Occasionally my wife and I have the opportunity to watch a youngster when her parents spend an evening playing together on a volleyball team. When at their home, we are often encouraged by Abigail to color with her in one of her crayon books. Some pages present a partial image with some detail and an outline presented as a set of dots. Abigail is young enough that we have had to instruct her on how to connect the dots in order to make the image clear.
Just as Abigail has had to be instructed in order to gain the proper perspective from the completing of the partial images by connecting the dots, we adults must also be instructed as to the meaning of what we see. In short, sometimes we must also be taught how to connect the dots to perceive the meaning of events and things around us.
Much of what we see as adults we understand from experience and examination. That is, we are able to identify and label what we observe. But being able to place a tag on something does not mean that we always comprehend its importance.
When tragedies of enormous proportion suddenly fill our attention, we generally know what has taken place. Hurricane Sandy, which devastated the eastern seaboard of the United States, is a recent case in point. In its aftermath, we see what has happened as a result of the storms fury. We see the unbelievable destruction of property. We note the loss of utility and of transportation systems that have placed incredible burdens upon those in the effected areas. And surely we lament the loss of life.
We see what has occurred. Then we are compelled to ask the question, why? Why the devastation of such magnitude? Some explanations put forth, such as global warming, are accepted by many. But many others looking at historical weather cycles remain unconvinced, and still seek satisfying answers.
There are answers to the big questions of why. Why are we here? Where are we going? There is a source that you can trust to help you connect the dots. You will get more satisfying answers from that source than from any other. You will not get from that source the same type of hesitant, stumbling, rationalizing answers that Ricky Ricardo got when he would demand, “Lucy, you’ve got some ‘splainin’ to do!”
There is a God in heaven who knows what is going on, what is happening, and why. In Isaiah 46:9-10 God states, “Remember the former things of old, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure’” Concerning the affairs of man God knows the end from the beginning.
He tells us the meaning of what is happening—but do we pay attention? God has commissioned His Work to make plain the meaning of end-time events as foretold in God’s word, the Bible, just before His Sons return. We are told to “Cry aloud, spare not; lift up your voice like a trumpet; tell My people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sin” (Isaiah 58:1). One of the duties of God’s Church is to explain the meaning behind current world events and phenomenon.
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