Wednesday, March 11, 2015

"His Sandbox"

"His Sandbox"   
    One can run and rage around God's sandbox all that one wants to, seeking to ignore and deny the reality of the sand and the box.  The place and venue of  existence remains, however - "in Him we live and move and have our being" - and reality abides unaffected and unchanged (Acts 17:28).

    One of the most fascinating characteristics of atheism involves the fact that many of their number include the most God-centered people you'll ever meet.  They spend much of their lives pondering their rejection of God and Truth.  They think about Him and talk about Him more than do many Christians.  They can't escape the subject because disbelief in God is no less influential than faith and devotion.  The Lord Himself made it so that one can seek to hide from His presence and significance, but every nook and cranny of creation teems with its Maker and Sustainer.  Thus, if the atheist should seek to cloak himself in the most faraway darkness, he will nevertheless discover the fact and influence of God as his constant and troubling companion.  He may not always think in the terms of such unavoidable reality.  But he will do so often, whether in raging against reality, or in sensing a disquieting unease that something very important just isn't as it should be in his heart and life.

   Personally, I do not believe that atheism or atheists actually exist, at least in the ultimate sense of that which every human being knows most deeply within.  Scripture teaches that all are  "without excuse," based upon God's powerful and constant witness of Himself in creation, and by His Spirit, His Word, and His church (Romans 1:19-20; John 15:26-27; 16:8-11). Of course, millions believe themselves to disbelieve, and in that sense, we might acknowledge the fact of a limited atheism.  At the core of every human being, however, reality prevails.  The fool says therein, "There is no God" (Psalm 55:1).  He rages, however, against that which he sees, hears, touches and experiences in every moment of existence.  Thus, he may "say" that God does not exist, but the witness within prevails.  "Whither shall I go from Thy Spirit?  Or whither shall I flee from Thy presence?" (Psalm 139:7).  

    Born again believers in the Lord Jesus Christ may testity with confidence to the most strident unbeliever.  Our witness never originates God's communication with human hearts.  From conception, He declares Himself to all -  "You're in My sandbox.  Here are the parameters of how you exist and live therein."  We simply provide a corollary and confirming voice to the Divine witness as we proclaim the living Word, the Lord Jesus, and the written Word, the Bible.  Some will believe our testimony, and some won't.  All, however, make their determination first and foremost as a matter of the heart (Romans 10:8).  Indeed, the Lord Jesus stated plainly that those who reject the obvious fact of the sandbox in which they exist do so not because they don't believe, or can't believe, but rather because they won't believe…

"This is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil."
(John 3:19)
"That was the true Light, that lighteth every man that cometh into the world."
(John 1:9)    

Weekly Memory Verse
   Give thanks unto the Lord, call upon His name, make known His deeds among the people.'
(I Chronicles 16:8)

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