I find the older I get the more I am humbled with just how much I do not know. In the past, my knee-jerk reaction to words like "evolution" and "science" was to get defensive. God has shown me through 2 Peter 3:8 ("with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.") and Romans 11:33 ("Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgements and His ways past finding out!") that it is okay to admit I don't know and I don't understand everything. Nothing I read or am told will change the fact that God is almighty, the creator of all things, and so awesome beyond comprehesion that all creation cries out to Him in worship and so do I.
My challenge to the Church when reading anything is not to dismiss an article/blog/book/post completely because you disagree with one sentence. Also when speaking to a person with opposing views, don't instantly write that person off as a fool, rather humble yourself, ask the Holy Spirit for discernment and approach everything you read and everyone you talk to as something or someone that may just have something to teach you. This is part of being a neighbor to others and maybe one of the hardest parts. With that said, the most important part of discernment is actually asking God what He thinks so the Spirit of truth can "guide you into all truth; He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak." (John 16:13). God has alot to teach us and nowhere does this happen as beautifully and completely as in the day He created just for us, the Sabbath. The following is my first of many devotionals as the Holy Spirit leads.
“Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day. Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished. And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God created and made.” Genesis 1:31-2:3 NKJV
“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.” Exodus 20:8 NKJV
Think of the vast expanse and wonder of all of creation. I’ll never forget sitting in the waiting area of Valley Fig Growers in Fresno, CA. They had the life cycle and relationship of the fig wasp and fig tree. The fig is the tree’s male and female flower but can only be pollinated by a wasp. The wasp’s entire life cycle depends on the fig and the fertility of the fig completely depends on the wasp. This relationship is so complex and absurd that, with our understanding and experience of time, our best explanation through science is this must have taken millions of years to evolve. Check out this animated video to learn about this amazing relationship:Continue reading