Again we were astounded by the class we are taking on Wednesday nights called The Truth Project. It is such an eye-opening and sometimes confirming series on what truth truly is.
The truth is that God is missing today. Our lesson last night was History: Whose Story? It explained what history is. It explained how history can be changed by no more than a lie being spoken and an ear willing to listen and believe. History is made nano-second by nano-second. When you've had a thought, read these words, or have spoken, as soon as you're done it's history.
"What you believe in the present is determined by our past." And what is happening today? God is being covered up, removed, being made unspeakable. We were told that our problem is we remember what we should forget and forget what we should remember. God is so very much a part of our history as our Creator because it's His-story that has been forgotten. It is His-story that is being abandoned.
Proverbs 1 explains knowledge. It tells us that knowledge comes from fearing the LORD and that fools despise wisdom and instruction (verse 7). But, it goes on to tell us, we will begin to believe a lie and walk in the ways of evil which eventually takes one's life. God tells us: "Surely, I will pour out my Spirit on you; I will make My words known to you...but if we refuse to listen God says "Because I have called and you refused, I have stretched out my hand and no one regarded, because you disdained my counsel....I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your terror comes."
God is in control. Period! History is all about Him. This history should be the most important. But we as a people in general have disdained this knowledge. God is mocked. A point was brought up: Is there any question that Plato lived? Is there any question that he wrote great works? No. You can pick up a book of his and know that he wrote it. What about the Bible? What about God? What about Jesus? How can anyone claim most emphatically that they do not exist? There are more historical manuscripts that show us proof of the Bible's existence than there are for Plato's books. Yet because it takes faith to believe, there are some who will not.
People have believed a lie. The first lie was in the Garden of Eden when the serpent asked Eve if God really said they could not partake of the that certain fruit-bearing tree. We've been fed lies every since.
God asks us to remember Him so we can be part of the fulfillment of His purpose. Today, as it was said in the lesson, if we can rewrite the past we can get people to believe what these people want. So the lie is perpetuated. It's in our schools, on television, in the movies, in books, in the media. The only truth is the Word of God and that is being silenced.
Did you know!? The words of Mayflower Compact stated that the Pilgrims came to our country "for the glory of God and advancement of the Christian faith." However, textbooks today are taking every reference of God out of them, as well as an attempt to remove the name of God from currency, off courthouse walls, and state mottos. These Pilgrims laid the foundation for this nation, that it was not about "me" but about God. How can people do this? Despite the harshness of this new world, they chose to stay because they believed in a Cause greater than they.
There was a time in the Old Testament when the people knew God, knew what He had done for them, knew of His works. It was remembered and passed down. Memorials were made. But there came a worldly king who did not know this God of these people and eventually He was phased out and they were under pressure to succumb to a lie. Sounds like today. And the Bible was meant for us to use as a guide for living. We are not paying enough attention.
Thankfully there is a remnant today who will not forget, no matter what. The number is few. God told us that there would come a day when there would be famine in our world. The famine would come in the form of not hearing the word of God. Hmmmm.
God is still in control. Hebrews 11 lists all the people who were "caught up in the grand story of God," by faith. There is a larger historical story than the one we see today. The larger story of God. Let's be sure that this is the foundation of our lives. It is the sure foundation. It is the truth and our freedom lies there. Our own stories of life are meaningless unless God is the Foundation, the Cornerstone.
John 8:31-32 - Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."