Genesis 3:22, Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might stretch out his hand, and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever” —
Acts 17:29-31, “Being then the children of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and thought of man. Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead.”
Not To Be Confused
Sisquoc pecked his long beak from the shell to become the first condor ever born in captivity. In two hours he ate a meal of water and minced meat. The keeper used a mother condor puppet when feeding the chick to keep it from confusing human keepers with its own species. That would never do, of course. A vulture might weigh in as an eight ounce cutie and grow into a sixteen to twenty-two pound monstrosity with a wing span of nine feet, but its identity with its own kind must be preserved. For his own sake, Sisquoc ate from a human hand disguised as a mama vulture.
The keepers wanted to prevent an identity crisis for Sisquoc, and God seeks to prevent an identity crisis with us. He wants us to love only Him, even as we enjoy His gifts. He wants us to delight in Him as the God of peace, not just in the peace He gives. To possess him as the “God of consolation,” as Madame Guyon wrote, not just the consolation he provides; to delight in Him as the God of creation, not just in the creation He made.
Courtesy of Speaker’s Sourcebook of New Illustrations by Virgil Hurley copyright © 1995 by Word, Incorporated. Used by permission.
*Unless otherwise noted, Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.
May we not worry but believe in Thee, our Great Parent. – Bunjiro
When God measures a man, he puts the tape around the heart not the head. – Anonymous
God nowhere tells us to give up things for the sake of giving them up. He tells us to give them up for the sake of the only thing worth having- life with Himself. – Oswald Chambers
God is not a cosmic bell-boy for whom we can press a button to get things done. – Harry Emerson Fosdick