Here's how to let the Big Guy take over

Feeling rather overwhelmed right now?

 

It’s OK, and you’re not alone. For the sake of future readers, a listing…

 

-          The COVID virus just won’t go away

-          Still waiting for easy COVID treatments that won’t break the bank or your insurance

-          Absolute mask fatigue hitting all of us everywhere

-          All of the arguing over this virus that is as persistent as the virus itself

-          Inflation hitting nearly everything

-          Gasoline prices over $3.60 a gallon

-          Heating oil and gas prices also skyrocketing

-          Minimum wage increases that sound great…until you give it all back in those higher prices

-          Oncoming winter weather, which always causes a little anxiety

-          And with winter and indoor activities – well, we’re back to COVID again…

 

And on and on. If you avoid news reporting right now we understand – so are many of us.

 

We have a true crisis of leadership today. “Experts” aren’t trusted, politicians REALLY aren’t trusted, and the media is pretty low on the list. On TV it’s just talking heads staking out their ideological claims day after day.

 

Who are we supposed to believe?

 

How about the Lord, the One who started it all?

 

Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand,
    or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens?
Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket,
    or weighed the mountains on the scales
    and the hills in a balance?
Who can fathom the Spirit of the Lord,
    or instruct the Lord as his counselor?
Whom did the Lord consult to enlighten him,
    and who taught him the right way?
Who was it that taught him knowledge,
    or showed him the path of understanding?
– Isaiah 40:12-14 NIV

 

This pandemic has taught us a lot of things. We now know what “supply chain disruptions” are, a fancy way of saying we get far too many things from across oceans and now we have to wait for weeks what used to take days. If you get them at all.

 

We’ve seen how earthly powers have handled the situation. Lock downs, crack downs, mandates and the like. Some have worked OK, others have been failures. It’s been a true test of what we call “freedom” and “liberty” and some fissures are being created in the fabric of our society.

 

Who are we supposed to believe?

 

Surely the nations are like a drop in a bucket;
    they are regarded as dust on the scales;
    he weighs the islands as though they were fine dust.
Lebanon is not sufficient for altar fires,
    nor its animals enough for burnt offerings.
Before him all the nations are as nothing;
    they are regarded by him as worthless
    and less than nothing.
– Isaiah 40:15-17 NIV

 

For the last 20 months we’ve heard about the “science.” Those who worship at that church believe that everything can be explained through an earthly lens. The people at that other church up the street, the one where some mythical flying spaghetti monster mystically rules everything from some place way up in the sky and that Bible of theirs is just a collection of mythical stories – well, what do they know? Not much, they say.

 

And yet, those same people have been guessing for the last 20 months. Many times they’ve guessed wrong which has led to a lot of our national consternation.

 

The Church of Science is ultimately unfulfilling because you’ll always be disappointed when things don’t go right – just take a look at the COVID situation and how many people are now soured on science and the good it can bring. Not a good situation.

 

Who are we supposed to believe?

 

With whom, then, will you compare God?
    To what image will you liken him?
As for an idol, a metalworker casts it,
    and a goldsmith overlays it with gold
    and fashions silver chains for it.
A person too poor to present such an offering
    selects wood that will not rot;
they look for a skilled worker
    to set up an idol that will not topple.
– Isaiah 40:18-20 NIV

 

We sure seem to have a lot of gods and idols lately. Science, money, fame, all those things that take our eyes off the real Sovereign Lord. And judging by the lack of fannies in the seats of many churches, a lot of eyes have been taken off our Creator and Sustainer.

 

But many idols have certainly been toppled. Society couldn’t exist without the state to do the basic things like making sure the roads are plowed in the wintertime, and those roads are patched and fixed when needed, and police are called to handle trouble. The basic stuff.

 

But the state should never become the idol, the “be all end all” answer to any problem out there. It will fail far more times than not. Ideology shouldn’t be ruling the land.

 

Who are we supposed to believe?

 

Do you not know?
    Have you not heard?
Has it not been told you from the beginning?
    Have you not understood since the earth was founded?
He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth,
    and its people are like grasshoppers.
He stretches out the heavens like a canopy,
    and spreads them out like a tent to live in.
He brings princes to naught
    and reduces the rulers of this world to nothing.
No sooner are they planted,
    no sooner are they sown,
    no sooner do they take root in the ground,
than he blows on them and they wither,
    and a whirlwind sweeps them away like chaff.
– Isaiah 40:21-24 NIV

 

Those who put their faith in the “princes” have been disappointed time and again. Ask those who lived in Eastern Europe and the old Soviet bloc. Or any two-bit despot who promised the moon to the people and delivered suffering instead – like Hitler. Ask those who remember what a swell guy Richard Nixon was.

 

It’s rather humbling to be compared to a grasshopper, yet isn’t that description rather fitting? Insects just flitting about eating and consuming with no other real purpose – sound like too many people today?

 

So who SHOULD we believe?

 

“To whom will you compare me?
    Or who is my equal?” says the Holy One.
Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens:
    Who created all these?
He who brings out the starry host one by one
    and calls forth each of them by name.
Because of his great power and mighty strength,
    not one of them is missing.

Why do you complain, Jacob?
    Why do you say, Israel,
“My way is hidden from the Lord;
    my cause is disregarded by my God”?
Do you not know?
    Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
    and his understanding no one can fathom
. – Isaiah 40:25-28 NIV

 

Take a moment tonight, even if it’s cloudy, and look skyward. Find the stars you can see and count them. And remember the One who created each and every one of them.

 

And what you want may not be disregarded by our Savior. Instead, using the understanding only He has, the Lord may simply be saying “I know a better way.”

 

Have we truly grown too big for our britches? There is a quiet desperation in life today – it’s been 20 months and we’re no closer to ending this situation than we were when it officially started. In many ways it’s gotten much worse. MUCH worse.

 

Society is slowly breaking down and the future is uncertain. Many young people are in crisis mode today – climate change, COVID, job prospects, social strife, lack of purpose. CRISIS isn’t a strong enough word, and the anxiety and apathy problem is growing. Earthly powers and earthly desires have let them down.

 

What to do? Trust in the Lord. Pray to Him instead of ignoring His word and guidance, learn from His wisdom – and THEN do the science.

 

Science isn’t the enemy as some believe. Science is a great tool that we can wield to understand what is happening in God’s universe. But it shouldn’t be “follow the science” because as we’ve seen recently, we could be following the wrong road. It should be “do the science” to find the answers, which sometimes take several tries.

 

Imagine how refreshing it would be if our “experts” would just come out and say, “well, our best guess based on current evidence is THIS, here’s why, and we’re continuing to work on it.” In other words - honesty.

 

And humility isn’t a bad thing either. We could all use a dose or two, and especially those people who have a rather inflated view of themselves. Don’t be one of those princes.

 

As the Advent season approaches it’s a time for a fresh beginning, the one that the Prince of Peace provides. Let’s prepare ourselves now, and finally round this downward curve and start looking up again…

 

From George Churchgoer