Practical applications of this four-part blog. Remember the theme: appearances can deceive and things aren’t always what they seem.
We have world driven by glitz, gold and greed...AKA education, money, ambition. They are illusions. Don’t pursue them. Don’t even flirt with them. They will trickle through your life like grains of sand through your fingers.
Then, too, we have the environmentalists, with their siren call of preserving the environment/nature. But things aren’t always what they seem. For creation wants to be destroyed, not preserved—Romans 8:22—and looks with “outstretched neck” for Christ’s return. It knows that his return brings its renewal as the New Heaven and Earth of God’s people.
Still another deceptively appealing mantra is “communing with nature” as an advertised way to personal peace. Creation/Nature is God’s possession, not our equal. Watching moon rises and sunsets may temporarily titillate the senses but they’ll never bring forgiveness of sin or peace of mind.
Furthermore, remember that nature is our friend only as we keep our distance from it—looking at it, admiring it. Out in the wilderness, away from “civilization”—where we think nature is at its best and our compatriot—if we break a leg or suffer snakebite, nature is uncaring, deadly and won’t CARE!
Things aren’t always what they seem. But one day Jesus will return from Heaven. And when he does...on that day, and ever-after, everything will be exactly as it seems. For God’s Reality will eliminate all the illusions that now deceive and introduce his COMPLETE TRUTH that enlightens, uplifts and inspires his people forever!
Let us be sure to say, “Lord Jesus, there is room in my heart for you.” Indeed, let us declare, “Lord Jesus, I make a throne room of my heart from which YOU can rule over me in your truth.” Fini