September 3rd, '18
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IN THE WORLD?
will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help
comes from the Lord..." (Psalm 121:1,2)
I've voiced those words just as you, "How in
the world?" Rationality kicks in. "How in the world can you say that?" Logic
frantically punches calculator buttons. "How in the world are we going to pay
for that?" Unbelief grabs the wheel. "How in the world are we going to get
there from here?" Well, happy to say, we are not of the world, so we don't look
to the world for help. David did not look to the hills; He looked beyond the
hills. "My help comes from the Lord", not the hills. In our day we expect help
from Capitol Hill. In Paul's day it was Mars' Hill (Acts 17:22). What about Calvary hill?
"How in the world will she ever understand?"
That has to be left with God. You can beep the pager, shoot a dozen e-mails,
petition Congress, file suit, hop a train, climb the ladder. The "world" has
its strategies. Jesus repudiated climbing (John 10:1). Faith claims but needs
not climb. God can do in two seconds what takes you two years to do with a
bunch of sweat. "How in the world are we going to cross that river?" Well,
Joshua, build some pontoons, erect a draw bridge or wait for summer when the Jordan subsides. Or you can get out of this world's way of thinking and do it God's way.
Let the priests take up the Ark of the Covenant then step out on that river's
edge and watch the river split just like the Red Sea.
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither
are your ways my ways, saith the Lord" (Isaiah 55:8). He doesn't consult the
Physics teacher when He wants to turn water into wine or make the sun stand
still. "How in the world are we going to get this tomb open?" Mary and the
girls had a real dilemma, but it wasn't there's to ponder. On the third day
Jehovah did His own thing. Crunch, the earth quaked and the stone rolled away.
"Where in the world are you going to keep it?"
"Why in the world would you want it anyway?" "Who in the world is going to pay
for it?" "What in the world got into your head?" Nag, nag, nag, the questions
pound. Change your thinking. "They are not of the world, even as I am not of
the world" (John 17:16). If we are not of the world why should we obey its natural
laws and limitations? "This wisdom descends not from above..." (James 3:15) Paul
said that "the world by wisdom knew not God" (1 Corinthians 1:21). No lab has
ever discovered the Lord. No telescopic lens has ever located Him. He is past
finding out, as are His ways. We do not have to subscribe to "how in the world
do you think" thinking. "The whole world lies in the wicked one" (1 John 5:19)
and so he controls what is considered normal, right, natural, possible,
plausible, etc. The world has no room for miracles. Peter walked on water. How
in the world did he do that? Obviously, he had assistance that was otherworldly.
"My kingdom is not of this world" (John 18:36), and since it is not, there
is a whole different set of scales, standards, laws and physics. It is exciting
to live in two worlds at once, the world of the natural and the world of the
Spirit, the supernatural. The latter doesn't always make sense but it sure does
make for fun!