Monday, April 1, 2013

For His Glory, Not Ours

Blech!  The "world" . . . .

Let's talk about God!

God is not just holy and so-called "perfect" as compared to us . . . .

He is there very definition of holiness . . . perfection . . . good . . . righteous . . . truth . . . .

He is the foundation, the basis, the source, the center, the subject, the object, the person, the one . . . upon which rests all meaning, purpose, hope, reality . . . .

When I was young and contemplating life . . . the foremost stunning realization I would have . . . would be . . . something like . . . an awe, a wonder, a near stupefaction at the self-evident truth that ANYTHING existed!  And then, following that, in realizing God to be eternal Creator, and to realize that HE existed! 

At the very first point, before all, after all, through all . . . that there would be this being--a singular being, omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent . . . of something we call "spirit" . . . that just IS THAT IT IS!  A self existent being/person, Whose character is love . . . justice . . . and what we call "holy" . . . . . Who has always BEEN . . . and is complete within Himself needing nothing . . . . An eternal, self-sustained, self-aware "living" BEING!

It always seemed to me more likely that there ought to be just NOTHING, no existence, no being.  Or, if there is something, then perhaps a jumble of impersonal chaos and mindless, pointless matter . . . . But a PERSON?  Are you kidding me?  This is amazing!  This is a mind-blowing wonder!  We have a timeless, spaceless, transcendent PERSON, who has portrayed Himself to us a "father", a "righteous judge", a "king" . . . Who IS THAT HE IS! 

He just IS!

Now, contemplating that stunner . . . it is not a far walk for me to then consider some of the astounding attributes and abilities of this God.  That fact that HE IS . . . and that He has character, personality . . . . That He is CREATIVE and able to design things from the incomprehensibly large to the microscopically small in great and beautiful detail, with brilliant, perfect precision . . . . That He makes living creatures . . . who exist in a world of time and space . . . with whom He shares some of His own attributes and style . . . .

All of this . . . shows . . . what we call His "glory."

We have--as we do with everything--tainted the meaning of such a word and perverted it to align with OUR fallen, mostly depraved notions and definition . . . so that when we read that our purpose for existing is to "glorify God" . . . and that we were created "for the glory of God" . . . we tend to imagine some egotistical, needy dictator demanding obeisance and fawning.  Wooden thinkers like Richard Dawkins, Hitchens, Dan Barker and the rest of the "new atheists" always look at it this way--through the lens of THEIR myopic self-centeredness . . . PROJECTING.

But when you actually grasp what a wonder and mind-blowing reality it is in the first place that there even IS an existence . . . and that there is a GOD Who is a PERSON, transcendent to it all, Who always WAS, IS and WILL BE . . . . Then, everything  He does and is . . . is a basic matter of GLORY!  It is astounding!  It is beyond magnificent!  And we see that He creates millions and billions and trillions of unique, exquisite things and creatures, all sizes, shapes, purposes, seen and even unseen . . . showing His endless diversity, power, creativity . . . going on and on . . . from the highest to the lowest . . . ALL representative, individually and collectively . . . of what we call His "glory."

The fact that He even creates beings . . . and a creation . . . capable of acting "outside" His will . . . which ends up showing how ridiculous and "ugly" and . . . what we call "evil" . . . IT CAN BE without God . . . ALSO redounds to His glory!

We, as relatively self-aware and rational beings, are able to witness . . . what creation and creatures . . . looks like . . . when it is NOT within God's immediate will and character.  We get to participate in and witness what it means to be an enemy of God, in rebellion . . . when separated from Him and out of right relationship . . . . And we are given a clear, stark CONTRAST of the two ways a creature can BE--in God vs. against God . . . . And we get to see something called "mercy" . . . "grace" . . . "love" . . . and His power to save such impossibly lost wretches! . . . . Which again, displays His glorious, wondrous Personality!  That HE IS such a being, with such traits, in which we get to share and witness, through this particular passion play in space and time . . . IS GLORIOUS!  It is AWESOME, AWE-FULL . . . !

Now, that He chooses to make creatures of all different types . . . to display His glory--His divine character . . . does not surprise me.  That He makes some for "honorable" use . . . and others for "common" use . . . within this show of glory . . . does not alarm or trouble me.  Of course He does!  Of course He can!  HE IS THE SOVEREIGN DESIGNER!  HE IS THE POTTER!  Who are WE to critique or question or second-guess?

“On the contrary, who are you, O man, who answers back to God?

Or does not the potter have a right over the clay, to make from the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for common use?"  --Rom. 9:20,21

1 comment:

Mark said...

When"The One" interacts with one,one is in "The One". Its a dialogue within.

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