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The Carpenter's Apprentice

Brother Jeff's Message

The sun came up this morning and I lay in bed listening through open windows to the world as it came alive. The sounds of the dance hall up the street that dominated the night before were gone and the silence of man was replaced with the evidences of God. “For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse” (Romans 1:19-20). Be still and know. I got up and spent some time standing in the shade watching, listening and admiring the beauty before me. I was reminded of the recent comments of a soul lost in his humanity. A soul lost in the desires of the flesh; lost in his eternal position, walking by sight and putting his faith in the seen rather than the unseen. His comments are swayed by ignorance and a desire to be justified in his sin. He speaks from the perspective of a shattered life whose hopes, dreams and trusts were placed in the promises of the deceiver, an unapologetic liar, and not in the God of the Bible. He forgot or never understood Isaiah 55:8-9, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8-9). He speaks as one who chose to serve man over God and now despises the one he did not choose (Matthew 6:24). After pondering his life choices and the results of his decisions, I suppose I am not surprised about his conclusions and his ultimate denial of the existence of God. Lest you think I have made all the right decisions, let me be clear; as I stand here today, observing God’s magnificence, I wonder why he is not always foremost in my mind. Take a moment today to stop, look and listen. Take a moment to be still and know.