Saturday, April 25, 2009

The Main Thing......

Some of you may have read my post about friends a couple days ago. If you haven’t I would encourage you to before reading this post simply because it is a sequel to that one in some ways.

Fact: No human being is omniscient

Fact: God is omniscient

Fact: We can’t see what will come in the future for us

Fact: God can

At times in life I think we can all agree that life just seems to hate us. Nothing goes right, everything falls apart, bad things happen. I seemed to have a day like that this week and I tried my hardest to keep myself in one piece. I prayed, read the Bible, mostly tried to stay sane. Yet, in the end I came through. It was that day that I “lost” one of my friends. But that you have already read about. The point of this post is to say that all things happen for the good. And truly, all things do happen for the good. I can say that even though I can’t really talk to that friend and such, I’ve reconnected with another one. This other friend, we used to be amazingly close. Then some various things happen and it tore us apart. But has strengthen that relationship in a mighty way this week. This brings a whole new meaning to, “You give and You take away...” God may have taken something away from me, but, who knows? Maybe if He hadn’t that other friendship would have stayed at the dull state that it was.

We have to look at life in the light of God’s eyes. We mustn’t stand by and pout, moan, groan and whine about how life is treating us so cruelly. This is sin. If you say this, you are saying that God doesn’t know what He’s doing. I have been saying that God doesn’t know what He’s doing in my life. There’s always a bigger picture.

If any of you have been to an art museum I think you would probably say that the thing that impressed you most was that in person the pictures are so much bigger! You see them online, in a book, wherever. But, as you walk into that gallery, you stammer back, your eyes go wide, the pictures are so much bigger. God created that gallery people, God created those pictures. All we can see is the little sample picture in the textbook. I can’t rely on the sample picture; I must rely on the real thing.

My most favorite Sermon by Pastor John Piper is called, “The Main Thing”. His theme for the sermon is about a song that one of his daughters was blasting in her room. It was a Christian song that at first made no sense to him. The chorus line went something like this, “The main thing, is to keep the main thing, the main thing.” Sounds a little absurd at first yes, but, what does that really mean? It’s really a profound statement if you think about it long enough.

The main thing is to keep the main thing, the main thing. What is the main thing? Is it our pretty little utopian lives? Is it our computers or books, is it friends and family? No. The main thing is God. The main thing is trusting in His everlasting love and grace. The main thing is knowing with a full heart that God loves me, that God knows what He’s doing and He’s not going to let me down. Once I’ve lost the main thing, I’ve lost it all. If this is the main thing, then, I’ve got make sure that this idea stays with me. I have got to keep the main thing, the main thing. My goal in life should be keeping the main thing, the main thing.

Life is so short, why do we spend our days idly complaining about our shirt being wrinkled, our coffee being too cold, our house too hot. What’s the point of life? It’s to glorify our heavenly Father. It says in
Psalm 39 – "O LORD, make me know my end and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting I am! Behold, you have made my days a few handbreadths, and my lifetime is as nothing before you. Surely all mankind stands as a mere breath! Selah. Surely a man goes about as a shadow! Surely for nothing they are in turmoil; man heaps up wealth and does not know who will gather! "And now, O Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in you. Deliver me from all my transgressions. Do not make me the scorn of the fool!

When life is so short, we must keep the main thing, the main thing......

1 comment:

Lo said...

So true. The main this needs to be the thing we are looking to every day and holding up in front of us at all times.

Good thoughts once again Justin!