man made Lake

Day 309 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God

This lake looks rather nice, and walking around this I found myself thinking about how wonderful nature is at taking over and covering all our scars. This lake is man made but the years have grown over and it looks like it was just a normal natural lake, but it has taken time. God has used nature to cover the blunt parts of the lake, the man made bits that stuck out as not natural.

It takes time to develop relationships, and one of the sad things about my career seems to be that when I have just started to get to know people, then it seems that I must move on and the relationships that I have just started to form are then just left.

God has been with me since the beginning, like He is with everyone, just waiting for us to stop what we are busy doing and to turn to him. On the big decisions in life I try to now turn to God and put them in his court to see if he has a special answer for me. Do we do this enough? Overtime someone asks us can we help, do we just jump and help despite any projects we have going already, or do we go and pray about the matter?

Do we find ourselves somedays just making quick decisions and then saying in our heads, perhaps I’ll pray about a good outcome later, and never actually get around to doing it. So instead of seeking Jesus in a relationship, we seek other things. Whether those other things are immersing ourselves in games, in work, or just burying our head by watching tv and not thinking about the problem.

I was thinking, if I made a graph of how much time I spent reflecting and thinking and praying to God and also add on everything else I did that day. Would my main focus be God, or computers, or work, or even projects? Are we focussing on other things too much rather than God?

Romans 1:21-23

21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.

Think about the start of this verse  because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God. Are we not the same? Do we not know about God but on some days we fail to give him glory that is due?

But even though this lake is man made, God uses nature to make it beautiful and to shape it into a work of art. He odes this through his love, through his Spirit.

Are we not also like this lake, were we are just humankind, broken and not very worthy of God, but God uses his love, His Spirit to shape us into a work of art.

Are we not all works of art in the making? We are not man made, but God made. God did make us, but we chose to walk our own path for a while making our own decisions until the prophets and then Jesus came to make his dwelling among us. God is working our salvation out through His Son Jesus Christ.

Dear God, help us all to make good decisions and to wait for your guidance. Help us all to build relationships, to build a better community of Christ like believers,
who will not darken our hearts but shine with love for all.

Amen

 

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