Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Drop in a Bucket

Behold, the nations are as a drop in a bucket, And are counted as the small dust on the scales; Look, He lifts up the isles as a very little thingAll nations before Him are as nothing, And they are counted by Him less than nothing and worthless.
(Isaiah 40:15, 17)

When we look around our world and see all the calamity, strife, famine, war and perversion of culture, its easy to begin to wonder if it will ever change, if it could ever change. Moreover, when we think about our part to play in the world we live, its equally as easy to begin to feel hopeless, even to despair. Yet the truth of this passage reminds us that regardless of how wars wage, perversion rules and cultures decay before our very eyes, God is in control. He is not shaken or in dismay. The earth is the Lords and everything in it it all belongs to Him.

Consider the following reflection from Astronaut James Irwin as he looked back at our massive planet from space. The perspective he gained could prove helpful to us as we look around the world in which we live and the condition its in.
"The Earth reminded us of a Christmas tree ornament hanging in the blackness of space. As we got farther and farther away it diminished in size. Finally it shrank to the size of a marble, the most beautiful marble you can imagine. That beautiful, warm, living object looked so fragile, so delicate, that if you touched it with a finger it would crumble and fall apart. Seeing this has to change a man, has to make a man appreciate the creation of God and the love of God.


What are the things that seem to be out of control in our culture and society?

How does Astronaut James Irwins perspective help us in our spiritual voyage while on planet earth?

Prayerfully meditate on the following passage:
I will lift up my eyes to the hills-From whence comes my help? My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel Shall neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD is your keeper; The LORD is your shade at your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, Nor the moon by night. The LORD shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul. The LORD shall preserve your going out and your coming in From this time forth,
and even forevermore.
(Psalm 121)
Take time to view some of the pictures sent back from the Hubble telescope.


How amazing is Christ's sacrifice for us, knowing that all these things were created through Him, and yet He died on a cross for our sins?

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