Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The Almighty and His Glory...

“Praise the Lord, O my soul. O Lord my God, you are very great; you are clothed with splendor and majesty.” Psalm 104:1

Oh the majestic beauty of God, this entire Psalm is dedicated to the beauty and the wonder of God. It’s pretty amazing to just absorb how great God is. The content in this Psalm just speaks of the beauty and the awesomeness of God. It’s refreshing sometimes to see how very great God is. To see how big He really is. In fact the words even in these Psalm does not do God any justice on how glorious He is. There is no word for Him, there is nothing that can depict how great He is. God is just that God.

You know a few days ago, I ran across a few videos on Youtube on how we humans originated on this earth. Of course we had the big bang evolutionary theory, then we had design theory, and there was also this weird theory where we were originated from aliens from another planet. While some made sense (well, sort of) most of it was pretty confusing and some just plain weird. I went to sleep thinking nothing of it and the next day I went out to go surf. It was a good size surf day, 3-4ft (Hawaiian style measurements, which is about a 6-8ft face). Riding these waves was sort of a challenge. Probably due to the fact that I am a tad bit out of shape and my surfboard could use some repairing. But while riding those waves, out in the beauty of the large Pacific Ocean it hit me. God is God. He is awesome. I don’t know why we try to explain away the shear beauty of this world and say it was all due to chance. In the ocean, surfing these monster waves, I was just reminded how beautiful my God is. And oh how powerful, yes, how powerful He is.

Lord, your creation just shouts Your name. May You be glorified.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

My nature, our nature, and being wise.

“Be very careful, then, how you live-not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” –Paul (Ephesians 5:15-16)

The study and the application of Ephesians 5 is something that no Christian should take lightly, but at the heart of the matter you need to realize how far it stretches to the core of each person. Here is what we know about human nature, we all are prone to evil. Our human nature loves to do things that are evil (Matthew 15:19). Our very nature is full of selfishness and conceit. Most of the time we mask it but a lot of what we do is to pleasure ourselves. That’s the curse. Our nature or sometimes referred to as our flesh and our flesh wars against our spirit. I am not an exception. There are many times where I just love to not do the right thing. Not the illegal thing, just not the right thing, things such as putting my focus upon possessions, having lustful thoughts. The verse here explains our war against our own desires. Paul tells us to “Be very careful,” to how we live. Our very actions can cause us to slide back to our old nature. Paul’s suggestion here in Ephesians 5 is to kick evil to the curve. Extract it out of life. But the way to do that is to live a life that is wise. Solomon in Proverbs says that “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” Therefore to be wise, we must be wholeheartedly pursing Christ with all of our hearts. Here also though Paul explains that we must make the most of every opportunity. One commentary said that this is phrase literally means “buying the opportunity”, which is a merchant term where they can maximize their sales and trade. So we as Christians are called to make most of our time to do good because as Paul explains the days are evil that lies ahead of us. It maybe not necessarily that the days are wicked, but the days where there is trouble ahead. So in summary our nature begs us to do evil but we must be wiser so that we can take every minute of over lives as a dedication to Christ.

As a follower of Christ, this verse just rips into my soul. The very nature of what it requires us to do is to fight against what we so easily love to do. I look at this and it just makes me realize that I desperately need Jesus. I’m not going to lie, I am a selfish individual. I love to do things for me. I want to live a life of comfort, excess, ease, and extravagance. But I know that none of that compares with the life that God desires for my life. Time is short and the ultimate question that I should be wrestling with everyday should be, “Am I being wise or unwise?” Am I maxing out my life for the desires of Christ? Oh I hope to be. I want that. I really want that.

Lord my nature pulls me away from you, help me to be wise.