Monday, July 26, 2010

The Word and the world

We live in a large world.  It is a place that not only fills our personal lives with activity, it fills our ears and eyes and minds with news.  There are wars and natural disasters.  There is crime and global warming.  There is cancer and AIDS.  There is hunger and there is obesity.  There is freedom and there is slavery.  At times it seems that all there is to know is wrapped up in this small astronomical sphere we call home.  And then there is the rest of the created universe...billions of stars and planets.  But it is good to remember that there is another reality, beyond the scope of our daily news coverage.  Before there was a world there was a Word and that Word spoke the world into existence.  It is easier to focus on the world that was created by the Word than to focus on the Word, itself.  But Jesus said something interesting in Luke, chapter 16, verse 17: "But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one stroke of a letter of the Law to fail."  He was talking to the Pharisees who had added there own words to God's Word to try to rewrite the rules.  They wanted to have all the world, with its riches and power...and Heaven too!  But Jesus makes it clear that God's Word cannot be changed.  Our choice is whether to receive, accept and obey that Word or to follow the other voices of the world that seem to fill our minds.  Jesus told them that the Kingdom of God was in their midst and they were missing out because the world was blinding them to the Word.  We are blessed to have that Word, still, and as we spend time in the Word we find that the One who spoke the world into being is also the One who fashioned Heaven and opens our minds to His Kingdom.
Rob Smith

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