This world that we live on, whirling through the universe, an oasis of vibrant life in a immense ocean of space, the size of which is beyond our mental comprehension, is but one step of a journey that we who have been given life and who believe in God, are on.
Before I came to believe and trust in God, I looked inward to and outwards from myself, I was my own reference point. Everything that I saw and everything that I heard or experienced focused on me. I decided what I would believe and I decided what I would do. I was, in essence, my own god, because everything that happened around me, related to me. I never really gave that much thought to how I came about being here or how much of that which I needed to survive was readily available, I just took it all for granted. There was a sun that provided energy and light and the world was mine for the taking.
Sure, as I became a little older and more options became available, a lot of my motives for doing what I did or saying what I said where basically self centered, but it really didn’t matter all that much because, from what I could see, just about everyone did the same thing to varying degrees. I had a tendency to see the bad in others as worse than mine and I thought that, all things considered, I really wasn’t all that bad. In fact, on a good day, which very infrequently could happen, I might be, what I considered, quite good.
But it wasn’t as simple as that. Over an extended period of time those self centered motives and self serving objectives didn’t always play out as I thought they would and the reality of my true nature became much more self evident. The thought occurred to me that I could in fact, be my own worst enemy. I also discovered that as good as I thought I could be, there was a part of me that lacked the ability to do what I knew was right. And that missing ability, if left unchecked, could very well be self destructive, in spite of my best intentions.
This is where God’s grace stepped in and when I was in my mid twenties, Jesus entered my life as my Lord and Savior. If you’re curious about what transpired there is a longer version here.
It’s been a long journey and it isn’t over yet. Many valleys and a good number of mountain tops. The older I get the more I have come to realize how little I truly know. But, and this is the kicker, it doesn’t matter because I am a child of God and that which He began in me, many years ago, He will bring to completion. I am confident in that. I do know what I need to know. God is real and He created this universe along with our very special planet. We are His creation and He loves us. You can meet Him in the Old and New Testaments. He sent us His Son, Jesus, the Christ, the Anointed One, the Messiah, to do for us what we could not do for ourselves. He lives and His righteousness is ours, if we put our faith and trust in Him. And because He lives, so shall we.
Psalm 34:8 NIV “Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.”
1 Corinthians 2:9 KJV “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”
God’s word to me as of late, through His Spirit, during prayer, has been precious; “Look beyond what you see.”
Understand that there is so much more than this earth that we stand on and what we can see with our eyes.
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!