The Big Picture – Part 7

The Clock is Ticking

So we have been separated from Love at birth and have turned our affections, desires and will toward Self. We do not readily or consciously know all that we have lost for when sin entered, we died. Death is a process though, and we are in the process of death until and unless He rescues us and we accept His Help.

Just as when a plant is pulled up from the ground and disconnected from the soil it does not wither and die immediately, so are we. Just as a fish when removed from the water does not die immediately, so are we. Just as when an animal is withheld food and water it does not die immediately, so are we. So it is that when you separate man from Life that he dies, yet not immediately. He has some strength within himself — strength to choose.

Yet if the plant does not get back to its life-source, it dies. If the fish does not get back to its life-source, it dies. If the animal does not get back to its life-source, it dies. So we, if we do not get back to our Life-Source, we die. So it is what we do with the strength that we have that will determine if we live or die.

Now we all realize by now that we have an enemy. His goal is to keep you from returning to the Source long enough to expend and expel your strength and to exhaust your opportunity to choose Him, Life, so that you indeed die separated.

How does he do it? The same way he always does it. He uses accusation, doubt and fear to get you to buy into his lies in order to get you and keep you from Him, the Source, wherein your Life is hid. It’s all about distraction and dissuasion from Love.

He doesn’t have to kill you, he just has to keep you occupied with the pursuit of Self long enough and you will die of natural causes, or otherwise. It is just a matter of squandering the opportunity of time. So how does he do it? Here are some examples of distractions although there are an endless number of strategies — a panoply for each of us:

Build a bigger tower.

One of the primary things lost in the Fall was protection. Remember, we exercised our will and lost the place where we belonged. We shared a house with our Father, called Eden, but now we have been kicked out of the home.

“Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.” Gen. 3:23-24.

At each step of our disobedience we meet circumstances and consequences to encourage us to realize we have made the wrong choice. We are supposed to learn to humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God. Instead we consult with Self and redouble our efforts to establish a workable lifestyle and refuse to admit our need of our Father.

To restore our need for relationship we joined together with others like ourselves that do not have a relationship with their Father and want to figure out a way to make a workable lifestyle. “I know, we can build a house for all of us and we won’t need Him. We will find our security in community and what we can do to provide for ourselves.”

“And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.  And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there.  And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them throughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter.  And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.” Gen. 11:1-4.

Good plan, bad idea. God wants us to know and we need to realize our need of Him. Too often we find our security in others and material things. Great sources but still just distractions. Here is another plan we often use:

Establishing Kingdoms

Men have instinctively known that there is security in power and might. If there is anyone who has more than you or has something you might need, take it, win it or buy it. With enough power and/or money you will not have to go without. There is great security in being able to command and manipulate people and resources to your own ends.

Most of the Old Testament is riddled with the historical account of the rise and fall of the kingdoms of men and what they did. Repeatedly and predictably there is the same cycle.

Men gain power through domination of others. In that position of strength and power they gain wealth and property. Once men have established their security they begin to rest, enjoy themselves and enjoy their new entitlements wrought by their efforts, especially the pleasures of sin. In short order they become weakened and diminish in the very things that got them there. A new power comes to emerge and dominate them. Watch the history channel of the Bible. It looks like an endless looping cycle of self-destruction.

If we have learned anything from history it is that history repeats itself. Todays models of establishing kingdoms and the power of men are manifested in our military, government, judicial, business, educational and scientific accomplishments and endeavors. We look for security in our ability to command and control our lives and outcomes. Lots of time is spent looking for security here.

Wearing Righteous Coverings

Our insecurities do not only lie in our need for protection and provision but in a fragile self a need for love and acceptance. We try with many methods to make ourselves acceptable. One of the first things Adam and Eve did was hide and then make some acceptable outer garments to cover their nakedness, the source of their insecurity. “They knew they were naked and hid.”

Since the very beginning men have sought for acceptance and love from both God and men. One of the greatest tools and methods is to do righteous acts. To change their outward presentation to something praiseworthy and lovable.

The thinking is that if I look good, act good and appear good them I am good. A person can spend a lot of time and energy on the right outward appearance. This is where beauty, fame, and religion come in. They all seek to gain approval and acceptance because of outward presentations.

Throughout all time men have used these methods to gain the love and security that was lost in the relationship that they had with their Father in the Garden. Yet none of these can come anywhere close to restoring the security we lost and the Love we separated from. These are all cheap imitations and distractions to eat up the valuable time you have been given.

The clock is ticking.