Monday, July 07, 2008

Who's in your equation?

Approaching any situation without understanding God’s role can be dangerous, result in poor decisions, and cause great anxiety. We can’t go through life oblivious to the fact that God is part of our equation. In fact, we must realize that God is the constant in our equation; He is the one factor that will never change; He has the greatest impact on final results.

The following statement from Oswald Chambers recently corrected my thinking and brought my mind and heart back to a place of peace as I was reminded of God’s constant sovereignty and active involvement in all areas of my life.
“Have you been bolstering up that stupid soul of yours with the idea that your circumstances are too much for God? Put all ‘supposing’ on one side and dwell in the shadow of the Almighty. Deliberately tell God that you will not fret about that thing. All our fret and worry is caused by calculating without God. “ – Oswald Chambers

5 comments:

Eric T. Jones said...

Hello Mr. Eric Jones, my name too is Eric Jones. I was just stopping by to say hi. I end up reading your blog every once in awhile because you pop up on my google alert for Eric Jones. I find it interesting that we are polar opposites, while sharing the same name. :)

I don't approach any situation considering gods role because I don't believe in him. I don't feel in danger, make poor decisions (at least not the majority of them), or suffer from anxiety. In fact, I'm quite happy and content with my life. Is god blessing me in spite of my disbelief?

Eric Jones said...

Eric,
I gotta tell you that there sure seems to be a lot of Eric Jones’ out there. Good to hear from you and I am pleased that you check out my blog from time to time.

I am also happy to hear that you are happy and contented with your life. However, it is really not this life that matters so much. It is what happens after this life. Where will you spend eternity? In fact, there are many people in this life who love God and follow His ways, but still have difficulties and losses. I know that this kinda seems strange and it can even frustrate some, but it is not whether this life is easy or hard that ultimately matters. We are never promised an easy or happy life if we whole-heartedly follow Jesus Christ. However, we are promised contentment today and then eternity with Him in paradise. At the end of it all, what matters is whether we spend eternity in hell or with our Savior Jesus Christ in His kingdom.

Just some thoughts. I would love to continue dialoguing with you on this stuff.

Eric T. Jones said...

I would agree that if there were an afterlife that it would be much more important than this one. Eternity is so much longer than the approximately 70 years that we can expect to get here on earth. On the other hand, if there wasn't an afterlife, then the 70 or so years we get on earth would be so much longer than a non existent afterlife, making this life much more important. So in the equation deciding which is more important, you must know whether there is an afterlife before you can solve it. How do you know that there is an afterlife?

Eric T. Jones said...

Oops, I forgot to put a check in the email follow-up comments box so I know when you have replied. :)

Eric Jones said...

Eric,

How do I know that there is an afterlife? The simple answer is because God's Word, the Bible, tells me so. That means that God must exist. How do I know God exists? The foremost reason is because of His very real and evident presence in my life. God is undeniably an active part of my life. He has dramatically changed me.

But, here are few other reasons: (1) The complexity of our planet points to a deliberate designer who not only created our universe, but sustains it today; (2) The human brain's complexity shows a higher intelligence behind it; (3) "Chance" or "natural causes" are insufficient explanations; (4) To state with certainty that there is no God, a person has to ignore the passion of an enormously vast number of people who are convinced that there He exists; (5) We know God exists because he pursues us. He is constantly initiating and seeking for us to come to him; (6)Unlike any other revelation of God, Jesus Christ is the clearest, most specific picture of God pursuing us. "God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life."