Saturday, December 24, 2011

#96 Divinely Unique

I love to watch it snow. There is just something captivating about watching the flakes fall and collect on the ground and surrounding surfaces. This type of scene is especially serene when viewed from the comfort of a heated house, but walking around in the falling white flakes can be fun too.

When you look at the snowflakes up close you see that they are very unique in their crystalline structures and many a person has been enthralled by looking at those flakes up close. It is said that no two flakes are alike. It's hard to believe that millions upon millions of flakes can be uniquely different isn't it? But since I am not going to inspect them all I will have to take someone's word for it.

But thinking of snowflakes make me think of just how awesome God is. We live in a world where the false theory of evolution is accepted as the secular gospel. We live in a world where even churches promote that God used death to bring about the world as we know it. To all of this I say, "Thanks, but no thanks." Call me naive, but I will remain steadfast in believing exactly what the Bible teaches: God created the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and He created all of us in just six literal twenty-four-hour days.

But unlike snowflakes, we were all created in the image of our God (Genesis 1:26, 27). But just like the snowflakes we are all uniquely different. Sure some resemble each other and twins really look like each other, but even then twins have unique fingerprints and DNA. And we are not unique through chance friends, we are unique through divine planning. We are unique because that is the way God planned it (Jeremiah 1:5).

So what? Why does it matter? Who cares? Well, it matters because to buy into the world's teaching on evolution is to buy into the idea that God is not big enough or powerful enough to have done things the way that the Bible tells us. If we accept that God used death to facilitate life then the Bible loses credibility. And with churches promoting theistic evolution-meaning God made the initial components of creation but then used evolution to allow us to become what we are today--there is no wonder the world in large degree does not respect and believe in what the Bible teaches.

But I am here to tell you that the Bible can be trusted. The Bible is more than just a neat book with interesting stories. The Bible is God's revealed Word to His created people who have fallen into sin. The Bible is our road map to guide us through this life in preparation for the life to come!

It is my prayer that during this holiday season where we pause to share with one another lovingly purchased gifts that those of us who understand and trust the Bible will have the courage to share that wonderful truth with our friends and family. It is truth that paints a picture of a benevolent Creator who formed us from the dust of the earth in His image, and He dis so that we might have fellowship with and worship Him.

Friends, snowflakes are pretty and interesting, but we bear the fingerprints of God. Let us live in such a way that the world may see our divine association. Let us live to show the world that not only were we initially created by our God, but that He is also willing to re-create us and redeem us from sin when we let Christ come into our hearts. It is my goal to honor Him by my life because I am divinely unique. I pray that will be your goal as well.

Dear Lord God,
Thank You for the honor of being created in Your image. Please forgive us for marring that image with sin, and please teach us to daily live for You and to lift up Jesus in all that we do so the world will be drawn unto Him. We pray this in Jesus' name, Amen.

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