Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Jeremiah 2:1-13, Psalms 61 & 62, Romans 1:16-25, John 4:43-54

“They have foresaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.” (Jeremiah 2:13.)

Sometimes people see modern technology as miraculous. In many ways it is, and these miracles can be fairly reliable, reproduced, and explained with mathematical models, chemistry, physics, and engineering techniques. These things are not always easy for people to comprehend without first doing a lot of reading, studying, and analyzing data to improve their understanding. Fortunately, it is possible to use technology without having to understand fully how everything works, and many inventions (e.g. GPS, cell phones, Internet) can be used to improve the quality of our everyday lives. Often the underlying technology gets taken for granted.

Yet, if we make technology our cistern, it cannot hold water when compared with the miracles performed by Jesus: being born of the Virgin Mary, walking on water, changing water into wine, feeding five thousand with two loaves of bread, healing the sick, raising the dead, and ultimately rising from the dead himself. Even after two thousand years these miracles remain unexplainable other than by acknowledging that God is the ultimate engineer of the universe. These things are not always easy for people to comprehend without first doing a lot of reading, studying, and analyzing the Bible to improve their understanding. Fortunately, it is possible to use the teachings of Jesus without having to understand fully all the miracles of the past, and the insightful words of Jesus can be used to improve the quality of our everyday lives. During lent we try to do this without taking God for granted.

“Unless you people see miraculous signs and wonders,” Jesus told them, “you will never believe.” (John 4:48.)

--PES

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