great good news is that while men will forget we ever lived, our Omnipotent Father in heaven knows our name forever. Our goal on this earth should be to lay up treasure in heaven. Treasure in heaven is not silver and gold. No, treasure in heaven is the souls of men that are there because of our witness. It is a wise person who leads souls to Christ. The Bible says “Those who are wise will shine like the bright expanse of the heavens. Those who lead many to righteousness will shine like the stars forever and ever.” This is a promise that will never fade away.

Douglas & Deborah Huff

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Change

As I write this, it is the last week of August. From where I sit in my study, I can see red leaves on a plum tree, and leaves on the oak trees are developing a pale green color. Just a few days ago all those leaves were dark green.

It is the cycle of life for leaves. Sometime in January, if you are looking you find tiny buds beginning to appear on bare tree branches. As the days grow longer and warmer the buds become more noticeable. In March and April the buds will explode covering everything with a yellow dust and filling the air with the sound of sneezes.

Then suddenly the trees are filled with tiny green leaves that grow until they reach their peak. Around the middle of June the dark green leaves that cover the trees will almost make you forget that their branches were ever bare and lifeless looking. But only for a few days, by the middle of August you will see red leaves on the plum trees and leaves on the oak trees will have a pale green color to them. That is the life cycle of leaves. Change is constant and change is relentless.

That is the same with all aspects of life. Nothing ever stays the same. It is a fact of life. Change is inevitable. So, is change good or bad? Well change is challenging. Sometimes it brings pain sometimes it brings joy. But whether or not it is good or bad depends on your attitude.

Most people handle change in one of three ways. Some people try to stop it or hinder its progress and they end up being steam rolled by it. Others simply ignore it or pretend like it is not going to happen. These people become irrelevant as everything sidesteps them and keeps moving.

Rational people realize that you cannot stop nor avoid change. The best thing to do is prepare for it. Wise people also understand that change in itself is neither good nor bad it is just the course of nature. Smart people will accept it, adapt to it and harness it to accomplish the most with it.

It is a truth that the only thing that is unchangeable is God and His Kingdom. For that reason He has told us that we should, “not be conformed to this world, but be transformed “changed” by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:1–2)

Douglas & Deborah Huff

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Nothing Special

God specializes in nothing special. That which is ordinary is His specialty. You might think God would specialize in the extraordinary and would deal only with superiority. After all, the Bible tells us that God, “is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think?

Yes, He is an omnipotent God with unimaginable power and ability. He is the God who spoke the universe into existence and directed light to come from darkness. He is superior to all things because He is The Maker of all things. He is the grand and glorious God, who specializes in nothing special.

Think about the ordinary things that throughout history God has used. For example, look at God’s greatest treasure, mankind. God formed man from a handful of ordinary dirt. Later He told Moses to use a simple staff to divide the Red Sea. And later still a plain shepherd boy named David would use an ordinary rock to kill a loud mouth giant. Even Jesus, our Savior was born in a cow shed and His first bed was a feed trough. Jesus then called twelve ordinary men to be the ones who would saturate the world with an extraordinary Gospel. You see God really does specialize in nothing special.

So, what does all this mean to us? Well, I think it is time to stop waiting on the doctors of divinity and professors of preaching to deliver revival. And don’t expect the mega-churches and tv preachers to bring about a great awakening. The Bible tells us “That not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called.” Because, “God gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases their strength.” He reveals His supernatural power by using ordinary people to do extraordinary things.

Here lies the strength of God. He can use stone cutters and carpenters to hammer out Satan’s influence. He will employ truck drivers and mailmen to deliver the gospel and farmers and sewing machine operators to sow seeds of hope. Meanwhile crane operators and Godly parents are raising up a new generation of evangelists. You see it does not matter who you are, where you are or what you are doing, God has a special calling for you. Maybe you are nothing special, but you are just what God wants, because He specializes in using nothing special for His glory.

But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty. “I Corinthians 1:26-28”

Douglas and Deborah Huff

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Being Old Is Not The Same As Being Done

In Joshua 13:1 we read these words; “Joshua was now old, getting on in years, and the Lord said to him, “You have become old, getting on in years, but a great deal of the land remains to be possessed.” Now I wonder, was God displaying a sense of humor here. Really, as Joshua stood there with all the aches and pains that come with age and the long years of service to God, do you think that he needed God to tell him that he was old? No, i don’t think so,I really think that God may have chuckled when He said this.

I have had a good many birthdays. When I crawl out of bed in the morning my bones creak and pop. Then I reach for my glasses because the years have blurred my eyesight. Old wounds and scars I have accumulated throughout the years remind me of some of the dumb things I have done to myself. So if God where to say to me, ” Doug, you are old and advanced in years” I would chuckle and say, ” you think.”

Now, when God told Joshua that he was old, He also told him that there was a lot more land to possess. In other words God said, Joshua you are old, but you ain’t done. So rub some oil on those creaky old bones and get up and get busy.

In my years on this earth I have seen a lot and done a lot. But I am not finished yet. There is still a lot more to do and see. I believe that God has said to me, Doug, you are old and advanced in years but you ain’t done yet. There is more work to do, so get up and get busy.

Now many of you like me, have had a lot of birthdays. All those birthdays are making your bones ache and your muscles hurt. However if you have pain that is proof that you are alive and if you are alive that is proof that you ain’t done yet. God is saying rub some creme on those old muscles then get up and get busy. Remember, make plans for the future as if you have many tomorrows, but live today as if you have none.

Douglas Huff

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Be Still and Know That He Is God

Be Still And Know That He Is God

People often asked me, “Where do you get the ideas for the devotions that you write?” The short answer is,” God gives them to me.” The long answer however is that I have learned to see the evidence of God in all my surroundings. This forensic evidence confirms the power of His love. Just as with Jeremiah, the proof of God ignites a fire in my soul that cannot be contained. It is my inspiration to write and to preach.

Right now I am watching some large birds floating on currents of air that are stirred up by an approaching storm. The gentle strength of the wind that carries the birds and the boisterous power of the coming storm bear witness to the presence of an omnipotent God. I can see the fingerprints of God all over the red and yellow leaves that seem to have suddenly appeared on the trees. He tells us in Psalms 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”

Never make the mistake of thinking that God is in everything. That kind of erroneous thinking often leads to idolatry. No, God is not in everything, but evidence of God is on everything. He is the Creator of all things and all of creation bears His DNA. The heavens declare His glory and the ocean tides reveal His constancy. The silence of a falling star punctuates His brilliance and the crash of thunder highlights His strength. In all things He makes Himself known because all things bear His fingerprints.

So, where do I get the ideas for the devotions that I write? Well the answer is easy. My heart is warmed by His invisible presence, while my eyes marvel at His visible glory. The simplest things bear witness to the most profound truths. It is easy to write when I take the time to “Be still and know that He is God.”

Douglas& Deborah Huff

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Beyond My Imagination

I have often stood outside on a clear night and marveled at the beauty and scope of the night sky. I know that I cannot count the stars and yet some of the stars are not stars at all. Instead most are entire galaxies of their own. Science tells us that there could be as many as 100 billion galaxies and each of those galaxies could have more than 100 billion stars. This boggles my mind.

I often wonder about the purpose of all these stars. Why did God create these galaxies?  Mankind can never visit them, they are too far away. They can never provide us any of life’s necessities. All we can do is look at them. They are beautiful but what is their purpose. And what is the purpose of the immensity of the universe.

 Could it be that the answer to my question is as simply this; a Great God needs a big universe to contain the love that He has for His children?  Maybe the uncountable stars in the universe are there to illustrate the uncontainable mercies that He has for us. After all, His Word does tell us that “His mercies are new every morning“. And listen to this, science teaches us that even now the universe is growing and expanding in size. Wow, what manner of love the Father must have for His children.

 In Ephesians 2:4-7 we read; “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, has raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”

Let me be bold and say it this way; God loves you so much that he gave His only Son for you and if you trust in Him you can have everlasting life. For that reason the universe cannot contain “the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”

Douglas Huff

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The Bible Is Always Right

The Word of God is always right. It is always right about everything. You may have an incredible IQ or you may be abundantly ignorant, however if you say, ” I know what the Bible says but this is what I think.” Be assured of this. God does not care what you think. If you disagree with God you are wrong and He is right! Always!

The Word of God is never wrong. Maybe your circumstances have led you to think you can disregard His teaching, but you are wrong. Perhaps your situation causes you to feel as if His commandments don’t apply to your life. If so, you need to know that your feelings are wrong. Understand this. His ways are higher than your ways and His thoughts are higher than your thoughts. If you disagree with the Word of God, you are wrong and He is right.

God is never wrong! Never!

The Word of God is righteous. Some people have issues with the things the Bible teaches. Their perception of God is that He is cold and heartless. But they don’t know that God is omnipotent or that He transcends time. He was in the beginning and He is in the future. God has seen the actions of men in the past and knows the results of these actions in the future.

Do not trust your own understanding, but take joy in the Lord’s instructions. Meditate on His Word day and night and you will find that His Word is always righteous! Always!

Douglas &Deborah Huff

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The Patience of God

This week my daily Bible reading has me in the book of Job. As I read, it occurs to me that we may have missed something in this story. You see for years I’ve heard people talk about the patience of Job. However I think it was God and not Job who was patient.

As I read the story of Job, I see God being very patient as Job’s wife tells him to “curse God and die.” God was patient with Job’s friends who gave long speeches but had nothing to say. Most of all I see the patience God had with Job himself. Job struggled with his pain and suffering. He charged God with being unfair. He wanted to meet with God in a court of law and he demanded answers from God. But through it all, God patently waited until Job was ready to see Him with clear eyes.

God’s patience has been evident throughout all time. He was patient with Adam and Eve when they hid themselves in the garden. He was patient when David cheated with Bathsheba. He was patient when Jonah ran from His calling. And He has been very patient with me when I have been everything but the man I should be.

I am thankful that the God of all grace has called me to His eternal glory in Christ. I know that even though I fail miserably, He himself will restore me and make me strong, firm and steadfast. The patience of God is driven by His love and mercy. It is because of His merciful patience and not my goodness that I know He will never leave nor forsake me.

Douglas & Deborah Huff

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