Hundreds gathered at historic Symphony Hall in Boston on a Sunday afternoon this past May. They came to hear some of the finest musicians in the nation perform, but what many won’t soon forget happened, not during a thundering rendition of one of their favorite songs, but in a quiet moment at the conclusion of Mozart’s Masonic Funeral Music.

9-year-old Ronan Mattin was at the concert that day with his grandfather, Stephen Mattin. Ronan is autistic and considered non-verbal.

As the piece from Mozart concluded and the moment before applause was appropriate, the concert hall was suddenly filled with little Ronan’s one-word exclamation,”Wow!” There was a bit of restrained laughter. It was followed by applause as the crowd recognized what had just happened.

Ronan sat before that collection of musicians and something very special happened: the music of Mozart spoke to his heart. His response was a sense of wonder.

You and I – early in the morning, in the quiet of the evening, and other times too – have an opportunity for an infinitely greater wonder-filled moment. We can sit, not before a collection of musicians, but before a collection of holy truths and, by God’s grace, something special happens: the God of Heaven speaks to our hearts. It’s as if He leans down and through His Word whispers things like:

“I am the LORD, and there is no other, besides me there is no God.”

“[F]ear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

“Draw near to Me and I will draw near to you.”

“I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

“Be still and know that I am God.”

I encourage you to take time to study God’s Word and listen as your Father speaks to you.

Click here for a quick listen to Ronan’s “Wow!” moment.

I first saw this story when it was featured on CBS.


God’s Handwriting


Did you read the story about the surprising discovery made by Cathy McAllister, an Arizona book sale volunteer? While helping out with a big fundraiser, she opened a copy of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire to find that someone had hollowed out the book and hidden $4000 in it. She first thought it was Monopoly money, according to the television report. To her credit, she tracked down the gentleman who donated the book and gave him his money back. How’s that for good character?

Ms. McAllister’s story reminded me of a sermon I came across from Charles Spurgeon. Reverend Spurgeon went into inspiring detail to describe a book he’d discovered years before. God had given him eyes to recognize that the book was a priceless treasure. It was, of course, that book of all books, the Bible.

Here are a few sentences I pulled from the transcript of that sermon from 1855. Maybe it will stir you to prize the Bible even more than you already do.

“This volume is the writing of the living God; each letter was penned with an Almighty finger; each word in it dropped from the everlasting lips; each sentence was dictated by the Holy Spirit.

[It] is God’s voice, not man’s; the words are God’s words, the words of the Eternal, the Invisible, the Almighty, the Jehovah of this earth.

This Bible is God’s Bible, and when I see it, I seem to hear a voice springing up from it, saying, ‘I am the book of God; man, read me. I am God’s writing; open my leaf, for I was penned by God; read it, for He is my author, and you will see Him visible and manifest everywhere.’ ‘I have written to him the great things of my law.’ Hosea 8:12 (KJV).

If these words were written by a man, we might reject them; but O let me think the solemn thought, that this book is God’s handwriting—that these words are God’s!

Let me look at its date; it is dated from the hills of heaven.

Let me look at its letters; they flash glory on my eye.

Let me read the chapters; they are big with meaning and mysteries unknown.

Let me turn over the prophecies; they are pregnant with unthought-of wonders.

Oh, book of books!”

“I rejoice at your Word as one who finds great treasure.” Psalm 119:162 (NKJV).

Settle This Truth

“Reader, your calling is to dedicate yourself – your soul – your body – all that you are – all that you have – all that you can do – a sacrifice to God.

You may not keep anything from Him, who has given more than all heaven for your ransom. Settle this truth, then, steadily in your mind; that there is no acceptance for person, or services, except in the Beloved.

Words and works are worse than worthless, except when offered in faith, and through the merits, and for the sake of Jesus. That fruit is only rottenness, which is not sanctified by His blood, and consecrated to His glory.

Cement yourself, your every intent, – your every doing to Him.”

~Henry Law, Christ is All

“I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

~Philippians 3:14 (ESV)

In the Fires


” ‘Glorify ye the Lord in the fires’ Isaiah 24:15 (ESV), not when they have passed or you are out of them and they are only memories, but in them.”

~Amy Carmichael, 1867-1951

When we’re going through trials, we cannot be so focused on the “fire” that we neglect that greater Light. It’s important that we stay in God’s word – remembering that the encouragement that threads through the Bible was put there for strugglers like us.

“Some, though dead to the world, have not that joy in God which it is their privilege to possess. They meditate too much upon their own infirmities, and too little upon the perfections and promises of their God.

O brethren, look at God as the God of salvation, as the God of your salvation, and you shall have your fears turned into confidence, and your sorrows into thanksgiving and the voice of melody.”

~Charles Simeon from his sermon titled “The Christian’s Boast” from Habakkuk 3:17-18. Read the entire message here.

“Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will take joy in the God of my salvation.

God, the Lord, is my strength; He makes my feet like the deer’s; He makes me tread on my high places.”

~Habakkuk 3:17-18 (ESV)

The God of the Waves

When trials come, it’s easy to forget that the trials are only temporary. What we’re going through we are going through. That’s been the experience of God’s children down through the ages.

Take heart that God is seeing us through to a glorious end.

“But God is the God of the waves and the billows, and they are still His when they come over us; and again and again we have proved that the overwhelming thing does not overwhelm. Once more by His … [intervention] deliverance came. We were cast down, but not destroyed.”

~Amy Carmichael

“We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.”

~2 Corinthians 4:8-10 (ESV)

The God of the Bible


The Bible is not an end in itself, but a means to bring men to an intimate and satisfying knowledge of God, that they may enter into Him, that they may delight in His Presence, may taste and know the inner sweetness of the very God Himself in the core and center of their hearts.

-A. W. Tozer from the preface of The Pursuit of God

Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight, declares the Lord.”

Jeremiah 9:23 & 24