The horizon is not the final destination...it's only the beginning.
Every once in a while we take the time out to view a majestic sunrise or sunset or just look up into the stars and ponder God's magnificence. It's a rare occasion that most of us allow ourselves that brief moment of realization in our busy lives. Too much to do. Too busy. Priorities, commitments, deadlines, etc.
The Speed of Life
Life is simply moving faster and faster. Technology and innovation speeds everything up. Every once in a while though, we will stop and see the horizon. We'll stop thinking and just take a moment to receive the complete power of the universe.
No Divine Creator?
It has always amazed me how some of the most brilliant scientists, astrophysicists, etc., understand how complex the universe is; how broad in scope, perhaps better than anyone else here, yet they don't believe in God!
This isn't meant as an insult...it's just difficult for me to understand how they wouldn't perceive that only an omnipotent being could have created all of this to work in such a cohesive, concise, orderly way.
Viewing a sunset, it seems like the sun is right there....yet it is somewhere around 93 million miles away!
There are supposedly planets that are 700x the size of the sun; 14,000x brighter?!
I believe one of the reasons we are surrounded by such colossal stars, planets, solar system, etc. is to remind us of how HUGE God is!
We get stuck in a narrow-minded thinking of Jesus Christ still being on the Cross.
Or we perceive His power in that meek, sacrificial state as a man, crucified by man in order to gain mans' eternal salvation for all who receive Him as Lord and Savior.
We can forget how all-encompassing His power really is. He created this planet, the solar system, and the stars & galaxies beyond this universe -that we don't even know about yet!
What can we learn from Job?
Why did God rebuke Job the way He did?
After everything Job had been through!...
God was reminding Job of who He is!
On the surface, it seemed like one more insult against Job; but it was really just God reminding Job of how great He, as Job's creator, is.
God was reminding Job to keep the faith. Job did keep the faith. God restored him double for everything he lost.
When did God restore Job?
When Job quit defending himself and quit making a case for his own self righteousness....and instead...prayed- for the very people who were falsely accusing and slandering him:
Job 42:10 (NKJV)
10 And the Lord restored Job’s losses when he prayed for his friends. Indeed the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.
Read the entire Book of Job here.
Read God's Rebuke and Restoration of Job (Chapters 38-42 of the Book of Job here.)
In the beginning...
The Book of Genesis in the Old Testament of the Bible gives you a reminder of God's pure brilliance and power.
You think God has stopped working in your life?
You think He's not powerful enough to make a difference? Or maybe that He doesn't care?
He hasn't stopped working in your life. Let Him finish the masterpiece...Keep the Faith.
Consider Genesis 1 that details His creation of everything in 6 days!
Genesis 1 (NKJV)
In the Beginning God created the heavens and the earth...
1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
3 Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. 4 And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day.
6 Then God said, “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.” 7 Thus God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; and it was so. 8 And God called the firmament Heaven. So the evening and the morning were the second day.
9 Then God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear”; and it was so. 10 And God called the dry land Earth, and the gathering together of the waters He called Seas. And God saw that it was good.
11 Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so. 12 And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 13 So the evening and the morning were the third day.
14 Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; 15 and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so. 16 Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also. 17 God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth, 18 and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 So the evening and the morning were the fourth day.
20 Then God said, “Let the waters abound with an abundance of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the face of the firmament of the heavens.” 21 So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” 23 So the evening and the morning were the fifth day.
24 Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth the living creature according to its kind: cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth, each according to its kind”; and it was so. 25 And God made the beast of the earth according to its kind, cattle according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over [g]all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
29 And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. 30 Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food”; and it was so. 31 Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
Your destination is not the horizon.
The horizon gives us just a glimpse of where our capabilities as humans end and God's infinite love, creativity, and power begin.