I wondered this morning as I was throwing away another dead bug just why they are even a part of our lives. Fortunately for me I have a great bug killer in my sweet, but smart Danny. He keeps watch at night to protect the mama he loves. That caused me to contemplate why we even have these varmints. God made this world for perfection so why should we have bugs. Just maybe it is because we have let our eyesight become faulty. Maybe we are not seeing things the way our Creator intended. Just maybe we have become like some of the characters we read about in our Bibles – totally focused on what we ourselves can control. Shame on us!
I do believe that our Creator intended for us to grow in knowledge and awareness, but I also believe He intended to be an active participant in our thoughts and activities. Have we become so busy that we forget we are not acting alone in His world? Just maybe we should get a little more serious. I think what I have gathered from my reading is that God created mankind for companionship. Somehow or another we have simply gotten off track and we find ourselves so busy with worldly affairs that we never realize that we are not functioning as we should. Just maybe it is time to reevaluate whatever time we have left.
If you think about it God has never gotten too tired to try once again. You can read about the numerous lessons He has provided for our learning in different degrees. We might think Jonah in the belly of the whale a little overdone, but we can read for ourselves – I cried out to the Lord because of my affliction, and He answered me (2:2). Even after He had sent Jesus into our lives He still made efforts to show His people how very much He loves us. When Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead we can read His words in the book of John – I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die (11:25-26). Even after Jesus, himself, was crucified and raised from the dead we have still failed to understand how far our Creator would go to save those He created.
You might wonder whether we will ever learn. As we look at our world today our thoughts turn to just what will happen next. Our knowledge of evil and its weapons has grown to the point that there is not much further we can go without blowing ourselves up. Where will we go next and just how long will our God actually give us before He says “enough”? Many in today’s world are looking for the Rapture of the Church, but we can’t really know just how far our Creator’s thinking will let us go before He makes that decision. Yes, it is true, that He is long suffering and desires for us to know and love Him as He first planned, but we don’t seem to be doing a very good job of learning from history and our own life experiences. They walked and talked with Him while we only have their lessons on paper. Is it enough? Is there more for us if we would just do our own searching? We won’t know unless we try.
So what is the answer, friends? What part is our individual part to play? Can we afford to step back and allow someone else to decide our part for us? Opportunities present themselves to each of us in different ways at different times, but we all have a part to play, one predetermined before we were born. The challenge is to discover that part and then to gather our God-given talents and pursue that part with every ounce of energy we possess. Will we accept our challenge and will we pursue it in God’s predetermined way and in His time?
Our God, our Help in ages past, Our hope for years to come;
Be Thou our Guard while troubles last,
And our eternal Home.