GRAND DESIGN SUGGEST GRAND DESIGNER

One of the reasons brilliant fools say in their heart, “there is no designer.” is that, if there is a designer then his designed things must be used according to the way He designed them or they will cause trouble and not work right.

If your car is designed to run on ethanol then you may save money by burning it. (The ethanol not the car of course.) If it is designed to run on gasoline and you insist on burning ethanol, you will have problems.

God designed absolutely everything! Therefore it behooves us to ask, “How should I interact with this, his designed creation in such a way as to be blessed and not have problems?

We need to ask the question, what is this for and how should it be used?

Food, sleep,money, work, worship,tools, books, (yes, even the things that man invents flow from the mind of God.) computers, televisions, cars, medicine, houses, clothes, etc, etc,

1. Food:is for nutrition, energy, fellowship,gratitude, Not for: an end in itself to be worshiped, antidepressant, to prove our superior worth or income etc

ITimothy 6:8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. ICorinthians 6:13 KJV Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body.

2. Sleep: to restore strength, problem solving, memory fixing, trusting ourselves to God daily.                 Psalms 127:2 for so he giveth his beloved sleep.

Not for: runing away from life.                  Proverbs 24:33 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth; and thy want as an armed man.

3.Money: to minister to the needy, to promote God’s kingdom, for basic needs.

Not for: security, control, establishing superiority, corrupting justice.

4.Work: to provide for family and the needs of others, to decrease our tendency to sin, to let God’s ingenuity flow through us.           Psalm 90:17 And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.

Not for: escaping responsibilities and dealing with problems at home, finding ways to control others. etc.

Lord forgive my resentment of the limitations you have designed into all that I do and to all that I interact with. Forgive me for being arrogant and not even asking you how you want me to interact with the things you have made.Help me to steward, nurture, savor, appreciate,husband and care for your creation and search out the wonders of the advice found in your users manual, The  Word of God.

You may ponder the rest of the above list and all the things you encounter today.

Ponder the fact that literally everything causes damage if not used according to the specific guidlines found in the Word of God which is Jesus himself, and blesses us when used properly.

How could such a thing be if there were no designer and if that designer were not Jesus Christ himself?

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2 thoughts on “GRAND DESIGN SUGGEST GRAND DESIGNER

  1. This is a good point but what do you make of it when one continually believes God has a master plan and thinks I their heart they are working towards fulfilling his design and yet continually feels persecuted. What I mean to say is would God just keep stacking sorrow after sorrow at ones front door like Job. If you keep believing and putting one foot in front of the other just to be knocked back and then to do it all again, is the end design one of grace and peace? I wish I could articulate better what I am asking but hopefully this makes sense.Yes I did, it did provide a bit of comfort. It has been a rough month but today was better than yesterday so that is certainly something. I like the image of the pop up toy it is a good analogy.
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    On Oct 29, 2013, at 6:45 PM, “Bell, Verle” wrote:
    So did you read my reply on your comment about one problem after another? You must feel like one of those toys which pops back up after being punched. I do hope you will comment further. I am somewhat disappointed that blogging does not have more back and forth
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    I do agree about the blogging I wish there was sometimes more feedback. I have had some really comforting words and great advice sporadic as it may be. My blog passed the 10,000 views mark this week and out of those about 100 comments.
    I believe I am on the right path at the moment and have regained pleasure in attending church and some other activities. Still I feel I am at the bottom of an endless staircase and just keep on climbing. Thank you!
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    If the goal is to reach the top of the staircase, then it’s being endless is discouraging. However if the goal is to see, experience, learn from, and, even sometimes, delight in the step we are on; and if we are to never quit climbing and there is no expected speed at which we are supposed to climb and we don’t mind that others may be higher or climbing faster, then the climb is a lot less stressful. Word of God: Invest NO anxiety in tomorrow and do not wallow in yesterday or compare ourselves by our past performance or expected performance, or compare ourselves amongst ourselves.

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    • 1.This is a good point but what do you make of it when one continually believes God has a master plan and thinks I their heart they are working towards fulfilling his design and yet continually feels persecuted. What I mean to say is would God just keep stacking sorrow after sorrow at ones front door like Job. If you keep believing and putting one foot in front of the other just to be knocked back and then to do it all again, is the end design one of grace and peace? I wish I could articulate better what I am asking but hopefully this makes sense.
      On Oct 29, 2013, at 6:45 PM, “Bell, Verle” wrote:
      So did you read my reply on your comment about one problem after another? You must feel like one of those toys which pops back up after being punched. I do hope you will comment further. I am somewhat disappointed that blogging does not have more back and forth.
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      2.Yes I did, it did provide a bit of comfort. It has been a rough month but today was better than yesterday so that is certainly something. I like the image of the pop up toy it is a good analogy.
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      3. I do agree about the blogging I wish there was sometimes more feedback. I have had some really comforting words and great advice sporadic as it may be. My blog passed the 10,000 views mark this week and out of those about 100 comments.
      I believe I am on the right path at the moment and have regained pleasure in attending church and some other activities. Still I feel I am at the bottom of an endless staircase and just keep on climbing. Thank you!
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      4. If the goal is to reach the top of the staircase, then it’s being endless is discouraging. However if the goal is to see, experience, learn from, and, even sometimes, delight in the step we are on; and if we are to never quit climbing and there is no expected speed at which we are supposed to climb and we don’t mind that others may be higher or climbing faster, then the climb is a lot less stressful. Word of God: Invest NO anxiety in tomorrow and do not wallow in yesterday or compare ourselves by our past performance or expected performance, or compare ourselves amongst ourselves.
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      5.That is such a terrific statement and perspective, the past performance and expected performance being my Achilles heel. I had my second session of mindfulness based stress reduction and the daily meditating with 40 minutes of “just being and feeling and being ok with whatever is” gosh it is hard and Like any exercise as I practice I find it getting easier and think it is translating into letting myself have a lot more credit for what u did right today. I am still anxious but improvement for sure. Each day I must practice one activity mindfully and eat a meal mindfully. You see Gods greatness when you stop to think about all that occurred to make this exact moment special.

      Thank you a positive start to a very busy day 🙂

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