Not on Our Own

Man has come a long way since God placed Adam in the Garden of Eden. Since the time of Adam –and Eve, man in most ways, has done very little to improve his relationship with his Creator.
Man has certainly made progress in his growth. He has learned an extraordinary measure about this planet we live on; about nature. Man’s knowledge of his surroundings has increased by volumes. Man has learned much about how nature and even the universe works.
Man has journeyed to the darkest depths of the seas. His handiwork can be seen from the ancient pyramids in Egypt, the Temple of Artemis in Turkey, to the Empire State Building and the Panama Canal, to a space station orbiting this little blue planet.
Along with all the knowledge man has amassed throughout history, ego and self-centeredness were stockpiled along with it. In this twenty-first century, man is appearing not only to be quite delighted with himself, but he’s decided that he has outsmarted God in so many ways and now sees little to no need for Him.
Man has attained the ability to create babies and clone animals from test tubes. Companies are presently attempting to acquire patents for Chromosomes, genes, and DNA.
Now, I must ask however, are we humans as smart as we think we are? Are we smarter than God because we gain a little insight into the workings of our world here and there; now and again?
It is unfortunate that the well-established arrogance of man fails to attribute any of man’s successes, worldly knowledge, and growth to the very God that created him. To believe man, would be to see man as solely responsible for his own advancement in this world. this would be far from truth.
I would certainly agree that man is responsible for everything bad in this world, as we know it, However, man couldn’t even do this on his own. He has had coaching from Satan since the Garden of Eden.
Now, don’t misunderstand me, obviously I also know that man is responsible for doing some great Godly things. Of course, he again received help, and was at certain times used mightily by God through His Holy Spirit.
It is to the detriment of man that he presumes his knowledge was and is self-taught; self-attained. This would be great distance from the truth.
James, the leader of the Jerusalem church [and Jesus’ earthly brother] tells us,
“Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow,” (Jas 1:17).
The apostle Paul writes, “Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord. There are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons,” (1 Cor 12:4-6).
Since He first formed Adam and Eve has been orchestrated by our great Creator. He has, since the beginning of our time, has either hindered us or aided us in every advancement man has undertaken or achieved.
I would prefer not to say that God has ever hindered us, but that would not be espousing truth. God indeed has hindered mankind in the past and is quite capable of doing so presently and in the future. The story of the Tower of Babble immediately comes to mind.
While I am no expert on the achievements of mankind in whole, we obviously know man has achieved, learned, and discovered, many great and wondrous things. It would only be human arrogance to claim that we did all this on our own; without God’s help.
Let me mention what is likely the most interesting and challenging bible-related discoveries of the past several generations; the Dead Sea Scrolls, the gospels of Mary and Judas.
I am not mentioning the gospels of Mary and Judas to give either one any credence or legitimacy. My point in mentioning them is simply to say; I think if God didn’t want us to find them, we would not have found them.
Whether we are discussing biblical discoveries or discoveries that lead to curing myriad of human diseases, I believe God’s hand is in every manner, helping us along our journey.
If man someday discovers What Makes Us Tick, biologically, it will be because God allowed us to do so. God sustains us in every manner of life. He created for us a place to live and thrive. Every good thing we have has been gifted to us from God.
Any wisdom and knowledge anyone possesses, is a gift from God. Can anyone honestly believe that wisdom and knowledge and abilities just randomly appear in certain people?
The Bible tells us that each of us were given gifts by God; “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace,” (1 Pet 4:10).
The apostle Paul tells us;
“To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills,” (1 Cor 12:7-11), [bold=author’s emphasis].
Praise God! To this end; we need to accept the fact that in whatever manner we humans have progressed, we owe praise and thanks to our God, through Christ Jesus, for helping us along our way.
Humility is what is man is lacking today, more than anything else. As believing Christians, we know everything God has given us. We know God supplies our needs and if it works to His good plan, our desires also.
But this is something we must work to address in our daily lives; not merely when in church. Whether at home, work, on a vacation or in retirement, we need to remember to give God our praises and thanks for all he gives us, each day.
We have God to thank for everything good in our lives.

©2019 Clayton Moore

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