As of today (Saturday, November 21), there are only 40 days left until January 1, 2016. Chances are, if you are like me, you have some goals you set way back in January of this year (2015) that you haven't achieved yet. Most people would just give up at this point and say something like, “Well, next year will be different.” Bull! When has next year ever been different for you?
Bill Johnson discusses how he deals with loss, pain and disappointment. What do we do when the healing, the miracle, or the answer to prayer, doesn't come?
We spend our lives trying to “get things done”, thinking that will make us happy/fulfilled/significant/complete. (Or maybe it's just me that suffers from this illusion. I don't mean to presume.)
I would like to propose that “getting things done” is not the ultimate purpose of our lives…
The Scientists and the Theologians
Here's a powerful little taste of the book I'm currently reading…
“As the self-proclaimed agnostic and famous physicist Robert Jastrow has put it, ‘For the scientist who has lived by faith in the power of reason, the story ends like a bad dream. He has scaled the mountains of ignorance; he is about to conquer the highest peak; as he pulls himself over the final rock, he is greeted by a band of theologians who have been sitting there for centuries.'”
Or, you can receive the point I was trying to make just by reading the two paragraphs below.
A legitimate question to ask is, “If Jesus is now Lord of the world, why is it still filled with evil, wickedness, pain, and chaos?”
The answer: Jesus, the ruler of the world, has chosen to rule in and through his people. For this reason, the Scriptures call us “kings and priests” on the earth. Or as Peter put it, “a royal priesthood”, bringing us back to God's original plan for human beings.