“In His hand are the deep places of the earth; The heights of the hills are His also. The sea is His, for He made it; And His hands formed the dry land. Oh come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker. For He is our God, And we are the people of His pasture, And the sheep of His hand. Today, if you will hear His voice: “Do not harden your hearts, as in the rebellion, As in the day of trial in the wilderness, When your fathers tested Me; They tried Me, though they saw My work.”
Psalms 95:4-9 NKJV
In my earlier days, I was an artist. I still have the skills I had then, but the passion has escaped me. I loved being able to create things, to manipulate, lovingly every aspect of a drawing, to dwell on every brush of the fingers as I created an artwork. It was truly a labor of love. I would then place the finished work in a chosen frame, and hang it on the wall in a place of honor, to be seen by all who come into my home.
God is the ultimate artist, as He has made us in His likeness, beautiful things, and has formed each with great love and attention. I see the hand of Elohim, God the Creator, preincarate Christ, in everything I see. I consider a beautiful sunrise or sunset, and I marvel at the colors that He has chosen. I see the trees and vegetation, and I know that this did not happen by accident. I gaze into the mirror at my eye, marveling at its intricacies that are marvelous, and it’s acuity that is way more sensitive than even the most expensive camera lens.
In my own efforts at creation, I reserved the right to destroy what I had done and to start again. It was mine to do with as I wished. I had a sovereignty over what was the product of my own hand. God is sovereign over the world we live in, over the surroundings we see and adore, and over the we the people. Because He made us, He has the right to do as He wishes.
“Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something at the wheel. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make.”
Jeremiah 18:3-4 NKJV
Early in my year studying the bible, I spent a lot of time in the book of Numbers, where I saw the sovereignty and the grace of God. The children of Israel were a stiff necked people bent on disobedience. Time and again they sinned against God, and each time the Lord desired to destroy them. Moses, who had the heart of Jesus, continually stood in the gap between death and life, as He interceded on their behalf with almighty God.
“Then Aaron took it as Moses commanded, and ran into the midst of the assembly; and already the plague had begun among the people. So he put in the incense and made atonement for the people. And he stood between the dead and the living; so the plague was stopped.”
Numbers 16:47-48 NKJV
In many ways we are like Moses, running into the gap between the dead and the living, bring the our prayers like incense, as we intercede on trhe behalf of others. We pray that they be saved from the wrath to come.
I am fortunate in that I know that I am a sinner. If I were to give a detailed accounting of my past sinfulness, stomachs would turn, and many would run in horror, yet my Creator King went to the cross for me.
In His sovereignty, He has the right to destroy my body and send my soul into hell. Because of His great sacrifice, I have forgiveness, and I am forever in awe of His propitiation, or payment for my sin. Instead of judgement, He has given me grace.
As I go back to God’s creation, I am reminded that He also created all the people that I may encounter. He made us perfect, but sin has marred us, and the sinful behavior that we see in others, is the outward disruption created by the corruption of the fall. Just as I marvel at the brilliant sunset, I must also marvel at others who are also the creation of God. I remember my own corruption, my own sinfullnes and I am reminded that my transformation begins and ends with Jesus. I must share the story.
The people I may oppose in the flesh are people Jesus died to save, that they be transformed from ones marred by sin, to the creation He intended.
Even with all that the Lord as done in my life, I sometimes have the tendency to forget the blessings of God when all is going well. I then begin to look to myself and think that somehow, I had a hand in all the good things that have happened. I rebel, in my pride, until the Lord brings trial. I am humbled, and brought low.
I love the passage this morning, as The Lord reminds us that others have tested Him in the passed, and they died in the wilderness.
Brothers and sisters, do not harden your hearts to the call of the Lord. Even in there perilous times, one can easily be tempted away, to look for other gods to meet needs. Worse yet, we erect idols of the problems that we see, and are set adrift from the worship of our Creator. Let us worship and bow down, and seek the Lord. He is our sovereign, our Creator, and He knows what is coming.
Each day, I commit to seek the Lord. I take the daily bread that He provides and I focus on that. He has given me enough grace for one day at a time.
We are at an hour where we need to make the most of the time that we have. Let us seek Him, let us bow down, and know that He, Jesus, is truly sovereign in our lives. He is coming quickly.
““And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.””
Revelation 22:12-13 NKJV