Archive for April, 2010

friends

April 21, 2010

I was in a familiar situation yesterday – looking for something that I knew was in the room but I couldn’t quite find.  And I repeated that familiar prayer, “Lord, you know where it is and I don’t.  Please show me where to look.”

I know a few things about God.

For one, he is not on my time schedule.  In fact, I’m pretty sure he thinks it’s funny how much I worry about time.

Another thing; he knows what I really need, and that’s frequently different than what I think we need.

One final thing I’ve noticed about him.  He wants to spend time with me, just like any good friend.  If I don’t make the time, sometimes he’ll do it for me.

So that’s where the game started.  I say game, because that’s exactly what it was – God was playing with me.  He knew I was in a big hurry to get the thing I was looking for.  People were depending on me.  I’d committed to be at a certain place at a certain time with some equipment.  So I asked him, “Should I look over here?”

“No”, he said.

“Ok, back here then?”

“Ok”

This went on for a couple hours.  By then end I’d found several items not on my “things I need”  list – but which turned out to be critical for what I was doing.  Also he opened my eyes to his plans for my near future that I’d been wondering about – but plans not-at-all related to my pressing dilemma.  And of course, he did finally point me to the thing I originally asked about.  It was in plain view in a place I’d looked before I’d even prayed.

I drove away literally laughing about the good time we had, just hanging out with my best friend, God.  My sense was that he enjoyed it too.

I was extraordinarily late for my appointment.  And it was somehow no problem at all.

same old lies

April 17, 2010

As I drove home this evening I was listening to an interview with Ray Kurzweil.  It was on NPR (might have been BBC – I didn’t notice the hour).  It could have been a re-broadcast as well, since a lot of Kurzweil’s talking points haven’t changed much over the years (e.g.; here and here).

His main points were that we will soon (2030) create our own next phase of evolution by manipulating our genetics and combining human biology with computer intelligence.  Technology would then make eternal life possible.

I was struck by the similarity between his comments and the first words the Bible records of Satan, (in the form of a serpent):

“Did God really say…?” [you can’t trust God]

“You will not surely die!” [there is no penalty for rebellion]

“…you will be like God, knowing good and evil” [God is holding out on you]

I know Ray is supposed to be a futurist and all, but his message sounds old to me.

cross eyed

April 13, 2010

I’ve been reading and meditating on the cross verses:

“And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.” — Mathew 10:38

From that time Jesus began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised up on the third day.  Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “God forbid it, Lord! This shall never happen to You.”  But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me; for you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but man’s.”
Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.  For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?  For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and WILL THEN REPAY EVERY MAN ACCORDING TO HIS DEEDS. — Matthew 16:21-27

And He summoned the crowd with His disciples, and said to them, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.” — Mark 8:34

For many walk, of whom I often told you, and now tell you even weeping, that they are enemies of the cross of Christ — Philippians 3:18

“Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.” — Luke 14:27

For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. — 1 Corinthians 1:18

But may it never be that I would boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. — Galations 6:14

But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.     For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.  (24)Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. — Galatians 5:16,17,24

Pardon me for bringing this up, but if I turned on the Christian TV or radio today, is that what I’d hear?

the accusative case

April 7, 2010

I was listening to a youtube by Zo Rachel of Macho Sauce Productions and realized something new.   Revelation 12:10 calls Satan “the accuser of the brethren”, and he certainly is that.  But the first accusation we know of wasn’t against man but against God.

In Genesis 3:1-5 the serpent first implies that Eve can’t trust God, and then that God is holding out on her.  His insinuation is that God somehow has a selfish purpose for keeping her from something that is her right and destiny.

As my friend Mike Johnson says, “God doesn’t owe you nuthin!”, but how many times have we sided with Satan and treated God as if he is keeping us from something good and desirable?  These days  he rarely rains down fire from heaven or has the earth open up to swallow people alive, but it’s a wonder to me how he restrains himself.  How would you feel if you’d rescued someone from certain destruction, then set them up with a nice living, only to have them hurl accusations at you?

I’ve observed mothers bound by a spirit of rejection as they attempt to pass that spirit on to the next generation.  They do it by storing up accusations against the children’s father and rehearsing those accusations regularly in the children’s ears.  Satan set the pattern for that in his first interaction with humanity, and his accusations since then haven’t weakened – or changed.