For what other great nation has a god so near to it as the LORD our God is whenever we call to him? (Deuteronomy 4:7 NRSV)
A gravestone in an English cemetery carries this epitaph:
Here lies a fellow who lived for himself
And cared for nothing but gathering pelf.
Now where he is or how he fares,
Nobody knows and nobody cares!
Frightening, isn't it, to live in a little world, and have a small view on things; to get lost in the forest of traffic, and be eaten up by some unseen monster.
But that can change for you, says the word of God. It can change when you get the view from above, the perspective on life that Jesus has, ascended to glory, sitting next to his Father in Heaven. It's a perspective that doesn't deny the evil we see around us. It's a perspective that doesn't try to sugar-coat everything in some kind of syrupy-sweet religion. Rather, it's a perspective that puts evil in its place, and catches the larger purpose for which we exist.
Dear God, I exist because you are my father. Guide me today to do those things that will draw me closer to you. In Jesus name, Amen.
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