Do We Need A Crystal Ball?

There are so many things going on in our world today that you may find yourself wondering what could possibly happen next.  Unfortunately, most of us do not have a crystal ball to give us the answers we would so like to have.  However, there just might be some handwriting on the wall if we would just look.  One cannot deny that there are evidences of evil around every corner these days.  We often feel like our hands are tied; how can we possibly solve the problems that the world is continually throwing at us?  While that is basically true we have been given the solution to a glorious future destination if we want to accept it.  I can’t think of anything that would keep us from doing that except the desire that we want just one more day to do what we want to do.  It would seem God made a big mistake when He allowed us to make our own choices.

Both sides of a coin should reflect the same value, but in today’s world that is not the case.  We have white and black, Republican and Democrat, Christians and Atheists, Americans and foreigners.  We have somehow lost the oneness that our Creator intended.  While it is true that within that Oneness we would find different characteristics, it is also true that all were to love and serve the Creator; one big family with different personalities but with one heart belonging to our Lord.  How did we get so far off track?  It would seem the wily devil knew just which button to push to distract us from the ending we were designed to have.  Most of us know that life doesn’t offer us the opportunity to start over, but I don’t remember any regulation that shields us from being refurbished.  While it is true that there is a saying that tells us that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, I don’t think that applies to a human being with both a mind and a heart.

The prophet Jeremiah would remind us of the Word of the Lord – “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, let not the mighty man glory in his might, nor let the rich man glory in his riches; but let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight,” says the Lord (9:23-24).

That does say it well while also being sufficient for the life God intended.  Is it too late for us to change our thinking and our way of living?  I realize that this message is going to people who are church attenders and lovers of the Lord, but to be fair, how many of us really carry the words we hear on Sunday home with us to be utilized during the week and the rest of our earthly lives?  Our days are so busy and I know myself that some things simply must be done like feeding the cat or changing the sheets, but I also know that I, too frequently, neglect to spend an adequate time with the Lord who loves me.  And then I wonder how the fuel in my tank disappeared so quickly. I simply can’t use the excuse that I am just getting older and run out of steam and interestingly enough it often seems like the Lord fills my tank with an extra dose when I end up giving him what I started with. 

We cannot purchase a reliable crystal ball even if we wanted to, but we can manage the time to study and learn how to be wise as serpents and harmlesss as doves (Matthew 10:16).  The wise men whose words are recorded in the book of Proverbs believed in the depths of their hearts that he who heeds the word wisely will find good, and whoever trusts in the Lord, happy is he (16:20).

Whether he was familiar with the book of Proverbs I do not know, but an unknown author once wrote that faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.

Kevin Harrison

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