That which we stand on

The inkling for this post came last night while I was reading “God’s Pursuit of Man” by A. W. Tozer, I love the words of the older generation of Christian writers such as Tozer, Barclay, C. S. Lewis, Winkie Pratney (you probably haven’t heard of him so go, find, read, and feast on meat). Tozer opens his book from Habakkuk 1:12: “Art Thou not from everlasting, O LORD, my God, my Holy One?” and then he quotes from John 1: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being by Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.”Bold, heady stuff that declares that God is, and more.

Tower’s point is that we have so accepted these facts that they are now just that, common. We have lost sight of the fact that God is and He is God and what that means and implies in our lives. We need to return to the awe factor of knowing God. If we know God we know the One who created the heavens and the earth, who not just “made man” but formed us as an artist forms a lump of clay. He made all of the stars in the heavens (more about that shortly), He made and set in order the microscopic, sub-microscopic, down to the atomic and subatomic levels. FYI: I don’t think science has a clue as to how big and how small creation really is.

Now lets first consider the stars. I go out at night and look at a specific place in the sky (assuming the skies are clear and I am in a dark sky place. There I see what looks like a smudge of white (is smudge a proper astronomy term?). I know I am looking at the Andromeda galaxy, a galaxy similar to our own Milky Way. Yet I really have no grasp, nor can I, how big it really is. How great is God’s creation.

So, that said, lets talk about something we can relate to, gravity, that upon which we stand. Sir Isaac Newton said that all objects have mass and that all mass attracts all other mass. Okay, I did not major in physics so don’t shoot me for not being properly correct. Gravity says that because the Earth is so big and has so much mass that that is what keeps us from flying off the face of the Earth. It pulls us toward the center of the Earth, the center of its mass. So, how do we see this at work. Go find a really high up, super sheer cliff. something like where you are standing looking over a 2000 foot fall. One of those really way up there places. Now scoot all the way to the edge of the cliff, that’s right, get those toes hanging over the edge. Now you are really putting what you know to the test. Gravity says that if you aren’t standing on that solid rock, the cliff itself, you will be drawn towards the center of the Earth’s mass (that means downward until something stops the fall). There is exhilaration and fear (grave fear in my case) because if gravity has its way I will be dashed to my death 2000 feet below. We can see and feel and know the reality of the truth of gravity standing on that cliff.

Back to God. When we are standing on flat ground we take gravity for granted. When we live our normal, average day we take God for granted just like we take gravity for granted. Read the Bible, read about God and His interaction with man. Then, important point here, remember that you and I are also men. God interacts with us. Lets be more aware of Him and His presence daily, hourly, moment by moment. He is mighty, awesome, great and powerful, wonderful, yada, yada, yada. We should spend each day standing on the edge of the cliff of God in awe and fear of the greatness of God. Go back to our opening in Habakkuk 1:12: “O LORD, my God, my Holy One.” Honor Him and love Him, that is His calling to each of us.


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