Peoples’ lives are often violently interrupted. News has gone around the
world in recent days of earthquakes and a tsunami which have caused many
deaths and huge devastation. We almost get used to hearing such reports.
In certain places, calamities are bound to happen. Cities are built on fault
lines. Large populations live on low ground subject to flooding. Tornadoes
often occur in a known strip across a country. To live there is like sitting
on a time bomb. Sooner or later it will explode. Yet, life goes on in these
places, daily cares being the focal point. The people are largely unconscious
of potential dangers.
We are all a bit like this
Our time is
taken up with work, eating, sleeping, playing or watching sport, travelling to
and from, talking with friends and neighbours and getting what enjoyment we
can out of life. One hundred per cent of our lives could be described this
way. “Well. what else is there?” someone may ask. Life is summed
up as a struggle for survival, a struggle to find happiness. Most of us
wouldn’t have time for anything else — if there was anything
We choose the lesser, not the greater
are content to live with what we can cope with for the moment. Anything else
will have to wait. The obvious is supreme. But we may be asleep on a time
Think of it this way. If we could see ourselves from a million miles out in
space, we would see a tiny planet spinning away on its axis and hurtling
around the sun in a huge orbit at a fantastic speed. The planet is a thin
crust wrapped around incalculable heat. Any number of insecurities exist which
could blot out life in an instant.
Surely we must ask questions of ourselves or of somebody. Who put all this
amazing arrangement together? For what purpose? Are we going to be held
accountable for our lives? Is our conscience telling us something important
about what kind of people we are?
Are we breaking laws of some kind? What is the meaning of it all?
We often quit just here
The present pressing problems are enough for most people to try to handle. Big
questions are a big bother. Who knows anyway?
We are told in the Bible that: Ever since God created the world, his invisible
qualities, both his eternal power and his divine nature, have been clearly
seen; they are perceived in the things that God has made. So those people have
no excuse at all! Which means that we do wrong when we leave God out of our
lives and our thinking.
He has made many things plain to us in the Bible and through the visit the Son
of God made to this planet. The news is good, though the truths are all
weighty and important. Since God is who he is, and since he loves us and is
calling us back to himself, how dare we act as if there is nothing to think
about and nothing to do in our relationship with him?
The Bible shows that we are all going out into eternity. Huge regret is
inevitable if we neglect the important. There will be never-ending ages in
which we are going to be glad that we got to know God or sorry that we
didn't. Yes, it’s heavy stuff. But it won't be made one gram
lighter because we ignore it or make a joke of it. Give God a hearing.