1 Chronicles 29:13-15 “Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name. But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort? for all things come of thee, and of thine own have we given thee. For we are strangers before thee, and sojourners, as were all our fathers: our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is none abiding.”
Atrocities, massacres, genocide, murders, violence, and so much more is thrust in our faces these days because of this digital age. Anyone with a smartphone can have access to worldwide events 24/7.
Our eyes, ears, and senses are bombarded with news, both fake and true. We see the rise of such narcissistic behavior on social media. We crave attention. We are devastated when we don’t get enough ‘likes.’ Suicide is at an all-time high. People are on more psychotropic drugs than ever before. And no wonder.
When the world we live in seems to be falling apart around us, we see that we have no control, and we panic. Sadly, even God’s people do not see clearly enough to break out of the “sky is falling” mentality.
You see, when you do not have a clear view of what this life is all about, you begin grasping at straws to try to figure it all out.
For the born-again, child of God, we can have a calm spirit and say:
“God’s got this!”
Knowing the big picture from God’s point of view brings such a calming peace. God, who is all-knowing (Omniscient), is not bound by time. He is not traveling along with us in 2019, unable to see all things – beginning to their end.
He is outside of our realm, yet, able to be present with us. I have utterly and totally accepted the fact that I will never fully understand, nor comprehend such facts about my God, but my faith believes it to be true because my God said so.
David says in our text this morning:
“for all things come of thee, and of thine own have we given thee.”
This is a very telling statement as to David’s worldview. He knew the origin of things. Not from some primordial ooze, big bang, or evolutionary fantasy. Knowing the One who has all power (Omnipotent) as the Creator of all things, makes it easy to think that all things were made by God, and I am only given what I have in stewardship.
From the realms beyond our reach in this universe to the world of the microscopic; my God, the God of the Bible, made it all, and is Sovereign overall.
More wonderfully, God is not so big as to be able to meet me on a personal basis to hear my cries.
Luke 12:6-7 “Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.”
Through prayer, a child of God can find far more than those who don’t.
Philippians 4:6-7 “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
As David prayed for his son, Solomon, he revealed his knowledge of God found in his relationship with God.
1 Chronicles 28:9 “And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever.”
To see the big picture, you must have faith. Without faith, man will conjure up an explanation that suits him; thus making himself a god. He will choose what is and isn’t real and set himself to be the ruler of his universe.
Some of the most far-fetched explanations of how this world came into existence come from those who have wholly and totally rejected God and His truth. One day, all will be revealed. One day, all will see Him for who and what He really is. Then, all will bow to worship the One, True, and Living God.
Philippians 2:10-11 “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
That day will be easy for those who have accepted Jesus Christ as Savior; for we will have bowed ourselves long before that day. We will have worshipped Him, praised Him, and sang of His excellent greatness.
On the day I was saved, my world changed from Paul-centric to God-centered, and it has made all the difference to me!