Closing the Gap 1.25.18

By January 25, 2018Daily Devotional

Week 3 Day 4

Pray:

Ask God to reorient you to Himself. Confess any known sin. Thank Him for His forgiveness. Be still and reflect on Jesus and His sacrifice for you. Ask the Holy Spirit to open your heart and mind to God’s Word. Pray for others in your life that they, too, would know and love God today.

Read:

Hebrews 11:3 By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.

Reflect:

Why is there something rather than nothing? Some say everything is the result of chance. But what are the “chances” of everything that exists coming into existence from nothing? Zero. The chances are zero. So I ask again: why is there something rather than nothing? Because God spoke, and at his command the universe was formed. He did not gather raw materials and build a universe; he spoke all that is into existence. What does it even mean that he “spoke”? He doesn’t have lungs, or vocal cords, and he doesn’t live in air. When God “spoke” and said “Let there be!” it is a way of saying he “willed it to be so,” and then by his power (ability) he made it so. I can “will” my fingers to move, and they do. I can will that words form on this computer, and they do. I am creating words, but my “will” operates from what exists. He is able to will things into existence that did not exist before. All that is seen was not made out of existing things but rather from the will and power of God. This is incredible to consider, but it is no more incredible than to consider the possibility that all that exists suddenly “sprung” into existence from nothing. In fact, it is much more reasonable to believe that things that look to be designed came from a mind. We do not believe that, in the physical universe, things “pop” into existence on their own. We believe (“we” being scientists as well as “lay” people) that things are not uncaused, that if something now exists, it is because something caused it to happen. So this being true, why would people believe that the universe itself—the biggest of all existing things—would be able to be “uncaused”? As you walk through God’s world today and you think about what you see, do not be fooled; all that you see is “caused.” The streets were planned and built by a “mind.” The same with your lunch and the buildings you walk into. These did not “just happen.” They were planned, caused. The same is true about the universe. The same is true about you. The same is true about your co-worker and neighbor. Close the gap on your faith and love today. See all things and all people as products of the mind and will of God.

Pray:

(Personalize this prayer today; make it specific to the circumstances that face you.)
Ask God to lead you through His Spirit as you go through your day. Ask Him to bring to mind the truth of the gospel and its implications for what you will encounter today. Tell Him “Yes” to His will and ask Him for His power and protection to live this “yes.” Ask God to create and reveal opportunities to proclaim the good news today.

 

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