know God

December 16, 2016

John Naisbitt in his best-selling book Megatrends suggests that the history of the United States can be told in the occupational changes from farmer to laborer to clerk. By this he means that we have moved from being primarily an agrarian society to an industrial society to an information society. He even goes so far as to suggest that “we are drowning in information but starved for knowledge.” He was not speaking about spiritual realities but his observations are not without significance to those who are concerned about the things of God. To put it simply, as we live in a veritable explosion of information about our psyches, our societies, our bodies, and our environments we are certainly not living in a parallel explosion of knowledge about God. Those who do profess to know Him often admit that they are drowning in information about Him yet starving for knowledge of Him.

God’s Principles

God made all manner of things, “both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air” (Gen. 6:7), and determined their sphere of being and their raison d’etre. All created things, therefore, reflect the “principle of existence” which in itself is exclusively the result of His sovereign choice. They exist only as He chooses and survive only where He determines. Creeping things creep and beasts are beastly; birds fly and men are manly. We may be tempted sometimes to regard men as beastly and some beasts as creepy but the principle obtains. This in turn leads to the “principle of dependence.” Man for all his skills is incapable of making something out of nothing and therefore is dependent upon the creative energies of the great God to provide all the raw materials necessary for his survival and well-being. When given proper consideration this directs attention to the “principle of obedience” which simply stated insists that man functions properly only when he acts in accordance with the mandates of the Creator. But what if man is disobedient? This, of course, is the root of the human problem—the cause of human anguish and heartache. The “principle of consequence” follows quite naturally because God’s commands cannot be disregarded with impunity any more than the natural laws of the universe can be disobeyed without consequences. Modern man needs to be reacquainted with these fundamentals of the divine nature and character because as it was in the days of Noah there is today a disconcerting trend toward disregard of God’s rule and disobedience of God’s laws.

 

 

God’s Perspective

“Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (v. 5). Before we consider “what” God saw we should note that Scripture teaches us “that” God saw. There was presumably a perception in the days of Noah that God was in some way divorced from His creation, was not intimately concerned with the details of man’s lifestyle, and therefore should not be taken seriously. Nothing could have been further from the truth. Note God’s perception of “increasing disobedience.” Like a laser beam the eyes of the Lord were observing not only the activities of the man He had made but “every intent of the thoughts of his heart” (v. 5). It is one thing to note a person’s action; it is an entirely different thing to accurately identify motive. The courts of the land are sometimes required to discern the intents of the heart and even ball game referees are required to determine whether actions were intentional or otherwise. This is tricky territory for all but God, but He judges rightly. He calls them as He sees them, but His vision of the seen and the unseen is 20/20 at all times.

This is sobering in the extreme.

 

 

God also perceived “increasing deviance.” The passage about the sexual activities of the “sons of God” and the “daughters of men” (v. 2) is notoriously difficult because we know what they were doing but we don’t know for certain who they were. Some suggest that the “sons of God” were fallen angels (see also Jude 6-7)—a suggestion that is not as strange as it first seems when we remember that the expression is a common one for angels. Others who cannot imagine such sexual activity assume that the men were of the anointed line of Seth and the women belonged to the line of Cain. This is certainly easier for modern man to believe, but while it puts less strain on credulity it puts more stress on the language being used; and it hardly accounts for the breed of supermen that apparently resulted. Whatever the solution may be we do know that such behavior was extremely displeasing to the Lord because it clearly deviated from His revealed will for those people.

 

 

 

Then God also perceived “increasing destruction.” He “looked upon the earth, and indeed it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth” (v. 12). Corruption and violence characterized the lives of the rapidly multiplying society which God had created, and He apparently decided that it was only a matter of time until it would self-destruct. So God Himself determined to act, saying to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me, for the earth is filled with violence through them; and behold, I will destroy them with the earth” (v. 13). The judgment of God was announced and man failed to hear and to respond. Modern man either does not believe God exists or he believes that if He does exist He is such a nice guy that He would not be unkind enough to judge anybody or anything. This wishful thinking needs to be corrected by proper enunciation of who God really is and what He has already said and done in human history.

 

 

Find time to know God.

 

 

10 days till Christmas, yikes

 

 

Blessings from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

 

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