Daily Archives: February 11, 2011

The Poor Have Hope

“As for me, I would seek God,
and to God would I commit my cause,
who does great things and unsearchable,
marvelous things without number:
he gives rain on the earth
and sends waters on the fields;
he sets on high those who are lowly,
and those who mourn are lifted to safety.
He frustrates the devices of the crafty,
so that their hands achieve no success.
He catches the wise in their own craftiness,
and the schemes of the wily are brought to a quick end.

They meet with darkness in the daytime
and grope at noonday as in the night.
But he saves the needy from the sword of their mouth
and from the hand of the mighty.
So the poor have hope,
and injustice shuts her mouth.
“Behold, blessed is the one whom God reproves;
therefore despise not the discipline of the Almighty.
For he wounds, but he binds up;
he shatters, but his hands heal.”

(Job 5:8-18)

The fools become wise….
Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is folly with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their craftiness,” and again, “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.” So let no one boast in men.
(1 Cor 3:18-21)

So what, then, should I boast in? And where does this hope come from?

When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of Glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.

Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
Save in the death of Christ my God,
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to His blood.

See from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down,
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a offering far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.

The story of Christ, the self-proclaimed God-man, bleeding and dying on a wooden cross in order to become the Saviour of the world is indeed a foolish one. It defies human logic, and if it’s going to be accepted as Truth, it has to be done so using faith rather than by analyzing the facts using human wisdom.

Human wisdom, however, is what has lead this world to it’s current horrifying predicament. Human wisdom suggests that it’s all about the “survival of the fittest”, and that anything goes in order to “get ahead”. As we sit back and watch the financial, moral and physical collapse that is taking place on a global scale, isn’t it now time to take the closest look yet at the claims of the Bible?

We are TOLD that the world is going to spiral into chaos.
We are TOLD that the wisdom of the world leads to death and destruction.
We are TOLD that the nation of Israel is going to become the focal point of the “last days”.
We are TOLD that people who continue to claim that Jesus Christ is the only Way, Truth and Life are going to become more and more marginalized – and ultimately persecuted.

Why, then, do we still think that it’s foolish to trust what the bible tells us about the ultimate plan that God has to deal with the cause of the failure of the human race? Why do people still insist that they can find their own way, and “do” enough to become “acceptable”? Isn’t there enough evidence that this is impossible?

God is reaching out to the entire world today. He is NOT willing that anyone should despair, die and have no hope. As someone who is already a Christian, I absolutely believe it is time for me personally to reassess and recommit EVERYTHING I own, think, do, say and dream to God so that I can be a blessing to other people.

Everything I am is His.
He gives me the air I breathe.
He may indeed break or even shatter me – but that is only so that He can rebuild me into something useful. And although being broken hurts – being healed more than makes up for the experience!

The only way into this personal relationship with Almighty God is to accept that we CANNOT reach Him by ourselves. The imperfect cannot make itself perfect – and perfection is indeed God’s only standard.

That is why God Himself had to come and do what we can never do – build a bridge between fallen, failing humanity and our Creator.

Foolish – yes! It could be said that God’s perfect love made a perfect fool out of Him. But of course, that perfect foolishness becomes perfect wisdom when we accept it and begin to see things with God’s understanding.

Only then does talk of

crosses, blood, sacrifice…

…love, hope and joy in this present dark world

make sense.

So it’s time to stop boasting in men, and to start (either afresh, or for the first time) boasting in the One who gave everything so that we may experience peace now – and forever.

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