Good Monday Morning to this week 14 of 2019
Colossians 1:16 “For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through Him and for Him.”
While waiting on my train ride home this evening I walked thru a bookstore and looked at the latest books on the english shelf. The following title caught my attention:
“Homo Deus” by Yuval Noah Harari. The review reads:
Over the past century humankind has managed to do the impossible and rein in famine, plague, and war. This may seem hard to accept, but, as Harari explains in his trademark style—thorough, yet riveting—famine, plague and war have been transformed from incomprehensible and uncontrollable forces of nature into manageable challenges. For the first time ever, more people die from eating too much than from eating too little; more people die from old age than from infectious diseases; and more people commit suicide than are killed by soldiers, terrorists and criminals put together. As the self-made gods of planet earth, what destinies will we set ourselves, and which quests will we undertake? Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the twenty-first century—from overcoming death to creating artificial life. It asks the fundamental questions: Where do we go from here? And how will we protect this fragile world from our own destructive powers? Is the next stage of evolution?
Big questions to raise and ask, I for sure will look into the book for food for thought because I like the questions aked? Where are we going from here? The approach the assumptions he makes don’t find too much room in my mindset, but the questions are rightly put!
This one a favorite: How will we protect this fragile world from our own destructive powers? The images of Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe still very real and ongoing, with immense suffering and destruction leading us to ask this same question!
Let’s listen in to some of the authors and great mentors of ancient times written in the Bible. How much did they trust in God and how much in “Homo Deus”?
Do not listen to what the prophets are prophesying to you; they fill you with false hopes. They speak visions from their own minds, not from the mouth of the LORD.
In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his Kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.
I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love!
I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.
Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.
It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.
The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.
Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
You who live in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty, will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress; my God in whom I trust.
All these mentors of old put their hope in God and not in man, somehow they must have seen enough to let that perspective not get to them, so they fixed their eyes, hearts and minds on God, far beyond Homo Deus!
This gives, hope, vision, perspective and comfort in troubled times!
Wishing you a very good week!