Job 32:8, NIV
But it is the spirit in a man, the breath of the Almighty, that gives him understanding.
Have you ever wondered how it is that man is so clever? How it is that mankind is such a creative genius? Why is it that all men, the good and the bad, the born again and the atheist are all capable of such amazing intellectual achievements?
The answer lies in this amazing verse from the book of Job which tells us that the very spirit of man is indeed the breath of the Almighty – and that it is this which gives man his understanding. So all of the human race is benefitting from the creative genius of Almighty God, the Creator of all things. There is nothing creative that man does that does not draw on the ability to understand things that comes from God himself. Every great book, every amazing painting, every intellectual achievement, every technological breakthrough – in every case the source is the genius of God, whether people recognise it or not!
But having said that, isn’t it extraordinary that so many people, who have such creative and intellectual ability are, at the same time, so stupid! As the Bible says, it is the fool that says in his heart that there is no God. Their eyes have been so blinded by the God of this world that in their enthusiasm to deny the existence of the Creator they cannot see that without the Creator they couldn’t do anything – not even write a book to try and prove that God does not exist!!.
Right now there are some 800 buses in the UK carrying the slogan “There is probably no God!” And then they say something like – so go on, enjoy yourself! They imply that if you believe in a God you cannot enjoy yourself. What utter nonsense! True joy only finds its source in the Creator – as Nehemiah discovered, the joy of the Lord was his strength. Those who do their own thing and have no fear of God become wise in their own eyes, lose their sense of spiritual reality and demonstrate the foolishness that is expressed by those who don’t t recognise the amazing truth in our Scripture.
An old hymn says, “Breathe on me breath of God, have done with lesser things”. Let us rise up as men and women of God. draw on the understanding He gives to His children and move on from the lesser things to become the dynamic, creative and joyful Kingdom people that give such pleasure to their Creator.
Prayer: Lord, we pray for all those who are influenced by the arguments of those who deny your existence. Open their eyes to see the foolishness of denying you and show them the Saviour who loved and died for them so that they can Know Father God for themselves. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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