Rich and poor have this in common: The Lord is the Maker of them all.
I have never been more aware of the variances in our culture. Growing up I was quite content with status quo. Go along and get along. My family life was the quintessential conservative Christian atmosphere and the price of rebellion was quite high. It was an easy to be happy; just don’t ask any questions. The difficulty with that lifestyle is the inevitable ignorance of the multiplicity of thought and experience around you.
My childhood was cell phone free. No internet, no MTV, and certainly no 1960’s flower power free sex influence. I was shielded, guarded, and molded into a world of limited information and thought. In many ways I am thankful for the limited liberty that was afforded me in the name of holiness. There are, however, a few drawbacks to the culture in which I grew up. I was not prepared for the world I was going to plunge into. My discovery of anti-God thought and living was mind bending for me.
How could people live like that? What was the truth? Why did my questions raise such difficulty and ire in those around me? As I matured, failed, struggled, studied, and searched I became a bit hardened and cynical in my outlook and suffered in my relationships and the fulfillment of my calling. I was drawn into the trap of believing my journey was unique and obscure without understanding among my peers. The height of foolishness. Here some simple truths that I learned in my life journey.
- There is none righteous, no not one
- It rains on the just and the unjust
- God is good
- Christ’s atoning work is efficacious and available to all men
- The only important things are eternal
- God is the maker of us all
I know this is an intellectual insult to many. I hear you saying “life is just not that simple.” In fact, it really is. God is the maker of all. Believe it. It is the core component of critical thought in our attempt to navigate this earthly journey. Trust your maker. Read his word. Seek his face. Talk to him. He will not hide from you. God is the maker of us all. Believe and prosper.
Set your course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship. Omar N. Bradley