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Worshipping What We Cannot See

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Psalm 97:2 – “Clouds and thick darkness surround Him”.

It can be a challenge to worship someone we can’t see.  It takes effort for us to try.  We do our best to describe God’s great attributes in our praises and we offer thanksgiving for the awesome things He has done for us.  But all the while, we know we often miss the mark.  Whatever comes to mind when we think of God is going to fall far short of who He really is.  The grandest, most incredible being we can conjure up in our mind is an inadequate image of our true Father.  If we can think of it, we know it doesn’t measure up to His true greatness.

Maybe that is why, throughout man’s history, he has been prone to idolatry.  It is easier to worship the things we can see.  Our praise desires details.  When we are in love with someone, we can usually say we love their smile or some other attribute.  However, when we fall in love with our Heavenly Father; we don’t have those traits to observe.  God’s ways are beyond ours.  His thoughts are so much higher than ours – “clouds and thick darkness surround Him.”

So, I have been reading in Hebrews, and have learned that is why God sent us His son Jesus. “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being (Hebrews 1:3). Although we can’t completely grasp it, we can “see” Him.  Even though we didn’t walk along side of Him and see Him with the eyes of the disciples, we have a way to know what He has said and how He has related to us.  We no longer have to wonder.  Jesus is the exact radiance of God’s glory!

Why would clouds and thick darkness surround our Heavenly Father?  Because seeing Him in all of His glory would blow our minds. It is more than we could ever comprehend or handle.  But hallelujah – we worship a God who has made Himself accessible.  I think we often take that for granted, but all of creation is in wonder!  Our limited vision has a tendency to create idolatry of what we can comprehend, but Jesus has pierced that darkness and made a way for us to come closer than ever to our amazing Father.  Hallelujah!

 

 

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Live with Purpose!

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1 Peter 4:7-8 (NKJV) But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers. 8 And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.”

Peter and many others were convinced that they were living in a time when the end of all things was at hand. The “end of all things” is a time when the world as we know it would be no more; a time when Jesus would return to gather His children to take them home. We now know, from our perspective, that the world didn’t end quite as quickly as we assume Peter thought it would. Since none of us know an exact time frame for this to occur, we are left watching for “signs of the times.” We now know that we are much closer than Peter and his generation were to this event occurring. We know this because we have now had the benefit of watching for the “signs” of a 2000-year window since the time of Peter and Jesus. We can now confidently say that it could happen any day. If that is true, what should we be doing in the meantime? Peter does give us some great advice as we consider this question.

Peter encourages us to do at least three things. He challenges us to be serious, to be watchful, and to walk in fervent love for one another. What do these things mean? I think his challenge for us to be serious is his call to the body of Christ to live sober and focused lives. We often read scriptures like this one and live life as if we don’t have a care in the world. Being serious living life like we do have cares. Our greatest responsibility is to be a people who are constantly sharing the truth of the gospel with a passion. His call for us to watchful is a call to the Body to start paying closer attention to the“signs” we spoke of and are evident in the Word of God. We too often get so busy living life for ourselves that we fail to pay attention to obvious signs all around us. The call to fervently love each other is a constant call of scripture. At times we act like loving others is optional when God’s Word clearly says it isn’t. In order to accomplish these three things, we need to live a life that is supremely aware of His call on each of us. We need to live with purpose. We need to honor His life by the way we live ours!

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