Many have said in the ignorance of their human flesh and pride:
"So who is God that we, as His creation, should be mindful of Him?
Has not God, in His Wisdom, made us to dominate the earth?
We are Man!
We are Woman!
Isn't that enough?
Does not our lives belong to us?"
Though it is not commonly read, please allow me to share some beautiful passages from the Book of Sirach, chapter 17:
The Lord created man of the earth, and turned him into it again. He gave them few days, and a short time, and power also over the things therein. He endued them with strength by themselves, and made them according to his image, And put the fear of man upon all flesh, and gave him dominion over beasts and fowls. They received the use of the five operations of the Lord, and in the sixth place he imparted them understanding, and in the seventh speech, an interpreter of the cogitations thereof. Counsel, and a tongue, and eyes, ears, and a heart, gave he them to understand. Withal he filled them with the knowledge of understanding, and shewed them good and evil. He set his eye upon their hearts, that he might shew them the greatness of his works. He gave them to glory in his marvelous acts for ever, that they might declare his works with understanding. And the elect shall praise his holy name. Beside this he gave them knowledge, and the law of life for an heritage. He made an everlasting covenant with them, and shewed them his judgments. Their eyes saw the majesty of his glory, and their ears heard his glorious voice. And he said unto them, Beware of all unrighteousness; and he gave every man commandment concerning his neighbor. Their ways are ever before him, and shall not be hid from his eyes.
We live in the year of our Lord, 2012. The world is in chaos as darkness spreads like a black cloud over the hearts of man. Homosexually is accepted, corruption is rampant, sexual lust is broadcasted over the media as if : "so what...so what else is new!", the marriage bed holds no honor and means nothing to those who occupy it; shall I go on?
The masses cover the earth with the mind set of indifference towards God...it is as if people believe: that to believe in God isn't "cool"; to them, God just gets in the way of their dreams and plans.
In the Book of Wisdom, God's broken heart cries out and continues:
For the ungodly said, reasoning with themselves, but not aright, Our life is short and tedious, and in the death of a man there is no remedy: neither was there any man known to have returned from the grave. For we are born at all adventure: and we shall be hereafter as though we had never been: for the breath in our nostrils is as smoke, and a little spark in the moving of our heart: Which being extinguished, our body shall be turned into ashes, and our spirit shall vanish as the soft air, And our name shall be forgotten in time, and no man shall have our works in remembrance, and our life shall pass away as the trace of a cloud, and shall be dispersed as a mist, that is driven away with the beams of the sun, and overcome with the heat thereof. For our time is a very shadow that passed away; and after our end there is no returning: for it is fast sealed, so that no man cometh again. Come on therefore, let us enjoy the good things that are present: and let us speedily use the creatures like as in youth. Let us fill ourselves with costly wine and ointments: and let no flower of the spring pass by us: Let us crown ourselves with rosebuds, before they be withered: Let none of us go without his part of our voluptuousness: let us leave tokens of our joyfulness in every place: for this is our portion, and our lot is this. Let us oppress the poor righteous man, let us not spare the widow, nor reverence the ancient gray hairs of the aged. Let our strength be the law of justice: for that which is feeble is found to be nothing worth. Therefore let us lie in wait for the righteous; because he is not for our turn, and he is clean contrary to our doings: he upbraided us with our offending the law, and objected to our infamy the transgressing of our education. He professed to have the knowledge of God: and he called himself the child of the Lord. He was made to reprove our thoughts. He is grievous unto us even to behold: for his life is not like other men's, his ways are of another fashion. We are esteemed of him as counterfeits: he abstained from our ways as from filthiness: he pronounce the end of the just to be blessed, and makes his boast that God is his father. Let us see if his words be true: and let us prove what shall happen in the end of him. For if the just man be the son of God, he will help him, and deliver him from the hand of his enemies. Let us examine him with despite-fulness and torture, that we may know his meekness, and prove his patience. Let us condemn him with a shameful death: for by his own saying he shall be respected. Such things they did imagine, and were deceived: for their own wickedness hath blinded them. As for the mysteries of God, they knew them not: neither hoped they for the wages of righteousness, nor discerned a reward for blameless souls. For God created man to be immortal, and made him to be an image of his own eternity. Nevertheless through envy of the devil came death into the world: and they that do hold of his side do find it.
Yet God, by His abundance mercy proclaims in Sirach:
He that lives for ever Hath created all things in general. The Lord only is righteous, and there is none other but he, Who governs the world with the palm of his hand, and all things obey his will: for he is the King of all, by his power dividing holy things among them from profane. To whom hath he given power to declare his works? and who shall find out his noble acts? Who shall number the strength of his majesty? and who shall also tell out his mercies? As for the wondrous works of the Lord, there may nothing be taken from them, neither may any thing be put unto them, neither can the ground of them be found out. When a man hath done, then he began; and when he left off, then he shall be doubtful. What is man, and whereto serve he? what is his good, and what is his evil? The number of a man's days at the most are an hundred years. As a drop of water unto the sea, and a gravel stone in comparison of the sand; so are a thousand years to the days of eternity. Therefore is God patient with them, and poured forth his mercy upon them. He saw and perceived their end to be evil; therefore he multiplied his compassion. The mercy of man is toward his neighbor; but the mercy of the Lord is upon all flesh: he reproves, and nurtures, and teaches and brings again, as a shepherd his flock. He hath mercy on them that receive discipline, and that diligently seek after his judgments.
Believe it, this life that we live does not belong to us; it is a gift. Our possessions lack the status of ownership; for all things belong to God. God is King! He is the King of the Universe!
I ask you, "who are you to talk back to God?"
You may say, "My life isn't fair; there is too much pain. God doesn't answer my prayers anyway. Why should I acknowledge Him as being Sovereign over the areas of my life? It is my life...isn't it? I just wish God would leave me alone."
Before God created you in your Mother's womb, He foreknew all the the pain and hardship you would endure in your life, as well as the sins that you would commit against Him, your neighbor, and yourself. Yet, because of His unfathomable foreknowledge, love, and mercy He chose you as the 'apple of his eye'. He loves you enough, in spite of your sins, your desertions, your weaknesses and failures and hangups to create you anyway. Yes, Jesus loves you.
Therefore, do not be arrogant or high minded. Your life can be blotted out in the twinkling of an eye. What are you going to say to the King of The Universe when you stand before Him? "