Faith musings from the seat of a forklift.
Everyone seems to have some sort of belief about who they are and how they fit in. It can often be annoying when an employee with only five years on the job tries to tell a fifteen year veteran how to do the job, never mind that the person with only five years of experience was never able to do what they are trying to tell the veteran how to do. Seems like we always want to put ourselves in the place of somebody else. Sadly, we also want to put ourselves in a position of power. I sometimes have to wonder if we’ve been lulled into believing something more about ourselves that we probably should.
One of the more startling things I’ve seen in modern Christianity is the idea of how we can get God to do what we want. It is rather odd, when you pause to consider it. Too often we hear of some “secret prayer” that is hidden in the Bible that we should pray to get God to notice us and do as we ask, as if God were some sort of a genie. Truthfully, it doesn’t work that way, and these “prayers” were never a secret anyway, just not all that good.
I suppose it comes down to what we believe. Do we believe in the God of Israel, who created the universe, or do we believe in a “god” of our own making, who is about as powerless as a light bulb when the electricity is out? Sadly, it would seem that most people want a “god” of their own making, often cast in their own image. Such a “god” will inevitably fail them. There is simply no way around this.
What, then, should we believe?
I like what the Small Catechism says when looking at the first article of the Apostle’s Creed.
“I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth”.
This simple statement really starts things off. If God is Almighty, than he alone should be believed in all things. Really, it is that simple. However, Dr. Martin Luther realized that simplicity often eludes us, and I will freely admit that I am guilty of allowing simplicity to elude me. To that end, he also wrote an explanation of this.
“What does this mean?
I believe that God has made me and all creatures; that He has given me my body and soul, eyes, ears, and all my members, my reason and all my senses, and still takes care of them. He also gives me clothing and shoes, food and drink, house and home, wife and children, land, animals, and all I have. He richly and daily provides me with all that I need to support this body and life. He defends me against all danger and guards and protects me from all evil. All this He does only out of fatherly, divine goodness and mercy, without any merit or worthiness in me. For all this it is my duty to thank and praise, serve and obey Him.”
Seriously, do I really need to explain this? God almighty provides for us. It is by his grace we have our jobs, family, home, and friends. Save that we reject him and seek after it, he also protects us from Satan and his minions (it must be understood that Satan is nothing more than a fallen angel, and a deceiver, seeking to take as many with him to Hell as possible, misery loves company). Sadly, when we reject God, we prop up a false “god”, even if it ourselves, and thus commit idolatry.
Realistically, none of us is a “god”. In fact, most of us struggle just to do what we must to maintain our homes and jobs. None of us is even remotely qualified to serve as a national leader, much less be a “god” of any sort. However, we humans have a huge tendency towards egotism, and have no problem propping ourselves up as somebody, even when we are truly nothing to begin with. However, as the band “Tears for Fears” once sang, “Everybody wants to rule the world”.
Seriously, if you really think that you are all that and a bag of chips, trying creating absolute nothingness. Never mind that we have no real comprehension of the concept. No matter how hard we try, we simply can not truly fathom such a concept. Now, go one step further, create a universe within that nothingness. Can’t do it? Neither can I. Only God can, and the truth is that he did. He alone created all that exists. Scientists try to claim that we “evolved” from some primordial ooze, but they can’t actually prove it. In fact, they are pretty good at disproving evolution, which is almost comical, if not for the fact that it is taught as “truth” in our schools, despite no real evidence, just presumptions and bias, and radiometric dating is all about bias, as the dates are determined before the test is ever done, and solar flares tend to affect radiometric decay, thus making any dates above 2000 years suspect, and unreliable. Nope, scientists are fallible humans, and not “gods”, they didn’t see the creation, nor do they really know what how our universe began.
Yes, people tend to become self important. They aren’t. The only one who is truly important is God Almighty. To believe in him, and what he has done is security. To reject him, and to go off on unprovable tangents, is to risk an almost assured eternity in Hell.
Self important people will come and go. God is eternal. When God says something, we can trust it. Amen.