Dr. Sam Smith, Guest columnist
Jacksonville Daily Progress
“How great you are, O Sovereign LORD! There is no one like you, and there is no God but you, as we have heard with our own ears.”
2 Samuel 7:22
Our life on earth can be a tedious affair, can it not? Working the same job day after day, year after year. Raising kids, taking care of a family. Life is a roller coaster ride, taking us from great times to tragic times – exhilarating to mundane and many levels of emotions in between. With all the attention life requires of us, it is easy to lose sight of the majesty and sovereignty of Almighty God. We can fail to see God’s “Big Picture” for each and every one of His children – you and me.
That is why it is so important for us to pray and meditate and study God’s Word. Therein we see how wonderful and loving and great and BIG our God is. We learn that there is much more to His plans for our lives than we have imagined. The short time we spend in our earthly suits is miniscule compared to the eternal life God has planned for us. Of all that we experience in our short time on earth, there is one most important thing for us to achieve - a loving, sincere relationship with Jesus Christ. Accepting Christ as Savior and living for Him assures our eternity in heaven, and brings us sweet peace while on earth. Failing to achieve that relationship means that we have wasted our lives, and our eternity will be one of unspeakable sadness.
Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6) Compared to living by those truths, everything else in life is insignificant.
No matter what we may acquire or achieve in our lives, it will all be for nothing if we fail to accept the truths of Christ and live our lives accordingly. The Big Picture is this: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
So, where are you in your earthly walk? Are you so consumed by the business of living that you are neglecting God’s “Big Picture”? Do you take time daily to pray and meditate on God’s Holy Word? As long as we allow the stress and strain of daily living to distract us from realizing who God is and what He wants for us, we will never enjoy the peace that can only come from trusting His perfect plan for us – the plan that is fulfilled by faith in our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Our problems and hardships can seem big, but our God is infinitely bigger. In the end of our time on earth, our understanding of His Bigness will be all that matters.
“O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory above the heavens.
From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise
because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.
When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet: all flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas. O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!”
Dr. Sam Smith,