November 12, 2017
The Great and Glorious God
If we were to take a long, hard, honest look at our lives there would be a few characteristics that define each of us; that we all share; and that bind us together as the human race. First of all, no matter how much time, energy, and care we put into our physical bodies; we will not live forever. The Bible says in Job 14: 1-2, “Man who is born of woman is of few days and full of trouble. He comes forth like a flower and fades away; he flees like a shadow and does not continue. “Furthermore, the human body was not created to be eternal, but to simply be the vehicle in which our eternal souls are housed. Paul understood this concept and wrote in1 Corinthians 15:50, “Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption.” And while we may live to see 1 00+ years, it is still considered a vapor in comparison to eternity. The Bible declares in James 4:13-14, “Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit’; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.” If there is one concept that is made increasingly clear in Scripture it is that you and I have a limited amount of time on this earth; and that it must not be taken for granted.
Secondly, no matter how much time, energy, and care we put into our physical bodies, they will grow weary, age, and deteriorate. Even the most fit, athletic, and energetic people need rest, sleep, and sustenance after a long day. Everyone has bouts of illness with which they must contend; or parts of our anatomy that do not function properly. Furthermore, no matter your age, ability, or health we must all come face to face with death. The Bible says in Hebrews 9:27, “And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment…” The term “appointed,” used here denotes that which is reserved for and awaiting all of mankind. Thus, death is not something that can be avoided. In conjunction with death, this passage also teaches that judgment comes for all who die. It too is an appointment we all must keep. The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 5:9-10, “Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.” Paul’s concession to the church in Corinth was to live their lives in a way that is pleasing to God and in accordance to His will, making preparation to stand before the Lord God in judgment. Whether in life or death, our only aim is to be pleasing to Him. Yet, this command was not given to the church in Corinth alone, as if we escape its grasp. The Bible teaches that it is an appointment we all must keep. Therefore, not only do you and I have a limited amount of time on this earth; every person must face death and the impending judgment to follow.
In the third place, no matter how many degrees you have earned; how many hours devoted to study; and the amount of knowledge you possess, you will never know and understand everything. In light of that truth, the Bible teaches us that we should strive to continually be students of God’s word. The Bible says in Colossians 1:9-10, “For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God … “According to verse 9, Paul’s prayer for the Colossian church was that they may be filled with the knowledge of God’s will; to understand what God commands; and to be wise in carrying it out. Thus, Paul understood something we must. We don’t know everything. There is always room to grow in our knowledge of God’s will.
Because of these concepts, we conclude thus: The glory of God can be understood in and by our own limitations. Notice what the Bible says in Isaiah 40:28, “Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable.” Where we are bound by limitations to our time on earth, our energy, and our understanding; God is not. He is omnipresent. By nature, He is eternal and transcends time. He is omnipotent. His power cannot be fathomed. He is omniscient. He knows all and sees all. He is the source of all knowledge, for He is the truth. Where we may falter, He cannot. He can do exceedingly, abundantly above all that we ask or think. He is the God of much more than we are or could ever accomplish. Therefore, He is worthy of our worship, our adoration, and praise. He is the One to whom we surrender our lives in submissive service, making it our aim to be pleasing to Him. Let us then humble ourselves before the great and glorious God; because at the end of this life, we are answerable to Him and Him alone.
By Jeremy Tucker