Bear with me if you will.
The existence of God is evident and obvious, a simple matter of fact. Blood, air, water, dirt, vegetables, marriage, clean animals, unclean animals, night creatures, sea life, stars, mountains, memory, insects, the brain, the conscience, the heart, the soul, male, female, man, woman, time, children, love, hate, sweat, tears, space, laughter, matter, earthquakes, thunder, lightning, rainbows, hail, snow, arithmetic, words, color, music, sound, all things having a grand design, and hardly worthy of crediting to a big and fat vat of purposeless nothingness.
God is, for indeed, these are the easy issues of the facts of life. But there are some things that defy explanation, yep, some really hard sayings.
If a thermos keeps water hot or cold……..how does it know??
When your cotton pant legs shrink in the dryer, where does it go?
Why does the other line always appear to move faster?
Have you ever seen a turtle in a hurry?
A really good baseball catch is not ‘unbelievable.’ Niagara Falls running uphill would be unbelievable.
Would you purchase an American flag not made by Americans?
And now for a change of direction, and something of a more difficult nature.
How can a just and all holy God, who is an all-consuming fire, justify sinful man, without compromising His own intrinsic eternal perfection?
How then does the judge of all the earth adorn the miscreants of a world gone sideways with a robe of righteousness without insulting the honor of the court which demands that payment be rendered for verifiable, undeniable, and proven trespasses?
How then does this holy, just, and true judge pronounce a verdict of ‘not guilty,’ while at the same time inviting the lame, the maimed, the blind, and the halt to the inner chamber for a feast of feasts? How can God make right they who have committed treason against heaven?
Well now, scripture easily explains and defends HOW, but what is dazzling in thought is WHY the Creator should do such a thing, and thus are the pearls of the throne of heaven and the eternal glory of God revealed and displayed. It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter. Tetelestai is a clue.
And the ultimate point? We major in the insignificant and ambiguous, and ignore what is relevant and crystal clear. We hold in esteem the so-called great minds of fallen man, and ignore the truth of God; we ask the wrong questions and chastise the correct answers. We strain at the gnat, and swallow the elephant. We seek water from empty wells.
We create God in our image, then blame Him for the defects of man; we make God appear as small and ruthless, while we pretend to be so large and benevolent. We blame God for allowing a building to fall, while ignoring the fact that we all deserve the building to fall on us, yet we have the audacity to chastise God for His perfections. Not too smart.
The day is fast approaching when time will cease. Our thermos will rust, but the temperature of scripture remains perfectly consistent, revealing both hot and cold, and satisfying all honest questions.
(Btw, much to be learned from the slow paced turtle)