Out Of The Ashes

Believe it!  If you read your newspaper or listen to your TV it doesn’t take you long to see or hear about the world’s latest atrocity.  In reality, we do not have the final answer, but there is One who does and He may just be getting fed up with our pitiful attempts to do nothing constructive to save the world He created.  It’s always easier to think about what we should do than actually getting down to brass tacks.  What is it that is stopping us?  I hate to mention this fact, but if we are realistic we will have to admit that there is another force in action upon our earth and he is doing his best to see to it that we neither hear nor act in any arena but his own.  You see, he also has a goal for this world we live in and he has no intention of losing this battle.  You’re right; we would rather not think about that, at least until tomorrow.   But then again – just maybe we can’t afford not to.

Before you get all upset and swallow the fact that you have no fight in you even if you knew where to start and how to go about things, let's remember that our Creator always knew where we would be and when we would need to finally realize just who we are and who He is.  He did make this old world and He never intended for His work to be nullified; He only hoped that we would rise to the task rather than leaving the cleanup work all for Him.  And you know what – we can do it, with His help of course.

The book of Job is one that is hardly ever looked to for value because it is a very depressing book.  It lays out all the problems we as mankind have to face and how poorly we accept and deal with them.  I would venture to say that very few of us actually learn from the lessons of Job’s life.  Avoidance would most likely be what we would choose and yet if Job were here today I think he would tell us to take another look.  In his words he recalls his despondency saying He has cast me into the mire, and I have become like dust and ashes (30:19).  It simply couldn’t be any worse and yet in the 42nd chapter his words were I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees You.  Therefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes (6).  The Lord picked Job up out of the ashes and we find that After this Job lived one hundred and forty years, and saw his children and grandchildren for four generations.  So Job died, old and full of days (42:16).

Do we of this generation have to relive the sad days that Job went through or can we see ourselves as God sees us?  The Father created us for a purpose and He still loves us.  The question is do we love Him in return and can we live that out, not just with words which have little weight, but with actions designed to raise not only our lives, but those of our friends and neighbors?  Obviously most of us won’t suffer in the same way as did Job, but I doubt many of us have learned Job’s lesson.  Don’t you think it is time for us to look at our individual situation and how we treat and love those that God also created and loves.  There is a lot of work that needs to be done to restore God’s world to what He originally intended when He created us.  While we probably won’t be able to restore it completely, we can show our love to His other children and we can attempt to restore His world to the beauty He desired for us all to enjoy.  It won’t be easy, but we must make the effort.

What do you have on your calendar for tomorrow?  Might it just be the perfect day to make a new list and start a new and better life?  I would like to and Chris Tomlin gave us the answer to our problem, clearly and truly, when he wrote:

Into the darkness You shine, out of the ashes we rise;
There’s no one like You, none like You.
And if our God is for us then who could ever stop us;
And if our God is with us then who can stand against.

Kevin Harrison

WCBCS, 7459 S IH 35, Waco, TX, USA