Wednesday, August 30, 2017

"Where art thou...?"

Where art thou?...

This was God's cry to Adam when Adam turned from the World of Light to the World of Darkness, 
when Adam dragged creation itself with him, to the realms of Death and Darkness.
It was God's cry when Adam opened a door, and determined a fate, for all mankind.
"Where art thou?... Do you know where this has left you?...
Can you see what a door of darkness has been opened?"

Darkness is not just the Absence of Light, but rather... the Opposite of Light.

Darkness in the Old Testament was the abode of fear and confusion, of despair and impotence, of misery and finally death.
We live in a world invaded with a darkness which is the dwelling place of every destructive thing.

The New Testament exults in proclaiming the work of Christ, the power and glory of the gospel.
It exhorts us to set our affection not on this darkened world, but on the kingdom of Light, upon things above, upon the place where Christ is at God's right hand.

It points us to a sphere of Light where there is no darkness,
a place where all the things which inhabit darkness wither and disappear.

This is the place where All Things are made new, and those who draw near are free from misery, fear, destruction and death.

This is the place of our hope, and here the emptiness of this earth's life is swallowed up in the abundance of a New Life.

Philip asked the Ethiopian if he understood - I wonder today if God does not look upon our so human lives with the same question.
Things which the Bible clearly states are somehow filtered from reality as we read them, and fail to reach our understanding.
It is still true today that the Father is greater than all.
When He is with us there is no darkness, no torment, no uncertainty, no defeat - only Life eternal. undefeated and ever expanding.

All that we leave behind is nothing compared to the glory of Life God sets before us all the days of our ever overflowing cup.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Only Vision can save us....


I'm not talking about "visions," but the vision of eyes open to see.

We find ourselves living in a generation where the horizons are filled with confusion and despair on the one hand, and on the other, filled with false premises and false promises.

God calls us out from it all, to lift our eyes above all.

He calls us to fix them on a land of "far horizons" and upon "the king in His beauty."

All that fills our world is but for a moment, and the tide of passing years soon wreaks havoc with everything that man tries to build.

God alone is Unchangeable - His foundations alone are Unshakable.

If we are to find peace and purpose we must find it beyond the turmoil and the hubris which surrounds us.

We must find it beyond our swirling emotions.
We must find it beyond the mind trying by its thoughts to perceive.

We must leave all behind and seek, seek, seek until in a dawning awareness we find our God.

We must seek until we find, for all our days, and for all our ways, the all-sufficient Creator-Savior ... the Author and the Finisher of the faith we place in Him.