Rudy Ross and I are finishing our study of Deuteronomy this week. We discuss the subject of gratitude in today’s YouTube video that can be found on the Bob Spradling channel.
Today’s blog article features God’s magnificent grace and how God led Rudy to find life in a relationship with Jesus Christ.
How Rudy Came to the LORD
Let me explain how The LORD drew me. It began thirty years ago.
It didn’t start with reading the Bible; yet, I began wondering if there were a set of truths that held the universe together, something I later classified as universal truth.
I began searching the ancient world’s great minds, one philosopher after another, finding all contained fatal flaws. The fatal flaw was slavery.
I believe the sustainability of an ideology is in its values. My thinking was if any philosophy has a fatal flaw, it will collapse.
The concept of slavery, no matter how it’s disguised, isn’t a sustainable value for society. Ultimately, when a philosophy misses the mark on justice, it doesn’t have what’s necessary to sustain itself.
The principles found in a lasting ideology must be valid from beginning to end; otherwise, they aren’t true. That is the parameter for universal truth.
During this period of about a year and a half, I read multiple philosophers from the East and West without finding the level of truth I was looking for, which led me to science.
In searching science, my first principle to fall was gravity. Gravity is not a truth of the universe because it takes mass in motion to exist.
A universal truth needs to be true in every dimension; that requires the whole universe inside and outside of time to be taken into account.
Truths of the universe are facts that are not dependent on other pieces of information to be true; however, when combined with other truths, they remain steadfast. Working through thoughts at this level changed me in ways that weren’t immediately apparent.
Without that process, it would have been impossible to identify the true nature of universal truth. The odd thing is, we can recognize universal truth but can’t produce it.
The gravity experienced on earth is a prime example of this because it’s not consistent everywhere. There are gravitational pulls between stars and planets, but nothing like the kind we have on earth.
I came to realize this while reading Einstein’s Theory of Relativity. I picked him first because he had always been one of my heroes. Gravity certainly plays a significant role in our lives, but most of the universe is devoid of our sort of gravity.
There were elements of philosophy and science that helped me to see the world differently. There were countless times during those three years that I found myself wondering, what am I doing?
To be honest, most of the stuff was way over my head, but curiously, I just kept reading even when I was utterly lost.
Inexplicably, I always seemed to be able to make some sense of what I was reading. In the beginning, I simply chalked it up to being smart.
That ridiculous state of pride continued through my entire search of philosophy and science. The moment that brought me to my senses was when I realized where my help was coming from, The LORD.
That help came in the form of the Still Small Voice from within, spoken about in Jeremiah, Hebrews, Isaiah, and John, who identified it as the Shepherd’s Voice.
The Real Genius in Problem Solving.
Have you ever had a problem that you just could not figure out, then suddenly you knew the answer? How did that happen?
What about a situation where you didn’t have the basis for a solution, but you found one anyway?
That’s what I’m talking about. We all have had that happen. Where did that idea (solution) come from?
Proverbs 8 tells us the story of Wisdom.
As Proverbs 8 is read alongside John’s opening sentences, “In the beginning, was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made” (John 1:1).
We find John’s thoughts are in complete accord with what Solomon said about Wisdom.
Interestingly, they were written 1000 years apart; and when combined, they form a universal truth: Jesus speaks Wisdom.
“All who hate me love death. Does not wisdom call? Does not understanding raise her voice?
1 Does not wisdom call,
and does not understanding raise her voice?
2 On the heights, beside the way,
at the crossroads she takes her stand;
3 beside the gates in front of the town,
at the entrance of the portals she cries out:
4 “To you, O people, I call,
and my cry is to all that live.
5 O simple ones, learn prudence;
acquire intelligence, you who lack it.
6 Hear, for I will speak noble things,
and from my lips will come what is right;
7 for my mouth will utter truth;
wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
8 All the words of my mouth are righteous;
there is nothing twisted or crooked in them.
9 They are all straight to one who understands
and right to those who find knowledge.
10 Take my instruction instead of silver,
and knowledge rather than choice gold;
11 for wisdom is better than jewels,
and all that you may desire cannot compare with her.
12 I, wisdom, live with prudence,
and I attain knowledge and discretion.
13 The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil.
Pride and arrogance and the way of evil
and perverted speech I hate.
14 I have good advice and sound wisdom;
I have insight, I have strength.
15 By me kings reign,
and rulers decree what is just;
16 by me rulers rule,
and nobles, all who govern rightly.
17 I love those who love me,
and those who seek me diligently find me.
18 Riches and honor are with me,
enduring wealth and prosperity.
19 My fruit is better than gold, even fine gold,
and my yield than choice silver.
20 I walk in the way of righteousness,
along the paths of justice,
21 endowing with wealth those who love me,
and filling their treasuries.
The Lord created me at the beginning of his work,
the first of his acts of long ago.
23 Ages ago I was set up,
at the first, before the beginning of the earth.
24 When there were no depths I was brought forth,
when there were no springs abounding with water.
25 Before the mountains had been shaped,
before the hills, I was brought forth—
26 when he had not yet made earth and fields,
or the world’s first bits of soil.
27 When he established the heavens, I was there,
when he drew a circle on the face of the deep,
28 when he made firm the skies above,
when he established the fountains of the deep,
29 when he assigned to the sea its limit,
so that the waters might not transgress his command,
when he marked out the foundations of the earth,
30 then I was beside him, like a master worker;
and I was daily his delight,
rejoicing before him always,
31 rejoicing in his inhabited world
and delighting in the human race.
Paul to the Church
“Of this gospel, I was made a minister according to the gift of God’s grace, which was given me by the working of his power.
“To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God, who created all things, so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.
“This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him.
“So I ask you not to lose heart over what I am suffering for you, which is your glory (Ephesians 3:7-13).
Rudy believes that the best way to understand the Bible is to allow the Bible to interpret itself.
Rudy has given the reader many Bible verses to consider. Please take time to prayerfully read these passages. Ask God to show you how he has wonderfully created the universe.
Rudy and I discuss the Book of Deuteronomy on the Bob Spradling YouTube Channel. Today’s topic is how to express gratitude to God.
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