Credit Where Credit is Due
When you look around and see a beautiful landscape or experience something magnificent, do you ever question its origin? I often have, but struggle to come up with anything other than God. What being or entity could have created this other than God? Maybe pure chance that some things collided, then some other things grew during this one time, then this other thing happened, and here we are….
“…life cannot have had a random beginning…The trouble is that there are about two thousand enzymes, and the chance of obtaining them all in a random trial is only one part in 10 to the 40,000power, an outrageously small probability that could not be faced even if the whole universe consisted of organic soup.” – Fred Hoyle and N. Chandra Wickramasinghe | Evolution from Space (Aldine House, 33 Welbeck Street, London W1M 8LX: J.M. Dent & Sons, 1981) | p. 148, 24,150,30,31.
What’s being stated here is, there is a 1 in 10 to the 40,000power (that’s 10 followed by 40,000 zeros btw) chance that all of what we call life today originated by random chance. The publication also goes on to say such a specific set of conditions would have needed to exist and events would have needed to happen in such a specific order that there would have to have been an orchestrator. Which I believe to be the one and only true God.
Side Note: The odds of winning the lottery in a pick 6 format is 1 in 14 million. If you believe in all of creation coming from chance, I really hope you’re playing the lottery every week because by standard, winning the lottery is almost guaranteed.
While there are numerous verses that speak to God being the original creator of it all, orchestrating his symphony to this day, building to it’s crescendo of the day Jesus comes back. I wanted to share a few that I rest in giving credit where credit is due:
“You are the LORD, you alone. You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them; and you preserve all of them; and the host of heaven worships you.” – Nehemiah 9: 6
“It is he who made the earth by his power, who established the world by his wisdom, and by his understanding stretched out the heavens. 13 When he utters his voice, there is a tumult of waters in the heavens, and he makes the mist rise from the ends of the earth. He makes lightning for the rain, and he brings forth the wind from his storehouses.” – Jeremiah 10: 12-13
“For every beast of the forest is mine, the cattle on a thousand hills. 11 I know all the birds of the hills, and all that moves in the field is mine.” – Psalm 50: 10-11
Honor and Glorify God in ALL his Creations…
How many times have you been looking at beautiful scenery and said “God is great” or “How can people not see God’s presence?” How many times have you said that when looking in the mirror?
You are one of his creations and are just as beautiful as that scenery your favorite photographer just posted. I mean, we were created in his image for crying out loud. So next time you feel that you are beating yourself down or starting to gossip about someone else, remember, you’re talking about one of God’s beautiful creations.
Masking his Work
Look, I get it, I’m guilty of it too. Posting that magnificent Instagram photo that you took 15 minutes setting up. Then another 10 minutes going back and forth through filters for the “best” one. Followed by another 5 minutes of coming up with a good caption and hashtags. Heck, I did it this morning when posting about writing this blog for crying out loud, lol:
When was the last time you let his work stand on it’s own though? When does it become subtraction through addition? Would you visit the Louvre to take a picture of Mona Lisa only to add some over saturated filter prior to posting? You wouldn’t do that to Da Vinci, so why do it to the greatest artist of all time?
I know I know, some of you are probably saying “Come on Matt, this is Instagram we’re talking about.” Yes, it is just Instagram, but do any one thing over and over again and it will start to manifest itself in other areas of your life if you don’t keep a watchful eye on it. What’s different in your life that you feel unintentionally stems from something else? Sometimes I find myself worrying about things being perfect, to the point it’s hard for me to call something done. Some may call me a perfectionist or say I have OCD. Maybe it stems from worrying too much about what others think over social media and using snippets/soundbites of perfect from an imperfect life to create this facade that I actually have it together.
What do you see when taking that introspective look?