Bob Mayo, Stonepoint Member
I heard a story about stars from our worship pastor at church today. The story goes that when he and his family first moved out to the country, they would go outside at night and just look at the stars. They had always lived in the city before and you could not see the stars. But out here, it was different. There were stars and wonders in the sky to look at and be amazed at. But now, they don’t go look at the stars any more like they used to. They have become accustomed to them and take them for granted. The story ended with a plea not to handle our our worship of our Lord that way. We should not take it for granted.
I remember similar experiences when I was younger. When I was about 12, my parents bought me an astronomical telescope. It wasn’t terribly powerful, but it brought a whole new realm into my young life. I especially enjoyed looking at the moon. I could see shadows, craters and mountains. There were times I would just go out in my back yard and lie down and stare up at the night sky. I would see several meteors shoot by as I did this. It fascinated and amazed me! I still have an interest in the universe, but like my worship leader friend, I rarely go out and just look at the stars and see God’s glorious creation, even though I too can see the stars now. Yea for Wills Point! I too, have become accustomed to the stars and take them for granted.
It’s curious how our natural inclination on things is just to become accustomed to them. Even though we have God living in us via the Holy Spirit, we seldom give Him a second thought. We tend to go about our lives by our own ability and ideas. Then when we fail, we wonder why.
This week in my re:generation book we are studying about the God of the Bible who is all-knowing, all-powerful and the all-present creator. Generally, if someone asked me if I see God that way, I would say, “yes, of course.” But then the lesson gets personal. It wants to know if I believe God can restore me. So, we arrive at the proverbial “rubber meets the road.” In mind I say, yes. But my heart always questions my mind. I’ve heard a lot of stories lately about God changing people. Some of the stories are even from people I know. But I keep asking, “will God really change me?”
My answer to the above question, by faith, is yes. God can and will change me! And he can and will change you, too, if we only allow Him to do so. I am convinced that God has the power, the knowledge and the ability to practically and truly change me to be more and more like Him. I won’t try to explain all that now, but let me close this with a few verses of scripture:
Genesis 1:1-In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Genesis 1:16-God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night; He made the stars also.
Jeremiah 32:17-“Ah Lord God! Behold, You have made he heavens and the earth you Your great power and by your outstretched arm! Nothing is too difficult for You,”
God is for us, not against us. You’ve probably heard that before. But don’t let yourself get accustomed to it. Take time to praise and worship God as the all-powerful God of the universe. Then exercise faith that He has the power and ability to change and make you more like Him. He won’t let you down!! Blessings to all of you!