This is something I wrote around the middle of last year. A couple of nights ago, I read an essay that a young lady had written to the UP group for feedback before she spoke to her friend about it, and it’s been on my mind a lot. Then, I remembered writing this while studying in the OT, and thought it might pertain. Since I’m not a lifelong Christian, am in fact fairly new to the Faith, I’d love to hear any and all feedback, thoughts AND especially correction in places I’m off, if y’all don’t mind.
God has a way of getting our attention and then undoing our mistakes. Impossible? Not at all.
It’s no coincidence that Jesus’s first miracle was turning water into wine; an especially GOOD wine, too, by all accounts. How do you suppose He did that? Wine is ONLY wine when it’s aged, but for that wine to be aged, it has to have a PAST for it to have been aged in, so it had to be GIVEN a past – a new past. A past that He created.
God doesn’t just forget our sins (our past) or pretend that they never happened. He wipes out our sins. Its not just that we were forgiven despite everything we’ve done, He says that when we are redeemed, the truth becomes that we’ve never sinned - we’ve become the Holy, beloved offspring of God, pure – as in: “never sinned”, by the blood of Jesus. We are utterly free of all guilt for eternity simply because Jesus wills it to be, simply because we ask and then we receive His free gift.
Still, Americans are no less devoted to the pleasure of sin today than those who worshiped Ba’al in ancient times; with our treachery, lewd behaviors and addictions, we sin and most of us love it. Many in our culture worship the sun, rain, moon and earth as much as those ancient people did! The ancient people sacrificed mere thousands of babies in worship of Ba’al (god of fertility and of storms) while Americans have slain over sixty MILLION of ours, naively calling it choice. Indeed, we pursue pleasures ENDLESSLY – we merely lack (or have “forgotten”) an understanding of the origin of those pursuits.
Isn’t it funny that the people who bring up the question of whether The all-powerful Creator can or SHOULD prevent evil things from happening are the same people who claim to be “atheists”. When you think about it, that question implies a moral judgement – allowing or causing pain is immoral. Yet the idea of morality ONLY makes sense if there’s a higher law to measure behavior against. It requires that there is an absolute definition of right and wrong. Their recognition of right and wrong is an admission that a higher law exists, but not only that, it’s a confirmation that is written INSIDE us from our earliest moment.
Even small children know about fairness, right and wrong, and that causing pain to someone else is wrong, and people of every age know that putting oneself at risk while HELPING someone else is considered to be right and good. This can’t be explained by evolution or natural selection because it’s the exact opposite of self preservation; yet this is a trait seen in every race and ethnicity, every people group.
Therefore, keep in your heart a constant realization of your own weakness. Remember that you are nothing but an earthen vessel (I call it a shell) in which is contained infinite power and the riches of Heaven itself. It’s not YOU holding strength, but it’s the power WITHIN you that is strong. Lean ever closer to the Source of that strength; don’t ever look away from Him.