Of Watches and Skies

Amos 4:13

For lo, the one who forms the mountains, creates the wind, and reveals his thoughts to mortals, the Lord, the God of hosts, is his name!

Matthew 16:3

Jesus said, “You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times.”

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Imagine this scene…

You find a watch on the sidewalk, and say, “Hey, look! Someone dropped their watch.”
“How do you know someone dropped that?” I might further probe, “Did you see it happen? How do you know it didn’t just appear here?”
You wisely respond, “Are you kidding me? It’s a watch. It’s got scratches. It didn’t just appear’. Someone dropped it.”
I foolishly press on: “Yes, but you didn’t see it. And after all, there are so many places and so much time; it could have evolved…”
“Oh, come on! No one believes that,” you say. “Watches come from watch factories to stores and are bought by people who wear them, and sometimes lose them.”
Then I ask, “Have you ever even seen a watch factory?”

Silly, right? Very few of us have seen watch factories, but we know they exist. There is a dramatic difference, however, between believing that watches come from factories and believing that we and the whole world are the creation of the Creator, “the Lord God of hosts.” Watches are not accountable; they are not sensate beings. We are able to acknowledge our Creator. We are accountable to him. We can and should interpret the signs of the times. We can honor him as Lord and God.

Since the world determined that creation by the Creator is no longer something to be believed, every imaginable deviant behavior, every possible denial of ungodliness, and any behavior that anyone wants to embrace is on the table for discussion. If we are the product of random accidents of nature, we get to determine what is good and evil.

Lord, have mercy!

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