It is the Eve of 2015. What is the most vital question going into the New Year? Is it the world economy? Is it global terrorism? Is it the resurgence of the Cold War? Hold that thought…
Since the beginning of human history, men have struggled to determine what was most important in life. Every generation since the dawn of time has wrestled with the question of God’s integrity. It is the same question facing the young couple at the beginning of human history: “Did God actually say what He said?” And the temptation is always the same, to accept as truth the age old lie that God is bent on withholding the good stuff in life. And because we believe that lie, we respond and deny the sovereignty of God and His love as He describes in His Word.
Nothing has changed in the course of human history. Questions regarding balance of power, economic well-being and personal safety are concerns from yesterday, for today and into the future. Those are questions that we can see. But there is another question that cannot be seen. Does it not seem strange to you that for thousands upon thousands of years, the Bible is still being questioned, doubted, denied, twisted and reinterpreted. Those that believe the lie [that God is a figment or crutch of our imagination or He is real but did not say what He said] want to update the Bible to make it relevant to what the culture is saying is truth. Truth becomes non-truth based on whatever seems right for that time and situation. God becomes an idol to appease but not take seriously.
What is the most vital question going into 2015? It is simply this: Are we going to fall into the trap of denying God and the authority of His Word. If we fail to affirm the authority of what God speaks to us about, then we will believe the lie “Did God really say” and allow the weeds of doubt to be fertilized in our minds. We will be people of no vision. This question is at the heart of every human event. Denying God centrality in our thinking causes us to twist God’s original design and intention for us. Tragically, if we believe that God has little integrity, we try to hide ourselves from Him who is lying to us. Who wants to be around a liar?
Having taken that path, we miss the next question, not from the lord of liars, but from God’s heart: “Where are you?” [Genesis 3:9] God is under no obligation to us. We did not create Him, He created us. When that first couple rebelled by believing a lie about God’s integrity, God could have wiped them off the map of just silently ignored them. But He didn’t. He responded in love. We just celebrated Christmas, the advent of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, being sent into the world to provide an answer to our rebellion.
Back to the original question: What is your most vital question going into 2015? Your answer directly affects your destiny. God is asking you today, “Where are you?” He is not asking you because He does not know. He is asking as our Creator because He wants us to find hope and security in Jesus and not be rattled by the events of men. Do you know this Jesus, other than a swear word?
Jesus is calling “Where are you?” “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” [Matthew chapter 11, verse 28]