Only God is God~
In the beginning, God…Genesis 1:1. That’s where it all starts, with God. For some, it takes a lifetime to discover God, yet He has planted ‘eternity’ in the hearts of all mankind. We look at the magnificence of His creation………the earth, plants, flowers, animals, sun, moon and stars, the galaxies, and the crowning glory of all that He created–mankind, and something from within wants to know how all this came to be. A watch has a watch-maker; a boat has a boat-maker, etc., therefore the logical conclusion to the philosophical question of life, is that there is a grand Creator designer. Psalm 1:1 states, ‘The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge.” In Isaiah 42:8 God says, “I am the LORD (Jehovah); that is my name! I will not yield my glory to another or my praise to idols.”
What a wonderful thing it is, that God communicates with His creation and wants a relationship with us. He didn’t create us, then leave us to ourselves, but has given us His word and universal truths. Life operates by universal laws and principles which reflect God’s character. Can you imagine life without gravity? All the physical things we see, would all be crashing into each other in the atmosphere, somewhere. Nothing would be consistent. The sun makes it’s daily circuit. Can you imagine how life would be much different if that was not a ‘constant’ daily occurrence? Life would be random, seasons would be upset, time would not exist in equal portions; and many other things would be different. Did you ever think of the word ‘universe?’ When you consider the latin roots, you have ‘uni and verbum’ which literally means ‘one word.’ We get the word ‘verb’ from verbum, which denotes an ‘action.’ I can’t help but think that with ‘one word’ God created our universe! He ‘spoke’ and it was! No other person has this kind of power or authority. Today, in our culture, ‘science’ has become the authority. The word ‘science’ simply means ‘to know’ and in our educational system, it is a field of knowledge. If God created all life, doesn’t God have authority over all? Science, is the discovery of the truths and physical laws of all that God has created in our universe. To ‘know’ something is much different than to ‘create’ something, which God, at will can do.
To Each, His Own~
So, why the musing over God? If you’ve been following my blog posts, you’ve read some of the things happening in my world. This past week, my siblings and I communicated to our brother, numerous reasons we oppose his second marriage, which happens as I’m writing this blog. He is proceeding with the marriage. Blend all this with my MKMMA journey, the master key lessons by Haanel, reading the scroll written by Og Mandino, and there’s a lot of ideas……..some new, some old, some good, some bad. Each person has to sort out all the ideas and decide what they regard as valuable and how it will be integrated in their life. We each have our own beliefs and experiences which contribute to our personal frame of reference….which makes us unique. Some of what we believe, have their origins in our families, and the culture where we grew up. Sometimes we wonder, ‘Who is this person? Did they come from the same family?’ At the end of the day, we each have our own choices to make. ‘To each, his own’ seems to be the best summation, as we each reap what we’ve sown. In the end, we answer to the ‘final authority’, not to each other.
For me, it all starts with….‘In the beginning, God.” After all, He was the only person in ‘the beginning’ because He is eternal, and at some point in eternity past, decided to start ‘the beginning of the history of mankind and our world.’ So, all that I read, is sorted through the filter of God’s truth, before I adopt it as ‘my own.’ I don’t choose certain behaviors, to ‘move the hand of God’ but realize that God does have a plan for my life and it’s not always just to ‘rubber stamp’ my plans. I can’t help but think of an American man, husband and father of two, who sits in prison, tortured the past two years for his beliefs. He wanted good things in life, just like we desire. Who has an answer to ‘why is he suffering and I live my life freely?’ Yet, in his prison, he still holds true to his beliefs. Freedom of conscience and freedom of beliefs, is one of the highly esteemed freedoms our great Constitution gave Americans. This is a sacred right which no man can take from us.
In a free society, which we have today, there’s a lot I can do, and change in my life….and this MKE has been an amazing journey and has contributed greatly to my life. It’s soon going to be over, but the things that I’ve learned and added to my life, will continue. I’m excited about my future and scared at the same time………but perhaps it’s the same emotion? I’ve started venturing into the unknown, new territories for me, which is where all great adventures happen.
Thanks to those companions who have been on this MKMMA journey with me, and thanks to those who have followed my blog. May life be rich for you. Follow your dreams and share your life with others.