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. God's source code revealed


I just had to replace my computer as the old one was giving me endless hassles, and as I reloaded the software over days I was again reminded just how dependent we have become on these pieces of equipment whether it is a desktop PC or a laptop or even our Androids, I-Pads or to a certain extent our cell phones.

We have become so dependent on these guys that we cannot live without them. Mine serves the Lord, it helps in sermon preparation, contains Bible programmes with in excess of 3000 books on, yes you have heard right, whole books, and then I have in excess of 7000 theological journals from reputed seminaries from around the world spanning the last century. Through my computer and then of course the glorious internet I can communicate through Word, control my finances I do not have in Excel, talk to my friends in the USA through Skype, keep up to date with the latest news on news sites, debate atheists on discussion forums, help my hearers to keep mental notes of my sermons, and to take actual notes easier through presentation software like PowerPoint, and so I can go on and on. All of us use them for different reasons, for some it is simply a tool for playing games, while nations use the same tool to put men into space and to wage war.

What if they should suddenly join a labour union and go on strike?

Remember the scare the world had regarding the 31st of December 1999? I think everybody stayed awake that night waiting to hear from Fiji and New Zealand if they were still alive. Well maybe not literally. The TV cameras captured the stroke of midnight in those locations to see whether the world had avoided the dreaded Y2K disaster. As clocks struck 12:00, 12:01, 12:02 in each time zone around the world, we all breathed a collective sigh of relief that televisions, our coffee makers still functioned, our cars still started, our computers still worked, nuclear power plants hadn’t failed and cars and our water and electricity facilities still kept functioning. I remember how people in our own church, some of them at least, were storing groceries and water, just in case. I was one of the sceptics that laughed it off and even preached a sermon against the fear of the night. Individuals were spending money to get their computers Y2K compliant, companies and governments spent billions of Rands to hire software programmers to pore over and correct millions of lines of computer code. All because of a looming catastrophe if computers were to misread the last two zeroes in the year 2000 as 1900.

Now, while I personally have some understanding of Software programming, I know very little, but maybe even most of us have zero understanding of computer code. Now thinking back to all of this the following thoughts crossed my mind.

The apostle Paul said that wisdom is much the same way. Unless we have the Holy Spirit to help us know the language of God’s wisdom, we won’t really understand it. Just think if the Holy Spirit went on strike or even a go slow. 1 Corinthians 2:14 (ESV) "The natural person (or the person without the Spirit) does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned."

People who don’t have the Holy Spirit dwelling within them quite naturally struggle to grasp spiritual wisdom—God’s Word, his desires, his character, his values, God’s source code for Godly living. In fact, God’s wisdom often seems foolish to non-Christians. It’s like a foreign language to them. But when people trust in Christ as Saviour, God sends the Holy Spirit to dwell within them (see John 14:16–17). They can begin learning God’s wisdom while the Holy Spirit helps them understand it, because according to Romans 8 the Spirit knows the will of the Father.

If we believe that true wisdom comes only from God, where should we turn when we seek wisdom? Paul provides the answer in 1 Corinthians 2:9-10 (ESV) 9 But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”— 10 these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.”

In the Bible, which is God’s ancient word, God speaks the language that drives us—our spiritual operating system. If we want to know God’s wisdom so that we can process the joys and trials of everyday living, we need to turn often to God’s Word and ask the Spirit to help us understand it.

Trusting God’s Word and Spirit to build our churches is an act of faith. Faith in God. Faith in his Word. And such faith is not natural, even for the Christian. It’s super-natural. God must give it.

May God give us all the grace to know Him better and to understand Him better as we dig deep into God’s Word, guided and aided by the Holy Spirit to understand the mind of God through His ancient Word that has been revealed to us.

The following song is such a glorious reminder of God’s ancient word to us. I trust it blesses your heart as it blessed mine.