What matters? That is an interesting question I’ve asked myself (or maybe God has been asking me in my heart). For the last several days I’ve wondered what truly matters – as well as – how can I live for what matters each day I have left to live on this earth.
Here is the most important question to be answered each and every day. Is there a God? That is the ultimate question. If there is not a God, everything degenerates into either ultimate meaninglessness or into some kind of deification of the self. If there is no God – then we are here truly by accident. There is no reason we exist – and no reason for us to live or die. We are a cosmic accident that will come and go with no reason to be – no reason to live – and no reason to care about it. That is difficult to deal with. Actually, it is impossible to deal with as an ultimate truth. Ask any true nihilist and they will testify to that with either their own suicide or with their descent into insanity.
Because that answer is so devastating, most of humanity has gone in another direction. They have decided to deify themselves. Basically, the most important thing in the world is my own happiness and fulfillment. Since no one will live this way – deifying me – then I will have to deify myself. I have my own truth. I have my own meaning. Dude, I have my own morality, gender, purpose – all of which can change in a moment’s notice if my god (which is me, by the way) decides he or she needs to for some reason – or no reason at all. When this is the case the world becomes a place filled with myopic, naval-gazing, self-oriented, and self-worshipping fools who think life is little more than living for the next happy moment or the next shiny thing that catches one’s attention. It is no wonder than that those who choose the deification of self eventually become unfulfilled, selfish brats who are angry because everyone and everything does not live to fulfill them in whatever they’ve decided will fulfill them in that particular moment. Madness.
Is there a God? The answer to that question is a resounding, “Yes!” The existence of a creation begs the existence of a Creator who made it. Since the creation all around us is so vast in its size, and yet seemingly endlessly detailed in its microscopic parts, the One who made it is of a genius so far beyond our capability of understanding that we shrink in comparison infinitely to Who that One is. The fact that humankind in all their philosophic, scientific, and theological pursuit has barely scratched the surface of the information available in creation humbles us. The truly wise one will bow in adoration and worship of the infinite genius, infinite power, and infinite vastness of the God Who made the universe and all that is in it. For humankind to arrogantly say that there is no God – when we don’t understand even one trillionth of what is around us or in us - is the height of egotistical hubris.
The fact though is that there is plenty of this arrogance anywhere you look. So we need more than just the fact of God’s existence. We need some sort of communication from Him. Something that we could know is from Him – and then something that would reveal Who He is, what He does, and whether He is currently actively working in our world. That is what we will deal with in next week’s article. Until then – take a few moments to look up – look around – look at the grand vastness of what God has made. Then – look smaller, at microscopic creation with its own version of tiny vastness. Consider the astounding complexity and yet unity of it all – both to the ends of the universe, as well as, to the inner ends of the micro-verse. Consider the infinite wisdom and intellect needed to create it all. Once you’ve done this, do something infinitely wise. Humble yourself, bow down on your knees, and worship God, the Creator of it all. By doing this, you will have answered and responded to the most important question there is to ask. Is there a God?
Most of these articles are taken from the Calvary Courier, a weekly newsletter that is sent to the folks who attend Calvary Chapel Jonesboro. Due to the response to these articles, we've decided to print some of them which proved to be very helpful to God's people at the fellowship.
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