I’ve been reading and thinking on God’s Word a fair bit in the last little while. I’ve been trying to keep all the various things that cross my path in perspective with God’s will and purpose and witnessing Him do things that are simply beyond my ability to perform.
I had a bout with a kidney stone last week, I’ve had them before. Those puppies can drop you to your knees pretty quickly. Yet God, in His mercy heard my prayers and like a light switch being turned off, the pain was gone. I actually felt it switch off inside. Amazing.
I’ve also seen God answer prayers that I never thought I would see answered. And it’s been just like Israel going into the promised land, not all at once but bit by bit. What is amazing is the significance of those bits. Calmness instead of over reactions, control over chaos, patience and moderation over words and emotions in spite of circumstances that usually render the opposite. Significant firsts in a particular situation that I haven’t seen in a long long time. It’s amazing to see what God can do and how He listens to our prayers. I don’t know if you do this but take the time to commit each day in the morning to the Lord. Ask for His help in having His will for you, be accomplished, in the day He has given you.
I have been dismayed at what I’ve been seeing in American politics as of late, which you may have noticed in a couple of my recent posts. You can relax, I’m not going into it any further but it truly is disheartening. Mud slinging serves no purpose other than to make the situation more intolerable, regardless to which side of the equation you are arguing from. Jesus said we were to love our enemies and our neighbors, that commodity appears to be in short supply. I am amazed at how quickly even some Christians can become blind to looking at a given situation in truth, which basically means honestly looking at things not only from our own perspective but also from the perspective of the opposing side, key word being honestly. How easily we can justify and overlook our own objectives while demonizing the objectives of the opposition. I’m pretty sure what Jesus said about the twig in someone else’s eye and the log in one’s own eye is relevant here. Scary stuff.
Because we live in a physical material world where our five senses are the main sources of where our information intake comes from, there is a tendency to disregard the big picture. We live for the here and now and our sight is focused on our personal reality and the big reality, the meaning and purpose behind all that we see, is disregarded or not considered.
Yet, within science, right now, today, what we are learning about the vast universe and the small world within DNA, is leading many to reconsider and acknowledge that the reality of what we now see and are coming to understand, cannot possibly be the product of mindless chance. In other words, what is being discovered shows extreme intelligence and unimaginable complexity, which then begs the question, what is the source of this extreme intelligence or what caused all that we see?
I was reading through the Gospel of John yesterday and ran across this verse:
John 1:10 NIV “He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.”
Of course, John is talking about Jesus. Jesus Christ, the Messiah. God with us.
If scientific reality shows us that this world and universe that we live in couldn’t possibly have just happened all by itself, and we know that all of creation testifies to an extremely intelligent source, why does a large sector of humanity that lives today, choose to ignore this reality? Is it because they don’t stop to think or they make a conscious decision not to look further? And what is it that stops them from looking further?
If what we see couldn’t possibly happen by random chance, that means there is a causal agent, some entity that deliberately and purposely made it happen. And if there is a causal agent, which I’m going to call God, wouldn’t it make sense to take an honest look to see if there is a testimony of God reaching out to us to tell us about Himself?
I find it ironic that time and time again I keep coming back to the decision that Adam and Eve made in the Garden of Eden. Basically they decided to be their own gods. They decided to call their own shots. They decided to make their own decisions as to what was right and what was wrong. And as we know, the day they did that, their spiritual union with God their Creator was broken.
Isn’t that what the portion of humanity that rejects the premise of God doing? And if one takes the time to study the world religions and one comes to the logical conclusion that Christianity is indeed different from all other religions, not only different but truly unique and the focus point of the whole Bible has to do with the promised Messiah that literally does arrive exactly on time as foretold (see christiananswers.net) and Jesus fulfills all of the prophecies given in the Old Testament and validates His claims by performing miracles and rising from the dead as He said He would, don’t you think that should give people pause to consider what He told us?
Unless of course, you don’t want to entertain that there is a possibility of a Creator God. Unless of course, you’re satisfied with what you see and what you’ve heard about how it all happened by sheer unguided chance. Unless of course, you don’t want to really know.
John 1:9-14 NIV “The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!