Dust and God

Jul 11, 2018 | Faith, Yay Padua-Olmedo

By Yay Padua-Olmedo

“Prove to me that there is a God and I will resign,” said the President.

We don’t know God’s “how” and “when” but he’s in for a knee-shattering response—if he has not gotten it yet.

A humbling fact: He’s but dirt. You and I are. We need to be reminded of that.

Think you’re scrubbing scum from your body at bath-time? Partly yes, but mainly because you’re shedding off a bit of your original component—D.U.S.T.

Wait till your remains are cremated and/or buried in the cemetery. Your original form revealed. Totally!

But I’ll say it here again, as I’ve written and talked about in my books and seminars. You’re wonderful dust.

Psalm 139:13-14 “For you created my inmost being, you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made…”

We are numero uno evidence that there’s a God. How could one even imagine that a thinking and analyzing being such as yourself be dust?

But I’ll say it here again, as I’ve written and talked about in my books and seminars. You’re wonderful dust.

Consider yourself. Are you an inventor or engineer? A strategist? An artist? Man, we’re way above chimpanzees or any other created being!

Man can design systems, manufacture goods, even channel our intelligence through computers and machines.

Think of the authors and artists who have inspired you breathless. Shakespeare. Van Gogh. Michelangelo. Your teacher who motivated you to dream and excel. Your parents who loved and nurtured you in spite of your sometimes sour attitude.

Why is man a cut above the rest? This God—who’s been dismissed by many as just a figment of our imagination—designed us in His likeness.

Genesis 1:27, “So God created man in His OWN image…” And breathed His Spirit in us. Genesis 2:7, “Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.”

That’s why man is so smart. So smart that he imagines himself to be God!

God gave us free will, but within rules—if we want to enjoy peace and prosperity, cautioning that out of bounds, we face consequences.

And to make sure we don’t get lost or have an excuse for gallivanting, we’ve been handed an instruction manual, the Bible—much like Enzo Ferrari giving his customers an owner’s manual so they can savor the full benefits of his built-to-win-the-race cars.

It’s about His grace! He didn’t want man to perish—using his free will as an excuse for foolishness and misadventure—so God synthesized His manual into one simple faith-path. His Son Jesus Christ, Himself co-Maker of heaven and earth, revealed God’s fullness to all mankind when He came in human form.

God even gifted us with a planet perfectly endowed for human life, giving us a front row seat to the heavens and a limitless universe. Scientists and NASA itself have proven that this still expanding universe exists because of intelligent design.

Yet millions all over the world dismiss the concept of God.

Dust shaking its fist at God? Who do you think wins in the end?

“The Lord Almighty has a day in store for all the proud and lofty, for all that is exalted (and they will be humbled),” Isaiah 3:12

A natural father knows when to make his child face the wall—or whack his behind—if he misbehaves. Couldn’t He who created and breathed life unto dusty us do the same?

He craves our repentance. James 4:6 “But He gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”

Something to think about: Will His grace run out?

Yay believes that her purpose as a Christian is to become salt and light where God has placed her. Aside from teaching Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations at Southville Foreign University in Las Pinas City, Philippines, she conducts motivational and business seminars and write inspirational materials. You can visit her blog at http://nuggetslifeslittlelessons.blogspot.com/

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