Even over a Sunday Lunch the Power of God Moves to Deliver Insight

Posted on February 21, 2011. Filed under: Bible Study, Personal Spirituality | Tags: , , , , |

The work of Christ will overthrow the damage effected by the Fall and change all of creation from a position of enmity to a relationship of peace and friendship (see Romans 8:20 -23; 2 Corinthians 5: 18 – 20)

Commentary for Colossians 1:20, 21

I never cease to be amazed at how God connects the various events and conversations of our daily lives into an empowering cohesive message.

Yesterday afternoon Jennifer and I very much enjoyed the company of our Church’s Minister and his lovely wife over lunch.

In the course of our conversation the subject turned to catastrophes that strike the world such as last year’s earthquake in Haiti.  In line with the topic being discussed, both Jennifer and I asked the obvious question . . . why do these things happen?  What do they mean?

This is of course a question that is neither new or original when confronted with the seemingly random and sometimes tragic events in our world.

The Minister’s answer resonated with me (and I will share it with you shortly), in that when we think in terms of a fallen world, we equate this almost exclusively with the disobedience on the part of Adam and Eve, and its consequences on the human race.  Now I emphasized the reference to the human race because it demonstrates that we do not often consider or perhaps extend the Fall to include the earth and nature in general.  This of course is where the Minister’s answer comes into play.

Specifically, he would explain, that the Fall affected not only men and women but the nature of the earth itself and is reflected in the catastrophic events associated with an earthquake, tidal wave or other elements that visit upon us death and destruction.  It is because of the fallen nature of all creation, that according to Romans 8:22 that the whole creation groans and suffers together until now.

Viewing world events within the revelational context of the fall of creation in its entirety, provides both a powerful and peace delivering perspective that does not detract from the pain of suffering in the world but certainly helps to explain it.  Now I know why the Minister stands up at the front of the church, in that his answer simplified the understanding of tragic events without compromising or trivializing its impact.

As God often does through the guidance of the Holy Spirit – what is it that James 3:17 implies relative to wisdom being the practical outworking of knowledge and that knowledge cannot be separated from the spiritual understanding that comes through the discernment of the Holy Spirit . . . what do you think I read in my daily devotional this morning?

Colossians 1: 20,21 which as indicated in the opening commentary reference deals with the Fall and change all of creation from a position of enmity to a relationship of peace and friendship through the blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Wow!

In and of itself, this verification of God’s truth is both comforting and moving to be certain.  An affirmation or perhaps confirmation would be a better word, of the insights delivered through His facilitators and messengers.  But on an even deeper level, at least to me, it symbolizes that the Bible is indeed the living word of God through which He reaches out to us to establish a personal and intimate relationship with Him.  Think about it for a moment, here is the creator of the universe talking with us through fellowship on a real-time, real-world basis.

It is this realization more than anything else that both humbles and inspires me.  It is also this recognition that makes me all the more thankful that a loving God so loved the world to the extent of sacrificing His only Son so that we would not have to live apart from Him.

How is God reaching out and calling to you today?!

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