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Where Does A Big Gorilla Sit? Psalm 24:1

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When I pick Buddy up I sometimes say, “It sucks being little, doesn’t it?” Because it doesn’t matter what he is doing, because I’m much larger than he is, I get to pick him up whenever I want to and there’s not much he can do about it. But because I love him, I don’t usually pick him up without a valid reason nor is my motive to do him harm.

My first Christian pastor was a big cowboy sporting a ten gallon hat and a red beard. I would attend church Sunday mornings before my job at the local racetrack. The pastor would preach to the employees on the backstretch, then give a second sermon to the front side employees. There was usually only about 6 to 8 of us, so I really appreciated that he would take the time and effort to speak to such a small congregation. (He later moved to Texas and the services ended. I think his name was John.)

The first time I attended, the pastor asked us, “Where does an 800 pound gorilla sit?”

We all sat there silent and wide-eyed, likely all thinking, “Why is he talking about gorillas?”

With a broad smile he answered, “Anywhere he wants to.”

One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Psalm 24:1:

“The earth is the Lord’s, and all it contains; The world, and those who dwell in it.”

This truth was stated earlier by Moses in Exodus 9:29: “…the earth is the Lord’s.”

When I pray, it’s comforting to know that God is sovereign: Nothing happens on our planet that He is not aware of, nor can anyone act without His divine permission. I know that “With God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26b) and that He can answer any prayer request or meet any need that I have.

But there’s another truth that most people don’t want to admit: God through Jesus Christ is the boss. He is in control of human history and ultimately, our own destinies (Psalm 139:16). Most people, including myself, want what we want, when we want it and how we want it. We want God to rescue us now, fix it now, give it now, and change the world and people NOW.

But God sees the future, we don’t. He didn’t ask for our permission to create humanity, the world and all its creatures. When rebuking Job for demanding answers, God reminded Job that He didn’t need anyone’s permission to act nor require anyone’s advice. All of His gifts and help are an act of grace by an all powerful deity Who is working all things according to His will.

As the mightiest ancient ruler proclaimed, Nebuchadnezzar, after being humbled by God for pride and hubris:

“For His dominion is an everlasting dominion, and His kingdom endures from generation to generation. All the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, but He does according to His will in the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of earth; and no one can ward off His hand, or say to Him, “What have you done?””–Daniel 4:34-35

Years ago I stopped at the Bozeman Museum on a road trip through Montana and viewed the Hubble Telescope IMAX exhibit. The scope and beauty of the universe is awesome and very humbling. It’s vastness is truly unimaginable.

Our Great God’s power, imagination and intelligence is far beyond the ability of our finite minds to conceive. Pastor John was comparing God to a gorilla that Sunday morning: He does what He wants, when He wants and how He wants to do it. It was His idea to create and design the earth, humankind, animal and plant life and the universe. He didn’t require our permission or input. And He has a plan that He is working to bring human history to a close, as detailed in Revelation, Daniel, Isaiah and scattered throughout other books in the Bible.

So next time you’re tempted to grumble and complain about God’s timing, His will, His actions or His plan for your life, remember that:

He’s the big Gorilla–and you’re the little dog.

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When Adam and Eve rebelled against His rule and authority, He could’ve wiped out humanity and just let the animals roam the earth. But He created humans in His image to be His friends.

So, instead of destroying us, He devised a plan to send Jesus to die for our sins to bring us back into relationship with Him. You see, a holy God cannot tolerate unholy people. Sin must be punished. He made this plan to redeem us before the first generation of humans was born:

God said to Satan, who tempted Adam and Eve to reject God’s authority:

“Because you have done this…I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed. He (Jesus) shall bruise you (Satan) on the head, and you shall bruise him in the heel.”–Genesis 3:14-15

God took the initiative at the beginning of human history to bring us back into fellowship with Him through faith in the Messiah, Jesus Christ. Jesus lived the perfect life no human could live. Being both perfect man and God, He was able to bear the punishment for the sins of all humanity so that God’s anger at sin could be appeased. Problem is, you have to accept His forgiveness. God wants us to love Him willingly and won’t force His friendship on us. He doesn’t want to be friends with robots. Please ask Him to forgive your sins and make Him the Lord of your life. He loves you and wants to be your best friend.

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Jesus Vs. The Seattle City Council, Psalm 144:3

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I would be very surprised if Buddy puffed up his chest, strutted about and suddenly declared, “I am TOO WONDERFUL, too good to be subservient to you anymore, Dawn. I don’t have to do anything you want me to do. I’m going my own way. See you later, doofus!”

In fact, we’d all be surprised if any dog acted that way. It would be entirely abnormal for a dog to be contrary and willfully disobedient. We love them so much because they continue to love us unconditionally no matter how badly we act toward them, toward others, or how awful we look at any particular time.

Normally, I try to avoid politics in my blog, but an incident was reported on the local Seattle newscast a few nights ago that upset me terribly.

An middle-aged man, slightly scruffy, was standing in front of a microphone before the Seattle City Council. He asked the members to look at him while he was speaking. They totally ignored him and continued to stare at their electronic devices. He gave up trying to get their attention and walked off in total discouragement. He felt unimportant before his elected officials.

I don’t know what this man was talking about, because the newscaster didn’t specify nor did the film show it. He could have been speaking about something I totally disagree with or don’t care about. However, apparently, he was a citizen of Seattle and had a right to bring his concerns before them. It angered me that this man was treated with such callous disrespect, as if he was just a bug crawling across the floor, totally beneath their notice. I haven’t seen such pride and scorn shown to someone by public officials that I recall. I’d bet if the man was a rich developer, the members of the Seattle City Council would have shown him rapt attention.

Did you ever consider how amazingly humble God is?

“O Lord, what is man, that you take knowledge of him? Or the son of man, that you think of him? Man is like a mere breath; His days are like a passing shadow.”–Psalm 144:3

Our great God “counts the number of the stars; He gives names to all of them.”–Psalm 147:4

“The earth is the Lord’s and all it contains, the world, and those who dwell in it.”–Psalm 24:1

“With God all things are possible.”–Matthew 19:26b

“But who is able to build a house for Him, for the heavens and the highest heavens cannot contain Him?”–King Solomon, 2 Chronicles 2:6

“The Lord searches all hearts, and understands every intent of the thoughts.”–King David, 1 Chronicles 28:9

God is omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient, yet He encourages His children to make requests of Him:

“Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek, and you shall find; knock and it will be opened up to you….How much more will your Father who is in heaven GIVE what is good to those who ask Him!”–Jesus, Matthew 7:7-8,11

“…casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.”–Apostle Peter, 1 Peter 5:7

And to those who don’t know Him, He invites them to enter into a love relationship with Him to find inner peace:

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”–Jesus, Matthew 11:28-30

No one is beneath the notice of the greatest King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

He loves you.

“…the very hairs on your head are all numbered.”–Jesus, Matthew 10:30

God Almighty acknowledges you and knows you intimately.

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Jesus knows every sin you’ve ever committed, yet still loves you very much. You cannot hide anything from Him, so why keep trying to? You think you’ve done something that has surprised Him or He’s never seen before during five thousand years of civilization? He knows what you say and do before you say and do it: Psalm 139, and even knows when you stand and sit down. He’s totally omniscient. Yet totally loving.

Yes, life is tough. It sucks some days. “The whole world lies in the power of the evil one.”–Apostle John, 2 John 1:19 But God pierces the darkness with His love and gives us rest from the worries of this life. He doesn’t promise an easy path, but He walks alongside us and helps us to endure or rescues us.

Every day we have a choice: embrace the darkness or choose to walk through the darkness behind the Great Shepherd Who is lighting the way with His lantern of truth and love.

If you want to accept Him, please pray:

Lord I’ve sinned but You already know that. I want to experience Your great love for me in this hurtful world. Can you please forgive my sin and wash me clean in Your sight? Please give me the gift of the Holy Spirit so that I can begin to walk with You through this tough life and enter into Heaven one day to live with You for eternity.

God bless you from Dawn and Buddy.

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Sorry to be rather awol with my blog posts this year. I had a very tough Winter and especially the last few weeks. Five of my friends and relatives died, my dad almost died, Buddy was squealing in pain for two weeks and a close family member is undergoing tests for potential cancer. I also had a bad cold but still had to work. I’ll try to be more consistent this year.

My Great Shepherd is holding my hand.

And guarding over me and Buddy.