Monday, October 13, 2003

How Is It?

(Jordan and the Simplest of Things)

How is it that man is so extremist? How is it that he can either glory in that which he does not know or revel in that which he thinks himself most sure. How is it that he can skim over the details of life and think himself well-rounded? How is it he comes to think that what he believes about the world, the universe, and God has no bearing or manifestations in the way he butters his bread, tips a waitress, or phrases a question?

Jordan says that, “The progressive revelation and glorification of God in history does not take place by revealing what is hidden, but by transforming what is already revealed.” It is man’s special gift to either make light of weightier matters or to allow the lighter to weigh heavy upon their souls. We stress ourselves over the simplest of things and cast aside with a witty remark the issues of substance that should be taking captive our minds. How is it that we skew importance and revert priority?

Jordan goes on to say about God’s work of transforming that which has already been revealed, “This is the mystery of time, of growth, of history. It means something remarkable: that even in the simplest of human actions, God’s glory can be enhanced and His Person revealed more fully” (Primeval Saints, pg. 24). How is it that we’re able to get so caught up in finding out who God is and what makes Him tick that we overlook the fact that He has given us a means by which to know Him: First of all He has made us in His image, secondly He has given us His Word through which we can , thirdly, discern the pattern of His grace and interaction with us here on earth just as it will one day be in heaven.

How is it we can not grasp the fact that in the simple things of life—the ordinary—God chooses to make His glory known through out all of history? How is it?

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