Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Trusting Ourselves

Why do you put your trust in man who has but breath in his nostrils?

In 1905, all physicists explained light in the same way. Whether the flame of a candle or the glow of the sun, light was known to be a wave. It was a time-honored, unquestionable fact. 

For over a century, scientists had grown in their certainty of this, citing experiments that made certain the wave nature of light, while overlooking some of its stranger behaviors. For example, when light strikes certain metals, an electron is lost in the process; but if light were only an electromagnetic wave, this would be impossible. Albert Einstein would not overlook these peculiarities, proposing that light was not only a wave, but consisted of localized particles.

The writers of Scripture engage the hope within the unfathomable realities around us. 
"Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?" (Romans 11:33-34).

As we walk through this season of light and shadows and inquiry, it is evident that there is much to life and faith which is unplumbed by our own minds, even as it has been searched by minds long before our own. Why have we been given minds to search and know? How is it that we should know God by name, or know the voice of the Son? And how shall we respond to the call of God among us? 
"This is what the LORD says, he who made the earth, the LORD who formed it and established it--the LORD is his name: 'Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know'" (Jeremiah 33:2-3).

In 1905, Einstein's departure from the established beliefs about light so disturbed the scientific community that his particle theory of light was not accepted for two decades. His theory was and remains a revolutionary concept. The idea of light being both a wave and a particle is a vast reality to grasp. Even so, it is incredible that we should know light enough to marvel at it. It is altogether unfathomable that God who first commanded light to shine out of darkness calls each of us us by name.

The world is putting its trust in man and his wisdom and ignoring the wisdom of putting our trust in God. The image of a dead, youthful, figure, in the prime of life, speaks of how fleeting life is. Humanity is liken to this young man who no longer is alive. Who cannot function. He has no power. He cannot save himself much less humanity.

In a world broken with violence, greed, selfishness.... spinning out of control, searching, wanting, confused, and discouraged, a simple, yet politically incorrect, solution can be found by putting ones trust in God. Patterning ones life after Christ; not after "Christians" or not after some human or rock star, or sports athlete etc. but after Christ.

The "politically correct" box we have gotten ourselves in does not allow for expression of faith. Many are tortured each year because of their belief in Christ. It is socially acceptable to bash Christians. But where does humanity turn when all appears vain? Back to itself ? Throwing itself on the flawed man ?

Is. 2:17-21 The arrogance of man will be brought low and the pride of men humbled; the LORD alone will be exalted in that day, and the idols will totally disappear. Men will flee to caves in the rocks and to holes in the ground from dread of the LORD and the splendor of his majesty, when he rises to shake the earth. In that day men will throw away to the rodents and bats their idols of silver and idols of gold, which they made to worship. They will flee to caverns in the rocks and to the overhanging crags from dread of the LORD and the splendor of his majesty, when he rises to shake the earth. 
Psa. 146:3 Do not put your trust in princes, in mortal men, who cannot save. 
Jer. 17:5 This is what the LORD says: “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the LORD."

SOURCE: Bill Waite 

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