Don’t Be Dissin’ God . . .

Diss
transitive verb

Definition: 1. to diss; (US, slang) to put (someone) down, or show disrespect by the use of insulting language or dismissive behavior

Disrespect
transitive verb
Definition: 1. To show or express disrespect or contempt: 2. To treat rudely; To ignore or discount: To be discourteous, impertinent, impolite, impudent, uncivil, inconsiderate, insolent, rude, ungracious, thoughtless.

It’s easy to take God for granted. After all, He’s done an awesome job running things! Our world has functioned flawlessly, without our help, for billions of years. The sun comes up and goes down, the moon shines and disappears, the planets swirl around each other in countless galaxies, the winds blow, the rains come, things grow, die, and regenerate again, in seemingly endless cycles of life, death, and resurrection. The grandeur of it all has become commonplace to most of us. We’ve grown numb to the wonder of creation  and indifferent to its Creator.

Take Creation for example. God created a magnificent universe from nothing, set it in motion, and as a finishing touch, fashioned  humanity in His image and likeness. He then handed over management of the Earth to its human inhabitants, to govern and rule. So what is the second thing we did–after we showed up and took possession of our birthright? We sold it for a piece of fruit!

For access to the fruit of the Tree of Good and Evil, we betrayed our Creator, conspired with darkness, and turned over Earthly authority to the forces of violence, sin, sickness, disease, and death.  In the process, we passed on that legacy to our children and our children’s children, until the end of time.

And, as if giving away our divine birthright weren’t enough of a betrayal, we added insult to injury by blaming God for every ugly, hurtful, violent consequence that comes to us from our surrender to darkness. Humanity, for the most part, has been one seriously flawed reflection of God’s image and likeness . . .

I’m saying all this as preamble to what He’s been helping me experience this week.

Everyone has doubts about the reality of their God-experiences–at least those folks who are in relative control of their faculties. I find myself thinking sometimes, in those moments of self-reflection, “am I manufacturing all of this God-relationship stuff out of my own creative imagination?”

It’s a reasonable, rational question. But God is sovereign unto Himself; not limited by our reason. And if we’ve got a notion of god that fits our understanding, it Isn’t God. God is bigger than any of our attempts to rationalize His presence or absence.

When I’m having rational doubts, creation intervenes to testify to His presence. I can see the evidence for my God’s presence and power everywhere–in the sky, in the mountains and fields, in the seasons, in His other creatures, in my own body’s functions, and in the hearts and minds of all my brothers and sisters. God’s “footprints” are visible in every nook and cranny of our world.  So I trust Him, not only for Himself, but also as a result of living, breathing, walking, working, and playing in this Garden, no matter how badly we’ve mismanaged it.

Every moment of my life here on the Earth, every joy, every insight, every good gift, is His doing and His alone. This week I have been walking on sacred ground–intensely aware of His Omnipotence, trembling and awestruck by His presence, power, and providence! Thank you Father!

The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” (Psalm 14:1,53:1)

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