Wednesday, October 24, 2012
We, the Needy
Most of us aren't.
Or are we? I mean, rich compared to who?
We might not be rich compared to Bill Gates, but how about compared to someone living in the Middle Ages, who feared plague or walked in cow dung every day? Or in Renaissance Europe, when courtiers carried perfumed hankies because people and places stank so badly? Or modern Ethiopia, where starvation kills thousands of people every day?
We are, in fact, richer than we ordinarily think.
We live in a place and time of comfort and privilege. No one dies of starvation here. We do not wake to the sound of gunfire. Our lives are luxuriant beyond that of ancient kings.
But are very poor in one way. We can no longer see God.
We are the ones Jesus spoke of when He said,
Blessed are they who have not seen, yet believe.--John 20:29
We have not seen.
Moses, Abraham, and Noah have long ago died. The burning bush is extinguished. The voice on Sinai is silent. Jesus does not walk among us. We cannot, by word of mouth, learn of something He did just yesterday in the next town.
We need one thing those poorer people did not.
If we are to know God, we must have faith.
No earthly privilege will bring it.
No wealth can buy it.
We will not stumble upon it hanging on a cross in the town square.
Still, God made us for this time.
Faith is part of our intended destiny and, indeed, it is our privilege.
Because we cannot see, we must believe.
The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth.--Psalm 145:18