The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
"Prayers and Thoughts"
You've likely heard it, as I did the other day. A gentleman asked for prayer, and then added, "If you're not religious, send out good thoughts to the universe."
Obviously, I am all for the prayer. Good thoughts to the universe, on the other hand? Not so much. Not at all, actually. The universe does not care a whit about anything, including itself or us. It cannot care. It has no consciousness, heart, or mind. It is a thing, a vast and complex wonder made by One who does possess consciousness, heart, and mind. But it has none of its own.
This speaks to the absurd notion that an unconscious universe supposedly produced - by mindless processes - a being possessed of conscious and mindful self-awareness. Moreover, natural processes supposedly resulted in human beings who can think about the universe. But it cannot think about us. Little wonder the Psalmist declared, "The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God" (Psalm 14:1).
I pray for the gentleman that he will confine his offerings to prayer. Of course, his comments seem to indicate he might not know the God to whom we can come through the Person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ. So we pray for him in this regard, that he will come to know the conscious God, possessed of a heart ever seeking to redeem, and a mind perfectly able to communicate the Gospel to our own hearts and minds. Thoughts to the universe? Let us not waste our time. Prayers to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus? Let us spend much time. And rejoice that Someone hears, Someone cares, and Someone answers.
"Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me."
Weekly Memory Verse
Not unto us, o Lord, not unto us, but unto Thy name give glory for Thy mercy and Thy truth's sake.