2018-05-29 Go For The Gusto!

Good Morning!

We had a nice thunderstorm last night that gave me some fantastic pictures. You’ll see more from last night over the next few days. I tell you, God is magnificent in his displays in the sky!

Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.

Romans 1:20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.

Genesis 1:31 And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

What do we do with all of this? Chalk it up to a nice experience? Or do we talk about it with others and weave God into the conversation? I think the latter is most appropriate. The former demonstrates we are simply letting the world pass us by. That’s what a sponge does. It sits on a rock in the ocean waiting for food to pass through it. Filter feeder. That’s one way to spend our life.

None of that for me. I know a lot of people with lots more gusto than me, but I would like to think that I enjoy my environment. Funny, some of you may remember the beer ad, “Go For The Gusto,” by Schlitz. Isn’t it amazing how we can enjoy God’s creation if only we drink the right beer or smoke the right cigarettes or wear the right clothing! How in the world could Adam and Eve ever had been happy all naked with nothing to enhance their pleasure?

Well, I guess that was a stupid question. Satan was the original Madison Avenue Advertising Man! He created a perceived need, a dissatisfaction so intense that Adam and Eve were willing to pay any price to have it met. What fools!

And the foolishness continues to this day. God is constantly demonstrating his glory in the creation, yet we are blind and deaf to it all. Not only that, but we have lost our sense of smell, taste, and touch.

For the most part. Then we have a storm last night to awaken us to God’s majesty.

So, what will you and I do with this? Will we continue to look for and rejoice in the glory of God in the things he has made, or will we return to our role as filter feeders and stare blankly into the chaos of the world as we wait to be fed by it.

Matthew 6:21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Father, create in me a desire to speak of things pertaining to your nature. Yes, I have a job in the world, but I can certainly speak of you while in it. Yes, it will set me apart and may even make people think I’m a nut job. So be it. I would rather be more concerned with you than anything the world has to offer. Please grant this to me. Amen.

Copyright © 2018 Scott Powers


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