Out of Focus

I’m sometimes overwhelmed at trying to understand man — not humanity in general, but man in singular… the creature, the being that each of us is.

We’re assailed from all sides with explanations,

that we have free will, that we are subject to fate or predestination, or that our actions are the mere results of a nearly infinite chain of chemical & physical reactions,

that we ought to live for others or that we ought to look out for Number 1 first,

that our existence is intentional, that we’re the result of past lives reincarnated, or that we’re simply the result of an ancient biologic chain,

that we exist… or not.

Every single point — no matter how small — of each of those positions could be debated at length, and may very well be until we’re extinct… or until we gain preternatural knowledge in an afterlife state (even the end of the debates is debatable!).

All of that is just one of the many reasons why I believe the study of God to be so important. When we can understand Him (well, as best as we are intended based upon revelation), most other questions can be answered in short order.

So if one day you wake to find yourself in an existential quandary full of loathing and self-doubt and wracked with the pain and isolation of your pitiful meaningless existence, at least you can take a small bit of comfort in knowing that somewhere out there in this crazy old mixed-up universe of ours there is a God who brings sense to confusion and order to chaos yet still can pay attention to a lowly, undeserving creaturely speck known as man.

Each and every one of us.

1 thought on “Out of Focus”

  1. Just heard a sermon at my church about fearing God. It seems to speak to the issue of how we would or should relate to a “God who brings sense to confusion and order to chaos”. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom”

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