Today at work, I was having a conversation with one of my closest co-workers about how dangerously powerful others’ words can be. We talked about how many people take others words as the truth, often despite no evidence, soul-searching, etc.
It made me think about the time period Im studying in my British Literature class.
Until the 17th Century, the Truth that God is our master and Creator and that submitting to His will is our purpose and in our best interest remained almost universally understood. And of course, if this is our Truth, we should recognize and be drawn back to this God, our Father, forever.
But it was in the 17th century along with the Industrial Revolution that a new notion came about– wisdom should come from humans. We should seek out scientific explanations and discoveries. In turn, God became less important to many lives, in their own minds, at least.
These mixed views gave way to a variety of different beliefs, and many people sadly relying on their own strength, unknowingly searching desperately for Christ, the ruler of our hearts, in meaningless and temporary things.
Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. 1 PETER 5:6-7
When we find rest and identity in the One who IS eternity, love, and power, we understand why no other searching satisfied our hearts. We believe and know this to be true for all people, God’s chosen ones, and we know our call to allow the Spirit to minister through us, trusting that His love would be seen.
When I catch myself too eager or excited by a notion apart from my Father, I know it is misplaced and that it will never satisfy my heart or fulfill the King’s purposes. Instead, when I enter each part of every day in trust, and by dying to my flesh and allowing the Spirit to take over, all these “things” that are apart of life are approached in love, joy, and peace. Thank-you, Jesus!
What a God we serve. And I will look to Him and His Word, and not the words of the world.