Friday, October 8, 2010

Considering our Place in the World

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.  Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. -Psalm 19:1, 2

To all of my faithful readers: You will notice some new features on my blog, one of which is a counter that tracks the number of visits each month.  This will give me an approximation of how often people are reading.  Secondly, and this is something I am most excited about, I have added a search bar that allows you to do a search within the blog.  If you want to go back and find blog posts that deal with a certain topic, then simply type that word in the search box, hit the “search” button, and instantly you can link to any previous blogs containing that theme or word. 

Isn’t modern technology something?  Back in the mid to late 1980’s when I was a student at the University of Cincinnati, few people owned a computer.  We had to go to computer labs on campus and use the old doss mode pc’s that were slow, cumbersome, and had nearly no memory or RAM.  The printers were noisy and were the size of coffee tables.  The situation has changed dramatically, to say the least.  Today, if a web page takes longer than about a second to load we get impatient.  And we can store thousands of gigabytes of memory in a small flash drive.  “Back in the day” (as my sons are fond of saying) we had not yet heard of the World Wide Web, let alone flash drives and other technology that has revolutionized the way we all communicate.  

We have so much in the way of technology and electronic gadgets that we have perhaps begun to think more highly of ourselves than we ought.  The Scripture reminds us of the power of God and our place in the universe.  The psalmist stated that "the heavens declare the glory of God."   How is it that the same God who created the world, who flung the stars and planets in their place, and who caused the sun to shine, cares about you and me on a personal basis?  God has reached out to us in an extremely personal way; Jesus Christ has come into the world that we might have salvation, life, joy, and peace.  The Scripture reminds us of this truth: “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory” (John 1:14, KJV). 

Like the psalmist, we do well to look up into the sky and contemplate the vastness of the universe.  Remember that God loves us; so much that He has redeemed us in Christ Jesus.  The troubled soul finds peace in knowing that the Lord cares for us, and that we have a vital place in the world.
Look up, be encouraged, and trust the Lord today.

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