Monday, October 7, 2013

Pastoral Pings (Plus) ~ A Book that Monitors the Activity of God

          Our daycare uses a video-monitoring system to view what is happening in each of our rooms. This is especially helpful for monitoring babies while they are napping (it’s almost like we are there in the room with them). There are a couple of places in our house where the view from different cameras overlap. Where this happens, there is a very interesting contrast between what is seen in the monitor, and what is seen by the naked eye.

          Looking through the monitor, there is the appearance of one camera shining a light into the path of the other camera. However, looking into that room with the naked eye reveals that everything is very dark. The difference is due to the fact that the cameras are emitting infrared light, invisible to the naked eye, but visible to the camera.

          There is a sense in which the Bible is like the monitor to a spiritually infrared camera system. Those who look at life without this monitor, see only darkness. They would even deny that there is any light in the room, or on a subject, whatsoever. The simple explanation is, “I will believe it if I see it; I don’t see it, so I don’t believe it.”

          At the same time, those who look at life through the monitor of the Bible see for themselves that God sheds his light on everything. God’s monitoring system sheds light on our origins, our circumstances, moral dilemmas, world events, issues of body, soul and spirit, the connection between the physical and spiritual realms, and any other categories we would use to describe anything we go through.

          I appreciate that people who do not see the light of God are understandably perplexed, perhaps frustrated and bewildered as well, when someone claims that they not only believe in God, but that they know him through faith in Jesus Christ.

          On the other side, I know what it is like to look through God’s monitoring system and see the light of God making sense of everything, including God, and including me, so I also experience a sad disappointment that others see only darkness where I see “the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (II Corinthians 4:6).

          It is interesting to watch a little one waking up from a nap and looking directly up at the camera as if wondering what the red and green lights indicate. To them, the room they are in is dark, and yet they can see that the lights on the camera indicate some kind of activity going on.

          It is also interesting to watch children discovering the monitors we use, and figuring out how we see things from our viewpoint. Eventually they will begin having fun showing off in front of the camera knowing their daycare buddies are in another room watching from the monitor.

          With regards to the Bible as the word of God, our first association to this God-inspired book may be that we admit that the red power light is on, and that it deserves a place among all the other religious literature of the world. Maybe we come to wonder if the green light could actually mean that God is conscious of us, aware of us, noticing us, and maybe even thinking of us, and having something he would like to say to us.

          Such curiosity is an invitation to open the Bible as the monitoring-system of God and discover how God’s light illuminates our world so that we can actually see what is going on, and understand how God is still at work in his world to this very day.[1]

          God’s monitoring system declares about Jesus, “In him was life, and the life was the light of men.[2] People living without God don’t see this, but the life that is in Jesus Christ is the light of the world, and anyone who looks at life through the Bible discovers that there is plenty of light to see that such a thing is true.

          The same part of the Bible adds, The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.[3] Just because people in the darkness cannot see the light does not mean that the darkness has overcome the light, or restricted it whatsoever. The light of Jesus Christ shines in the darkness, and anyone who looks through God’s cameras can see that it is so.

          In Jesus’ own words (God’s word quoting God’s word, so to speak), Jesus said, “I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness.”[4] Believing in Jesus is looking into the monitor of God and seeing the light of Christ that has come into the world. We experience what it means that, “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone.”[5]

          Why should I share this with you? Because I am part of, “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”[6] With that in mind, while the world around me prefers walking in the darkness,[7] I invite you to join me in welcoming this invitation: O house of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the Lord,[8]and, “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.”[9]

          From my heart,



© 2013 Monte Vigh ~ Box 517, Merritt, BC, V1K 1B8 ~

Unless otherwise noted, Scriptures are from the English Standard Version (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.)

[1] But Jesus answered them, ‘My Father is working until now, and I am working.’” (John 5:17)
[2] John 1:4
[3] John 1:5
[4] John 12:46
[5] Isaiah 9:2
[6] I Peter 2:9
[7] “And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.” (John 3:19)
[8] Isaiah 2:5
[9] Isaiah 60:1

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