December 23, 2014

The majesty of God is displayed in the heavens and the earth.  The splendor is spread across the sky.  The display of His awesome power cannot be contained in one area of the sky.  The canopy of stars observed by all is captivating. The canvas of colors in the autumn forest is amazing to behold.  The beauty of a fresh, winter snow when the sun shines is unmatched.  The sun reflected through ice-encrusted branches is a sight to behold on a crisp winter morning.

The ability of an ant colony to exist in moving harmony is astounding.  The ability of bees to tell others in the hive where to find a source of nectar is incredible.  The ability of the monarch butterfly to migrate to Central and South America, and to migrate back to North America a few generations later is a mystery.  The ability of salmon to return upstream to their spawning grounds to begin the cycle again is remarkable.  No two leopards have the same pattern in their spots.  The stripes on zebras confuse the lion when they move in a herd.  It is the dung beetle’s responsibility to break down piles of manure left by elephants, rhinos and other large animals.

The spider spins a web to catch insects or we would be overrun by the insects.  The caterpillar forms a chrysalis to transform into a butterfly.  We can make fabric from the bulb of a cotton plant.  We make clothing from the web spun from a silk worm.  Herds of caribou, schools of fish and flocks of birds can move and change direction almost as if of one mind.  The scavenging and gathering of animals for food is industrious.

Volcanoes erupt in destructive beauty.  The array of wildflowers in the countryside is breathtaking.  The splash of colors across the sky as the sun sets is mesmerizing.  The reflection of the moon across a body of water is calming.  The buzz of the insects and call of birds is soothing.

All this harmony, balance and order exists by the Will and Providence the Lord.  All of it corrupted by our sin.  The birds sing their songs in minor keys.  Storms rage and wreak havoc on the world.  The flood waters rise, and lack of water causes drought.  Plants grow and die in their season among weeds and crop-killing insects.  Animals kill other animals for food.  Insects kill other insects for food.  Insects and some animals carry deadly diseases for humans.  The pinnacle of God’s creation is a breeding ground for a myriad of diseases and infections that destroy our bodies.  Man kills insect, animal and other men for sport, food and just because we have become so depraved in our sin.

We can see the evidence of the consequences of our sin if we choose to pay attention to it.  The effect it has taken on the world is astounding but we choose to ignore it.  It is difficult to imagine we Christians are holding back some of the decay.  We are the salt of the earth, preserving it until Jesus comes back for us.  We are the sole reason God is restraining His Wrath and Judgment on mankind.  The church is losing its saltiness because we have chosen to remain stuck in our ruts.  We choose to believe we can exist in God’s creation as a new creation in Christ and do our own thing, take care of our own needs and satisfy our own lusts and desires.

We have lost our vision.  Our leaders have become blinded by their own arrogance and false pride, believing they have received special insight from God.  They have chosen to add padding to the Rock that shatters people and instead have caused people to be crushed by that same Rock.  We need to repent of our selfish and arrogant ways and return to the Lord before He tires of us being lukewarm and spits us out.

Revelation 2: 3,4: 4Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love. 5Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.

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