August 8, 2015

Isaiah 40:25 “To whom will you compare me?
Or who is my equal?” says the Holy One.

Even before getting out of bed this morning I was thinking about the “irreducible complexity” argument for the existence of God. The odds of the universe existing as it does simply by chance are so small as to be incalculable. The question then becomes, who created it and why? Of all the “holy books” in the world, only the Bible gives a cogent answer to that, and only the New Testament really answers the why of it. God did it for love, because love requires an object; it cannot exist in a vacuum. That last fact demolishes the “Divine Watchmaker” idea of God, which is an attempt to acknowledge that there had to be a Creator without acknowledging our personal accountability toward Him. God, being infinite, is beyond our ability to grasp fully, but He has told and shown us enough about Himself, not only through the Bible but through Creation itself, that those who deny Him are, as Paul said, without excuse. (Romans 1:20) The mental gymnastics people do to try to avoid accountability to God would be amusing if they weren’t so tragic. The Bible and nature itself make it very clear that denying truth doesn’t negate it. Insisting that you are “free” from the law of gravity won’t protect you if you step off a cliff. We would be in deep trouble indeed if God were only holy, because we aren’t, and holiness and unholiness cannot really coexist. Guess which one loses? However, God is also love. That fact not only caused Him to create the universe, it caused Him to make a way for our sins, our unholiness, to be washed away and negated, so that we can have the fellowship with Him for which He created us. John 3:16 is justly famous as the spiritual centerpiece of the whole Bible. As this verse from Isaiah says, there could be no other Divinity than the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. All mankind needs to stop running, stop denying the One by whom and for whom they were created, and enter into the inexpressible joy that He has prepared for those who respond to Him in obedient faith.

This is of course my message. Living and serving in Japan, where only about 2% of the population claims Christianity by any label, that can be an exercise in frustration. I am never to give up, but remember that God loves the person I’m talking to as much as He loves me, and I’ve tasted enough of that love to know it’s worth everything. Every time someone repents and believes (Mark 1:15) I am aware that heaven rejoices. (Luke 15:7) I am to rejoice in my Lord and I am to seek to give Him every possible opportunity to rejoice, delighting in Him so that He may delight in me, (Numbers 14:8) for His glory.

Father, there is literally no end to all I could say about this, and I would still never get to the end of all that You are and how You love us. May I be an open conduit for You to pour Your love through me, because only then will people be swept out of the traps that have held them and washed free from all the devil’s lies. May I hold nothing back, because Jesus certainly held nothing back in order to be my/our Savior. Thank You. Praise God!


About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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