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2.13.2006    |    Think we're so big?
One of the enduring themes throughout Scripture is just how small our earthly endeavors are. We build things, we destroy things, we grow crops, harvest them, eat them, go to war with others for more things and crops. It is easy to forget that none of this would exist but for the words of He Who Is.

The words, that is, spoken by God, that caused creation of our universe. And, of us. One may argue about the details, whether our creation took six days or six billion years, or whatever length of time as we know time. Such arguments may keep some divinity schools open, and provide grist for the mills of human vanity.

I've heard some of these arguments, raging back and forth, between Christians who just know they've got it right in the details. And all those who disagree are tools of Satan. Assuming they believe in Satan to begin with...

To bring us back down to size, to our proper place, these equisite words from the King James Version of Isaiah Chapter 40, one of the most beautiful chapters in all of Scripture:
17All nations before him are as nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity...

21Have ye not known? have ye not heard? hath it not been told you from the beginning? have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth?

...23That bringeth the princes to nothing; he maketh the judges of the earth as vanity.
The prophet Isaiah tells us the remedy for this vanity: wait upon the Lord, know that He is in control, and that all we are, all we have, we owe to Him:
31But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
I am humbled by these words. Pray that you are as well.

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Blogger Deacon Jim said...

I always refer to God's questioning of Job when I get to feeling too big.

Specifically Job 38:1-7. How can I question God? I'd prefer not hearing "Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? but I'm pretty sure I will.

7:43 PM, February 13, 2006  

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Welcome. My name is John Luke Rich, (very) struggling Christian. The focus here is Christianity in its many varieties, its fussing and feuding, how it impacts our lives and our society, with detours to consider it with other faiths (or lack thereof).

Call this blog my way of evangelizing on the internet.

Putting it differently, we're only here on this earth a short time. It's the rest of eternity that we should be most concerned about. Call it the care and feeding of our souls.

I was born Jewish, and born again in Christ Jesus over thirty years ago. First as a Roman Catholic; now a Calvinist by persuasion and a Baptist by denomination. But I'm hardly a poster boy for doctrinal rigidity.

I believe that Scripture is the rock on which all Christian churches must stand -- or sink if they are not so grounded. I believe that we are saved by faith, but hardly in a vacuum. That faith is a gift from God, through no agency on our part -- although we sometimes turn a deaf ear and choose to ignore God's knocking on the door.

To be Christian is to evangelize. Those who think it not their part to evangelize perhaps haven't truly understood what our Lord told us in Matthew 28. We must preach the Gospel as best we are able. Using words if necessary.

Though my faith waxes and wanes, it never seems to go away. Sometimes I wish it would, to give me some peace of mind. But then, Jesus never said that walking with Him was going to be easy...

Final note: I also blog as Jack Rich on cultural, political and other things over at Wrong Side of the Tracks

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