72 Hours That
Monday, March 31, 2014
When I was growing up, it was just a picture on a T-shirt. Then one day I finally got to see Niagara Falls for real. Wow! It’s one of this continent’s great wonders. Many miles before you get to those roaring falls you start to see power lines. It’s Niagara’s generated electricity of course, and then as you get near the falls, you see this big, ground-level cloud rising up. It’s this massive mist that’s billowing up from the river below Niagara. It’s impressive!
Let me tell you what we didn’t do. We didn’t stop before we got to the falls and say, “Man, look at that mist! Quick, get the camera! What incredible mist!” And then deeply impressed by that cloud of spray, turn around and head home, never going the rest of the way to see the falls that produced the mist.
I’m Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today about “Hooked on the Mist.”
Our word for today from the Word of God comes from Isaiah 40:12. “Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand, or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens?” What a tribute to God’s power. “Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket, or weighed the mountains on the scales and the hills in a balance?”
Verse 15, “Surely the nations are like a drop in a bucket; they are regarded as dust on the scales; He weighs the islands as though they were fine dust.” Then it says, “He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth and its people are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like a canopy, and spreads them out like a tent to live in.” Finally, verse 26, “Lift your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one, and calls forth each of them by name. Because of His great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.”
When you look at creation, it should lead you to the Creator. I mean, if you think what He made is awesome, wait till you meet the One who made it. But the Bible describes a tragic mistake that’s made in many cultures, over many years, and increasingly made by people in our sophisticated culture.
Romans 1:25…here’s the mistake, “They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator – who is forever praised.” Worshiping the creation rather than the Creator? Which brings us back to Niagara. It’s okay to be impressed by the great Niagara mist, but the real marvel is the falls; the source that creates the mist. The mist is only a reflection of the source that creates it. Don’t miss the source.
Unfortunately a lot of people are doing just that. There’s all kinds of talk today about Mother Earth and cosmic energy, and the information you get from the stars, all the spiritual energy you can tap into by getting in touch with the cosmos. People are on a very real spiritual search, looking to creation and looking to themselves to find peace and to find meaning. But those who focus on the power of creation miss the real power-the Creator.
I was flying on a commercial airliner, and we were flying through a thunderstorm. There were billowing clouds out there blazing with lightening. The woman seated next to me said, “You feel insignificant?” Actually I was thinking, “My Father’s awesome! He made all this.” Jesus Christ, God’s Son, entered His creation to re-connect us human beings, His masterpieces back to Himself. It took Jesus dying our death penalty for our sins, our ignoring of God. But He brought us back to God, so now I can call God, Father.
This God that holds an endless ocean in the palm of His hand, weighs the Rocky Mountains on a little scale, who stretches out the heavens like I would set up a tent. He loves you and gave His Son so you could have a relationship with Him. Don’t miss Him! Don’t let anyone you care about miss Him by falling for the lie that creation is the end of our search for our Creator.
There was something far more powerful to experience than the mist when we visited Niagara. We didn’t get hooked on the mist. Listen, if you’re impressed with the mist of creation, you will be overwhelmed with the power of the One who created it.
Have you ever experienced His love? Have you ever experienced His power for yourself? It is my prayer that this might be the day you look past who and what He has made to this awesome Savior, Jesus Christ. I want to encourage you to join me at our website as soon as you can today, and let me just take a very few minutes to explain to you, not a religion, but how to have a relationship with this God. ANewStory.com to begin a new story for you.