I have a big interest in bush craft and survival techniques. You will often find me watching ray mears or reading Lofty Wisemans book the SAS Survival Guide Book. Instead of the book I was reading it in app form on the ipad this evening. I was reading the part about the various ways in which to determine how the weather would turn out through use of watching the animals motives and formation of the clouds etc.
such study provoked me to think about the part in scripture in which he rebukes the pharisees and the rest of the world for their ability to determine the weather by studying it but failing to recognise the times at present. Lets read that passage together.
“He also said to the multitudes, ‘when you see a cloud rising in the west, you say at once, “a shower is coming” and so it happens. And when you see the south wind blowing, you say, “There will be scorching heat” and it happens. You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky but why do you not know how to interpret the present time?” – Luke – 12-54
Having pondered that for a while immediately modern man and science came to mind. Not that there is anything wrong with science, it is very useful but there is something beyond and more important than it which we are blind to and that is God himself. Here people are able to predict the weather by observing, like science, the visible world around them. What we notice is that as our ability to examine one thing in the world such as weather progresses, too does a sort of regression in knowledge of that which is invisible suddenly take place also.
We often hear that saying absence makes the heart grow fonder, but it certainly does not apply to our relationship towards God because absence and ignorance of God makes the heart grow cold. there is a sort of abandonment of thinking about God and believing we have progressed and are doing so all the time and do not need God.
within the end times we live in, which explained by many mystics such as vassula ryden for example about being understood as the end of an epoch or era and not the end of the world, many of us are too busy with our scientific tools to interpret these times and Gods work in the world, and sadly the obvious work of the devil in the world too. There is nothing wrong with science and the discoveries which have aided human beings in many ways in the medical field and beyond, pick whatever category you like. It is only when we rely and become dependent upon the visible alone do we lose sight of Christ in our hearts and in the world.
Pride sets in and we humans feel like we have finally made it to the top of the mountain and no longer need God. Like the Towers of Babel we really think we can reach the heavens and proclaim ourselves valiant over God and creation. Yes thats how far back the modern man goes. because modern man, when examined through the magnifying glass of Gods Holy Wisdom can be seen as not modern at all, unchanged and ever thinking he has progressed.
Every Empire from Egyptian to Roman thought of itself as modern and progressive. It is no different today, man has not changed. He is still able to predict and observe the weather but he cannot observe the times or the presence of Christ in his heart. Modern men, like busy working husbands, have spent too much time at the office, and have destroyed their relationship with their wives all the while overlooking the woman’s obvious pain and grief of not being able to feel their love. That is it my dear brothers and sisters, we need to ask ourselves the same kinda question. Are we focusing too much on predicting the weather ( science and study of the visible world ), and as a result of which severing our ties with the lover of all lovers, the more visible than the visible itself?
Forgive me for any typos and the bad lay out. I write now from my ipad as my laptop is broken.
God bless and have a Christ filled evening.