Acknowledging God; October 11, 2017


Psalm 24:1-2 The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it,
the world, and all who live in it;
for he founded it upon the seas
and established it upon the waters.

David starts this Psalm by stating God’s right of creation over everything. That is precisely the thing that “atheists” are trying to avoid. If they didn’t believe He exists, what difference would it make if some people were foolish enough to believe in Him? However, in their hearts they know He does exist, and they don’t want to submit to Him. That’s why other people proclaiming Him and choosing to submit to Him make them so uncomfortable. Truth be told, many people who claim to believe in Him don’t act like they understand that since He created them, they are His property. That is another thing that David understood. As he wrote in verse 6, we receive His best when we seek Him, and not otherwise. The most active idolatry in the “developed world” today is the worship of man. We act like man can do anything, and forget Jesus’ statement that “Apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5)

I was blessed to be raised in a home with a strongly Biblical world view, and I don’t think I’ve strayed very far from it. I have been tempted to do so by the conceit of intellect, but God has graciously kept me from going over the edge. Ministering in Japan, I find that a perhaps surprising majority of people are willing to concede that God exists, even though they practice conflicting non-Christian religions, but they seem to have great difficulty making the connection between the fact of God and their daily lives. From what I read and hear, much of America is headed that direction. I cannot force anyone to “wake up and smell the coffee,” but I can demonstrate what walking with Jesus looks like, and I can speak the truth in love. If I will do that, I will be available for God to touch people through me to open their eyes and draw them to Himself. At the recent Cockayne Syndrome Network gathering I was able to tell the group why we have done all we have done to establish the group and bless them, and to say that I want to take all of them with me to heaven. Beyond that, I can only pray that their hearts would be softened by the Holy Spirit using what He said through me, and through others who have doubtless touched them, so that they would repent and believe for their salvation.

Father, I have the constant, unrelenting desire that everyone I encounter would come to You in faith and love, but I can’t make it happen. I offer myself as an instrument of Your grace and mercy, however You want to use me, so that as many as possible would indeed come from darkness to light, from death to life, for their eternal salvation and Your glory. Thank You. Hallelujah!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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