One day a group of scientists got together and decided that humanity had come such a long way that they no longer needed God. So they picked one guy to go and tell God about their decision.
“God, we don’t need you to care for us or love us or interfere in our lives anymore,” the ambassador stated.
“Really?” asked God.
“That’s right,” said the scientist proudly. “We’re to the point where we can clone people, transplant organs, manipulate atoms, build molecules, fly through space, and do many other miraculous things. Science has even figured out a way to create life. In other words, we can now do what you did in the beginning.”
“Is that so? Tell me more,” replies God.
“Well,” says the scientist, “we’ve figured out how to form dirt and breathe life into it.”
“That’s sounds interesting. Show me.”
So the scientist bends down to the earth and starts to mold the soil.
“Whoa!” interrupts God. “Put that down. You have to get your own dirt.”
The Creator of the universe once had a similar conversation with Job:
Why do you talk without knowing what you’re talking about? Where were you when I created the earth? Tell me, since you know so much! Who decided on its size? Certainly you’ll know that! Who came up with the blueprints and measurements? How was its foundation poured, and who set the cornerstone, while the morning stars sang in chorus and all the angels shouted praise? Speak up if you have even the beginning of an answer. Do you know where Light comes from and where Darkness lives so you can take them by the hand and lead them home when they get lost? Why, of course you know that!”
Job 38, selected verses, MSG
Yes, God put Job on blast. For two full chapters of the book.
And rightfully so, because Job demanded that Almighty God answer to him.
In Psalm 100 we are reminded that we are God’s people, placed on God’s earth, and that we are to acknowledge him as Lord:
Acknowledge that the Lord is God! He made us, and we are his. We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Psalm 100:3 NLT
His pasture. His dirt.
Carl Sagan is quoted as saying, “To really create an apple pie from scratch you must begin by inventing the universe.”
Today, acknowledge that we are unable to create our own dirt, our own universe, or anything else. Everything we are able to do and develop and make we do so because of gifts God has already given us. Including our very lives.
Thank God for his goodness. Thank God for his gifts. Thank God for his love which gives purpose to every breath we take of his oxygen, and every step we take on his earth.
Be reminded that he is God. And acknowledge Him.
PS: A great song that captures the essence of acknowledgement can be found HERE.