So much of our thinking excludes God and His Son, Jesus Christ. For example, after a much needed shower we often exclaim, “Hurrah! It finally rained.” Who is this “it” to which we ascribe the rain. “Oh,” we say, “Mother Nature has been good to us.” But the Bible tells us God is the ultimate force in and over the universe. Job 5:10 says, “He gives rain on the earth.”
The clash is between world and life views. The apostle Paul puts it this way. “We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5). This statement is very strong language. But it is no more confrontational than those who are outspokenly opposed to Biblical Christianity. When we deal with ultimates, there are bound to be clashes in thinking.
You see, we cannot have it both ways. Either God and His Son, Jesus Christ, actually control the rain and everything else, or Mother Nature is in control. Does God bring the rain and is prayer therefore a legitimate enterprise? Or are we left in the grip of the impersonal, Mother Nature, who is incapable of caring? The latter way of thinking leads to despair. Being in the hands of God can be very hopeful.
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