Stardust Maker

Posted: May 21, 2010 in Book Excerpts
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Who is this God that has created everything we know and everything we see?
From the ant to the elephant, and from a butterfly to a peacock, and from the most majestic to the simple looking organism, God has created them all, and with such intricate designs our human mind cannot fully fathom. It took God a mere 6 days create everything on earth, land masses and seas alike, along with the skies, which we view down on earth. In these skies we see billions of stars, stars that dwarf our own distant sun. Out there are millions of other planets and celestial things we can only see with giant telescopes. All of this came with his word and a breath that brought movement and life to an entire universe. Our God is an awesome God who is mysterious and practical all at the same time. I think as humans we like to dub him perfection in its most realist form. In the book of Job chapter 38 we witness a mere mortal being confronted by God himself. God asks him a series of questions along the lines of where were you when I was throwing together the period table of elements, the same ones that make up everything you see. God asks this man of virtue because he is in distress, and almost to a point of extreme depression. Job questions God and his motives for his suffering. Job has lost it all as far as he was concerned. He lost the wife, the kids, the 401k, both range rovers, and eventually he lost his pass to the golf club. There was nothing that was left untouched by the enemy. Satan was allowed to take everything but his life. Job was a virtuous man, and God was simply reminding him that God was bigger than all of these circumstances. In today’s world we question God’s motives more and more as we gain knowledge of the things that were presently unknown.
You can have information at your fingertips in seconds. With it we discover that science is making leaps and bounds in the area of stem cell research, and that we are closer and closer to a one world government, a new world order if you will. Just as people did during the renaissance, they searched for higher learning, of the body, the mind, and the spiritual. We’re at a place where we question everything, including God and his ways. I’ve become a toddler who asks my father why must I do everything he says, are we there yet, can I have more? I’ve made the mistake of forgetting who God is, forgetting that I need him. I can honestly say that I have never missed a meal in my life, I’ve never been in danger of sleeping in the street, and my back has always been covered by fashionable threads.
In Deutoronomy chapter 31 we were told that the Lord our God goes before us, and that he will never leave or forsake us. I admit that I have the hardest remembering that when the bills seem to be piling up, I’m behind in balancing the books, and the check hasn’t come in the mail yet. We were told to have faith the size of a mustard seed, it sounds simple but it’s so difficult these days. Not just because we have everything at our fingertips, and God is small in our own eyes, but because we simply have forgotten who the father is. In Nehemiah chapter 9 we read that of the cycle the Israelites put themselves through, they had become stiff necked, arrogant and stubborn, and had easily forgotten where they had came from. Our God continuously kept his covenant of Love, but over and over again his people were quick to go back to ways that were detestable to the Lord. If we search the scriptures, the phenomenon was very common, not just with the Israelites but throughout the history of people in general. Even those who would be considered a gentile in that time had their fair share of favor from the Lord. King Nebuchadnezzar found favor in the eyes of the Lord, and his kingdom prospered under him once he humbled himself before the Lord. Not too long after his son took over as king, the kingdom again was run under a law totally opposite of what God’s order called for. That wasn’t even a whole generation that had passed before things were turned upside down. Just 9 years ago 2 planes crashed into the twin towers, killing thousands of people. There is a memorial there in New York where people can pay their respects, and still I believe most American remember it like it was yesterday. My point is that maybe a catastrophic even like that would change how we go about fighting our wars. Decades ago we were allies with these same people we now call terrorists. How fickle our allegiances are these days. The same is true with our God. Our God, who never changes, is loved in one moment, and scrutinized in the next. Our God is a God of order, which means is plans have a purpose for our lives in ways we can’t see. When our God shows up in the midst of trouble and strife, praise him. When things are helter skelter, and life is not going according to our plans, praise him. God never forgets the hairs on our heads, and he certainly doesn’t forget his children. The fact that God is righteous and knows us intimately is no new news to us, I think that God is always there, we just have to notice him. A righteous brother who lived long ago talked about this thing he called practicing the presence of God. He prayed to God while he did the dishes, and while he mended shoes. I know pray to God when I walk, when I talk through problems with my wife, and when I play video games. I’ve always envied the guys in the bible who carried on having audible conversations with God. Abraham left the comfort of his family and established home to wander around in the desert because God told him to. That took guts, and an extreme faith. It also took a relationship that my lifeblood yearns for. Tomorrow, or the day after, writes down on a piece of paper how many times you pray to God, or how many times you actually carry on a conversation. Write down the times you read the bible and write down the times you worship. You will be astonished at how much time you actually spend with him when you’re actually conscientious of that time. Accuracy is not required; I did that exercise myself in my head when I fasted from the internet, TV, and video games. I did nothing but the essentials, and I can honestly say I got down to a more God centered place of living. I firmly believe our hardest of times will not seem as difficult the more “in tune” we get with God, Jesus, and his Holy Spirit. Jesus tells us in the gospel that many will do good works in his name, but when it gets down to the nitty gritty, he will say he never knew them. My point is that I have to know the father just as much or even more than I know the scripture. When it counts, when the chips are down, the bible will be a book of insightful but not helpful words. The Bible is our authoritative look at living this life and at the character of God, but there is a connection that goes beyond the physical he wants us to have. In the 1 Samuel the Israelites demanded that Samuel appoint a king to lead them. The people were not rejecting Samuel in his old age but they were rejecting God as their king. The people wanted a king just like the other nations had; they wanted to be like the neighboring Philistines. They wanted to have something they thought would bring them security. My God is God of my life because I have given him everything. Some of these things were harder to give than others, but I still knew that God had to be at the helm of them, so that I could turn my attention to him, and off of the things in my life. God is the God of our church, and the God we worship on Sundays, and the God we pray to when someone is terminally ill. I have recently been reminded that God has to be the God over our summer colds, the God over our check bonuses, the God over our newborn babies, and the God over the things we have overlooked as rightfully his. We have become like the world, where we have politically separated church and state.
After we give our ten percent, God makes his way out of our finances.
Once that prayer and blessing comes, we forget that God was the one who delivered us and he ends up sitting at the entrance of the church, hoping we decide to let him ride shotgun on the way home.
I make light of the situation in Exodus, but what were the people thinking when they had mutiny on their minds? Here they were, free, not enslaved to an evil pharaoh that had just came after them with chariots and spears in hand, and they wanted to go back. At least they had spices the cried; at least we had cool water to drink after we worked to death. This same God had just split a sea, not the pool in your backyard, or the community pool up the street. This was spectacular. The only thing I can imagine is that the deserts fried their brains, or like us the iPhones and videogames have become that much more interesting and important. Again, I ask you, who is God to you, and where does he fit in your schedule.
It took almost a whole generation to fix every problem the Israelites were in time and time again. They would get freed, and then enslaved, freed, and captured, freed and taken over. This wasn’t because they were a weak nation, it was because they forgot so easily who God was. Suppose if David had taken his eyes off where God had him focused. Suppose if Peter had kept his eyes on Jesus.
Where would we be if every time a storm came we didn’t run for the hills, we simply just put our holy rain coats on and knew it would all blow over?
Again, our trials and tribulations are real, our pains hurt, and our sorrows are deep. But we need a form of backward conditioning. It takes something drastic to take us way from our own mode of thinking for a moment. We cannot explain why people suffer, and why bad things happen to good people, we can only stand and wait in expectation of his deliverance. God’s plans are not our plans, but his will can become our will if we allow it in our hearts. In Jeremiah 1:5 God says “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you…” This indicates a sort of predestination, that no matter what we do, or what happens to us, God over come those circumstances. It will always be a mystery to us, but these truths can be magnified condition ourselves with these truths, a simple acknowledgement of his dominant existence. Too many times we ask why me, or why did you let this happen God? Something are allowed to happen because he wants us to talk to him, he wants us to remember what his voice sounds like. Jesus tells us one of the greatest secrets in the book of Matthew.
Matthew 6:9-13

“This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our father in heaven, hallowed be thy name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts as we also forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

I always used to think this prayer was corny and cliché when I was younger, but I’m starting to find that every word in the scripture is there for a key reason. With this simple prayer, we ask for forgiveness, we forgive others, and we ask God for provision over our lives for the day. We essentially focus on nothing but God with this simple prayer by taking our cares and worries away from this world. I hope by now you will see that rather than command, I plead with you as a brother. These things I speak of are my own problems, and I merely point out the stumbling blocks we humans have created ourselves.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

Our day to day struggles are so small compared to the grand scheme God is in charge of. God is a star dust maker, a planet shaper, and a butterfly wing painter. There is nothing to big or too small for God. I believe the Lord wants us to take notice of his voice a little more. He wants us to know that he can move mountains and stir up hearts all with the same breath. Be in awe of his awesome power, but be blessed in knowing that our Abba Father is waiting for the invitation of coffee or tea, or dinner and a movie. God is everywhere; we just have to start looking for his footprints. Be Blessed.

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