Folks, for this one I recommend you grab a cup of coffee and sit-down in a quiet place where you can actually listen to the words written here and at the same time hear your own thoughts, from your mind and heart, as you ponder what’s being said. On that note, here is where we start…”I and We are shamefully ARROGANT!” I know what you are thinking, “Whoa Chuck! This is not how I wanted to start off first thing on a Monday morning. I still have an entire work week to get through and you’re hitting me with this?” The answer is, “Yes I am my friend!” Why? Because this is too important a topic, one that is at the core of each one of us and more so one that we ‘arrogantly’ don’t like to address.
The average lifespan of a person now is roughly between 70-80 years old (bearing in mind that they don’t’ come down with some horrific disease or are involved in some kind of life threatening/injuring accident, etc.) Some of us may even live into the 90s or possibly 100s. But the bottom-line is that we are only here for a ‘specific’ amount of time (as is made clear in the preceding sentences). This fact is indisputable. We all know it. Yet why do all of us have this ‘sense’ within our current lives that we are ‘indestructible’ and ‘eternal.’ Truth be told…and let’s be honest here…NONE of us wants to discuss death and the realization of our mortality (I hate to tell you folks that death is for certain…it’s a 1v1 ratio that it’s going to happen). Yet we arrogantly press ahead, buying into the lie of the famous poem ‘Invictus’ where it states, “I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul.” We march around stating, “I know what’s best” and “I know what I am doing here. Why do I need God? I don’t need Him because He never was here, never is here, nor will be here!”
To the above statements I say, “You arrogant fool!” Why? Because as I highlighted you are only here on this earth for around 70-80 years…for a SPECIFIC amount of time and more so you were born at a SPECIFIC time in History! Do you realize that there was:
a.) A time when you did not exist (and the world got along perfectly fine without you!)
b.) A time when you will no longer exist (and the world once again will get along perfectly fine without you!)
Yet you and I think we are ‘ALL THAT’ and the ‘END ALL, BE ALL’ authority on everything that was, that currently is and will be? Really? Are we that arrogant? In the book of Job, God had a discourse on this same matter…check out Job 38. In Job 38:4, God says to Job, “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand.” Notice the last sentence of this verse, “TELL ME, IF YOU UNDERSTAND.” Simply put, God is ‘calling out’ man’s arrogance here.
I was reading about the upcoming US Presidential election the other day and a person on a BLOG stated, “The candidates need to stop talking about God and morality…that’s not what needs to be addressed for our nation…its not what matters.” Once again I say, “REALLY?” Last time I checked, our attempts to fix the economy (in the US and globally) are failing. Unemployment is way up. Congress has been ineffective and unproductive. Families are failing. The list goes on and on! Maybe we should instead take this approach for our nation, “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:1-4) Isn’t that really what each of us wants deep down inside, “to live a peaceful and quiet life…that is good?” Friends, the ONLY way to have this is for us to surrender our intellect, which has made us ignorant to TRUTH and exceedingly ARROGANT, to the ONE who created us and has given us this life at this SPECIFIC time for a SPECIFIC ‘GOOD’ purpose (Jeremiah 29:11)…the ONE to surrender to is JESUS. In closing, take a heartfelt look at Psalm 139:13-18…this is why you and I need to surrender and be broken…”For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand— when I awake, I am still with you.”