Ron Turner, Celebrate Recovery
My wife and I live on Mount Mansfield where there are no streetlights. Last week on a clear warm evening, we stood outside for a while to stare up at the stars, which are more visible when no other lights interfere. What came to my mind was eternity and infinity. I can’t help but be moved by the size of God’s creation compared to the limits we humans have on our physical world here on earth. When I look up into the evening sky I am also reminded of all of the unseen that God has done.
In Daniel, the unseen world is the focus. When Nebuchadnezzar had a dream and turned to his astrologers to interpret the dream, he was seeking answers to things unseen and desired to know its meaning; not an uncommon occurrence in our world today.
Nebuchadnezzar was a believer in many gods, but not in the one true God. Even after God revealed the dream and its meaning to Daniel, Nebuchadnezzar then created an idol and ordered all to worship it. Even after the miracle God provided in saving Shadrach (Hananiah), Meshack (Mishael), and Abednego (Azariah) in the furnace, the best Nebuchadnezzar could do was add the God of Daniel to his list.
In Jeremiah it was about place. Jeremiah was pleading God’s message that these physical places– as important as they were–were meaningless without God, and how God views proper worship and living. The people got lost in a fog, focusing on the present physical world to a point that they forgot about the significance of God’s temple, His decrees, and the love He has for His people. They performed ritual for the sake of the act, forgetting the meaning of the sacrifices. Because of this misguided emphasis on the physical world they turned from God.
We live in a world that offers many gods, misguided beliefs, and places whose meaning has been lost or misconstrued, but I am thankful that we have the living Word of God, the Bible, to constantly remind us of a heavenly place. God wants us to dwell with Him in eternity where we can experience His infinite love without distortion.