Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Worship And The Avoidance Of Dread

Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31

Recent studies have proven that human beings cannot multitask. We have deluded ourselves into thinking that our brains are so vast, that and we use so little of their capacity, that we can actually work like a multi-core processor and handle several tasks at the same time. Scientists have proven that we simply cannot do two conscious things at exactly the same time. We may be able to do them so quickly that we delude ourselves into thinking we multitask, but we do not.

I write this article on a Tuesday morning after a long weekend. How many of us dread returning to work after our extra day off? You could be headed into a difficult conversation, or off to the doctor's office to find the results from a test, or into the classroom to receive the grade from the test you took last week, or there is a meeting at work today to tell you who will be laid off. What you dread could be as simply as going home today and having to mow the lawn or do the laundry.

God has given us an answer to dread. Since we cannot do more than one thing at a time, if we would simply make His glory our goal in all situations - well, we could not dread a situation if we are glorifying God in that situation. Do you recognize and acknowledge the worth and sovereignty of God in all things? Do you make the glory of God the object of all of life, even the things you dread to do? No matter what you dread, do you believe that the situation does not change who God is or who you are in Him? No matter how mundane or tragic your life today, do you believe God is still worthy of worship?

You cannot dread and glory in the Lord in the same moment.