On Friday my friend, preaching colleague, and fellow blogger, Roger Shouse posted a piece reflecting on the 1966 Time Magazine cover question “IS GOD DEAD?” I recommend you read it.
We survived the turbulence of the 1960’s unrest. In the ensuing years, we’ve experienced many more periods of civil, social, and political confusion, controversy, and crisis.
As Roger noted, during the past 55 years many people and sadly most modern churches have given up on God’s Way. Deviated from God’s work. And abandoned God’s work
Yet, today, in the midst of our own 21st-century crises, God is. He is alive. Well. And ruling.
This Sunday morning gives visual testimony to our Creator. As we wake, the sun shines, the birds are chirping, and in many parts of the country, Springtime is beginning to bring forth its blooming flowers and budding trees. Even the rain, the snow, the wind, and the cosmos cries, “There is a God.” The Psalmist said it well.:
The heavens declare the glory of God;
And the firmament shows His handiwork.
There is also another evidence of a Supreme Being. The worshipful nature of human beings. Today, people all over the world will assemble to sing praises to God. To pray. To study His Word. To acknowledge with every fiber of their being that God is.
“There is” as Pascal put it, “a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of each man which cannot be satisfied by any created thing but only by God the Creator, made known through Jesus Christ.”
In Mere Christianity, C. S. Lewis drove home this truth, using an easily understood analogy.
“God made us: invented us as a man invents an engine. A car is made to run on gasoline, and it would not run properly on anything else. Now God designed the human machine to run on Himself. He Himself is the fuel our spirits were designed to burn, or the food our spirits were designed to feed on. There is no other. That is why it is just no good asking God to make us happy in our own way without bothering about religion. God cannot give us happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.”
Today, regardless of the problems you face, the challenges you experience, or even the distractions that may occur in the assembly, turn your attention away from human foibles, material distractions, and physical concerns, and focus on Him who made you. Loves you. Sustains you. And promises to reward you eternally.
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman
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