6-4-2022 The Watch
finished watching an episode of ‘Touched by an Angel’ (season 7, episode 14),
‘Bringer of Light’. I loved how the
writers of this episode (John Masius, Luke Schelhaas & Jason Jersey)
brought together a mom, dying of cancer, an atheistic husband, an inquiring
daughter (Lucy) and the existence of God.
airs this show daily between 8AM – 10 AM (2 episodes) Eastern time (US). I love
this show because it brings forth a lot of biblical truths with practical
application. But I almost didn’t watch this
airing. I was thinking what I had to do before going to my daughter’s later for
a cookout. (OK, it was 90 deg. Out there
and it WAS a cookout but an eat-in. lol)
Memorial Day weekend, more than once, I said “Lord, what am I going to do for
the blog this coming Saturday?” and I heard nothing. Normally I eat breakfast as I watch the first
episode Monday – Friday and today was no different. Except that I only watched the beginning of
the first episode today. Because of the
holiday today and the fact that our church is bringing in some special speakers
this Friday and Saturday, I figured I had only one day (Wednesday) to get to
the gym. The plans for going over to my
daughters today for a cookout was pushed back two hours so I realized I could
still make it to the gym today. I had
time to make it to the gym today and my time wasn’t obligated until after 5PM
Friday. I thought about it and it ‘dawned’ on me (Thank you Father) I should
also be able to make it Friday as well (all three days). So I had to quickly make out my routine for
this week. Did that and came back into
the living room read my passage for today in the bible. By that time it was almost 9:00 AM so ‘I said
to myself I’ll see what the next episode (of ‘Angel’) is. I found myself watching the whole
episode! No complaints. I love this show.
At the end
of the show I said to myself “Well that was good. I’m glad I watched it. Through these shows, Father always shows me a
‘little’ something He wants me to be aware of.
But, Lord, I still don’t have anything for Saturday.” The Lord responded to me “Really? What about the watch?”
episode, Andrew (John Dye) explained to the daughter, Lucy, in this family
(Amanda Fuller) about a watch being found on a tree stump in the forest.
nutshell. The watch was just laying on a
tree stump. How did it get there? Did the components of the watch just ‘come
together’ there on that stump of their own accord? Or did someone make it and leave it there to
be found? Response – someone had to make
the watch and put it there, it couldn’t just materialize all by itself right
there on that spot. Did you see the
watchmaker? No. Then how do you know the watchmaker made it
and left it there? Someone had to. The watch couldn’t have made itself and put
itself on that spot. Oh. So we see the evidence that a
watchmaker made the watch and put it on the stump even though we didn’t see the
watchmaker do any of this? Well,
see the evidence of our ‘watchmaker’ (God) in the world around us. Science rationalizes that all this ‘just
happened’ rather than admit that everything was created for purpose, with
design by ‘someone’ (also God).
that if we reject the idea that God created everything, then we don’t have to
admit that there is a higher power
in existence. If we deny that a higher
authority exists, then there is no commitment to that authority. Therefore, if that higher authority doesn’t
exist, we have no obligation to it (Him) and I have no guidelines governing
what we do so can do whatever!
us that the ”Law” (10 Commandments) brings knowledge of sin. However, where there is no knowledge of sin
(to the knowledge of the individual) there is no realization of penalty for
sin. Yet we all still die a natural
death (Heb. 9:27). The eternal death is
what we want to avoid – the judgment of God (Rev. 20:11-15). Yet through ‘Law’ comes that knowledge of sin
and sin brings forth death. But life comes through acceptance of Jesus Christ
(Rom. 7:1-25). Most people, in this world,
really don’t want to die. It is hard to
imagine not existing anymore. We see the
finality of death when pets or people around us pass from this life. What keeps a lot of folks pressing on is the
hope of some sort of life beyond this one.
Look at the
world today. Wars and rumors of wars,
worldwide famine, worldwide natural disasters, rioting in the streets, rise in
senseless murders! (also mentioned in
the bible by Jesus (Matt. 24:1-13)
agree that the world is a mess, yet not many want to do what is necessary
to correct the situation. Pass laws to
correct the problem but ignore the root of the problem – people’s heart. And that means a relationship with our
us in Romans chapter one how man has rejected God (even in his time) and then
spells out the consequences of such action (Rom. 1:1-32). In quick summary, God gives man over to his
own desires and lets him wallow in them, to their own destruction. Is this God’s intent for us? No. In
his letter, Peter writes, to those who have received Jesus as Savior, in part says is “God is not slack as man considers
being ‘not caring’ but rather is longsuffering that none should perish.” (2
Peter 3:9). This means that Father puts
up with a lot from us, giving us every opportunity to let Him into our life –
even until our last breath! God could
have (and probably should have) taken me out a long a time ago, but He has been
patiently waiting for me to get the point where I am today. And even though I am slow, He is still
working with me.
God is the
only ‘thing’ science can’t explain so it’s easier to deny His existence rather
than admit that he’s responsible for all that is. I mean, after all, look at the technological
advancements man has made in the past 100 years! From putting around in model “T”s to sending
spacecraft beyond our solar system! Man
is pretty smart! Man continues to learn
to explain what he does see and reject what he can’t. By the way, in the natural, we don’t see
germs or even individual cells – but we ‘can’ see them through microscopes. So we accept their existence.
Back to the
watch found in the forest. Just as Lucy
considered the watch found in the forest, she knew someone had to have made the
watch then placed it on the stump. A
watch just can’t make itself (right?).
And that watch couldn’t have walked to that stump on its own
accord. It has no legs nor the ability
to ‘roll’ itself or fly up to and up onto the stump. She concludes that someone must have made the
watch then placed it on that stump.
consider, she never saw the watchmaker nor did she see him place it on the
stump, but there was the watch! Someone had
to have made it and put it there!
We look at
things through ‘natural eyes. We try to
explain or rationalize things to understand them (that’s OK) but when we hit a
brick wall in explaining things, it is easier to deny it or say ‘it just happened’. We can allow no room for a force (power), we
cannot understand, being responsible.
In large, man
refuses to admit that there is a higher authority which He can’t explain
through natural means. Amen?
So why go
through all this? This is how too many
people view God. We may not be able to
physically see Him, hear Him, touch Him, Taste Him, smell Him, but when we open
our heart up to Him we can surely experience Him.
Our body can
and will react to God’s presence in our life.
Jesus says that the Holy Ghost (a part of the Trinity and through
‘salvation’) dwells within us (John 14:16-17).
Oh, by the way, this same Holy Ghost was made available to us on what
Christians refer to as ‘the Day of Pentecost. 12 apostles and 108 disciples were in the
upper room, praising and worshipping God when the Holy Ghost came as ‘tongues
of fire’ resting upon all the disciples in that upper room (Acts 2:1-18).
God is and does interact with us. We need to accept that He IS (I AM – Exod.
3:13-14). We need to learn how and when
He does. And He does through the world
around us, the bible and our personal relationship with Him.
our relationship with our heavenly Father, the more readily we can recognize
when that interaction occurs. Read the
bible to get understanding about our Lord, then talk with Him to develop that
relationship. Talk? That means pray! Think.
How many times did you get to know anybody without talking with them? Exchanging ideas and thourhts?
We may not
be able to ‘see’ our (watch) Maker, but we surely can see the evidence that He has
been here. Look around. Again, look at the world around us. Not necessarily what man has done to it but
the basic beauty of everything. Get
past what is just in front of our nose, then see the beauty of God’s creation
and know that He IS.
does exist. He’s just waiting for us
to discover Him.