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I Am Not On That Wave Length

It is good to live in an era and country where “free expression” of one’s creative abilities is encouraged.  By granting freedom to those that are creative, we have gained great art, music, drama, literature, and other forms of one’s ideas.  Along with that which has been touted as timeless and marvelous, there are always some in every genre that produce things that the rest of us just don’t see or grasp.  Many times a painting, sculpted piece, or a song is just bizarre for a common, country boy like me.  I always like paintings that have something I can recognize, a sculpted piece that looks like something I have seen before, and a song to have a melody.

Our God is a God of order and yet, He is the most creative Being in the whole universe.  No two of His sunrises or sunsets is the same; no cloud formation is identical; no snow flake are twins; no stream is exactly like another stream of water.  He is the ultimate “abstract” designer in His palate of colors in the universe.  He is the foundation of all that is so that it has order and not chaos.  His creation is governed by laws while His creatures are free to “live” within those laws of nature.  Although we profess that we like to “color outside of the lines”, we truly are grateful for the boundaries God established for the seas to stop at the sea shore; for rain not to flood the whole earth again; and for our planet to have gravity to keep us well attached to our “home base”. 

Ravi Zacharias tells the story about doing a lectureship several years ago at the Ohio State University.  As he was being driven to the lecture, they passed what was then the “new” Wexner Art Center. The driver commented, “This is a new art building for the university. It is a fascinating building designed in the post-modernist view of reality.”

Zacharias described this fascinating building. He said, “The building has no pattern. Staircases go nowhere. Pillars support nothing. The architect designed the building to reflect [the post-modernist view of] life. It went nowhere and was mindless and senseless. 

Zacharias said, “I turned to the man describing it and asked, ‘Did they do the same thing with the foundation?'” And the man laughed [and answered]: “You can’t do that with a foundation.”

Jesus says that the person who builds on the firm foundation is “wise.” Prov. 4:7 — “Wisdom is supreme, therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.” Prov. 9:10 — “The fear of the LORD is the beginning, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”

How does Jesus define the person who is a wise builder? He describes the wise builder as a person who hears the word of God and is then faithful in doing the word of God.

O Lord my God, You are very great: You are clothed with honor and majesty, You who laid the foundations of the earth, So that it should not be moved forever, O Lord, how manifold are Your works! In wisdom You have made them all. The earth is full of Your possessions—

(Psalm 104:1, 5, 24)