Beautiful Simplicity

Posted: November 1, 2016 in Uncategorized

As the election is looming like a Paul Bunyan-sized shoe about to drop, my daily Bible readings found me in the second chapter of Colossians.  Some of the choices we make in this life are hard to make, such as: who to marry, when to start having kids, and if X is elected where should I move my family to?  While two of these are important questions to consider, the third question is not one that any Christian should ask because ours is not a religion that has room for that type of escapism.  I am certain that the apostles could have found a hole somewhere to hide instead of being obedient and staying in a place where all but John would eventually die a horrific death.

Aren’t we placed in this world to make a difference; not to escape from the unpleasant or the difficult?   That of course does not mean that we should replicate unpleasantness with our own version of it.

Psalm 103:19

The Lord has established His throne in the heavens, and His sovereignty rules over all.

Life can be difficult and confusing, yet God is still sovereign over it all.  There are many times in the macrocosm of the world, and especially our nation, that do not seem to make since or belong within the scope of God’s sovereignty.  When considering the microcosm of my life, I figured out who I should marry and when I should start having kids …. or did I?  Meaning, was it really me that “figured it out?”

Daniel 4:35

All the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, but He does according to His will in the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of earth; and no one can ward off His hand or say to Him, “What have you done?”

I always found it interesting that this verse was spoken by Nebuchadnezzar – the pagan king of Babylon.  While he recognized Daniel’s God was the greatest (Daniel 2:47), he remained a polytheist.  Nevertheless, the wisdom expressed in Daniel 4:35 is true (Isaiah 14:27).  Admittedly, I have echoed the: “What have you done?” question to God.  Usually when I was certain that the girl or woman that I was dating, who I thought was the one, was slipping away from me.  Then I came across the beautiful lady I was to marry (go ahead and sing “Unanswered Prayers” if you want).

During the time that it looked like my wife and I were not going to be able to have kids, we found ourselves watching the movie: Facing the Giants.  There is a part towards the end of the movie where the main couple goes through the same thing and in the dark theater their tears became ours.  When they ended up pregnant in the movie, I resented their Hollywood ending.  Then we got our Hollywood ending when the doctor let us know that our family would be one person larger in eight months.

I guess what I am trying to say is that even in the microcosm of my life God was/is sovereign.   I sometimes do not have a thing figured out, but thankfully I serve the One who does.  Life is still confusing at times, but there are also times that I see a beautiful simplicity about it.  Which brings me to the passage from Colossians:

Colossians 2:6-7

Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.

So as we go to vote in a week, this is a great passage to keep in mind.  Yes, we should all vote; not doing so seems like another poor form of escapism.  Yet, it is going to be hard for me to vote and I wish it was a contest between the two men who are second on the two main tickets.  More than any other time, the prevailing question for me is: “What if I am wrong?”

But, I have to remember that even if I am wrong, God is still sovereign.

Even if the person that I vote for does not get elected, God is still sovereign.

Regardless of what happens in a week and how lost and crazy this world becomes, I need to remember to walk in the Lord and remain rooted in Him and worship Him to the extent that my thankfulness abounds.

It’s beautifully simple and hard at the same time.  Just like life.