Missing God
Thursday, March 4, 2010

 

“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.  For by Him all things were created, things in heaven and on the earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities, all things were created by Him and for Him.  He is before all things and in Him all things hold together.”  (Col. 1:15-17)

                We begin missing God the day we enroll in government schools.  We are taught one plus one equals two, but we miss how and why that principle was put into place – so we miss God.  We are taught Americans fought bravely that we might be free, but we miss how God wove Himself into the spirits of the people and the outcome of the battles – so we miss God.  We are taught about xylem and phloem and how they work together in the life of a plant, but we are not taught about how God makes them grow – so we miss God.  Lesson after lesson is taught about the universe, laws of physics, laws of chemical reactions, but not in one lesson are our children allowed to learn about the infinite wisdom of the One whose Mind, Voice, and Spirit put all that into place.  So we grow up missing God.

                When we see a sunrise, it is an act of the earth’s rotation around the sun, so we fail to see the intricate hand of God arranging the dust particles and moisture is a special way this very morning, painting a unique picture just for His children – so we miss God.  We see a precious baby and the newness of life, and we remember we are taught that this child is created by an act of sex, a random chance, and one of millions more that are introduced into our world each day.  We don’t see the image of our God, intricately woven together in the mother’s womb, chosen by God from the foundation of the world – so we miss God.  We look with horror at the newscasts of Haiti and Chile, we hear reports of heroic actions by men and women, we see looting and food lines, but we don’t see God in the hearts of the rescuers – so we miss God.

                We are taught from an early age to miss God and now we are doing an excellent job of missing Him.  We even miss Him in our churches.  He has been reduced to the margins of our church lives to the point where church has become synonymous with a building or a time slot on Sunday morning – so we miss God.  We come to the morning service, filled with our weekly baggage, our criticisms, our critiques, and our unforgiving spirits – so we miss God on Sunday morning.  You see, we miss God on Sunday morning because we have missed Him all week long.  We don’t look for Him in the midst of our daily routines, the daily miracles of life, the daily rising and setting of the sun, the daily portraits He paints for us, the accidents missed, the illnesses diverted, or the blessings granted.  And we miss Him in those things because we are taught to miss Him in all things.

                But make no mistake about it.  God is in our mathematic formulas, in our biology, in our science, in our physics, in our driving down the road and in every child created.  God is constantly at work in our world.  He paints new sunrises and sunsets every day.   He rumbles in the thunder, and sings over us in the rain.  He touches us when we are sick and comforts us when we are sad.  He never sleeps so that we might.  He never tires, so that we can find a day of rest.  God is in all, Creator of all, and through all, and He holds all things together.  He is Christ, He is the Holy Spirit, and He is the Father over all Creation.  And when we miss this God, we miss life.

                As for me, I miss You God.


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