The Complexity of the Simple
Made me think of my old pastor, Murray Laynes and one of his most quoted statements I remember. “Living for God hard is easy, and living for God easy is hard.”
There is an undergirding of strength in accepting and believing that is available to the believer.
When someone requires an understanding of all things before they believe, they will ever be a skeptic and miss out on the virtue available in an environment of faith.
“Through faith, we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” Hebrews 11:3
There is a strength that comes when we allow our minds to rest in settled truths and believe them and allow that faith to dictate the formulas where we allow our conclusions to originate.
It’s not unlike the difference between using a scientific calculator.
Rather than working out the equations, one trusts the math programmatically resident in this tool, and from that, problems are solved.
My personal tool to understand the complex world around me is found in my acceptance as true the declarations of Scripture. From that, I understand the world around me.
“Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” 2 Timothy 3:7
Those who refuse that simple solution fulfill this scripture because they refuse to consider that the answers in the Bible are true. When the experiments, archeology, geology, biology, or astronomy point to a similar truth, they will rerun the calculations or ignore them to maintain their narrative that excludes God.
Life is much less complex if you choose to believe and obey the scripture.
However, the life of an unbeliever who ignorantly or knowingly lives void of God’s Word, their lives are by a complexity of an unknown factor much harder.
When one chooses to follow and obey the calculations and conclusions given them in scripture they learn the truth experientially. The truth moves from one of conjecture and ideas to known facts and realities. The longer a person does this, these things become almost muscle memory and instinctual and what may have once been almost impossible to consider become second nature and life of mechanical faith motivated by the human will flow into a world of fluidity and flow of walking and living in the spirit.
When one is born again of the spirit, we are given access to an environment that every squeaky, rusty mechanism is eased and the hardest choices are easier if that person will just surrender completely to God.
However to that mind and heart that will not let go of its innate resistance and doubt, living for God is nigh unto impossible, because to live in a world of the Truth and benefit of its promise, one must flow from faith to faith to experience the glory to glory.
The hardest thing to do is to fully believe and truly obey.
However that one decision makes everything else simple.
In Him, By Him, Through Him,
Scott A. Phillips
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