Which god? God or god?
“Thou shalt have no other god before me.” (Exodus 20:3 KJV)
December 3, 2011
not the power of God.
“ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’"
The Greatest Commandment
Mt 22:34 Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
Mt 22:37 Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
With all your heart -
That's a lot.
That's pretty much everything.
But what about when things happen?
Things like -
More than 100,000 homes still in the dark in Southern California
as reported in a story on msnbc.com.
What are we doing with our hearts, souls and minds at this point?
I was hoping for power.
It was dark -
I was hoping for light and warmth.
The kind that comes from having electricity.
But then -
we do have a gas stove -
we do have candles and flashlights -
we do have cell phones, so we can tell what's happening -
we do have a fireplace and wood, so we can stay warmer in at least that room -
so it wasn't so bad -
not so bad that we needed God to "save" us from what was happening.
But we still wanted the power to come back quickly -
the god of power to return.
It's a pain -
But as soon as we say that -
for most of the time that people have been on the earth -
there was so such thing as electricity.
But now that we have it -
So what about the Amish people -
we talked about them that night -
they could have it -
but choose not to -
so they can stay closer to God.
The lights are back now -
For many people around here -
I'm not advocating not using electricity -
I still like having the light and the warmth -
but it does give pause -
makes one think about this god of power -
I was curious to see what kind of comments people would have about this story on MSNBC. Here's a few of them that were recently posted as of the time I'm writing -
Of course there are 100,000 homes in the dark in the LA area. Liberals/progressives live their lives in the dark. Had nothing to do with wind.
It takes a mighty closed mind to judge 100,000 people that you don't know. Talk about living in the dark!
The Day when the Son of Man returns shall be much darker.
So true -
The rest really wasn't fit to mention.
Having said all of this -
even though we slept through it.
When we woke up in the morning -
That tree was is the neighbors yard the previous evening.
It was huge -
a giant oak tree -
pretty much filled up our entire back yard.
What it didn't do was hit my shed -
or hit the house -
or hit any of the dogs -
or hit us.
It just pretty much filled up everything in the back yard without hitting anything.
Now we're thinking about the power of God -
and thanking Him that no one was hurt.
And so -
Most of the tree has been removed -
just the trunk and the limbs left .
Time to turn them into firewood.
Then we can have some more light -
to consider The Light -
the Light of the world.
We went out to go shopping tonight -
saw quite a few places where they still don't have any power.
Don't know why some people never lost theirs -
why some of us got it back an about 24 hours -
why some won't get it back for another few days.
Don't know why some people didn't have any damage at all -
why some of us had some -
why some had cars and houses destroyed.
When Job lost his house -
we see his response in Job 1:20-
Job 1:20 At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship and said:
“Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
and naked I will depart.
The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away;
may the name of the LORD be praised.”
Job 1:22 In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.
And that pretty much says it all.
It really isn't always for us to know why.
It is for us to know that no matter what happens -
“The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised.”
So yes -
I have to repair the damage done to the yard and the plants when the tree fell -
but those were things from the Lord -
and they were taken by the Lord.
But they were -
It could have been worse.
we could have lost one of our "kids" -
I'd like to think I'd remember this conversation between Job and his wife after things got worse for him -
Job 2:9 His wife said to him, “Are you still holding on to your integrity? Curse God and die!”
Job 2:10 He replied, “You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?”
In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.
After all of Jobs trials -
after listening to his friends tell him what they thought he had done wrong -
and after his refusal to curse God -
we see what God did for Job -
Job 42:10 After Job had prayed for his friends, the LORD made him prosperous again and gave him twice as much as he had before.
In the worst case scenario -
one would like to think that we -
Of course -
So why do these things happen -
and why do some people suffer more than others when they do?
Who knows -
Not the person who says that only liberals live in California.
But God knows.
And He allows it to happen for a reason -
just one that we don't know.
But that doesn't mean there isn't something for us to learn.
In my case -
So for me -
the lesson seems to be a question of "which god" -
the god of power -
or the power of God -
How about you?