Practical Proverbial, from Hebrews, 25 May 2017

For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” and again, “The Lord will judge his people.”  It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.  Hebrews 10, verses 30-31.

Once again I injected myself into a ‘discussion’ with my friend, the atheist.   Once again I found him both vulgar and offensive, and he said he found my Christian faith offensive as well.   His online thread was about how atheists are deeper intellectuals than most people.   I stayed out of the discussion until the point where he began disparaging to believers.   At that point, I waded in, and once again, I feel sad about it.

I’m sad both because I never feel like I do a good job at representing Christ as a loving follower.   I feel like I let Him down because of my poor words and my proud attitude.   And I’m sad for my friend, who (almost violently) rejects the peace and comforts of faith for the sensuality of this world.  For any of us who reject Him, the Triune God reserves the right to judge, avenge, and repay His people – including both followers of Jesus and atheists – for the ways we rebel against Him.  I’m not comfortable with that fact, but it’s still a fact.   It’s actually a comfort.

The ‘dreadful thing’ verse I mentioned yesterday is found here, in verse 31.   It is the concluding sentence in a paragraph that talks about God’s holiness.  It’s a convicting verse in a convicting chapter of a book about God’s grace.   God, whose nature prevents Him from doing anything unholy, is therefore purely holy and, thus, purely just.   The only true justice in the universe is therefore found in the presence of God.   You can see, then, why it may be a dreadful thing to be found in His hands.

I rarely feel fear anymore, fear here being the terrorizing, angst-ridden emotion of dread.   Yet I have genuine dreadful fear of the power of God and what I deserve from Him (absent the saving atonement of Jesus).   The discussion with my atheist friend yesterday ventured into the subjects of sin, forgiveness, and truth (specifically about science).   Yet every time we have these conversations, I walk away feeling dejected, depressed.   It’s because I don’t like playing ‘gotcha’ with God’s word.   More and more, it isn’t my place to try to use debating tricks to try to change his mind.   Such tricks are unkind and antithetical to the Word.   Besides, they doesn’t convince him of anything except that I seem like a hypocritical jerk.    Yesterday, I simply told him what the Bible said and encouraged him to check it out on his own, told him that perhaps God was talking to him because he was so passionate about the discussion.   He told me to perform unnatural acts on myself and other things.

I know that we have to stand up for what we believe.   And I know that we need to use the talents God gives us to encourage others in their faith walks, even when their faith walk is a walk away from God.  It’s one of the reasons why I would dread to be in His presence, answering for these things I’ve done.   I feel like I’m letting Jesus down.   Even so, I know it also isn’t my place to judge whether or not my friend or anyone would be liable to God’s wrath.  The better way to live would be to witness, to leave it at that, and perhaps also to do what Abraham did.   If you remember, Abraham pleaded for the people of Sodom.   When they had clearly, brazenly, unrepentantly transgressed, Abraham still prayed for, pleaded for them.   We should do the same.

And so I do.   I pray for my atheist friend.   According to his own words, this, too, is offensive.   Yet I do it all the same.   The same God who is over all of us – including him – is also constantly loving us, working for us, living to beckon us back to Him.  Jesus died for atheists too, and He gives my denying friend life, provision, and all things.   While our holy, just God has the power to smite, it isn’t in His nature to desire to do so.   Instead, it’s in His nature to be merciful, caring, guiding, loving.  I hope my friend can come to see this.

For further reading:  Deuteronomy 32:35-36, Romans 12:19, Psalm 135:14, 2 Corinthians 5:11, Isaiah 19:16, Matthew 16:16.

Lord, forgive my inadequacies and my sins in how I mess up being a good witness for You.   Teach me Your better ways that I may speak well of You.

Practical Proverbial, from Hebrews, 16 May 2017

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10, verse 23.

If you’ve read this blog for awhile, you know that I recently started a new job.   My previous company laid me off in December.   Now, I’m 50 and have been working in one capacity or another since I was 16.  This wasn’t the first time I’d been rolled off an account or even laid off a job.   Yet this has been the first time that my confidence has been rattled to the core.  I started a new job 3 months ago and, by all measures, it’s going very well (I’m leading a great team of really talented people).  Yet I’ve become ultra-sensitive to perfectionism, working to try to get things just right even as I know that isn’t a sustainable goal.   For the first time in my life, I’ve encountered anxiety, even panic attacks.   Couple that with some pretty heavy depression, a bunch of other stressors, and it’s a tough combination to live with.  I’ve come to dread  every time someone from my new job calls or e-mails, wondering if this is the message where the ax falls on my neck again.  50 is a tough time in life to be having to start over.

It’s as if I have forgotten how to hold unswervingly to the hope I profess in Christ.   Except that my faith is still solid. All through this, I’ve known deep inside that God was still real.  I’ve almost instinctively known that Jesus is with me, and that whatever I’m feeling, He’s beside me to help me.   That’s proof of Hebrews 10, verse 23.   And yet I’ve still been hurting.

Earlier, I was talking with my atheist friend who, once again, chided me for believing in “space fairies.”   I replied to him that it’d be better if he got to know the One he calls “space fairy” now, in thanks and admiration, instead of later in fear and dread because he will come to know Him whether he calls Him names or not.   Again, this is something I know inside of me because I believe what God has said through His Word and through His nature & history.   Yet in a world of doubt, anger, and hurt, is it any wonder that people like atheists would reject faith they can’t see, even if the One they reject is faithful and bears real hope?

Perhaps it’s natural to occasionally question one’s faith, even as the God in whom we have faith doesn’t question us.   He is always present, always the same, always diligent, always loving.   He’s God; He can’t be any other way.   We aren’t God; we can’t be God and shouldn’t try (after all, there really are no true atheists…).  I can only speak for myself in saying that I truly believe in all God says He is and that I don’t doubt that He’s saved me.   Yet I still question where He is and His purposes when things like this job loss come to me.   I didn’t deserve it, but it happened.   It has wreaked a lot of changes, some good and many not, in my family’s life, and I question “why”.

Perhaps the best answer is still the one God gave to Job, namely that He’s God and I’m not and I should just be comforted by knowing that.   Way back in the book of Job – probably the oldest book in the Bible – God upheld the hope of His faithful servant who, like me, questioned when bad things happened without rejecting his belief in his Maker.   It’s ok to be sincere about saying “Lord, this really sucks right now.”   It’s ok to be sincere about feeling bad when things make you feel bad.   It’s ok to be sincere in saying “I don’t want this.”  Vent those feelings and share those thoughts; that’s good, even Godly.   And then let them go and come back into His fold, remembering that He gives real hope for here and now, not just forever.  He who promised it is faithful in all things and at all times.

For further reading:  Hebrews 3:1, 1 Cor 1:9.

Lord, it’s been really tough lately and I’ve been hurting, questioning why these things have happened. I believe in You, though, and I know in my heart that You are with me.   Uphold me now and continue to give me the courage to face each new day.  Thanks for what You do and who You are.

 

Practical Proverbial, from Hebrews, 11 April 2017

Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.  Hebrews 9, verses 27-28.

More mumbo jumbo if you don’t believe it’s real.   Human sacrifice, fairy tales, pipe dreams, unkept promises from 2000 years ago:   if you don’t believe in Jesus then these are logical things to you.  They’re all that Christianity is (oh and don’t forget that part about the Crusades and the Spanish Inquisition…radical Islamists have a lot of fun with those two).

Yet the essence of faith is belief.   Believing is the only thing that’s asked of people who follow Jesus.   Yes, He asks us to keep His commands, but we can’t perfectly do so even if we live our lives dedicated to doing good works for Him.   Yes, He asks us to love God above all else but we can only mimic the kind of grace that God bestows on us without our even asking.   Yes, believing in Him stretches our concept of logic because, according to the world, it isn’t logical to believe that someone can live again after they’ve died.  All these things and more Jesus asks of us who believe in Him, but ALL of them are impossible without faith.  Only by believing do those other good fruits begin to bear in our lives.

Without faith, there’s no need to believe He will appear a second time.   For all you know, that may be just another myth from antiquity.   Without faith, waiting for Jesus becomes a useless exercise in self-delusion.   Without faith, there will be no judgment of our sins.

Can you see, then, that without faith in Jesus, there are no limits on human behavior?   At first glance, that seems like sweet freedom; the uninhibited ability to do whatever we want.   Carry that a bit further and that uninhibited freedom becomes unstoppable anarchy.   Imagine the chaos and complete lawlessness if all 7 billion of us here on the Third Rock did everything we wanted all the time with no consequences.   The depravity you and I can imagine would quickly become a reality of horror without end.  Faith in Jesus is the first backstop against that.    Only with faith does hope become more than just a wish.  Only with faith does just law become a constructive boundary to protect that freedom.

And the longer you believe, the more you learn that it is impossible to have faith apart from Jesus.   Indeed, it’s His Spirit that first touches us when we even think of accepting that Jesus died once for all to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.   You and I can’t even form the desire for that thought without God first touching us saying “I’m here.”  Everything that is good comes from God, and when we even enjoy that goodness, we’re reflecting feelings of satisfaction towards God even when we don’t intend to.   That’s the start of faith and it’s no accident or spurious emotion.  Enjoy a Big Mac?   Thank God.   Enjoy your favorite TV show?   Thank God.  Enjoy music, the company of friends, having the door held for you, a rainy night in Georgia?   You know what to do:   thank God.

You can’t even thank God without having faith in Him.   That faith starts with Him first coming to you, touching your heart, inspiring your soul, engendering good feelings in you.  It’s love because God is all love.  It started because Jesus ho loves us first sacrificed Himself once for all so that our eternal debt could be paid once and for all.  When you believe, that mumbo jumbo the rest of society rejects begins to become the only real truth on which you can build a wholesome life.

For further reading:  Genesis 3:19, 2 Corinthians 5:10, Hebrews 7:27, Matthew 16:27, 1 Peter 2:24, Hebrews 5:9, 1 Corinthians 1:7.

Lord, You are magnificent.   Thank You for touching my heart, for planting the seed of hope to grow into the living organism of faiths.

Practical Proverbial, from Hebrews, 18 January 2017

This Melchizedek was king of Salem and priest of God Most High. He met Abraham returning from the defeat of the kings and blessed him, and Abraham gave him a tenth of everything. First, the name Melchizedek means “king of righteousness”; then also, “king of Salem” means “king of peace.”  Without father or mother, without genealogy, without beginning of days or end of life, resembling the Son of God, he remains a priest forever.  Hebrews 7, verses 1-3.

Let’s talk about Melchizedek.   He’s been mentioned several times throughout Hebrews, and we’ve chatted about him a little bit already.   In the Genesis account of Abram’s life (before God renamed him Abraham), Melchizedek suddenly appears out of nowhere while Abram is journeying from Mesopotamia (likely in today’s Syria or southern Turkey) to Canaan (today’s Israel).  We know little about him other than he’s a revered man, a holy man, a priest.  He was king of Salem – the predecessor settlement to Jerusalem – and was God’s high priest there.   Not a pagan like the other inhabitants of Canaan, Melchizedek knew the true God and strengthened Abram’s faith.

Wikipedia reinforces much of this narrative.  It also discusses corroborating evidence about Melchizedek from early Hebrew Torah commentaries, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and even some Greek documents.   Even the pagan Quran, written centuries later, references Melchizedek.  At the end of all this ancient evidence, we’re still left not knowing exactly who Melchizedek was.   All that we can really know is that He was important to members of both the Jewish and early Christian faiths.  Indeed, if you read these verses closely it’s easy to see why many folks believe Melchizedek was a pre-incarnate Jesus (a “Christophany”).  It’s more than possible.   It’s also more than possible that (as we’ve discussed before) Melchizedek was actually Shem, the son of Noah, who had survived the flood and was the forefather of the Semites, Abram’s historic lineage.   It seems likely that Melchizedek was the vocational ancestor of all who would be ordained as either royalty or ministers.  But to tell you the truth, I don’t know; nobody does.   And to get wrapped around the axle about exactly who he was misses the main point about him.

Melchizedek represents unquestioning devotion to God.

Melchizedek is ‘king of peace,’ ‘king of righteousness.’   Melchizedek has no historical beginning or end since we don’t know where he was born or where he died.   He simply existed to give praise and meaning to God, encouraging the chosen man of God’s will at a time when Abram needed it.   Abram had traveled many miles from home for many years, living a nomadic life in obedience to a promise God made to him.  God had been faithful to His promise to bless all peoples through Abram, but hadn’t shown Abram just how He would do that.  Enter Melchizedek, who gives selflessly and provides an example for Abram to do the same.  In doing so, Abram’s faith was strengthened and his devotion sustained.   So much so, in fact, that Abram gave Melchizedek a portion of all he owned.   Some translations of Scripture (including the NIV I use) say it was a tenth of all he owned, perhaps instituting the precedent for the ten percent tithe many believers donate to God even today.   After Abram has won a battle against local pagan kings, Melchizedek visits Abram and bestows on him God’s blessings.  Then he disappears.  Melchizedek plays an important part in God’s historic family and then, like so many other believers, is simply gone, lost to history with his part in the play having acted out.

Again, in all these things, it doesn’t matter who he was but very much matters what he did and believed.  Melchizedek represents that unquestioning faith in God.   He followed God.   He lived a life devoted to God.   He was an example of and a precursor to Jesus, who became the inheritor of Melchizedek’s temporal priesthood.   Melchizedek did in act what Jesus would later do in both act and Spirit.

That’s a lot to understand from someone who is mentioned by name in only three places in the Bible (in Genesis 14, Psalm 110, and in the book of Hebrews).   If you consider it, however, that’s more than most people are documented anywhere in history.   Maybe God is trying to tell us something we need to remember.  Maybe God is trying to say “don’t worry about who he was.   Remember who he believed in.” Many thousands of years after he lived, that makes Melchizedek timely and relevant to us.

For further reading:   Genesis 14:18-20, Psalm 76:2, Psalm 110:4, , Matthew 4:3, Hebrews 2:17, Hebrews 5:6.

Lord, thank You for teaching about Melchizedek.   Thank You for his ancient example of faith in You that can still encourage me today.

Practical Proverbial, from Hebrews, 9 November 2016

Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it.  For we also have had the good news proclaimed to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because they did not share the faith of those who obeyed.  Hebrews 4, verses 1-2.

This is going to sound simple, maybe even goofy, but walk with me on it.  When you hear something, when does it become of value to you?  Let’s say you hear a juicy piece of news.  Does your mind immediately begin to process it, figuring out possible meanings and implications?   Of course it does.   And if you learn something new – if your light bulb lights up – do you start to think of ways that new information means something to you, perhaps connecting the dots between it and other things?  And can your mind or your heart continue to process words long after you’ve learned them, long after their first meaning took hold?   You know the answer.

You now understand Hebrews 4, verses 1 and 2.   God’s word goes to work on us as soon as we hear it.   What’s more, it can work in different ways at different times in our lives.

1 Thessalonians 2:13 reiterates what Hebrews 4 says: “And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe.”   Unpack that verse and you’ll find it means a few things.   One (obviously) is that Scripture is the word of God.   Two, it isn’t only a human translation (though men are scribes and interpreters of it).   Three, the word of God can do work, and four, that work happens in those who believe.

But above all, it means that the word of God you heard was something you accepted, as it is, immediately and that it started working on you immediately.  The second you’re baptized you’re identified as one of God’s chosen people.   The second you say your marriage vows you’re married.   So it is with the second you accept and believe God’s Word, whatever part of that Word you hear.   It begins to work on you that very moment, like bleach on a stained cloth, like alcohol scouring out a wound.

Tell me:  if you hear something positive and it begins to work on you immediately, do you think that negative things can do the same?   Of course they can.  This morning, folks like me (who went to bed before election results were final) woke to find out Mr. Trump was the President-Elect.   It takes time to soak in but, whether it’s soaked in or not, the moment his opponent officially conceded, Mr. Trump was indeed the President-Elect.   For many folks, that’s the worst news possible.   It’s incredibly negative, incredibly dangerous to their ideas of self and country.   Yet no matter whether they like it or not, it’s fact and it’s at work.  Be careful that it does not ruin you.

Through it all, whether the news is positive or negative, the meaning is effective now.   God saved You IMMEDIATELY from the moment you professed your faith in Him.   You did nothing to earn it, make it happen, fashion it, make it so.   All that had to be done was done by God and God alone.   All you did was believe yet the instant you did so you gained the benefit of it.   This sets you apart from those who don’t believe, who choose to not believe in Jesus.   Don’t go off thinking that faith in Jesus makes you better than anyone else because it doesn’t.   Faith, like college, makes one a better person but not better than other people.   Indeed, God wants all people to come to the faith in which you believe, especially those who reject Him in word or deed.

So let’s be thankful that God saved us, that He did all that was necessary to save us even when we were living in unbelief.  Let’s hold fast to that faith, insisting that it’s real here and now, today.   Let’s cling to it when things get tough because brother things do get tough!   And let’s live our lives, say our words, do everything that we do right now as a reflection of those words “we believe.”

For more reading:   Hebrews 12:15, 1 Thessalonians 2:13.

Lord Jesus, I believe in You!   Thank You for saving me, for giving me the promise of hope in You in whom I can believe.

Practical Proverbial, from Hebrews, 26 September 2016

For since the message spoken through angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment, how shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation? This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him.  Hebrews 2, verses 2 and 3.

What does that mean?  It sort of seems like two different thoughts ‘smushed’ together.

My NIV concordance says that “the message spoken through angels” references God giving the Commandments to Moses at Sinai.  Some reading from Deuteronomy tells that “myriads of angels” accompanied God in giving Him praise when He revealed His law to Moses (who then shared it with the world).  A little online research corroborates that opinion.  What about the rest of the verses?

Yesterday at church the theme was “good enough.”   Pastor Mark talked about how we, as people, constantly strive to prove we’re good enough.   Every religion on earth is a choice between following Jesus or not.   If you aren’t following Jesus, then you’re doing something, anything, to prove you’re good enough.   Good enough for Allah, good enough to reach nirvana, good enough to prove your worth, good enough to make up for things you’ve done, just good enough:   that’s the point of all faiths other than following Jesus.  You’re either a following Christian or you aren’t.

I don’t say this to denigrate other faiths.   It’s just a fact.   If your faith isn’t put in Jesus, you aren’t putting your faith in the only one who can save you from your sins.  You’re striving to do something, most likely to prove you’re good enough to rise above the wrongs you’ve done.   And be real:   everyone does something wrong.   Wrong equals sin.   We all sin; we’re all thick with sin.  There’s nothing we can do to undo the consequences of those sins, both against other people and, as believers, against the righteous justice of God.   If you aren’t following Jesus, you’re doing something to overcome those sins.  THAT point segues directly into verse 3, where the verse talks about salvation.

Only Jesus has atoned for your sins.   Only Jesus can save me, you, or anyone from the eternal consequences of our sins.  God is perfect and just and righteous and all love.   He made us to love us and for us to live in perfect harmony with that love for all time.   Yet, to maintain that just, righteous, perfect love, God can’t tolerate our sins.   He gave us the free will to follow completely or sin.   Being a loving parent, He allows us to choose what we do, including the consequences.  But to maintain His perfection He can’t allow our constant imperfections to taint Him.   If He did, He wouldn’t be perfect, He wouldn’t be God.  That can’t be allowed, and let’s keep it real:   we wouldn’t really want it.

I am not perfect and I’m not just or righteous on my own.   I can’t atone for myself.  I can make some amends for the wrongs I’ve done to God and other people, but in truth I can’t atone for everything.   As an absolute, if I can’t atone for everything then I really can’t atone for everything.   I’m not God.  Neither are you.  We can’t save ourselves from the punishment we deserve:   damnation and separation from God.

Jesus did.

He did and He did it as fully man and fully God all at the same time.   It’s a mystery, THE mystery of the ages, how Jesus lived, died, and atoned for all sins.   He took on Himself the eternal damnation that even the least of my sins deserves and He made it right.   He made unclean man right and righteous again so that we can again live in the harmony with God that God originally intended.   The truly good news of all history is how He saved us from the eternal consequences our sins deserve.   All of Scripture is God testifying through men how He did this.   Those twelve men who Jesus taught during His ministry here inspired dozens, then hundreds, then millions of others to share this good news with others.   The Bible does this.   Pastors, ministries, whole lifetimes do this.   Even our words here together do this.   It’s all because of what Jesus did those thousands of years ago.   On my own, I’m not good enough.   Jesus is and with Him, He made me good enough.

What do two verses really mean?   As it turns out, quite a lot.

For more reading:   Deuteronomy 33:2, Romans 11:22.

Lord Jesus, I follow You.   Thank You for saving me, for forgiving me, for doing what I can’t.   Help me to live in ways to share this message with the world.

Practical Proverbial, from Hebrews, 16 September 2016

He also says, “In the beginning, Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. Hebrews 1, verse 10.

If a pitch for creationism turns you off, then ignore today’s message.   I’m going to make a shameless one.   Actually, I’m just siding with God and billions of other people. God makes the pitch on His own.

Zechariah 12:1 says “The Lord, who stretches out the heavens, who lays the foundation of the earth, and who forms the human spirit within a person.” Psalm 8:6 says, “You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet.” And chapters 1 and 2 of Genesis give God’s account of how He created everything. Today’s verse from Hebrews reiterates that account and affirms the statements from Zechariah and the Psalm.   Indeed, verse 10 affirms every statement in the Bible mentioning how God created the heavens and the earth. In fact, http://www.studybibleforum.com/htm_php.php3 says that the word “create” is mentioned 49 times in the Bible.   The same reference says “heavens” is mentioned 179 times, and it says “earth” is mentioned 861 times.

That’s a lot of mutually exclusive self-proof. I’ve often debated atheist friends in the creation-vs-evolution harangue and I remind them that you can’t use creation to disprove evolution (nor can you use evolution to disprove creation).   Both concepts are replete with scientific holes and are directly competing for the same airspace.   To prove one you need both belief in it (also called “faith”) and corroborating evidence from the same concept/theory.   When you look at the concepts in this way, evolution is still full of scientific holes (millions of years of them in fact) while creation is quite unified, sequential, and holistic.

Don’t take it from me.   Like I said, to believe in one ‘theory’ or the other requires faith.   You have to accept what it says and accept there are things about it that don’t line up with your understanding.   Fair enough, so investigate it on your own.   If you’re intellectually honest about the whole pursuit, you’re going to end up back here with what I just said:   evolution doesn’t add up while creation adds up quite nicely.

None of us fully knows why the author of Hebrews included this mention in the book. Most likely, he was giving a praise to God that would be commonly understood and acceptable to the target audience of believers.   But isn’t it interesting that, coming on the heels of verses 8 and 9, which talk about God proving Himself to us and his royal pedigree, the author includes a praise that proves how that shouldn’t surprise us because God is the ultimate creator.   All that we think, sense, and live among comes from the brilliance of His soul.   He thought of all this, then He spoke and it came into being.

Try doing that sometime and let me know how it turns out.

Frankly, I don’t understand it.   I count myself as highly educated, thank you very much, with educational, vocational, and bibliographical pedigrees to back that up; yes I have a lot of books.   Big freaking deal. At the end of all that smarty pants talk, I still don’t understand how God made life.   How He made babies, bumble bees, birds, and birch trees that all live as part of nature, are all genetically and atomically diverse, yet all are replete with that same mysterious force called “life.”   I don’t understand how gravity works and why every other force in the universe is affected by it. I sometimes don’t understand why some healthy species or organisms die out while others succeed; this became especially apparent as I farmed pumpkins all summer long. When you strip away the college degrees, there’s more to this world that I don’t understand than I do.

Are you in the same boat?   Einstein was; so was Issac Newton and they’re much smarter than me, and maybe you, too.

What’s missing is faith.

Faith explains to me how everything was made by God to serve and grow His glory.   My faith is re-affirmed when I am blessed to absorb a little of the beauty of nature.   My faith is grown when I read the words of verse 10 and the other Bible verses that support it, reading how greater men than me had the good sense enough to praise God for the obvious wonder of His creation.   They didn’t understand how He did it all any more than Einstein, Newton or Charles Darwin did.   I don’t understand it either. But I believe in it, and I’m thankful that God did it, and that I get to be a part of it today.

For more reading:   Psalm 8:6, Zechariah 12:1, Genesis 1-2.

Lord, I praise You for Your creation!