Friday, November 7, 2008

Smack Into You


"The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools..." --Romans 1:18-22

Everything runs smack into You, eventually.
Here's where it's found lacking or true;
Right when it runs smack into You.
Everything runs right up to You.
It cannot go over or under or through.
Here in this place it's naturally weighed.
Right when it runs smack into You.
--Esther Sparks from Esther and the Protesters

I was at a funeral today. As we stood in the cemetary and listened to the melancholy bagpipes wailing Amazing Grace, it struck me. Well, here we are then - in need of God.

John Mayer said in a song, " I am invincible, as long as I'm alive." But the one thing that man cannot conquer - the one thing - is death. And so for all our talk about the autonomy and independence of man, about how we can do anything we set our mind to, and about how Jesus is just a crutch for the weak, we still end up dead, don't we?

If ever we need a Savior, it's when we die. I can understand how a man might think he can make it through life all by himself "thank you very much". But somewhere in the corner of his mind and heart, surely he thinks about the day when he won't be able to make it all by himself.

My pastor today quoted someone who said, "It's a fool who makes no preparation for what he knows is certain." What will you do with death? Or perhaps, more importantly, what will you do with the life that precedes it?

God is real. The evidence is all around and is hard coded into your very being. Everyone must make an active choice about God and whether to serve Him - or not. You cannot go under or over or through God. You must face Him. Face Him saved, won't you?
Father, I wish that all men would choose You. I know it breaks Your heart when they don't. Thank you for Your grace and mercy in sending your Son, Jesus, to die and then defeat death for us. I cannot wait to run smack into You. Amen.


3 comments:

Kimberly said...

Jennifer,

I pray that God smacks into me. I pray that I will be more open to HIM.

Thank you!

Mainly a midwife said...

Yea..I need God to smack right into me too. I must need a retreat right now or something.
OH..btw..the f/u to my previous post is this.. I woke up this morning again..with no nausea/no tender boobs (you don't have to publish this :) I went to work and had my colleague to a vag sono.. I had myself convinced that something was wrong. But there was still a heartbeat! I'm just being a freak I guess. But hey..my nausea is gone and I'm only 8 weeks.

My home - My life said...

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