Then the LORD answered Job out of the storm. He said, “Who is this that darkens my counsel with words without knowledge? Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you will answer me. “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me if you understand. Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know.” (Job 38:1-5 NIV)

In all the earth, there was no one like Job. Yet when it came time to sit in his Creator’s presence, he could only listen. When the all-wise, all-knowing God of heaven spoke, Job became silent. Whatever wisdom this great man had melted into nothingness .

Sadly, inside God’s vast universe, most opt to live inside a small, self-imposed universe called “a bubble”. In the realm of politics, living in a bubble means we are sheltered from outside sources such as opposing views or uncensored information. Conformity to accepted ideology is the order of the day. When asked for their opinion on a candidate or an issue, those in the bubble flip a mental switch and out comes well-worn talking points. If a bubble dweller hears a challenge, they become angry.

Life inside a bubble offers a false sense of security. Recently, tens of millions of Americans were comforted by pre-election polls and by those repeating the mantra that evil Donald Trump could not win. On November 9th, their world turned upside down and their bubble exploded. Their shock did not transition into outrage toward those who misled and misinformed, but into hatred for Mr. Trump. The new story-line became “Trump stole the election”. The label of evil stuck. Anti-Trump rhetoric today feeds those who find comfort in a reconstituted and re-vamped bubble of hostility.

God lives far outside the tiny space of human bubbles. He transcends the ways of flawed beings and invites us to live above the rancor. We all have the option of dwelling in the bubble or in the freedom and constant thrill of discovering His boundless thoughts.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. (Isaiah 55:8)

Jesus exposed and burst the bubble of the Jews, as well as their religious “bubble masters”. Wherever Christianity has taken hold, it has always been strongly opposed. It threatens the status quo and frees captives inside the bubble. It liberates believers from the deceiver who demands complete control.

It was to those who lived life in the bubble that Jesus said, “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32)

 

 

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