Overcoming our bent toward blindness in the wonders of the ordinary, Part 3

Thus says God, the LORD,
who created the heavens and stretched them out,
who spread out the earth and what comes from it,
who gives breath to the people on it
and spirit to those who walk in it (Isaiah 42:5)

A biblical theology of creation will influence how we view the ordinary things in life as extra-ordinary, as created and sustained by the LORD, the God of creation. God created the heavens and the earth by a divine act that only he could perform. He formed the heavens and earth into what they are today. He didn’t leave it all alone, but he continues to minister life and stability to the earth and all its inhabitants. Everything I am able to say, think, hear, see, touch, smell, taste, consider, examine and rejoice in is only because God enables me to do those things and sustains me continually (see Acts 17:24-28, Romans 11:36).

John Piper, with the help of Clyde Kilby, is trying to show us how to use the world as an aid to find our joy in the all-satisfying Lord, in this section of When I Don’t Desire God. Let’s look at Kilby’s last three resolutions.  (See Part 1 and Part 2 of this series, if you want to read it in order.)

9. I shall not allow the devilish onrush of this century to usurp all my energies but will instead, as Charles Williams suggested, “fulfill the moment as the moment.” I shall try to live well just now because the only time that exists is just now. (This makes me immediately think of the recently released song of Steven Curtis Chapman, Miracle of the Moment. Are we trying to live now, or are we wringing our hands over the past or worrying about the future. There is a miracle happening right now. Live it Now!)

10. If for nothing more than the sake of a change of view, I shall assume my ancestry to be from the heavens rather than from the caves. (I am a child of God! Live godliness, not earthly carnality. See Colossians 3:1-4)

11. Even if I turn out to be wrong, I shall bet my life in the assumption that this world is not idiotic, neither run by an absentee landlord, but that today, this very day, some stroke is being added to the cosmic canvas that in due course I shall understand with joy as a stroke made by the architect who calls Himself Alpha and Omega. (What an incredible thought expressed in such picturesque language! God, the beginning and the end, is painting the canvas of this world for his glory and our joy. Look around and consider it today.)


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