(Rob’s Note: Following my Monday posting of “The True Wonder Of Nature… Ignored!” I have received several emails asking for further information on why the Bible would say that if we reject God as our Creator, it results in many other sins to be committed.
I was planning on posting today’s blog entry sometime next month. However, I thought that this entry might help to answer your questions, so I have chosen to post it today. If you had questions about the relationship between rejecting our Creator and the sin that flourishes around us, please review Monday’s posting after you read this entry.
It is my privilege to answer any questions you may still have about Monday’s posting, just leave a comment or send me an email. It is only through your input that I can know what needs clarification. Thank you for graciously reading my blog, you are all a great blessing to me.)
In the mid 1980’s, Tony Danza, Judith Light and Alyssa Milano starred in a situation comedy called “Who’s the Boss?” This show was a classic about a professional woman, her male housekeeper, and their children. Over the course of the show’s 8 year run, the continual theme was who was running the household, the woman or her housekeeper. Many times, the housekeeper would override the woman’s instructions, creating havoc for the entire household.
If you are not sure if you’ve ever seen this show, just listen to the theme song, it is one of the most memorable theme songs on TV. If you’ve heard it, you will recognize it in a heartbeat: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBKsHdZJjZM
In a sitcom, confusion about who runs things can be humorous and harmless. But in the world today, our society is falling apart, due to the confusion concerning to whom we should submit. It is a very serious issue… we are watching our society implode due to a lack of recognition of the ultimate authority that is over us.
Who holds the ultimate authority over us? What should our attitude be towards this authority? The Bible gives us an answer to both of these questions…
Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour? What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction: And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory, Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?(Rom 9:20-24)
Today we complain about our appearance, or maybe our vocation, or our financial status in life, or even our family and friends. In our text, the people were complaining about their eternal destiny (Rom 9:10-19).
Paul, by the inspiration of God, begins to address these complaints…
Man was complaining to the Creator of the Universe, the true God over all, Jehovah. Paul makes it plain that NO ONE has the right to complain to the One who created him. Why not? Because the God who created us has every right to create us as He pleases. (vs 20)
If a potter desired to make a cup without a handle, he has every right to do so. However, if He desires to make one with a handle, he can do this as well. Does the cup without the handle have a right to complain to the potter due to his lack of a handle?
Oh course not, Why not? Because the potter was not obligated to make only cups with handles. SINCE HE WAS THE CREATOR HE COULD MAKE THE CUP AS HE PLEASES. The cup is obligated to recognize his creator and submit to his desires.
In the same way, if He desired to show the greatness of His wrath in my life, He certainly could do it. But He desired to save my soul from sin and withhold the judgment I deserved. In either case, He would be fair and just (vs 21-24)
Since all men deserve eternal punishment, He can allow it into any one’s life. If He chooses to show His grace and mercy in the life of some, He has every right to do it as well. We are obligated to recognize Him as our Creator, therefore recognize His authority and submit to His wishes for us. (Isa 64:8)
What’s THE major problem in our world today? We are in denial about Jehovah God being our Creator. Because of this, we do not see the need to submit to His will for our life. This is why we see such heinous sin taking place in our society. Once we denied Him as Creator, we no longer see the need to submit to His desires for us. This is the insidious result of denying His Creatorship. This is the state of our society today… we have rejected His Creatorship and, therefore, no longer see the need to submit to His will.
THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION
For the Christian….
As a Christian, we need to recognize that God is our Creator. He is the Creator of both our physical and spiritual life. Oh, what a responsibility we have to submit to His desires for us.
Our life’s slogan should be…Since God is my Creator and my Savior, I owe Him my all. He has every right to do with me as He pleases, I have no right to complain to Him about my lot in life. No exceptions. He has already blessed me above measure with my salvation. I am only to always be in alignment with His will. (see Jer 18:3-6)
For those who have never trusted in Christ…
Remember, He is our Creator (Gen 1:-2:), therefore, we are obligated to conform to His desires for our lives. What is His utmost desire for us? To come before Him, humbly trusting Him to do what we cannot do… save us from our sins. If you would like more information about receiving the forgiveness He so graciously gives, please take a look at the page labeled “All About Salvation” just beneath my blog heading above. May the Lord bless you.
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